The Revival of Summer Style

Written and Photographed by Miranda McDonald

Hair and Makeup: Ann Maria & Co.,, 502.263.3036

Location: Downtown New Albany

Model: Kristen Kirsch


Whether you are putting a modern spin on staples from the ’70s, or giving a much-needed update to classic floral prints, this summer is all about breathing new life into traditional trends.


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Maxi’mum Lengths

For several seasons, midi-length dresses and pencil skirts ruled the runways and crowded many closets. However, this season is all about dropping the hemline and bringing the maxi length back into rotation. Choose a cotton maxi dress in a bright hue for daytime comfort, or pair a more structured maxi skirt with this season’s must-have crop top for a fresh and stylish take on the trend.

*Outfit by designer Frances Lewis,, 502.410.0984


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Nuevo ’70s

The style of the ’70s always finds its way back into our wardrobes during the summer months, but 2015 is the year in which the bohemian aesthetic of the hippy era gets a masculine update. Think billowy tops paired with tailored trousers and bohemian prints tucked carefully under structured blazers. Embracing your inner Janis Joplin never looked so fashion-forward.

*Outfit from Blush Boutique, 3745 Lexington Road in Louisville,, 502.897.7207


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Tropical Retreat

Replace your floral prints with bold tropical patterns for an easy update to your wardrobe this season. With an assortment of highly-saturated pieces painted with lush palm trees and exotic flowers, all you need is the perfect frock to feel like the ocean is right at your feet.

*Outfit from Dress and Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany,, 812.725.7566


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Chic In Culottes

Give your party dress a break this summer and don a chic pair of culottes instead. If you are afraid of losing height on your frame, style yours up with your favorite high heels, or combine a shorter top with a longer version of the wide-legged bottoms for a completely glam look.

*Outfit from Dress and Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany,, 812.725.7566


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Oriental Embellishment

Summer is all about simplifying when it comes to style and shedding those winter layers. However, that doesn’t mean that embellishment is completely off the table when it comes to getting dressed. Freshen up your love for intricate detail by reaching for a geisha- inspired jacket instead of a beaded blazer. You will be delighted by how much lighter you feel.

*Jacket from Designs by Dennis Tapp, 2212A Holiday Manor Center in Louisville,, 502.384.6885

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