The hot, hot, hot trend this summer is the cool appeal of carnations. Beautifully perforated in crisp cotton or loosely shaped from flowing knitting, the eyelets are the essential feature for 2014. This fabulous look can completely turn the changes in your summer wardrobe upside down, be it a simple eyelet detail on the claudine collar, a geometric panel in a tunic top, or you go all the distance and opt for a dress with a debauchery of lace holes. You may like the order of a series of carnations, or maybe you prefer your carnations with geometric or floral patterns. But whatever your choice, there is something that can please your heart.
What are the must-have items this year?
This year’s must-have items include flattering panties, long or short crop tops, soft sweatpants and fancy dresses with a nod to the tennis dress. Whether you want comfortable casual wear, something for the office or an elegant dress for evening drinks, the eyelets are everywhere.
The crop top is more popular than ever. A short top with wide eyelets and short sleeves goes perfectly with linen shorts and strappy sandals for a relaxed day, while a tight-fitting top with square eyelets at the neck and sleeves can go perfectly with skinny pants and wet-look heels for a more upscale style. And the trend of eyelets is not limited to cotton-style fabrics; a loose tunic of open mesh over shorts of aged jeans will give an alternative feeling.
The new focus on panties adds a tailored touch to this season’s look. Double-layered panties with a satin underlay and eyelet overlay are fabulous when worn with a loose tunic top.
Dynamic dresses and skirts
Dresses with eyelets are a wonderful way to emphasize your femininity. For a carefree look, choose a pastel blue sixties-style mini dress with sleeves at the elbows and straight horizontal stripes for contrast, worn with washed-out denim shorts. Or maybe a fifties-inspired tennis dress with English embroidery, with a button placket on the front and a matching eyelet band around the waist. The overlay effect is also very popular, like a simple ruched skirt of a shorter length, paired with a spaghetti top and a wide leather belt to emphasize the waist.
Whether custom-made or casual, paneled inserts or full fullness, the eyelet trend for 2014 has so many styles and variations that you’re sure to find something you like this summer.