Anyone else noticing the surf/wetsuit influence infiltrating some of the Resort 2012 collections? Summer is a great time to test out bright, sporty looks and the zip up dresses from Michael Kors or the rash guard inspired tops from Derek Lam are the perfect inspiration to get you started. Check out a few of my favorite designer translations of the trend, plus get great BurdaStyle patterns to make your own fresh and modern surfer girl look!
For the Resort season, both Michael Kors and McQ showcased surf-inspired looks that are a great balance between sporty and sexy. Michael’s girls look like modern day Bond femme fatals with their zip-up dresses, sleek shades and hip packs. A really easy way to get this look is to add a large exposed zipper to the front of a simple, form-fitting dress, top or pants.
Derek Lam made the rash guard chic for Spring by pairing it with streamlined skirts for an overall sporty feel that doesn’t look like you literally just got off your board.
Speaking of rash guards, these adorable ones from Pret-a-Surf are fashionable both in and out of the water.
Stylist/swimwear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez’s sporty bikinis and one-pieces are among my favorite beachwear options, while her dresses, skirts and bodysuits translate the look perfectly from beach party to cocktail party.
Last year, the Proenza Schouler boys injected a healthy dose of surf chic into their Resort and Spring collections with board shorts, bikini tops and sleek, form-fitting tops.
Meanwhile, Canadian fashion glossy Flare and the Anna Dello Russo-helmed Vogue Nippon picked up on the trend last summer and ran their own editorial variations on the look:
Ready to try the look for yourself? I pulled together a few BurdaStyle patterns to help you create your own take on surf chic.
While the silhouettes are generally simple and sleek, you can play with color and pattern within the piece and if all else fails, just stitch in a bold exposed zipper and you’re good to go! Who else is feeling the surf-chic vibe for Summer?
Photos via Fashion Gone Rogue, Vogue, Style.com, Lisa Marie Fernandez and Pret-a-Surf.