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Fashion briefs: Sexy summer trends are out there

| Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Jason Merritt, courtesy of People Style Watch
Charlize Theron in a Jason Wu jumpsuit and Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets and earrings.

People Style Watch advises how to make the most of what you've got in the season's hottest trends.

Cutout dresses: Skin-baring details at your waist, back and bust are so modern — just decide how much you want to reveal.

Jumpsuits: With eye-catching one-shoulder halter and deep-V necklines, a slip-on-and-go jumpsuit is effortlessly glam. Charlize Theron rocks a Jason Wu jumpsuit and Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets and earrings in People Style Watch magazine and on its website.

Crop tops & skirts: Tanks or bustiers with coordinating high-waisted skirts look fashion-forward and show just enough skin.

Silky shorts: These skirt alternatives are a great way to play up your legs. Try printed or solid pairs with details like beading and tuxedo stripes.

See your shadow

Allure magazine gives tips for striking silver:

When it's hot, a full face of makeup feels as comfortable as a fur coat. But throwing on a cool silver shadow or liner looks smart and stylish in a hurry.

Silver liner: Flicked along the crease and lash lines, “silver is futuristic and fresh,” says makeup artist Pat McGrath. If you're going for just “fresh,” trace your upper lash line with a silver liner and your lower one with a black waterproof pencil.

Silver shadow: For an icy haze, like the one makeup artist Peter Philips created for Chanel's runway show, swipe a creamy silver shadow over just your lids with your finger. Finish by tracing a black eyeliner pencil along both the upper and lower lashes. “Without that definition, your eyes disappear,” Philips says.

Silver highlighter: Still attached to your everyday brown or gray shadow? Fine, keep wearing it on your lids — but try smudging a silver powder shadow with just a hint of shimmer at the inner corners of your eyes. Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey used the trick at the Gianfranco Ferre show to make the models' eyes look wide open.

Sparkle and shine

You can do sparkle and shine together, says Cindy Weber-Cleary, InStyle fashion director.

• Shiny surfaces play an optical illusion. They make things appear larger than they really are. You may not want to wear satin pants, for example, if you are self-conscious about your hips and thighs (as I am).

• Use reflective pieces strategically by putting them on your slimmest body part to balance your figure.

• The easiest approach is to mix matte and shine: a cotton T-shirt with a silvery skirt, or a poplin suit with a sparkling copper-color tote.

Summer style

Glamour senior fashion editor Rajni Lucienne Jacques offers summer's coolest trends.

All that's holey is now holy: I'm no girly-girl, but that won't stop me from rocking the ladylike lace that came down the spring runways. Try a little as accent, or wear it all over (with nice underpinnings, of course).

Tommy's all about Malibu chic: Tommy Hilfiger has a new limited-edition line, Surf Shack, full of Cali-preppy pieces. And he's gone artsy with one-of-a-kind surfboards that he created with five artists. Into it all.

Tiny flowers are on everything: And they make any outfit even better. Vans and Levi's have teamed with Liberty of London to use their sweet prints. I'd wear two pieces at a time.

It bags are back: I'm saving for one from the new luxe Missoni line. My favorite: the satchel.

Make your own: The classic Ferragamo Vara shoes turn 35 this year. To celebrate, customize your own at icona.ferragamo.com.

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