Short Shorts, 'Happy' Colors Are In, Experts Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Summer officially begins Friday, kicking off the season of weddings, barbecues and all manner of outdoor events.

So what are you going to wear? On Tuesday, CBS 2’s Emily Smith learned about the season’s biggest trends.

Look all around and you will probably notice what might be the first biggest trend for summer 2013 – short shorts. You will see them on the streets and in stores – in denim, lace and mixed patterns.

“It’s about shorts city shorts,” said Ann Sherman, owner of Darling in the West Village. “They are also good in the country, but they are everywhere.”

Sherman said for a barbecue, go with the shorts look and even wear heels to dress up a fun trend.

For work, anything navy blue is all the rage. So are stripes.

For a wedding, try a bright yellow or orange dress.

Wallpaper patterns are also back in fashion. Kim Kardashian got mixed reviews donning floral at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gala.

Style expert George Brescia said a light and flowing floral dress could be just right.

“It’s very feminine; it’s lightweight cotton,” he said.

Brescia also loves the lace look, “which is so pretty and so feminine, and actually, this has a peplum on it, and so we’re still seeing the peplum.”

There is also the sheer trend. Some garments are so sheer it might just be shocking.

“What do we do? Just wear a little camisole underneath, and you get sheer flowy romantic look with shorts or jeans,” Brescia said.

For hair, braids are in – but not for an everyday look.

“The wet trend is really in too, right? Slicked-back hair, beautiful side part, pony tail — very chic,” Brescia said.

And are you still not sure what to stock your closet with? Brescia said use neon sparingly, and as for shoes – no to jellies; yes to flats, Espadrilles and white canvas sneakers.

“I think the wedge is the safest, and I say break out that heel because it flexes the leg,” Brescia said.

As for the color of summer, think happy. Brescia said this summer, happiness comes in any shade of green.

For jewelry, experts said to go with chunky necklaces in chalky white or shades of blue. And overall, experts advise trying to be aware of what looks best on you, and not simply what is in style.

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