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Free People dress |  DIG, Saugerties; Bohemian look with beaded neckline, can be dressy or casual

Havaianas flip-flops | DIG, Saugerties

Bracelets | Rambling Rose Boutique, New Paltz

Wonderful Whirls of Color

Colors pop, retro reigns in stay-cool styles

Photos by Donald Kennedy

This summer’s fashions are all about joie de vivre, celebration and just plain fun. So says Daisy Bolle, owner of DIG boutique in Saugerties. “This year, more than ever, colors provide a pop of fun. For a long time, I’ve always loved colors, and now customers are embracing them, as well.”

“Color is a lot more flattering to the skin,” says Julie Mazur, owner of Rambling Rose in New Paltz. Although her store carries a section of black and white – “a trend going forward,” she says – her customers are also enjoying emerald green, coral, blue and navy mixed with lime.

Feminine and retro are also strong looks for summer. “People are going nuts for dresses,” she says. “Little shift dresses; cool easy dresses, easy wash-and-wear.”

Looks from the 1950s and 1960s, inspired by TV’s “Mad Men,” are having an impact. “The look is ladylike; getting dressed up,” says Mazur. Retro accessories such as quilted handbags with chain straps are also hits, she says. The popularity of bright hues and cool easy dresses is connected to the fact that we waited so long for warm temperatures after a long, cold winter.

“Now, we get out there and enjoy ourselves,” says Bolle. “It’s just a celebration.”

Maya Papaya sweater |  DIG, Saugerties; lightweight and a great layering piece

Brighton earrings | Rambling Rose Boutique, New Paltz

Lauren Vidal dress | DIG, Saugerties; sheer layer over red slip; can wear as a dress or tunic with leggings

Pink House bracelet | DIG, Saugerties

Baked Beads earrings |  Rambling Rose Boutique, New Paltz

Straw hat | Isabella’s On Main, New Paltz

Goddis sweater | DIG, Saugerties; wrap sweater; cute with jeans or leggings

Havaianas flip-flops | DIG, Saugerties

Elly Preston necklace | Rambling Rose Boutique, New Paltz

Gold Hawk dress | DIG, Saugerties; sheer; can be worn open or belted

Havaianas flip-flops | DIG, Saugerties

Alexis Bittar bracelets, Baked Bead earrings | Rambling Rose Boutique, New Paltz

XCVI pants | DIG, Saugerties

Bali White Shrug | Rambling Rose Boutique, New Paltz

Straw hat | San Diego Hat Co., DIG, Saugerties

Earrings | Verde, New Paltz

Havaianas flip-flops | DIG, Saugerties

Ella Moss dress | A 1920s flapper vibe, with gold threads and sparkles

Havaianas flip-flops, Pink necklace (worn as headband) | DIG, Saugerties

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