Bright colors and bold patterns sizzle this summer

Special to her magazineJune 26, 2013 

Spice up your summer wardrobe with color, patterns and texture.

Maxi dresses continue to dominate summer style. Flirty, yet modest, the maxi dress touches the ground, offering full coverage of your lower body. It keeps you cool and pretty and can be worn by day or night.

For a casual and cute daytime look, wear eyelet shorts with a colorful and flowy top.

Add pizzaz to your evening look with sequins or lace.

Our model, Kayra Velez donned a sequin peplum blouse and toned it down with black button shorts. The combo had her looking dressed-up, flirty and comfortable in the Georgia heat.

Kayra has lived in Columbus since she was 4 years old. Her family is originally from Puerto Rico. She's the marketing manager at the River Valley Regional Commission, and an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields dermatologists.

"My favorite things to get dressed up for are date nights and work functions. I like to make sure I look good for each of these because first impressions really do make a difference!" she says.

Her favorite summer activity is having pool days on the weekends. "There's nothing better than sharing drinks and laughs with some good friends while you're poolside," she says.

The most important items in her summer wardrobe are bright, colorful dresses.

"They're great for easy throw-and-go when you're in a rush, and they make a bold fashion statement," she says.

Kayra models clothes from The Buzz Boutique at The Landings. Sweet Frog provided a perfect day-look setting for the photoshoot while Cafe Le Rue was an ideal evening backdrop.

The Buzz Boutique

2495 Airport Thruway, Columbus

706-320-9070

11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cafe Le Rue

2523 Airport Thruway, Columbus

706-507-5857

11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sweet Frog

2511 Airport Thruway, Columbus

706-507-6633

11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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