Summer tips and trends from area pros

By Natasha Bourlin

Each summer, wardrobes bloom like the colorful flowers outside. Since summertime shopping can seem overwhelming, this fashionable guide will share current trends and help you hunt down everything from haute couture to affordable attire this season.

Fabulously funky

With her two locations, Concepts by Fine ‘N Funky at The Summit in Reno, and Fine ‘N Funky in Tahoe City, president Lisa Arnbrister knows fashion. For 2018, she says athleisure is still as hot as the summer days. Popular colors this season include nudes, golden yellows and soft lilacs. Her shops are filled with colorful, printed festival wear; items inspired by European fashion trends, like printed dresses with tiered ruffles; international couture by Australian and French brands; plus jewelry, accessories and shoes. And men aren’t forgotten here — find summer wedding gear, plus men’s board shorts, t-shirts and other surf-genre items. shopfinenfunky.com

Mindful Midtown

In Midtown, chic is trending — both the Boho and casual varieties. There are many fashionable places to shop that feature affordable, unusual and eye-catching pieces.

Mindfulness rules at Hello Yoga, where they stock comfortable items for men and women made from recycled or eco-conscious fabrics. They’re bringing in tons of trending rompers, and pieces in soft tones, pastels, ginghams and ombres for summer. helloyogashop.com

Nomad Boutique
Nomad Boutique

Next door, Nomad Boutique has colorful beach bags, swimsuits, coverups, hats, maxi-dresses, bodysuits and bralets, plus locally made jewelry and an uber-cool new line of Quay Australia sunglasses. They also have a location in Truckee with great summer wares. nomadboutique.com

Sierra Belle Boutique boasts small quantities of fresh fashions so shoppers can avoid those awkward moments at parties when you walk in wearing the same thing as someone else. Jewelry and shoes complement the trending clean lines, stripes and lightweight basics they’re offering this summer. shopsierrabelle.com

Just across Virginia Street, find retro- and pin-up-inspired female fashions at Dressed Like That, including vintage-looking dresses in tropical prints, high-waisted swimsuits, tap shorts and more, with sizes fitting for any body. Newcomer Sittie and Sage features contemporary women’s clothing in neutral colors, plus classic stripes and polka dots, and strives to offer pieces usable year-round, not just seasonally. dressedlikethat.com; sittieandsage.com

chic is trending — both the Boho and casual varieties

Savvy Boutique
Savvy Boutique

Tahoe trends

In South Lake Tahoe, the Village Center touts trendy shops like Savvy, with labels like Free People, Frye and Lucky, plus everything from handbags and shoes, to lacy shirts and a little black dress. A bounty of notable brands and items for both men and women are offered at Sidestreet Boutique, including shoes, handbags, jewelry and even tuxedo rentals. At Artifacts, find globally inspired jewelry, kimonos and textiles. villagecentertahoe.com

Little Blue House by Hatley
Little Blue House by Hatley

Nearby, the Shops at Heavenly have a plethora to peruse, from socks to sunglasses, and t-shirts to jewelry. Visit Earthbound Trading Co. for trends like colorful jumpers, cute crop tops, fashionable fanny packs (they do exist these days), nature-inspired chokers and long necklaces. At Little Blue House by Hatley, whimsical wear for the whole family can be found, like rustic, animal-themed clothing, swimwear, quippy t-shirts and longwearing pajamas, including fun union suits. theshopsatheavenly.com

Little Blue House by Hatley
Little Blue House by Hatley

In Tahoe City, Alpenglow Sports carries outdoorsy fashions, trendy trucker hats, sweatshirts to fend off that Tahoe chill, plus shoes and gear to take on any trail this summer. alpenglowsports.com

Stylish savings

At the Outlets at Sparks, dozens of outlet stores offer affordable fashions for the whole family. Across the complex, patterns abound this season, especially tropical-themed prints. Teens and the young-at-heart can head to H&M and Forever 21 for summer trends. Banana Republic and the LOFT Outlet offer warm-weather attire for the professional, and stores like Scheels and Gap fill in everything in between. outletsatsparks.com

Hit these area hotspots to keep the whole family fashion forward this summer. Happy trend hunting!