Summer is here, and stylist Lala Trips knows just how to get your looks ready for the warm days and nights ahead.
The 32-year-old Detroit native took her 10 years of experience working in the fashion retail industry — doing styling, visual merchandising, and more for Halston, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, and Intermix — and recently created her consulting agency, The LT Studio. Through her burgeoning business, Trips does personal styling and closet edits for female entrepreneurs and public figures; consulting for small fashion brands and retail stores; and public speaking.
Here, she breaks down (and models) a few summer trends, gives tips for incorporating them into your wardrobe, and recommends a few shops.
Check out Trips’ website — lalatrips.com — for more information on her services, to shop her looks, and to see her top picks for fashion, home, and lifestyle items.
Trend: Bold Colors
After these turbulent couple of years, Trips says, people are craving to dress up more — and to do that with vibrantly-hued garments. “The statement colors like the green — we’re not going to get away from that green color that Bottega [Veneta] famously created,” Trips says. “So, we’re going to see variations of that green, whether it’s the ‘Bottega green,’ the grass green, or maybe a lime green.” Trips also says orange and hot pink are having their moments this season, too.
Pro Tip: If you want to incorporate these statement colors in small doses, Trips recommends using vibrant accessories or pairing an all-black look with a single colorful item. “Whether that’s through a handbag, a scarf, maybe a jacket, a blazer — I think there are easy ways to add it into the wardrobe.”
Trend: Optical Illusion
An intriguing print or pattern, Trips says, can inspire some fun, maximalist looks. And with patterned or printed sets, the outfit possibilities are endless. “What I think is so cool about the [patterned] sets or suits is that you can take that look and wear it together for a nice, bold statement. But then you can take those pieces and wear them separately, getting multiple uses from those pieces.”
Pro Tip: Trips suggests wearing a patterned or printed garment in a softer pastel color if you’re looking for a toned-down yet still bold look.
Trend: Y2K Fashion
Not everyone is looking to embrace the fashions of the late ’90s/early aughts (Low-rise jeans? No, thanks …). But Trips says there are ways to take some style elements of that period and modernize them. “My take on the 2000s trend is a cute little crop top or a little sports bra. But I would keep it there with a high-waisted or a mid-rise [pair of jeans],” she says. “That way, it feels just a little bit more modern and fresh, opposed to completely of
Pro Tip: Another Trips-approved look is a bralette with a chic blazer and pair of trousers. Take this outfit to the next level by making it a monochromatic ensemble.
Plus, 3 Local Shop Recommendations from Lala Trips
This up-and-coming streetwear brand created by Detroit-based designer Erica Hobson offers a selection of T-shirts, hoodies, trucker hats, and elevated basics. For a pop of color, Trips recommends the Luff Essentials Slit Pant (she owns a pair in the brand’s Kelly Green colorway). beinluff.com
S. McGee Collection
Fashion designer, illustrator, and Detroit native Shawna McGee brings her illustrations to life on her silk kimonos and scarves. Trips loves the New York-based designer’s Eye See You Kimono. “Pair the kimonos over swimwear for a resort pool look or with a silk tank, denim shorts or jeans, and strappy heels for a fun night look,” she says. smcgeecollection.com
This Detroit-based contemporary women’s boutique, Trips says, has something for anyone looking to dabble in Y2K trends. For a chic top you can dress up or down, Trips likes their Open Your Eyes Top, available in green and black. shopbirdbee.com
This story is from the June 2022 issue of Hour Detroit. Read more our digital edition.