Summer Style 

The Flyer hits the streets to find out what fashionistas are wearing this season.

We originally were drawn to Regina Washington's haltered maxi because of its colorful pattern, but then we saw the beaded neckline and all her beautiful jewelry. Washington says she wore the dress because she wanted to be comfortable.

Justin Fox Burks

We originally were drawn to Regina Washington's haltered maxi because of its colorful pattern, but then we saw the beaded neckline and all her beautiful jewelry. Washington says she wore the dress because she wanted to be comfortable.

For the last few years, the Flyer has plunged headlong into fashion editorial spreads, conducting elaborate photo shoots with thousands of models, million-dollar production budgets, and featuring the most recent trends from local retailers. Or not.

This season, we thought we'd do something a little different. Given the economy, we wanted to focus on what fashionable Memphians already are wearing. Are you digging into the back of your closet and finding things you haven't worn in years? Are you shopping less? Accessorizing more? Buying knock-offs instead of designer clothes?

Armed with a camera and a notebook, we hit the streets in search of answers. Even in this economy, we found a lot of people who looked really good. Some mixed new with vintage, some said they scored at sales, and some told us the best places to go to get good deals.

Short shorts and maxi dresses might be big this summer, but personal style seems to be the most important trend of all.

For more, visit the Flyer's new fashion blog, Style Sessions.

click to enlarge Ada Askew’s little black - BCBG dress from Macy’s is the perfect example of a classic day-to-night piece. - “I wear it to work a lot, and I go out in it,” she says. “And I got a really good deal on it.” - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • Ada Askew’s little black BCBG dress from Macy’s is the perfect example of a classic day-to-night piece. “I wear it to work a lot, and I go out in it,” she says. “And I got a really good deal on it.”
click to enlarge Jessica Robinson’s colorful, Egyptian-inspired maxi dress is certainly eye-catching. - Though it can be worn with straps or without, Robinson says, “I like it better strapless, because I like to show off my shoulders.” - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • Jessica Robinson’s colorful, Egyptian-inspired maxi dress is certainly eye-catching.Though it can be worn with straps or without, Robinson says, “I like it better strapless, because I like to show off my shoulders.”
click to enlarge Rocking a summer scarf, a home-made bracelet as a cuff, and a tank top, 19-year-old Loran McNeely says her personal style is typical Urban Outfitters. - “Whatever I have, I wear,” she says. - Her favorite part of her outfit? The boots she wore during downtown's Zombie March in April. - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • Rocking a summer scarf, a home-made bracelet as a cuff, and a tank top, 19-year-old Loran McNeely says her personal style is typical Urban Outfitters. “Whatever I have, I wear,” she says.Her favorite part of her outfit? The boots she wore during downtown's Zombie March in April.
click to enlarge With menswear-inspired vests making a comeback, Jennifer Sciubba pulled an old favorite out of her closet. - “I’ve had this vest since probably 1990, and it came back. I knew it would. It’s a classic,” she says. “I wore it even when it wasn’t in style.” - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • With menswear-inspired vests making a comeback, Jennifer Sciubba pulled an old favorite out of her closet.“I’ve had this vest since probably 1990, and it came back. I knew it would. It’s a classic,” she says. “I wore it even when it wasn’t in style.”
click to enlarge When we caught up with this couple in Cooper-Young, we thought they looked - casual but cute. - Whitney Bearman was wearing a sleeveless Liquid top with a tie at the neck, retro heels, and high-waisted jeans because “they’re flattering on all body types.” - Seth Regenold was wearing a white - button-down with Diesel jeans because he - “was going out with a beautiful girl.” - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • When we caught up with this couple in Cooper-Young, we thought they looked casual but cute. Whitney Bearman was wearing a sleeveless Liquid top with a tie at the neck, retro heels, and high-waisted jeans because “they’re flattering on all body types.” Seth Regenold was wearing a white button-down with Diesel jeans because he “was going out with a beautiful girl.”
click to enlarge When we saw 23-year-old Giselle Rouson, we thought her Forever 21 dress was a great color. But the story really came down to the belt, which we had assumed — wrongly — was part of the dress. - “This is my ribbon that I tie on everything,” Rouson says. “It dresses things up.” - Though it was her first time wearing the dress, she’s had the ribbon for a long time. - “I can’t even remember what it came on,” she says. “Maybe a skirt?” - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • When we saw 23-year-old Giselle Rouson, we thought her Forever 21 dress was a great color. But the story really came down to the belt, which we had assumed — wrongly — was part of the dress.“This is my ribbon that I tie on everything,” Rouson says. “It dresses things up.” Though it was her first time wearing the dress, she’s had the ribbon for a long time.“I can’t even remember what it came on,” she says. “Maybe a skirt?”
click to enlarge Sarah Pesavento calls her personal style “a mix of vintage pieces and new pieces.” - Either way, we thought she looked very put together. - At a Peabody rooftop party, she was wearing a sleeveless top from H&M, shoes from Aldo, and Hudson jeans. But it was her thrift-store sunglasses she called her faves because “they cost $3, and they’re enormous.” - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • Sarah Pesavento calls her personal style “a mix of vintage pieces and new pieces.”Either way, we thought she looked very put together. At a Peabody rooftop party, she was wearing a sleeveless top from H&M, shoes from Aldo, and Hudson jeans. But it was her thrift-store sunglasses she called her faves because “they cost $3, and they’re enormous.”
click to enlarge Lorin DeMun calls her personal style “imaginative and practical with a flair,” which makes perfect sense for the dress she’s wearing. When she found it at Goodwill, it swept the ground. - “I cut it off. It’s a little crooked, but it’s comfortable,” she says. - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • Lorin DeMun calls her personal style “imaginative and practical with a flair,” which makes perfect sense for the dress she’s wearing. When she found it at Goodwill, it swept the ground. “I cut it off. It’s a little crooked, but it’s comfortable,” she says.
click to enlarge When we spotted Frankie Manuel downtown, she looked like summer in this sundress from Forever 21 and freshly refurbished boots. - “I got them a million years ago,” she says of the boots. “They go with everything.” - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • When we spotted Frankie Manuel downtown, she looked like summer in this sundress from Forever 21 and freshly refurbished boots. “I got them a million years ago,” she says of the boots. “They go with everything.”
click to enlarge After watching “Ocean's Thirteen” earlier in the day, Melissa Shaw Hurt and Joey Hurt used the movie as inspiration for their outfits that night. - Melissa wore a dress she got from the Gap about 10 years ago and added a sash from the Limited. - She also picked out Joey’s outfit: Giorgio Armani khakis with a long-sleeved black shirt. - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • After watching “Ocean's Thirteen” earlier in the day, Melissa Shaw Hurt and Joey Hurt used the movie as inspiration for their outfits that night.Melissa wore a dress she got from the Gap about 10 years ago and added a sash from the Limited. She also picked out Joey’s outfit: Giorgio Armani khakis with a long-sleeved black shirt.
click to enlarge Jim Duong loves his Creative Recreation shoes and his teddy bear “bling,” but we were interested in the denim capris he picked up from Mid-South Veterans. - “These jeans are girls’,” he says, “but I cut them off myself. They’re tighter than I thought they’d be, but they’re stretch jeans, so it’s okay. Guys’ jeans don’t stretch at all.” - JUSTIN FOX BURKS
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  • Jim Duong loves his Creative Recreation shoes and his teddy bear “bling,” but we were interested in the denim capris he picked up from Mid-South Veterans. “These jeans are girls’,” he says, “but I cut them off myself. They’re tighter than I thought they’d be, but they’re stretch jeans, so it’s okay. Guys’ jeans don’t stretch at all.”

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