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A printed caftan is a perfect summer pick.
By "Today" Style Editor
updated 5/20/2005 12:09:47 PM ET 2005-05-20T16:09:47

Looking for a quick way to update your summer wardrobe?

Just pick up one of this season’s charming printed pieces and make it your signature for the next few months.

It could be almost anything — a printed handbag, a pair of shoes or a versatile caftan that you can wear from day to night.

It’s an easier look to achieve than you may think — and it’s all right here in the latest edition of our weekly fashion-and-beauty update.

Life is a bag of cherries...

Cherries jubilee
If you love the vintage look or have a soft spot for the sweet and whimsical, then you will adore the bold, vintage-inspired fruit prints that are hitting the stores right now. They’re just juicy enough to add a dash of the unexpected to your summer style, such as this tongue-in-chic handbag from Juicy Couture ($195). It’s a lot of fashion in a very small and versatile package.

Trend Tip:
You will also find fruit prints on cute little wallets, coin purses and on charms that you clip on to your handbag. Watermelons and cherries are the hot fruits, so keep your eyes peeled!

Say it with flowers.

English garden
Not all florals are sweet and innocent.  A case in point is the gorgeous print dress shown here from J. Crew ($128) — with its botanical inspiration and dramatic, all-over pattern, it turns the concept of “floral” into a lush bouquet. This look is likely to last, and this summer you will find some sophisticated, pretty prints to wear for years to come.

Trend Tip:
To make sure the floral print you love this year will also be a fave in the future, choose a design printed on a neutral-colored background such as white, ivory, navy or black.

Pareos are versatile and stylish.

Bali high
Summer is the perfect time to wear big, splashy, ethnic-inspired prints, and this year, the pareo is one of the best ways to show them off. They’re sizzling hot right now, and you don’t have to be on vacation to pick one up — you’ll find pareos at your local Ann Taylor ($49, shown here), Target, Urban Outfitters or your favorite department store (look in the swimwear department for the best prints).

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The pareo is a large, printed piece of fabric that can be wrapped, tied and worn in multiple ways — as a dress, a halter, a skirt (or sarong) or as sash, wrap or shawl. Go for it!

These prints were made for walking...

Give me Liberty…
The classic look of tiny, all-over floral prints is sparking a fashion frenzy in trendsetters from 12 to 92. Liberty of London, a London-based fabric house (and department store), has specialized in these charming little prints for decades. In 2005, they’ve turned “Liberty prints” into a household name with the creation of co-branded pieces with the likes of Liz Claiborne, J. Crew, Lands’ End and Isaac Mizrahi for Target. The best-sellers? Long-sleeved and sleeveless printed shirts.

Trend Tip:
Love this look? Go for the unexpected, such as a watercolor Liberty print on a wear-everywhere summer skimmer (shown here from Delman, $215).

It's an instant vacation!

Fashionista tourista
Want one of the trendiest looks of the season? Then jump right into a “tourista” printed skirt — a style that’s gone straight from the designer runways to your local Old Navy ($26.50). Pair it with a simple tank or tee, a few layered, wood-bead necklaces and a pair of espadrilles, and you are the poster child of style for Summer 2005. Enjoy!

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Live in your skirt this summer because this trend will be over by Labor Day. If you don’t want to go full speed, try a “tourista” printed scarf from the ’50s — check out your local vintage stores or the Salvation Army.

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

firstVIEW is the primary supplier of photos to Fashion Friday. Go to www.firstVIEW.com for the latest pictures from top fashion shows around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Brazil, New Zealand, South Korea and more.

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