By Anitra Mitchell of Mainstream Boutique

Orange, yellow, turquoise, pink. As I look around the park and morning drop off at school I know that warm weather has arrived! It’s time to pack away the sweaters (not that we really needed them this past winter) and bring out the sundresses, shorts and skirts. With tangerine tango being the official color of 2012, this vibrant hue brings with it promises of a colorful closet for the warmer months.

Solid pieces are a staple in any wardrobe,but strong prints will be making a statement this summer. Ikat, better known as Aztec print, has many variations, but its common theme is the Native American look with geometric shapes.This print is showing up on tops, dresses, and accessories.

Floral prints can be found in the form of the ditsy print which is the very feminine small flower. This summer you will also see floral prints making a very bold statement. This large print looks amazing  on a tunic top paired with capri length leggings and wedge shoes.

Polka dots have gotten a major face lift this season. This traditional print is a classic that you may already have in your closet. You will also find this cute dot showing up as a more abstract circular pattern.

Designers are playing with hemlines this season in the form of short in the front and long in the back, as well as pointed tips over the hips.  This is a very flattering look on all ages and sizes.  Asymmetrical is on trend for 2012.

The maxi dress has proven to have staying power and is back stronger than ever for 2012.  From bold prints to solids, there is a maxi dress to fit your unique style.

The dolman sleeve is one of my personal favorite trends.  The sleeve is created with a large armhole that tapers down.  This is another flattering look on many different body types.

The building blocks to every fashion forward closet lies in the basics. Proper fitting camisoles, leggings, bandeau tops and bras are essential.
**Nicole Monaghan of Mainstream Boutique in Apple Valley, MN, contributed to this post. Click here to view televised segments from Mainstream Boutique (Apple Valley, MN) on fashion topics such as spring looks, accessories, and even a transformation reveal.  
About Mainstream Boutique (Winston-Salem)

My mother, Charlotte Parris, and I (Anitra Mitchell) have been traveling the Carolinas and Georgia since last June offering unique and affordable clothing and accessories to women of all ages, styles and sizes from small to a selection of XXL. Being able to bring a personal shopping experience to every woman is our passion. We are excited to announce the grand opening of our Winston Salem store this July at 110 Oakwood (across from Thruway Shopping Center beside Starbucks and Curtis VanDavis Salon). We have all styles mentioned above and many more to choose from. If you would like to shop with us before then you can view our events page here  (click on the Winston Salem franchise) to see where we will be traveling next. You can also host an event at your home, school, church, work or other venue and earn free clothes or to raise money for your favorite group or charity. Please “like” our Facebook page  and join us in the countdown to opening day and to view current fashions as they arrive. Let us share a personal shopping experience with you very soon!