It is a fact already that soft nude shades are so hot for spring/summer 2011. Inject some style and femininity into your wardrobe choosing flowing fabrics in second-skin shades that seem to be the perfect alternative to all those bold, vibrant colors that exploded across the collections. And the new Orla Kiely line comes with amazing light flesh tones that can add a romantic yet nonchalant flair to your appearance. Get a fresh and natural look wearing an adorable mini dress. Still, keep in mind that for this trend it is not mandatory to be tanned, as pale is ‘in’ and can be sexy too.

Besides nude shades, brown and beige are also on-trend. You can use these practical colors in order to create elegant, versatile outfits in no time. Team them with bold accessories that look great in the summer.

Black is the new black. One must admit that there is nothing more elegant and versatile than the old faithful black. This color has the optical power to slim the silhouette and therefore boost self-confidence. Moreover, a mini black dress can save you from every fashion crisis, while a black pair of pants or a blouse can easily be matched to any item into your wardrobe. The Orla Kiely spring/summer 2011 collection contains some chic pieces in solid colors that are perfect for those who want to go slow and stick to the classics.

What better way to celebrate the warm season than by choosing the already famous and summer-appropriate navy blue? It makes us think about a beautiful vacation on the French Riviera and a delicious, fruity cocktail.

Prints, prints, prints! They are everywhere for summer 2011 and we don’t mind as they are playful and utterly sweet. Embrace this trend and keep your shoes and accessories simple in order to let the print stand out. Orla Kiely has a rather unique way to use prints taking us into a magic world with a special vintage vibe. If you want to add a dainty touch, team a printed dress or skirt with a belt. From polka dots and stripes to graphic and fruits, make a fashion statement through one-of-a-kind, eye-catching items.

Brights are without any doubt our biggest crush for the forthcoming season. Even though they might seem as a rather complicated trend, in fact, it is not that hard to shine in a vibrant hue. Now is the best moment to mix and match at ease, feeling free to combine all the summery color offerings. With the catwalks providing numerous options, your task will be more than easy. Ever wished to pair red and pink? Well, now you have the chance to do it. Still, if you want something lighter, just pick one bright-colored dress and some simple accessories and you’re ready to go.

Photos courtesy of Orla Kiely