If this summer of short shorts, mercilessly skinny pants, leather and latex bodysuits, snug rompers, and sheer maxis wasn't enough of a visual tip-off, the MTV Video Music Awards certainly confirmed it: The mons pubis is having a fashion moment.
Private parts clearly aren't private on celebrity red carpets. Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards was replete with sheer gowns that revealed many a performer's, well, cash and prizes. It seems we've been there and done that with super-high splits, deep decolletage, and even a few nipple flashes.
Cropped pants are making hard stops at the ankle. The trendlet Ankle-length pants - whether boyfriend jeans or cotton twill skinnies - are jazzing up the classic blouse, toning down the graphic T, and dressing up the backless yoga tank. Heels are optional.
After almost a decade of bohemian-inspired back-to-school fashions, this year's young trendsetters are blending classically preppy looks - appropriate plaids, pastels, and khakis - into their fringe and graphic-print-filled wardrobes.
On any given day, a waist-defining skirt in a polka dot or floral print is a cute option. The trendlet Sheaths, peplum frocks, cold-shoulder blouses, and wide-legged trousers made from West African fabrics are giving the centuries-old textile techniques quite a modern flavor.
They both wore white: Melania Trump in a beautiful sheath, and Hillary Clinton in a chic pantsuit. For both, it was a great choice. The color is trendy, and it symbolizes clarity, honesty, purity, and fresh starts, all important to the public images and brands of Trump and Clinton.
Fierce blowouts - straightened hair that has been hot-curled into gentle waves - are the reason women hightail it to the salon once, sometimes twice, a week, and especially before special occasions. But what if you could get the same look and forfeit those salon trips for up to three months?
Elizabeth Wellington is the fashion columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She covers celebrity style, pop-culture and the burgeoning local designer scene.