Sasee Styles: Tips & Trends from the Experts

By Leslie Moore

We love clothes! What’s hot this season?


Beth from Pawleys Island Wear says you can’t go wrong with classic styles, including stripes, A-line skirts and light weight denim.

Add a few trendy pieces to your look, such as sporty mesh, sequins and sparkle or “loud and proud” plaid for an instant upgrade. I love the soft feminine style and the natural hues of the season such as blush tones, pale blue, hazy taupe and white. These colors evoke a clean look while bringing simplicity and comfort to your wardrobe. Don’t forget to add a cute clutch, printed silk scarf and one of our favorites, statement earrings.


Monica from Bleu Boutique says romantic styles are fun and on trend.

I love pieces that go from day to night, such as boho tunics with bell sleeves, layered, floor-dusting skirts with hobo pockets, crocheted dresses with lace-trimmed camie slips, lace dusters and colorful kimonos.


Patty at Centro Shoes tells us the gladiator look is HUGE!

Sam Edelman and Seychelles both have a tall gladiator that laces up the leg for the girl that is strong and bold. These shoes pair well with boho maxi dresses or skirts. We also carry a shorter version for the girl that wants the look, but isn’t as trendy. Fringe is still in – we saw it back in the fall on booties, and it has carried over to spring on sandals. These cute kicks pair well with cut-off denim shorts. Of course, this is South Carolina, so you can’t forget about the classic Jack Rogers sandals. We have tons of colors in stock for your prepster to don with their favorite Lilly Pulitzer dress.

Don’t forget hair and makeup!


Meredith of M. Brooke Salon & Spa gave some great tips for hair and makeup.

This season, we’re looking for sun kissed and natural hair – we’ll be doing hand-painted highlights, not foil. Braids and beachwaves are also very popular. Vibrant colors are in for makeup – think vibrant smoky eyes and matte lips in deep purples, reds and corals!

What about Home Trends? I am ready for an update!


Thomas from Butler Lighting gave us the lowdown on the most fashionable ways light up your home.

Midcentury Modern is a 2016 trend in lighting design, emphasizing a clean, uncluttered look and the less-is-more attitude. These designs will work with any décor, from modern to traditional, since their clean lines blend easily. Over-sized statement pieces are being used boldly, even in small spaces such as breakfast nooks, often in spherical shapes. Warm finishes are returning with soft altercation, such as warm gold, rose gold and muted brass. Since vintage accents are being mixed with modern décor, vintage bulbs (visible filaments) are popular in Retro, Industrial and Farmhouse décor themes, and of course, LED bulbs are steadily gaining popularity as homeowners recognize their huge cost saving efficiency and the introduction of natural, more pleasing color in the light emitted.


Kelly at Owl’s Nest Furniture tells us that she is seeing a lot of interest in the beautiful new driftwood finished pieces across the board.

People love these pieces for bedrooms, dining, entertainment and occasional tables. Also hot – reclaimed mango wood – it gives an eclectic feel to unique accent pieces.


John is the resident expert at Wicker Imports – Island Furniture and told us that outdoor furniture and outdoor kitchens are the fastest growing categories in the home furnishings industry.

It got its start at the beginning of the great recession, with people spending more time at home coupled with the growing interest in cooking shows. The two just sort of merged the idea of staying home. I loves entertaining outdoors, being with family and friends while relaxing around a fire pit as steaks sizzle on a nearby grill. Making outdoor spaces comfortable and inviting is more than a design trend. Together with our partners at Berlin Gardens, we believe the outdoors is one of the best places to relax with family and friends, rejuvenate oneself and connect with God.


John at B. Graham Interiors recently returned from the High Point Furniture Show, the largest international show in the world and shared a little of what he saw with Sasee.

Trends in upholstery continue to be streamlined with exposed square feet in wood and a bit of acrylic edginess. Tufted backs and (or) seats reflect the ‘50s and ‘60s, but we’re seeing very few round legs reminiscent of the period. Many of us can remember some of the same styles in upholstery back then. Sectionals with chaise ends are coming back strong. Crypton fabrics continue to be perfected with a nice soft hand and total stain resistance. Varying shades of grey still dominate as the sofa fabric color of choice. Metallic threads give the neutral grays and tans depth with a pop. Color makes its statement in bright red, turquoise and blue. I saw quite a few vignettes with soft grays and yellows. Case goods also are clean lined with many tables and chests reminiscent of a ‘50s movie set. Brass is back, but in softer tones for lighting and chest hardware. Polished stainless and mellow gold come around as the new accent metal finishes. Check out B. Graham’s Facebook page for a fun tour of market!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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