Marc Jacobs SS11 show
If you were to buy one item this summer to ensure you were 'on trend' I would bet my bottom dollar (literally after my shopping trip yesterday) it would be something along the lines of the above. Maxi dress, tick. Tee shirt material, tick. Bold stripes, tick. Bold colours, tick. Marc Jacobs-esque dresses are everything, and who is surprised when their one costs over £300.
This style is great for a weekend or a holiday - comfy but not too casual. Also, the different colours break up the stripes and stop them looking like virtual tape measures on your waist. There are quite literally hundreds of these around, but I've whittled them down to the best few...
High street versions:
If you were to pick one colour - go for yellow if your skin tone can take it. It's the one bright thats totally new for 2011, and is absolutely everywhere...
South Molton St Style