So much nostalgia ...
Everyone has their go-to dresses, shorts, and tops for the heat - a cotton-poplin blouse, comfy cut-offs, a gauzy midi that delightfully catches the breeze, and swimsuits, to name a few. But when you've got to stratch that something-new itch-or legitimately need to replace a well-worn item or two, what could be better than summer's biggest fashion trends to inspire a wardrobe refresh ?
This summer, trends are drawing upon decates past - a whole lot of the '80s , '90s, and aughts drifts have been reborn with a modern twist. Statement - making sleeves, spaghetti straps, and feminine details like bustier necklines and corseted waist are more prominent than ever. All of which feel freshest with long, loose-fitting shorts or slouchy pants.
Playful colors and prints also make a splash, from punchy takes on gingham to tropical themes ( cute fruit motifs included ). As for the accessories , we bet you won't make it to the season's end without coveting a pair of easy slides, a kitschy-in-a-good-way piece of jewerly, or a floppy hat a la '90s sitcom stars.
Romantic Puff Sleeves
Puffy sleeves are everything right now, with romantic iterations feeling decidedly sweet for summer. Whetever you opt for a dress, blouse, or crop top, breathable fabrics like cotton poplin or linen will keep you look coolest.
You'll feel instantly joyful by dousing yourself in lively colors a la the '80s and '90s. Whether you combine punchy pastels or opt for a single saturated piece, shades like orange, purple, and green are huge this season.
Bustiers & Corseting
Bustier necklines and corseted waist are another romantic summer trend. Take a cue from celebs like Dua Lipa and Hailey Bieber when styling these feminine pieces, a slouchy jean or low-slung short provides a chill offset, as do sneakers and chunky sandals.
Cut Outs, Ties, and Open Backs
The chicest way to bare a bit of skin? With strategically-placed cut-outs, open backs, and ties ( also known as the flossing trend ). Whether you give this look a go with a dress, top, or bralette, you'll appreciate it most on super-sweltering days.
The most fun way to make a splash is by throwing on '80s, '90s, and early '00s prints. Think: colorful gingham for a beach locale.
The mere thought of wearing knitwear during the summer might make you sweat, but rest assured, ribbing is bearable in the heat. It's all about lightweight weaves and heat-proof silhouettes. Our favorites include open-back dresses, cut-out tops, and swingy sets.
Smocking is another feminine trend that's both pretty and effortless, appearing on just about every summer essential from dresses to skirts and tops. The best part? It offers so much stretch.
You may have been called to the principal's office for rocking these in school, but this summer is the time to live your best spaghetti strap life via tanks, dresses, and also so-cute crops.
Jean shorts are a staple and will never really go out of style. But long shorts are the unanimous choice this summer-from tailored versions to lounge worthy types like knitted Bermudas.