While the rest of the world buckles down and gets ready for the cold, it’s time for the southern hemisphere to get ready for sunny days ahead. The fashion landscape is awash with new trends and something for everyone, no matter what your age. Here are the key themes you’ll see coming your way:
Switch up your summer style game by stocking up more on off-shoulder tops and less on your standard tanks and tees. A plain off-shoulder top is a closet workhorse that you can wear all season long, from the beach to your city adventures. Opting for a printed off-shoulder top makes looking chic so easy as you get dressed up for those fun summer parties.
Think billowy floor-length frocks inspired by ’70s icons like Janis Joplin. This season’s boho dresses look more opulent and have a definite feeling of earthy glamour. Look for gossamer fabrics with an ease of flow or colors and prints that stand out. What’s even better is that these dresses are a one-stop shop – slip it on and look instantly fabulous.
Another trend stemming from the deluge of ’70s fashion, patchwork denim is a great way to make a statement this summer. Spruce up your plain tees with either patchwork jeans or shorts. This is also a trend that, with a little bit of sewing skill and patches from your old jeans, you can DIY! This is a different kind of denim-on-denim. You can even be more unique and choose dresses or shirts done in patchwork.
Jumpsuits, whether ’70s-inspired or flight suit-inspired, are a worthy addition to your closet. If you’re feeling a little lazy, jumpsuits are an excellent way to get dressed since you can just wear it and go. Pair with platforms for the ultimate ’70s look or with tread-sole platforms for a more casual feel.
Now we might not all have the budget for this season’s “it” bag from Chloe, but we can certainly avail ourselves of the easygoing, nostalgic, and on-trend feel of the saddlebag. Whether suede or leather, saddlebags have a vintage feel that will increase the cool girl vibe of any look.
Whether it’s a midi or a mini, button-front skirts are having a major fashion moment. They’re so retro, yet so now. Denim is a great option for these skirts since it’s so versatile, but lightweight linen or cotton are also great for those balmy summer days. Pair with a crop top and tuck in your tee – either way, the result is trendy summer chic.
Flip-flops are just way too basic. Why not try something straight out of the hot athletic trend? Slip-on slides are an upgrade from your summer sandals, plus a much more fashion forward option. Wear with dressy pieces for contrast or liven up your basics with them. Flatforms and metallic details elevate these slides to true fashion editor chic.
Want to go a step above the sundress this summer? Get out of your fashion comfort zone and opt for the more structured, classic shift dress. These dresses are no longer just for the office, with fun prints, embellished necklines and updated sleeves, shift dresses can be worn for both work and play. Wear with sneakers or feminine Mary Jane flats for casual days, and glam up in the evening with pumps in bright hues.
Florals are a summer staple, but if you want to take your print game a little bit further, try the tropical print on for size. Palm leaves, pineapple prints, hibiscus patterns and exotic Birds of Paradise are just some of your options to live the island life, even when in the city. Let these prints whisk you away to sunny destinations and upgrade your summer wardrobe in a vibrant way.
Another hot trend straight out of the street style blogs are back cutouts. A subtle way to show off the skin this summer, dresses with back cutouts are super wearable and easy to pull off. You can be as daring or as subtle as you want – it’s up to you. These frocks increase the trend factor of your look, especially when matched with a top knot or sexy waves.