Thanks to lazy days, long vacations, and body-baring temperatures, summer is the perfect time to try on– and show off– a new trend. And as fashion followers know, the big designers are always ready to offer a smorgasbord of ideas that quickly trickle down to average Janes with average pocketbooks. Here are some of the biggest trends going in fashion this year, and where you can score them without spending a fortune.
1. Slip dresses
How to wear it: Channel ’90s grunge by tying a flannel around your waist or neck and throwing on some Doc Martens, or layer a striped tee underneath and add some cool oxfords.
2. A pastel moto jacket
How to wear it: Add a touch of toughness over a flowy floral dress, or brighten up a simple skinny jeans and white tank combo.
3. Crop tops
How to wear it: Since this look is definitely a bit revealing, keep accessories simple: sleek heels and a streamlined matching bag.
We can’t believe it either, but these longish, flared ’70s skirt-pants are very much a trend
at the moment. A relaxed pair from ASOS
goes nicely with anything formal and fitted– think tucked in button-ups or slim-cut crewneck sweaters.
How to wear it: Look for a pair that hits mid-calf and has a flowy feel. Heels are pretty much a must for this look, in order to elongate your legs; try slim stilettos or a pair of mules with chunky, squarish heels. Most of all, don’t wear anything sloppy on top, or else you’ll look like you’re wearing sweats.
5. Ear cuffs
How to wear it: With anything– just be sure to keep it to one ear, and pull your hair back or side-part it for the full effect!
6. Knife-pleat skirts
How to wear it: Their classic shape makes knife-pleat skirts exceptionally easy to wear: pair a high-waisted one with a crop top, make it office-appropriate by tucking in a button-up, or dress it down with a chic sweatshirt.
7. Tropical prints
How to wear it: Like any pattern, you’ll want to ease up on the accessories to let it take center stage. The good news: these prints are full of color, meaning they’ll coordinate with any number of basic tees, tanks, and shorts in your closet.
8. Blingy patterns
How to wear it: Avoid looking grandmotherly by keeping your ensemble to one embellished piece, and ensuring the rest of your outfit is sleek. If you wouldn’t buy a piece unadorned, then don’t buy it because it’s bedecked in bling.
What’s your favorite trend for summer? Let us know in the comments.