One thing you should know about summer is that it isn’t just about sundresses and bikinis. Elle tapped the top buyers from stores like Nordstroms, Net-A-Porter and ModaOperandi to weigh in on the hottest summer trend. This post will show you this year’s summer trend forecast.
They talked about serious Venice vibes, a new way to wear your pearls, and a pant style we haven’t seen in over a decade.
We are totally obsessed with tie dye, but the summer trend is leaning further into its West Coast roots. More like a California cool vibe for the warmer months! This includes upbeat and casual trends such as Hawaiian shirts, bucket hats, racer back tank tops, and anything tie-dye.
According to von der Goltz, the shell trend seemed to be everywhere last summer. This year, it has grown to include pearls and beads. It somehow ties in to the ‘California Cool’ trend, but with a different spin. It is an elevated take on the jewelry finds one would snag at a fabulous local shop on holiday.
When it comes to summer bags, we think of straw totes. Lisa Aiken, the fashion director of ModaOperandi said they are elicit a vacation mindset, even while using them in the city. She added that as a versatile summer staple, it is polished but not stuffy and can really tie together a look.
Modern Tea Dresses
This summer, trade in your fit and flare sundresses for a retro-inspired style. This sleeper trend is a super flattering and a great length. It is in line with a trend we are seeing— pieces with a vintage feel being revamped. Find dresses that are midi-length and flow away from the body, like a dropped waist. Prints and colors are up to you, with styles ranging from saturated hues to antique florals.
According to Schafer, big is back with an athletic twist this season. “Oversized shield sunglasses are trending this summer,” she says, referring to sunglasses that look similar to what your dad wears while playing squash. “Think ‘90s sport with a futuristic take and the bigger, the better.” If you’re feeling adventurous, go full dad mode in colorful Oakleys, or tone it down with geometric black shades.
Aiken said “A utilitarian theme and dose of practicality is welcome for summer.” These lightweight layers are ideal for hot days that need coverage from the dangerous rays. She suggests “linens, khaki, as well as the cargo pant and Bermuda shorts, [which] exemplify this trend.”
According to both Scafer and Aiken, it’s time to square up with square-toed shoes. “The clean, geometric shapes make the shoe style modern,” said Aiken. “They beautifully toughen up a feminine dress.” She touted Wandler’s recently launched shoe brand as her new favorite. For Schafer, “minimal sandals are a must. Look for slender straps balanced with a block heel, or square toes for the newest take.”