With the summer season reaching its peak, warm weather, sunshine-filled days, and outdoor festivities are a given. And there’s no better way to celebrate all that the summer has to offer than with styles that reflect the season’s lighthearted, laid back atmosphere. To create effortless ensembles that are both of-the-moment and summer-friendly, incorporate these three trends into your seasonal rotation.
A classic warm-weather pattern, gingham is equal parts ladylike, carefree, and youthful — the perfect recipe for a go-to summertime style. The sophisticated silhouettes of the season (from full-skirted styles to mini shifts and curve-hugging designs) offer a modern take on the retro print with details such as sexy slits, plunging necklines, and peek-a-boo cut-outs. In addition, pretty pastels, timeless black and white, and vibrant primary colors make adapting the trend to your tastes even easier. And while Lyst notes that easy fabrics and bold prints — both embodied in summer’s gingham dress — are perfect for weekends, this trend can also work for less casual settings (like the office) when done right. To create a work-friendly ensemble, opt for a gingham skirt in a midi length and pair with a silk blouse or crisp button-up and a neutral heel. Or, swap out the skirt for a gingham trouser and finish with a structured blazer for a
nine-to-five look that will take you through summer and beyond.
The Off-the-Shoulder Neckline
Perhaps the most popular trend of the summer, the off-the-shoulder neckline is flirty, feminine, and universally flattering — a winning combination that is hard to beat. Seen on everything from blouses to dresses, the collarbone-revealing style offers surprising versatility with an effortless finish. And, in a season that’s all about showing some skin, the off-the-shoulder neckline provides a unique twist on the typical silhouette. As The Cut points out, the cold-shoulder trend is sexy without being overtly sexual in the way that a deep-V neckline or thigh-baring hemline might be. Instead, shoulders are an unexpected and alluring way to reveal skin for the summer season. For maximum exposure, opt for a fully off-the-shoulder style. On the other hand, if you prefer a more subtle take on the trend, try a neckline that features a one-shoulder approach or utilizes sultry shoulder cut-outs for well-p
laced peeks of skin.
Raw Edge Jeans
Denim is an undeniable wardrobe staple, regardless of the time of year. This summer, switch it up a bit with a pair of jeans that channel the season’s relaxed, easy-going mood. Like your favorite pair of denim cut-offs, raw edge jeans feature a no-hem hemline that is intentionally distressed and frayed for an undone finish. As The Guardian writes, the deconstructed, released-hem look could well be born out of a need to personalize jeans, a trend that is back at the frontline of fashion. After all, this season is seeing an increase in customization of denim in a slew of different ways, from patches and rips to, you guessed it, raw edges. Whatever the reason, the released hem look is hot for summer and fall, giving us plenty of reason to add it to our wardrobe. Wear your raw edge jeans with a strappy heel or chunky platforms for grabbing drinks with the girls or pair with sleek slides for an afternoon spent running errands or hanging out with family.
“On Wednesdays we wear pink.” – Mean Girls