The official season of rosé, beach weddings and dining al fresco is almost here and our sun-deprived shoulders absolutely cannot wait. We're more than ready to break out all the chic skin-baring tanks, sparkly hair clips and dad-approved pants (really), as well as six more fashion trends you’re pretty much guaranteed to see at every rooftop bar or patio brunch over the next few months. And no, you don’t have to wait for Memorial Day to start wearing them.
Shop These 9 Summer Trends Now (Because You’re About to See Them Everywhere)
The second coming of the spaghetti strap is upon us, and to be honest, we kind of love it. This time around, think more along the refined lines of elegant silk camis, square necklines and blousy ’60s-inspired linen, rather than the stretchy shelf-bra versions of the ’90s. And yes, get ready to stock up on a few new strapless bras.
Shop the trend: Forever 21+ ($22); Silk Laundry ($94); Endless Summer ($98); House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve ($138); L'Academie ($138); Parker ($178); By Malene Birger ($295); Khaite ($620)
Petite handbags are having a major moment, but they don’t necessarily have to be as compact as that Jacquemus bag (you know, the one that can only fit a single AirPod). These tiny accessories are delightfully fun and a super-easy way to add a small pop of color or hint of a print to your go-to summer looks. Opt for structured shapes, like square top-handle bags or long baguettes, in place of loose satchels.
Shop the trend: Topshop ($40); reTH ($99); Pop & Suki ($105); Rebecca Minkoff ($228); Loeffler Randall ($295); ZAC Zac Posen ($325); By Far ($510); BOYY ($785)
Last summer it was smocked fabric, and we’ve since moved on to its equally flattering cousin, ruching. The bunched and gathered effect is spectacular at both creating volume where there is none and minimizing any lumps or bumps you might be self-conscious about. Keep in mind, this multitasking style works wonders as a top, a skirt and a dress—pick your fave (or do them all).
Shop the trend: Collusion top ($29); J.O.A. dress ($59); 4SI3NNA skirt ($68); Alice + Olivia skirt ($275); La Vie Rebecca Taylor dress ($295); Love Sam top ($285); Veronica Beard dress ($450)
Barrettes And Headbands
Three cheers for anything that can make three-day hair look fabulously chic with little to no effort (huzzah!). The heavy hitters heading into beach season are knotted headbands (in place of spring’s padded versions), clips emblazoned with cheeky sayings and a hefty dose of color (rather than basic rhinestones or white pearls).
Shop the trend: Sincerely Jules by Scünci barrettes ($8 for set of six); Tasha barrettes ($24 for set of six); Kitsch x Justine Marjan barrette ($29); J.Crew headband ($33); Lele Sadoughi headband ($88); Letlet NY barrettes ($164 for set of three)
Step away from the denim cutoffs. Bermuda shorts with longer inseams are far more flattering on almost all body types (yes, even petite ladies). However, we recommend avoiding the slim-fit versions of the trend and instead opting for a slightly looser silhouette that offers your legs some breathing room.
Shop the trend: J.Crew ($50); NYDJ ($69); Eloquii ($70); Jen7 by 7 for All Mankind ($79); Free People ($88); Sanctuary ($89)
Strappy '90s-esque Sandals
Square toes, kitten heels and asymmetrical thin straps? All are on point for summer 2019 footwear. But just like the members of Destiny’s Child, they’re always better when they’re together. Barely-there sandals, FTW.
Shop the trend: Lulus ($34); Nina Shoes ($79); Naturalizer ($110); Dolce Vita ($120); LOQ ($350); By Far ($370); Paul Andrew ($595)
Sure, these pants might feature the same deep pockets and D-ring tabs, but they're much more stylish than the cargo shorts your dad rocks all summer long, we promise. That rings especially true when you pair utility trousers with a sleek pointy-toe shoe, a classic ladylike handbag and an easy, fitted tee.
Shop the trend: PacSun ($40); ASOS ($51); Sanctuary ($99); Anatomie ($110); Alice + Olivia ($222); Hudson Jeans ($235)
All our favorite SoCal staples—Hawaiian shirts, sporty sandals, tie-dye—are back to make weekend dressing fun again. Plus, they’ll give you a bit of that tropical vacation vibe, even if you’re nowhere near a beach…or a piña colada.
Shop the trend: Old Navy top ($30); Reformation T-shirt ($38); Back Beat Rags T-shirt ($48); Teva sandals ($50); Mango top ($60); Olukai sandals ($90); Birkenstock sandals ($100); A.L.C. T-shirt ($125); Double Rainbouu top ($189)
Oh, hello, summer knits. So soft, so breezy and so getting added to cart, ASAP. This grandma-approved textile looks surprisingly chic as a cream midi dress—just anchor the laidback look with bold accessories such as chunky black sandals or a colorful tote.
Shop the trend: Dressbarn ($55); Warehouse UK ($59); Missguided ($61); Indah ($123); Anthropologie ($198); Nic + Zoe ($218); Staud ($345); Self-Portrait ($405)