8 Fashion Trends, from Clogs to Corset Tops, that Will Be Huge This Summer
We don’t mean to get too excited, but OMG summer is almost here OMG. Warm weather, long, sunny days and more and more people getting vaccinated mean that we’re in the market for a wardrobe refresh. (We can’t just re-wear our summer 2018 fits for friends we haven’t seen in a year, you know?) If you’re like us and are itching to get into some seasonal silhouettes and colors, we suggest trying any of these eight summer fashion trends, from bubblegum pink to Dad pants.
1. Loose Denim
The debate over skinny jeans rages on, and while some millennials insist on clinging to their, well, clingy denim, many others are embracing the Gen Z-approved looser styles like mom jeans, dad jeans and wide-leg or flared silhouettes. Want proof? Google searches for baggy jeans, straight leg jeans and wide leg jeans are all up exponentially from last year, signaling that more and more people are interested in giving their legs a little more breathing room. (In case you’re unsure of how to wear looser denim, here are some outfit suggestions.)
2. Bubblegum Pink
We know, we know: Color for summer? Groundbreaking. But this isn’t just any color, it’s a Malibu Barbie pink that’s guaranteed to put you in an amazing mood. Seen on the Spring/Summer 2021 runways at Chanel, Valentino, Roksanda and more, it’s high fashion-approved but also totally wearable. Go full-on with a shocking pink shirt over short shorts, or add touches via your handbag or even earrings.
3. Corset Tops
If you’ve seen a TikTok haul or try-on video in the last few months, you know that corset tops are everywhere right now, and for good reason. This lingerie-inspired trend (perhaps Bridgerton inspired) is surprisingly wearable, with a silhouette that sucks you in in all the right places, and looks the coolest when paired with unexpected, decidedly un-bedroom-like pieces, like loose-fitting trousers or high-waist denim.
4. Monochromatic Dressing
Call it the Christopher John Rogers effect. The Louisiana-born, Brooklyn-based designer has been on the rise for a few years now is best known for bold colors, dramatic shapes and, yes, monochromatic silhouettes, which he told NPR are inspired by going to church with his grandmother as a kid. Whether you pair white jeans (loose, of course) with an oversize white button-down or match your maxi dress to your belt (and bag, and sunglasses), wearing all one color is an easy way to tell the world you know what you’re doing, fashion-wise.
No, this isn’t your average 2010 body-con club dress with giant holes in the sides. Summer 2021’s cut-outs are entirely grown-up and consummately stylish. On Spring/Summer 2021 runways at Chloe and Proenza Schouler, cutouts were spotted on collarbones, ribcages, upper backs and more. That means you can go as big—or small—as you want with this trend. Just make sure to apply sunscreen judiciously.
Searches for the ‘70s shoe on the global shopping platform Lyst are up more than 125 percent from this time last year, with wooden soles being the most coveted styles. And we have to agree that after almost 14 months of wearing slippers around the house and sneakers to the grocery store, a low heel is an excellent way to ease the transition back into society. These babies are incredibly comfortable, easy to walk in and surprisingly versatile. Wear yours with a fitted tank and floaty midi skirt or your favorite jeans and T-shirt.
7. Floaty Maxi Dresses
Maxi dresses are a summer staple, but we’re particularly into this year’s most popular iteration: Gauzy, floor-grazing frocks that make us want to twirl. Think: Emerald Fennell’s Gucci Oscars dress or Maya Rudolph’s Valentino Golden Globes dress. To counter the ethereal vibes, pair yours with sneakers and casual accessories, like a baseball cap (instead of a floppy hat) and a funky tote bag (instead of a fancy clutch).
8. Dad Pants
After more than a year of wearing sweats and T-shirts, many of us are on the hunt for items that bridge the gap between slouchy sweatpants and more constricting, dressed-up slacks. The answer just may be Dad pants, which are trousers that are pleated at the waist with a looser fit through the leg, for a look that’s a little Danny Tanner and a little Gigi Hadid. Searches for the semi-tailored trouser are up 67 percent according to the global shopping platform ShopStyle. So go ahead and alert Pops: He’s officially cool again.