Forget Spring, Here Are 7 Summer Trends to Get Excited About

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Raise your hand if you’re tired of leggings and sweatpants. Yeah, same. Since most of us have been stuck inside for the entirety of spring, we’re looking forward to warmer and happier days ahead. More specifically, summer and all the exciting trends we can wear once the weather starts really heating up. If you’re dreaming of rosé on rooftops and weekends at the beach, the best thing to do is prepare your closet for those moments. Here, shop the seven best trends for summer 2020.

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1. Polka Dots

Large or small, there’s no wrong way to wear polka dots. While you could opt for whimsical shades splashed across bold pieces, like oversized tops or petite miniskirts, we love this trend in classic black and white. And it looks oh-so-chic in ladylike silhouettes—think modest necklines and longer sleeves.

Get the look: Lovers + Friends Westwood Mini Dress ($218; $94); Ganni High-rise polka-dot cotton poplin shorts ($155); SIR Isabella halterneck polka-dot silk-chiffon dress ($454)

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2. Baseball Caps

You now have permission to wear your baseball cap beyond when you need to hide your dirty hair. Make this classic hat a fixture of your outfit, by rocking a tie-dye version with a summer dress or pairing your favorite vintage T-shirt with a designer topper. And yes, you can definitely pledge allegiance to team spirit with this look. (Go Yankees!)

Get the look: ASOS Design Denim Baseball Cap ($16); '47 New York Yankees Tie-Dye Baseball Hat ($34); Tory Sport Love Cap ($48)

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3. Ladylike Bags In Wild Colors

There’s been a return to the crisp edges and stark silhouettes of ladylike bags—but don’t think this accessory moment is a stuffy one. Instead, it’s the time to try out wild colors like lime green or pale blue, all delivered in a classic shape. Consider it a fun way to let the world know how much you like to break the rules.

Get the Look: J.W. Pei Mini Flap Bag ($99; $59); Loeffler Randall Anima Small Chain Crossbody Bag ($250; $175); Strathberry Crescent Tri-Color Leather Shoulder Bag ($795)

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4. Shorts Suits

A short suit is far easier to pull off than you might expect; it doesn’t feel quite as buttoned up as a full suit would, and it’s the most HR-approved way to show off your stems at the office. Whether you rock them with flat sandals or pointy-toe heels, you can’t go wrong with footwear when it comes to this outfit.

Get the look: 4th + Reckless Blazer ($57) and shorts ($38); ASOS DESIGN ultimate linen suit blazer ($64) and shorts ($32; $26); Simon Miller Galen Jacket ($620) and shorts ($340; $255)

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5. Modern Crochet

Note: This is not your grandmother’s table runner. It’s an artisan knit dress...or sweater...or shoe. Crochet definitely gives off a boho-chic vibe, but depending how you style it, it’s a statement-making texture to wear for almost any occasion. Even if that involves sitting on the couch with a cocktail in hand.

Get the look: DNA Lime Crochet Sweater ($70); Jeffrey Campbell Mixup Block Heel Slide Sandal ($115); Maeve Antonella Crochet Midi Skirt ($118)

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6. Tasteful Cutouts

Showing off some skin doesn’t mean cleavage that runneth over or showing off your entire thigh. Tasteful cutouts are back yet again, making even the most basic dress feel a touch more risqué. But what’s the 2020 way to hit this look? Dresses with peek-a-boos in unexpected spots, like around the torso or the highest part of your clavicle.

Get the look: Lulus Keep On Dressing Mock Neck Cutout Dress ($82; $33); Faithfull Vionette Tie-Front Mini Dress ($179; $125); Staud Tangier Front Cutout Maxi Dress ($375)

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7. Lug-sole Sandal

Whatever you do, don’t call them dad shoes. These lug-sole sandals have some serious heft—and they will indeed give you ample traction on slippery floors. But they’ll also look super cool with faded jeans and girly dresses alike. And in this case, the strappier, the better.

Get the look: Dolce Vita Larita Sandal ($120; $84); Rag & Bone Shiloh Lug-Sole Leather Sandals ($450; $315); Tamara Mellon Tour ($495)

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From 2019-2021 Dena Silver held the role of Fashion Editor covering product recommendations, trends, and what you should be shopping this season.