While I love the ease of dressing for summer and not having to worry about inclement weather, summer fashion trends often leave me a little perplexed. Year after year, I find myself asking myself Where am I going to wear this aside from a tropical island vacation? (which I, unfortunately, don't find myself on very often) or Can you even wear undergarments with this?
As a fashion editor, I'm obviously exposed to dozens of summer trends, and while it's my duty to inform you about as many of them as possible, I'm admittedly a bit more discerning about the ones I actually wear. Luckily, 2017 has been especially strong thus far when it comes to wearable trends that will lead to a slew of perfect summer outfits (on or off the aforementioned tropical island). Among all the trends that are on my radar this year, I've come to the conclusion that, realistically, there are only seven that I'll bother adding to my summer wardrobe. Want to join me?
Read on to shop the only seven trends this editor is wearing for the next 90 days.
Ruffles are unabashedly girly, which is not my aesthetic, per se, but this season I'm throwing caution to the wind and embracing the feminine trend. To provide a bit of contrast, I plan on pairing my ruffles with denim, sneakers, blazers, and other androgynous pieces.
I've admittedly reached the point of no return when it comes to satin slides. I'll take them in any color or heel height, but I'm particularly smitten with flat slides with some sort of interesting detail like a knot, bow, or frayed edge.
In case you haven't noticed, vichy (as the French call gingham) is even bigger than usual for summer 2017. I've already (momentarily) lost interest in all my striped pieces and am slowly but surely replacing them with checks, checks, and more checks.
Millenial Pink, Tumblr pink, pretty in pink—whatever you want to call it, it's undoubtedly the color of summer 2017. While I'm trying my hardest not to go overboard and end up with a closet of Pepto-Bismol pink, the myriad of irresistible pink pieces on the market is certainly testing my self-discipline.
I feel a bit silly carrying this particularly seasonal accessory anytime besides late spring and summer, so I'm taking full advantage of this It bag style and carrying a straw bag on every occasion I get from now until October.
Smocking wasn't something I'd considered much since high school, but the re-emerging trend came out of nowhere this summer, and now I'm looking for every excuse I can think of to add more of the comfy, stretchy fabric to my life.
As I recently pointed out, this sneaker-espadrille hybrid trend is suddenly everywhere. Brands of every price point from Zara to Alexander Wang are selling them, and I can't wait to wear the fresh style with my dresses and denim shorts every weekend this summer.