We're Fashion Executives—These Versatile Trends Are Key for Summer


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Discovering new trends from various sartorial points of view is often helpful for style exploration. As a result, we routinely tap industry insiders to uncover the looks that matter to them for inspiration. Libby Page, senior market editor at Net-a-Porter, and Olie Arnold, style director at Mr Porter, are two fashion executives we consult often given their sharp eyes and experience in the market. 

Below, Page and Arnold are both sharing key trends to consider for summer for both men and women. The common thread throughout everything coming your way is that each trend is highly versatile and could be mixed and matched with a variety of pieces already in your existing wardrobe. 

Keep scrolling to learn more, and shop a range of pieces if you're inspired to invest in any of the trends in question. 


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"Sandals are currently performing well, and our customers are loving elevated everyday flats such as those from the Birkenstock 1774 x Manolo Blahnik collaboration and Chloe's Woody Canvas Slides—both can be easily paired with your go-to summer frock." — Page

"Regularly worn by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jared Leto, slides are the ultimate no-fuss and no-hands-required shoes. Look to rubber or leather slides as the best choice for maximum comfort in warm weather. The versatile silhouette can be worn during the day to the beach or paired with relaxed tailoring for casual dinners." — Arnold

Sporty Sandals

"Another trend we are seeing become increasingly popular is sportier sandals. This espadrille style from Loewe x Paula's Ibiza is perfect for when you want a more casual look." — Page

Boat Shoes

"Designed in the '30s, the boat shoe remains a preppy style staple today. Originally made from breathable canvas, we have seen this style updated from brands like Brunello Cucinelli and The Row bringing new fabrications to the market such as croc and suede, proving that this style icon continues to evolve with the times." — Arnold


Linen Minidresses

"This linen minidress from our exclusive capsule collection with Jacquemus is the perfect elevated yet effortless piece for summer. It can be dressed up with a fun pair of heels or styled with a pair of sandals for a vacation-ready look." — Page

Vibrant Tees

"Menswear's most influential designers have all agreed this season is about bright and bold colors. Lightweight, breathable materials such as cotton come into their own in the warmer months, and there is no better summer silhouette for this than the tee. From hot fuchsia to tennis-ball yellow to highlighter orange, vibrant tees demand the least amount of effort but produce the maximum effect for the summer." — Arnold


All Shades of Tan

"I am currently loving accessories in all shades of tan—whether it's a belt from Loewe or a leather-trimmed raffia tote from Saint Laurent. Neutral accessories are perfect for completing any outfit when transitioning between seasons." — Page

Beaded Bracelets

"Brands have taken an updated approach to the traditional beaded friendship bracelets this year. A bracelet strung with mood-boosting beads is a subtle but effective way to inject vibrancy into any outfit. Look to Mateo, Carolina Bucci, and Éliou to lead the charge by pairing colorful beads with diamonds, gold and silver charms, and vibrant enamels." — Arnold


Modern-Day Y2K

"For summer, we are fully embracing the 'modern-day Y2K' trend that is being driven by our Gen Z customers. Think Loewe's Britney Spears–inspired denim dresses, jeans with low-slung waistlines, and double-denim combinations from the likes of Peter Do. This youthful trend exudes playfulness and nostalgia." — Page

Denim Jackets

"Lightweight enough for warmer weather, the denim jacket has been reimagined this season through updated silhouettes, innovative proportions, and intricate designs. Look to Kapital, Sacai, and Visvim to deliver summer-ready jackets that look effortlessly cool with maximum impact." — Arnold

Next, check out more chic summer must-haves.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.