These Are the Only 7 Trends I've Actually Bought This Summer

I'm not really someone who plans out what trends they're going to buy at the start of each season, as I like to wait and see if a trend has legs. Nothing drives me crazier, relatively speaking, than investing in a trend and seeing it disappear a few months later. I like trends that are going to stick around for a few seasons, and I've gotten pretty good at predicting what those are. When you scroll through this roundup, you'll notice some of these summer trends aren't brand spanking new.

Don't hold me to this, but I'm just about finished with my summer shopping for the year. If I do purchase anything else, it'll probably be one of these seven trends, even though my wardrobe is already stocked with them. In case you're curious and want some advise on which timeless summer trends to invest in, keep scrolling to shop along with me.

Full Skirts

Bye for now, miniskirts. This season, I'm all about full midi skirts. This trend is perfect for summer, as it allows for airflow, and it's shockingly comfortable. I've already purchased no less than five of them this year.

Woman wearing white tank top with a full skirt

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Longline Vests

I started wearing longline vests during the spring of 2023 and have more than I need at this point, but they're so flattering and versatile that I'm not stopping anytime soon.

Woman sitting at a table wearing a white longline vest.

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Pale Yellow

Pale yellow is the prettiest, freshest color trend of the season, and I plan on wearing it into the fall. I just added a buttery handbag to my wardrobe and want to pair it with everything.

Woman wearing a pale yellow sweater.

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It actually took me a while to embrace flip-flops again, but I'm fully on board now. I just ordered two (yes, two) pairs of jelly flip-flops, and I plan on wearing them with decidedly fancier things, just as Anouk Yve did here.

Woman wearing a maxi dress and white flip-flops.

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Linen Pull-On Pants

Since it's far too hot for jeans, I've been shopping for linen pull-on pants this season. I've never worn anything so comfortable in my life.

Lucy Williams wearing white linen pants.

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It's a good thing that crochet is a trend every summer because 75% of my summer wardrobe is comprised of it.

Woman wearing a Peony crochet dress.

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Fishnet Flats

It wouldn't be summer 2024 without talking about fishnet flats. Thanks to the success of Alaïa's viral Mary Janes, practically every cool brand has designed their own take on the fun trend.

Woman wearing Alaia mesh flats.

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.