With summer just around the corner, my mind is clearly already in warm-weather mode. I’ve updated my outdoor patio furniture, purchased a new linen bedspread, booked a tropical vacay, and bought a set of ice-pop molds. The only last thing to do is get my wardrobe into gear.
While I don’t need to go overboard with a whole new season closet, I do want to invest in a few essential pieces that will have me looking altogether on-trend and ready for the sultry days to come. So what’s hot in the sartorial department this summer? I looked to the S/S 21 collections along with what’s buzzing on Instagram to see what key items you need to look on-trend this summer. From micro mini skirts to strappy tops and cushy thong sandals, take a peek below to get inspired for a sunny and hopeful new season ahead.
Backless dresses are a must-have trend for summer—spotted all over Instagram and at countless designer collections from Victoria Beckham to Nanushka. They work for everything from beachwear to more formal occasions.
Cushy Thong Sandals
Cushy thong sandals (aka flatform flip flops) have been elevated to cool-girl status. Seen all over the runways and on our favorite fashion girls, the comfy trend is one we fully stand behind this summer. Plus, they go with everything in your wardrobe.
Tops with wrap-around ties and crisscrossing cords (or what we like to call floss tops) are having a major moment this warm-weather season. Pair them with high-waisted shorts or for full-on midriff flossing style with a matching wraparound skirt.
Laid-Back Long Necklaces
Photo:Courtesy of Chloe
While we may not be getting rid of our chunky chokers altogether, this summer is all about long necklaces. Many designers introduced statement pendants on longer chains (featuring everything from beads to colored stones) or for a more bohemian, laidback feel layer your necklaces as seen at Dior and Chloe.
It's all about romantic and delicate textured fabrics this summer such as lace, eyelet, and broderie Anglaise. Opt for a little white dress to pull off the trend.
Bras On Show
Ok, so you may not step out the house in just a bra, but bras were literally everywhere in the spring/summer collections and the easiest way to pull off the trend is to layer it under a breezy button-down resort shirt, sheer top or let it show through under a dress.