8 Summer Trends I Never Thought I'd Wear Again—Joke's on Me


There comes a point in every trend's lifecycle where after a period of peaking, it finally reaches a low. Sometimes, that low can last years, others decades, but time and time again, it's been proven that the strong majority always do come back—even those we least expected. We've seen it in both fashion and beauty with, for better or worse, everything from animal print to blue eye shadow rearing its head every once in a while. 

Just this summer, there are (at least) eight throwback pieces truly can't believe have not only returned but have grown even on me once again. From platform mules which I've already started to dabble in to low-rise jeans that I will soon be approaching with caution and plenty in between, below you'll find the summer-ready trends that are back from the dead and very much alive. To see, read about, and shop my picks for each one, simply keep scrolling.

1. Butterflies


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Shocked? Same, but something about seeing butterfly-shaped and butterfly-print clothes, shoes, and other accessories literally everywhere (thanks to brands like Cult Gaia and Blumarine) has gotten me hooked on the niche Y2K comeback. 

2. Parachute pants


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Think cargos but extra flowy and with drawstrings at the ankle to give you the option of wearing them wide-leg or tight at the ankles.

3. Barbie shoes


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I've already talked about this trend at length, but if you haven't already heard: Barbie shoes are everywhere right now, and I've already started wearing them myself.

4. Popcorn texture


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Now, this one really threw me for a loop but there's no denying how good Ali Tate Cutler looks in her Mara Hoffman dress! It didn't take much else to convince me.

5. Low-rise jeans


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Maybe it's because I'm seven months pregnant and high rise is out of the question, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that over the last few months, the semi-frightening low-rise jean trend has actually grown on me.

6. Y2K dresses


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Think ruffles, halters, tight, short, pink, strapless and/or any combination of the above. In other words, it's the quintessential going-out dress from the era without the added oversize belt or layered pants styling that will haunt red carpet photos forever.

7. Colorful crochet


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Even with Coachella talk (finally) behind us, I'm still drawn to the colorful crochet trend that's cropped up amongst all my favorite brands including Etro, Miu Miu, Valentino, The Attico, and more.

8. Jelly sandals


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I almost said "These aren't your old jelly sandals," but, honestly, they kind of are. So, if you held on to them feel free to bring them back now and, if not, shop the pairs I'm loving now below.

Next, 42 things you have to see from Shopbop, Nordstrom, and Urban Outfitters right now.


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.