I Spot Trends for a Living—Here's Every Single One I'm Buying for Summer


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As a fashion editor, I'm acutely aware of all the current trends on the scene and have basically made it a pastime of mine to uncover emerging micro-trends about to make it big. Since I spend so much of my time trendspotting and reporting on the styles that are in and out, I tend to rack up a massive shopping list for the holes in my own closet. At the start of each new season, I keep a running tab of all the pieces I want to add to my wardrobe to hit on each of the overarching trends I'm seeing.

On my list of trendy clothes for summer 2021 are items such as ribbed tanks, shimmery swimsuits, and fashion-y flip-flops (just to name a few) that represent each of the larger trends I want to test out myself. By keeping a list like this, I'm able to avoid making impulsive purchases and ensure that each item I add to my virtual shopping cart is one that I'll be satisfied with in several months' time. With that, keep scrolling to see every summer trend I plan on buying into and the items I'm eyeing to do so.

Bare Midriffs

Summer Knits


Shirt Dresses

Loose Denim Shorts

Bubblegum Pink

Puff Sleeves

Open Backs

Colored Button-Downs

Boxer Shorts

Underwire Bikinis

Terry Cloth

Asymmetric Necklines

Retro Sunglasses

Lime Green

Tennis Skirt

Layered Looks

Relaxed Jeans

Retro Sneakers

Short Hemlines


Ribbed Tanks

Pucci (and Pucci-Inspired) Prints

Colorful Jewelry

Halter Tops

Nostalgic Jewelry

Y2K Dresses

Cushy Flip-Flops

Gathered Details

Up next, peruse my list of the best bikinis on all of Amazon.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.