You Call Them Ugly—It Girls Call Them Fashion: 6 Weird Trends Rising This Summer


Fashion has several different faces. There's the beginner-friendly timeless side where basics and conventional staples reign supreme, and all way on the other end of the spectrum is where things get experimental. The beauty of it is that there's always room to oscillate depending on your present tastes, and right now, it seems the fashion crowd can't get enough of the weird and slightly wacky. 

Whimsical trends always have a way of entering the fashion ecosystem, and this year is no different. Everything from over-the-top platforms and micro miniskirts to blinged-out denim is suddenly back in the spotlight, ushering in a new wave of nostalgic fashion that's impossible to escape. As with most "ugly" trends, none of these will strike you as pretty off the bat, but that's part of the fun. Each is a statement piece in itself, so you can lean on them once your wardrobe starts feeling stale. Keep scrolling for a report on the divisive trends heating up this summer. 

2000s Revival


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Be honest—you've seen this coming. The shift toward early aughts–inspired fashion has been too explosive to not take notice of, and it's worthwhile to give it a try, even if you're only slightly curious. It encourages all things diamanté, low-rise, and bright, so it's time to fully lean into that TRL obsession.

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Sporty Sunglasses


From Balenciaga to Bottega Veneta, sporty sunglasses have overtaken as the main silhouette of the summer. The good part? Plenty of other retailers have joined in on the fun, which means affordable versions exist all around. The sleek shape really shines against basics like white tanks and tees, so if you're a minimalist, you'll find this easy to pull off.

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Chunky Sandals


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This trend vaguely resembles orthopedic shoes, and that's precisely the point. It's not something everyone will get, but if you know, you know. Gia Borghini's puffy slides are a particular fashion favorite, so prepare to see a lot more of them on your feed come June and July.

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Micro Miniskirts


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In a case of extremes, this summer's manifesto seems to be the shorter the better. Pleated, schoolgirl-inspired miniskirts are firmly in front of the wave (thanks to Miu Miu), with lots of preppy outfits to match.

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Exaggerated Platforms


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It's time to get reacquainted with heels—sky-high platforms have infiltrated every nook and cranny of the fashion world. One of the more beginner-friendly trends on this list, it's a nice reprieve from the obsession with flats during the pandemic. The key here is to go with sandals with flashy details like shiny satin or a bright color. 

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Clashing Prints


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Matching is overrated, and fashion people are also saying bye to perfectly complementary solid colors. Instead, coordinated print clashing is on the rise, and the sky's the limit when it comes to how extreme you can take it.

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Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.