5 Unexpected Summer Trends Fashion Girls Are Saying Yes To

There are plenty of chic trends for the taking for summer 2021—styles that we can relish now that we're out and about a little more—including backless dresses, flatform sandals, uplifting prints, tummy ties, and cool crochet. These trends skip merrily hand in hand with the casual and free-spirited nature of summer. But today, our focus is on the more unexpected summer trends that have been dominating our Insta feeds of late. Call them micro-trends if you will. These unique looks are wonderfully unpredictable and have been embraced by the fashion set, causing a ripple effect on the 'gram. 

Read on to see the unexpectedly cool trends coming at us this summer 2021 and to shop them for yourself.

Trippy Prints

We're seeing a lot of retro trends making their way back into the spotlight this summer, and '60s Pucci-inspired prints are, unexpectedly, one of them. Think psychedelic swirls, vintage florals, and kaleidoscopic patterns that are playful and cheery and will certainly make us feel good this summer.

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@cincinswim

Towel Dressing

Summer 2021 sees the rise of terry cloth styles aka "towel" clothes. From cute rompers to matching sets, bikinis, and bucket hats, the retro fabric has been spotted on fashion girls around the globe and exudes a '70s poolside glamor. Not to mention, it is very handy for drying off after a dip.

Considerable Keyholes

Cutouts are having a major moment this season, but what's really catching our eye are the many keyhole cutouts aligned along the sides of dresses and skirts or in the middle of blouses that we've been seeing on cool girls everywhere. (You may have to reconsider underwear and bras for this one.)

Photo:

@shhtephs

Ruched Rings

Spotted on everything from swimwear to dresses and tops, this summer micro-trend has been gaining momentum among the fashion set. It adds interest and an instant cool factor to your warm-weather ensembles.

Photo:

@dananozime

Chunky Resin Rings

Goodbye, dainty gold styles; Hello, colorful plastic rings. Thanks to Gen Zers setting the trend in motion, fashion girls of all ages are having fun with playful bright colors and quirky shapes made of resin, acrylic, enamel, and even glass—guaranteed to add a joyful touch to your look.

Photo:

@devapollon
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