These Summer Trends Feel Past Their Prime, so We're Wearing These 5 Instead


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It's been a long time coming, but summer is finally here! Now it's time to talk about our favorite topic: trends. This summer feels a little special. After months of cycling through a familiar formula of sweatshirts and lounge pants, the time has finally arrived to show off our best reemergence 'fits. (That includes all the cute dresses, tops, and heels your heart desires.)

To get you in the proper sartorial mood, we're counting down the trends we're putting on the back burner and the (affordable) ones that we're eager to dive into this season. From the IG-popular cottagecore revival to billowy maxi dresses, the trends we're gravitating toward right now capture a relaxed, easygoing approach that favors loose shapes in place of ultra-fitted, tight styles. There are a few more summer trends to get through, so get comfortable and keep scrolling to shop them all.

Fading: Ultra-Structured Pieces

Rising: Romantic Details

Tailored suiting will always and forever be a fashion constant, but this summer, the hype for ultra-structured pieces has given way to loose silhouettes with soft, romantic details like ruffles and Victorian collars. Take those airy milkmaid dresses we've been seeing everywhere: They have that throw-it-on-and-go appeal that takes the guesswork out of styling.


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Fading: Biker Shorts

Rising: Loose Shorts

Shorts are a controversial topic for me, so count me thrilled that tight biker shorts are just about reaching the end of their life span. They never worked that well for my thicker thighs, so I'm all for adopting wide-leg shorts that let my lower half breathe. Pair them with a racerback tank and a loose button-down shirt for fashion-forward styling.


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Fading: Clingy Tops

Rising: Cottagecore Blouses

As we explained before, soft, romantic details are having a moment, and you can thank the cottagecore craze for that. It's all about looking like you've stepped out of a country garden getaway complete with lightweight fabrics, sweet collars, and big billowy sleeves.


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Fading: Boilersuits

Rising: Relaxed Jumpsuits

Chances are you own a boilersuit or two, but this season, consider putting them on pause in favor of a less structured alternative. The latter was a big trend a few years ago, but it's been gradually cooling off among the fashion set. We're keen on a more laid-back silhouette that feels appropriate for an easygoing summer.


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Fading: Slip Dresses

Rising: Airy Dresses

Also in the mix of pieces that are on the back burner this season are slip dresses. I admittedly own a whole collection of them, to the point where I have slip-dress fatigue. Sure, the style is a closet staple, but recently, fewer clingy styles are catching my eye. This one-shoulder dress and buckle-belt dress are on point for the billowy dress trend that's been popping up lately, and better yet, they're both under $40.


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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.