The sun is shining and it’s finally warmed up. Who isn’t ready to celebrate by spending time with friends and family, enjoying the beautiful summer months?
Of course, a change in seasons always means a change in your wardrobe staples. Your favorite light sweaters and the cute, colorful jackets you wore on chilly spring nights can be pushed to the back of the closet now.
It’s time to make room for all of summer’s newest trends. Flowy dresses, bright colors, and exciting patterns are here to add some flare to your summer 2021 wardrobe.
Spring Trends Here to Stay
Even though the weather is heating up, you won’t need to completely overhaul your wardrobe. There are plenty of spring trends that will continue to be popular as the seasons change this year.
“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
Miranda Priestly may have been pretty sarcastic when she made this comment in the iconic film Devil Wears Prada. But florals big and small are huge this year, and this spring trend will be a favorite all summer long.
The florals we’re seeing everywhere this year take on a more neutral vibe. They’re made up of muted colors on backgrounds of teals and tans, creating a very natural, boho feel.
And this year, florals are getting an update. When you think of florals, you might picture blouses or cutesy daisy-print tops. But this summer, expect to see floral patterns popping up everywhere, from maxi dresses to structured workwear.
Adding a pop of flowers and fun to classic pieces will really make your outfit stand out, from the office to a backyard barbeque. Definitely don’t be afraid to spruce up your favorite summer pieces with unexpected floral prints this summer.
Upgraded Comfort Pieces
Don’t worry, we understand. As excited as you are to get out of your pajamas and venture out of your house this summer, you also don’t completely want to leave your sweatpants behind.
The jumpsuits and rompers you’ve been loving for spring will continue to be popular this summer. To transition to the warmer months, look for pieces made of stretchy jersey fabric and light linen.
Printed jumpers can make a statement anywhere you go, while solid colored ones are easy to dress up with accessories. Attention-grabbing jewelry like stacked pearl or chain link bracelets or a cute charm necklace is a perfect way to upgrade your jumpsuits and stay on trend this season.
All of your go-to distressed denim closet staples will be trendy throughout the summer, too. From jean jackets for chilly nights to distressed cutoff shorts, denim is always a classic that can be dressed up or down.
Perfect for summer sunshine, distressed denim shorts can be paired with almost anything. Stock your wardrobe up with every cut and color you can find, like high-waisted styles and vintage silhouettes.
Don’t be afraid to stray from the normal range of blue denim washes, either. Try blacks and other neutrals, or make ombre tie-dye denim the focal point of your outfit.
Expect every store you walk into or browse online to be filled with graphic tees. Everything from logos to quirky sayings to nostalgic graphics can be printed on a t-shirt, you know.
The best part about this trend is that you can dress it up or down super easy, just like denim. For a casual look, pair your graphic tees with casual denim, paper bag waist shorts, or tie-string bottoms. Add a few layered necklaces and you have an easy chill but put-together look.
On the other hand, you can dress up a graphic tee by tucking it into a pair of high-waisted trousers and cute shoes, like sandals or wedges, for a summer night out.
High-waisted styles have been around for ages, we know. This spring, we really saw an emergence of the mom-jean trend popping up on everyone, from gen-z to millennials. While we used to reserve high waists for skinny jeans and tailored looks, now we’re excited to wear them every day.
No matter your overall style and vibe, you can find a high-waisted pair of pants or shorts you’ll love. Button details and paper bag waists are just two of our new favorites. With a tucked-in tee, you can rock the high-waisted trend to any casual gathering, and with a cropped blouse you can dress it up, too.
Trends to Add to Your Closet This Summer
Now that you know which of your favorites to keep wearing into the summer season, let’s look at some of summer’s biggest trends for this year. The summer of 2021 is going to be all about spicing up your wardrobe with comfortable but fashionable pieces in unique textures and colors.
One look we’re absolutely loving for summer is looser silhouettes. Gone are the days of skinny jeans and skin-tight tops. This summer, stay comfortable in the heat with more box-cut tees that pair perfectly with your distressed mom jeans and cutoff shorts. Better yet, pair your loose tanks and tees with tie-waist shorts for the ultimate comfortable but trendy look for your next daytime get-together outdoors.
Pick tops in pastel and muted tones. This will keep you looking and feeling light and airy, not to mention right on trend this summer.
This trend isn’t just for tops, either. The straight-leg and flared jeans you’ve been seeing on everyone this spring are here to stay, too. Guess it’s time for us all to embrace the easy-breezy look this year!
Pants and denim that follow this trend can be worn with baggier tops for a casual look, but can also look great with tighter styles that balance out an outfit. Play around with proportions when you pick out your outfit to see what makes you feel your best.
Looser pieces will be great as the temperatures rise. They give your skin some room to breeze and keep you from getting too warm, even in the hot summer sun.
The spring and summer 2021 runways were filled with patterns of the past. Think ultra-saturated stripes and bold check patterns.
The bright colors and bold patterns you’ll start seeing everywhere are sure to bring you back to your childhood. With all the fun options, minimalism will no longer be in your vocabulary. Designers are putting rainbow colors on everything, turning basics into statement pieces.
These nostalgic patterns and colors can work day and night, from a casual patio hangout to happy hour at your local bar. Expect to see this trend popping up everywhere, on dresses, tops, and even bodysuits.
This summer, you may want to take up crafting. If the seemingly endless number of crocheted clothing and accessories popping up on our Insta feeds says anything, it’s that we can now duplicate everything in our closet with a crocheted version.
Crocheting has moved far past the blankets your grandma used to make for you as a kid. Now, intricately designed bags, tops, dresses, and bikinis are popping up everywhere we look. From neutral hues like browns and blacks to pastel and super bright stripes (seriously, the bright colors are everywhere), you can find a new crochet piece that works with your style.
How to Make This Summer’s Trends Work For You
Incorporating the biggest trends of summer 2021 doesn’t mean you have to completely lose your sense of style. We have some tips about how to make these trends work for you, whether you lean more bohemian or preppy.
If you’d describe your style as boho, then you’re definitely in luck this year. With all of the flowy pieces we’re seeing from our favorite brands, you’ll have an easy time mixing in this summer’s trends with the clothing you already own.
This summer, don’t be afraid to mix up your color palette a bit. While we all love natural-looking browns and blues, bright colors are calling to us this year, too.
An easy way to ease into the colorful trend is with fun charm necklaces and charm bracelets. These are a trend in and of themselves this year. We think they’re perfect for adding some small pops of color to an outfit that has more muted tones.
For anyone who loves streetwear or that model-off-duty sort of style, the trendy tees and denim of this summer are meant for you. Punchy graphics and loose cuts pair perfectly with your laid-back sense of style. And all of your favorite crop tops will go great with the high-waisted denim you’ll get your hands on this season.
Play with proportions and colors a little extra during the warmer months this year. Mix up loose tops and distressed denim with nostalgic stripes and colors. Or try finding one-of-a-kind pieces that can really be the center of attention. With all the unique takes on graphic tees popping up from our favorite brand, this shouldn’t be too hard to do.
If you’re drawn more to classic pieces that can act as wardrobe staples for years to come, we totally get it. Tailored, preppy pieces make for great basics that can be paired with almost anything.
To incorporate some of this season’s trends, enhance your basics with fun jewelry. Stacked bracelets are a great option, as are statement-making neon earrings that add just a touch of unexpected color.
If you’re looking to really get into the summer’s hottest trends, then upgrade some of your favorites with loud patterns and colors. Tailored pants or fitted tees in nostalgic prints are calling your name!
Have Fun With Summer Outfits This Year
All in all, this summer’s trends are telling us one thing: It’s time to have fun! Embrace the bright colors and patterns along with more neutral florals and flowy pieces. Mix and match all summer long to create eye-catching outfits that are unique to you. We’re excited to play with this summer’s trends in ways we never could have imagined before.