Though it’s not quite officially summer yet, the sunny days and balmy temperatures of the season are here already, which means it’s time to start wearing your favorite warm-weather styles once again. For ensembles that are equal parts breezy and chic, refresh your summer wardrobe with these top trends for the season.
The Denim Mini Skirt
Trade out your well-worn cut-offs for another denim staple of the summer: the jean skirt. Just as versatile and easy-to-wear as shorts, the denim skirt comes in a wide range of hemlines, silhouettes, and washes, making it simple to find one that you absolutely love. Divine Caroline suggests a simple and chic look with a sleek denim pencil skirt, white button-down tied at the waist, and fringed suede sandals or a pair of gladiators.
Whatever your feelings may be on the recent comeback of the ugly-pretty sandal, this particular trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The frontrunner of the trend? The surprisingly comfortable, utterly wearable, and unexpectedly stylish flatform. Say what you may about what Brit + Co calls the undisputed silhouette of choice, but flatforms offer all of the height of a heel without the actual heel itself, making this shoe the best choice for outdoor weddings, uneven pavement, and dancing the night away.
The Off-the-Shoulder Neckline
Equal parts sweet and sexy, the off-the-shoulder neckline is a must-have for the summer season. Wear it on a blouse, a dress, or a crop top—as long as you wear it, you’re good. And while the cold-shoulder trend is certainly popular right now, the style has definite staying power, too, meaning this one could quickly become a classic worth keeping in constant rotation.
The Ruffled Dress
Whether you like them big and bold or soft and subtle, today’s ruffles are anything but frilly. This season’s dresses adorned with this particular accent create a silhouette that is undeniably romantic and feminine—ideal for date nights and bridal showers (it is wedding season, after all). Lyst’s collection of dresses offers a variety of takes on the ruffle trend, from a single ruffle hem to tiers of cascading material. As you can certainly tell, the accent ranges from subtle to attention-grabbing. One key tip to remember when choosing your ruffled dress? Forgo rigid ruffles for those that are loose and flowy for a style that easily transitions from day to night.
The Mini Backpack
Remember when the best part of a new school year was picking out your backpack? Not only were those babies necessary and incredibly practical, they also served as an extension of your outfit and, most importantly, an expression of your style. This season, the backpack is back. This time, it’s a chic, mini version that’s perfect for the grown-up version of your inner kid. The mini backpack works with any outfit, functions on every level, and won’t give you a neck cramp after a full day of shopping, sight-seeing, or errand-running. A true win all around.0