If there’s one thing we’ve learned from fashion this year, it’s to think twice before throwing an article of clothing away, as many trends have recycled themselves. You’ve seen the mini skirts, baby tees, baguette bags, bandanas and even the low-rise pants. Hello 2000’s!
It’s not just about Y2K, though. Going-out clothes are being paired with swimwear, while workplace outfits are being worn with athleisure fits – fashion is giving cross pollination a whole new meaning. Current trends scream liberation, but can also bring a sense of confusion on how to adapt them into our personal style. No need for nerves – toss those quarantine sweatpants over your bikini while we give you a run down on the current boundary-pushing trends.
The Three-Piece Set
Three-piece swim sets are essential this summer. Build on your bikini by adding a matching skirt, collared shirt, lounge shorts, flare pants or even a bucket hat to enhance your cohesiveness. Go overboard on matching.
Mix and Match
This trend may contradict the former, but mix-and-match styles are making a comeback, especially in swimwear. Combine your favorite floral with a retro or animal-print piece for a fun, youthful look.
Crochet knits are back to provide all the bohemian, chic vibes we crave in the hotter weather. We have seen this knit in halter tops, bikinis, tote bags and even earrings. Add a crochet piece to your wardrobe for a dainty, feminine look.
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Beaded jewelry is capturing the limelight at the moment. This includes charms, flowers, letters, colorful beads, pearls and really any colorful trinkets. Whether this trend was inspired by our youth or this past year’s DIY projects, it relays a sense of nostalgia. Beaded jewelry has the power to brighten any outfit and make it more interesting.
Cowboy boots are a revolutionary accessory this summer. These once considered functional shoes are now fashionable and can make any basic outfit chic. To make a bold statement, pair your cowboy boots with a category of clothing not traditionally associated with them. We're loving Kendall Jenner's recent post, pairing her cowgirl boots and bikini.
THE BOYFRIEND LOOK
We are channeling a boyfriend look this summer, so go raid his, your dad’s, or brother’s closet. A prime example of a boyfriend look is this summer’s denim shorts, which have returned in a lengthier style than previous years. We’re also really digging the button-down-shirts-and-boxer-short fit, which can be elevated for a dinner look or kept casual for a beach cover-up.
Gloves once were a symbol of elegance and formality. We’re now seeing them incorporated into swimwear and summer outfits, a trend spearheaded by Emma Chamberlain. Gloves have transformed into a more casual article of clothing.
One of the best things about many of these trends is that you can thrift shop to get these looks and thereby support sustainable fashion. After all, there is no better way to acquire an authentic look than upcycling vintage clothes!