Our sights are set on summer and for many, the sweet sound of freedom is ringing through the air. With that, our desire to get dressed up again is stronger than ever. As cold days roll away, airier fabrics (opens in new tab) and lighter hues (opens in new tab) will have recharged powers. Leaning into color and showing hints of skin will also feel fresh again. Striking a balance between everyday apropos and joyful, the summer trends for 2021—from pastels to mini skirts (opens in new tab) to strap details—are fun, but also wearable. Ahead, six summer trends to get lost in.
A pale pastel palette is calming on the nerves and easy on the eyes. Wearing candy colors isn't just for babies (or millennials). Everyone can don a cool mint skirt or a tranquil lavender blazer to celebrate the solstice.
Perfect the art of the uniform by simplifying your summer wardrobe. Incorporating basics in subdued colors and no-fuss silhouettes isn't reinventing the wheel, but it is a foolproof approach to chic summer dressing.
Mad for Minis
This summer, minis are making a major comeback. An abbreviated hemline will lengthen the look of your legs and showcase your season's most fashionable footwear. In a variety of silhouettes, fabrics, and loads of floral prints, minis do not fall short.
There's no way around it. This summer, skin is in. Vying for a dress with sophisticated strap work is the best way to bare flesh, without revealing too much at all. Intricate back detailing, slinky front straps, and tie-fastening drawstrings are all part of the dress code.
Cream of the Crop Top
Championed by the pop stars of the early aughts, tiny tops are having a moment yet again. Warm summer temps offer the optimal time to sport one. Opt for a slight spaghetti strap version or a carefree, midriff baring bralette. They'll pair well with high-waisted shorts and skirts, as well as lightweight cardigans and blazers.
Rise and Shine
After a year spent social distancing from our own wardrobes, it's time to let our clothes shine—quite literally. From motorcycle jackets to maxi dresses, gilded garments are making the case for every day/all day wear.
Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.