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The Summer 2020 Fashion Trends All Your Friends Will Be Wearing

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Street Style - Day 2 - Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
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When thinking about trends for summer, there are two major indicators for what styles we can expect: The fashion from the runways, and the fashion from the streets. The spring/summer 2020 runways give us a good indication on what new pieces will be popular, while the street style showcases what people are actually wearing from said runways. The two aren't mutually exclusive, and oftentimes what's popular on the runway for one season can extend beyond that as people continue to rock the trend IRL (for example: bucket hats). That said, we have a good idea of what the fashion trends of summer 2020 will look like, so we put together this guide for you of covetable pieces for summer inspired by our favorite It-girl outfits. Here's what you can expect your fashion-forward friends to be wearing this summer, and what to invest in to be among them.

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Stay cool in the summer heat with linen pieces. Though this fabric has always been an obvious choice for combating sweltering temps, retailers this season have been quick to offer even more variations of linen or linen mix clothing. Prepare to find linen versions of your favorite garments, from lightweight bottoms to one-and-done dresses.

Frutas Linen Shorts
Farm Rio shopbop.com

If you imagined linen pieces only coming in boring neutral colors, prepare to be shaken up by these Farm Rio shorts. The tropical fruit print is an inviting design just in time for summer.

Charlita Linen Shirt
Faithfull the Brand net-a-porter.com
$50.70 (70% off)

This linen shirt can be worn multiple ways, from layering over a t-shirt or crop top to using as a bikini cover-up. Tuck the shirt into your denim shorts or linen pants, then complete your outfit with braided woven sandals.

Puff-Sleeve Linen Wrap Mini Dress
& Other Stories stories.com

This linen wrap mini dress is a blank canvas waiting for you to dress it up with colorful accessories, or not (it looks good plain too!). The dress is sweet, feminine, and formfitting.

Sweat Shorts
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It might be too hot to wear the sweatpants you've been in since quarantine, so swap them for a pair of sweat shorts. These athleisure bottoms offer the same level of comfort without leaving you perspiring heavily. Wear them while running your weekend errands or when you're just hanging out with a glass of rosé on the couch.

High-Rise Sweat Shorts
Tna aritzia.com

These simple sweat shorts are quickly selling out, so it's best to grab a pair asap. They're more comfortable than rigid denim cutoffs, especially if you're trying to go for a laidback outfit.

Brooks Classic Sweat Short
Reformation thereformation.com

Add yourself to the waitlist for a pair of Reformation's sweat shorts. They come in three classic colors and have a high-rise fit with side slits.

Sportswear Icon Clash Fleece Shorts
Nike nordstrom.com

The bright pop of pink in the drawstring cord adds a small but noticeable touch to this pair of peach-colored shorts. Rock with your favorite pair of sneakers

Baby Doll Dresses
Street Style - Day 2 - Copenhagen Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2020
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For summer, minidresses in the form of baby doll styles akin to the designs made popular by Cecilie Bahnsen will rule the streets. Expect to find the style in pastel summer hues and with variations in volume. These playful minidresses will keep the vibe of your ensembles light and breezy.

Annabella Floral Matelassé Dress
Cecilie Bahnsen nordstrom.com

Own a Cecilie Bahnsen original. My pick is this baby blue dress that's cut from richly textured, floral matelassé fabric. To make it look less sweet, toughen it up with platform combat boots.

Lou Jean Baby Doll Dress
Free People freepeople.com

A jean alternative for summer is this denim baby doll dress with blousy sleeves. The dress comes in three different colors. Since the fabric is a bit thicker, you can easily wear this from summer into fall—just layer a pair of tights underneath. 

Baby Doll Mini Dress
Danielle Bernstein macys.com

Fashion influencer Danielle Bernstein launched a line with Macy's, and what do you know? She's offering a baby doll minidress just under $100. This minty green and white options are quickly selling out, a testament to the popularity of this dress trend.

Neon Colors
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Neon colors will have a strong presence this summer, moving from the runways of Marni and Jacquemus to the streets. This is the time to wear your brightest brights and choose poppy colors that reflect the clear change in weather. The style lesson here? Don't be afraid to stand out.

Blossom Top
Staud shopbop.com

The details on this lime green crepe top features drawstring ruching and voluminous balloon sleeves. Style with jeans for a daytime look or with a silky midi skirt and heels for nighttime activities.

Satin Mini Shirt Dress
The Attico net-a-porter.com

This fuchsia satin shirtdress has strategically placed side seams to define your waistline, so it's not just a shapeless garment. Wear with neutral accessories to let the piece shine on its own. 

Ophidia Mini Vinyl & Leather Crossbody
Gucci gilt.com

For those hesitant about wearing neon-colored clothes, start off with neon accessories like this crossbody bag. The highlighter-yellow trimmings on this PVC bag is minimal yet impactful. 

Bucket Hats
Street Style - New York Fashion Week September 2019 - Day 5
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The bucket hat trend isn't over yet, which is great because I still have my eyes on a few more to add to my collection. The hat offerings reflect the diverse trends in ready to wear, from neon colors to PVC designs. Top off any outfit this summer with a bucket hat for that casual-cool fashion girl look.

PVC Shell Bucket Hat
Prada modaoperandi.com

For the logo-obsessed, you need Prada's PVC panel bucket hat. This one accessory will make anything you wear look extra fabulous, even when you're in sweats.

Toby Bucket Hat
Eugenia Kim shopbop.com

Don't worry about matching your bucket hat to your outfits with this all-white floral eyelet option. It goes with everything, from a sundress to a one-piece swimsuit.

The Bucket Hat
The Marc Jacobs shopbop.com

Think of the bucket hat as a must-have accessory like your favorite ring or chain neckline. You never want to leave home without it. Keep this neon paisley print hat by the door and grab it before you dash out the door. 

Street Style - New York Fashion Week September 2019 - Day 4
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Bralettes under blazers were one of the biggest trends to hit the spring/summer 2020 runways, and street style stars eagerly adopted this casual-sexy look. Retailers are already offering a ton of cute bralette options for the season, whether you decide to wear one over a t-shirt or under a cardigan, so rest assured you'll find one you love. This look is definitely NSFW, so keep it to the weekends.

The Eda Cashmere Bralette
Khaite mytheresa.com

Katie Holmes wore a Khaite cashmere bra and cardigan set, so we need a Khaite cashmere bra and cardi set. This one is super soft and features ribbed details for a softly supportive fit. Yes to lounging around at home in this. 

Le Bandeau Valensole Swim Top
Jacquemus modaoperandi.com

This ribbed Jacquemus top has a deep scoop neck, so if you're not ready to show that much skin, wear underneath a button-down shirt or linen top. The pastel yellow is soft and warm, adding cheerful energy into your outfit. 

Pocket Bralette
Dion Lee farfetch.com

Bralette with pockets? I'm into it. This one looks best when paired over another top to give it that official fashion girl stamp. 

Puff Sleeves
Street Style - New York Fashion Week September 2019 - Day 4
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You've been mulling it over, and you're officially ready for the puff sleeve trend. Good news: This look is still "in" for summer 2020. This '80s-inspired silhouette has been around since last year, but designers show no signs in incorporating the design into their newer spring/summer 2020 collections. It's the perfect easy-to-wear detail that takes any simple white top from ordinary to exceptional.

Organza Sleeve Peplum Blouse
Topshop nordstrom.com

I'm trading in all my black tees for this sheer, organza puff sleeve top. It's like your favorite baby doll dress shrunk into this perfectly sized top to wear with jeans or a denim skirt. 

Julia Oversized Cotton-Blend Poplin Shirt
Rejina Pyo net-a-porter.com

Rejina Pyo's known for its thin strappy sandals, but don't underestimate its clothing selections like this crisp cotton-blend poplin shirt. Rock this at the office during casual Fridays for a much-needed break in between your stiffer, white button-down shirts. 

Contrasting Organza Top
Zara zara.com

This top looks a lot more luxe than what you paid for, which is always a win-win situation for us. It feels fancy yet is wearable for everyday activities, from client lunch meetings to happy hour with your coworkers. 


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