Summer 2023 Trends to Lighten Up With

Stay cool, look cool.

Summer 2022 Runway Trends from Versace, Tory Burch, Etro
(Image credit: Versace, Tory Burch, Etro)

Whether you're beach-bound or plan to embrace summertime in the city, complete with a grand soirée (or two) on your rooftop, there's likely a summer 2022 fashion trend for all of your fun warm-weather plans.

Prepping your wardrobe—from your jewelry to your handbags to your shoes—is arguably half the fun. "Summer is all about effortless styling," says Courtney Grant, Vice President of Buying and Merchandising for luxury retailer Elyse Walker. "People are excited to be out and about, and nothing says I'm emerging out of living in quarantine more than bright pops of color and showing off some skin," she explains.

Light fabrics, subdued flashes of skin, and fun, celebratory hues are just a few of the summer 2023 fashion trends we're swooning over. Ahead, browse our picks for the trends that will help you get the most out of the short (but oh so sweet!) summer season. 

Mellow Yellow

Brighten your day with a mood-boosting yellow hue. Start with a slinky dress or go all out in a monochromatic look, à la Jil Sander's button-down top with trousers. If complete saturation is not your forte, use the bold color as a jumping-off point. It's the perfect accompaniment for slightly muted tones like earthy taupes and pastels like lilac.

The yellow trend for summer 2022 from Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, Tory Burch

(Image credit: Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, Tory Burch)

Summer Suiting

Sophistication without any stuffiness? Yes, all of the way. Thanks to lighter color and fabric options, the summer season's abundance of suits won't weigh you down. "While dresses are an easy summer go-to, suiting is a great alternative that provides that same head-to-toe look but with a fresh twist," says Grant. If head-to-toe suiting isn't your style, break up the look with sleek separates, like a white blazer and jeans or cream trousers paired with a breezy tee.

Summer suiting trend on the Summer 2022 runways from Chloe, Proenza Schouler, Etro

(Image credit: Chloe, Proenza Schouler, Etro)

Great Sport

You don't have to play the field to look the part. Tracksuits, biker shorts, and polo shirts fit in on the streets but can lend a new take for beach and vacation wear. Pair your sporty separates with your favorite sneakers, or give your look a touch of femininity alongside slide sandals and a clutch.

sporty summer trend outfits from Loewe, Dior, and Lacoste

(Image credit: Loewe, Dior, and Lacoste)

Cut-Out Crazed

Skin is in, and summer '22 is about the peek-a-book trend, from cutesy cutout dresses at Valentino to eye-catching separates at Versace. To make the trend work for you, "choose flattering cutout placements around the mid-section or hips," advises Grant.

Cut-out summer trends on the runways of Valentino, Versace, and Brandon Maxwell

(Image credit: Valentino, Versace, and Brandon Maxwell)

Connect the Dots

We can't deny the fun that comes with a bold polka-dot print. Try a dotted top peeking out under a power blazer, or go for the total look in an all-over polka-dot dress. 

The summer polka dot trend from Chanel, Erdem, and Giambattista Valli

(Image credit: Chanel, Erdem, and Giambattista Valli)
Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork