8 Summer 2024 Fashion Trends That Lean into Personal Style

Familiar favorites like Breton stripes and denim maxi skirts are trending.

Summer 2024 trends at Chloe, Christopher John Rogers, and Brandon Maxwell
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The summer 2024 trends offer a life lesson and one in fashion—why not make the ordinary more extraordinary? In the Pre-Fall 2024 collections, designers meet people where they are with staple summer fashion pieces that offer suggestions to spice up everyday personal style.

You can still slip into your favorite jean shorts and well-worn tees when running errands on the weekend—but add some pearl strands or a sexy pair of slingbacks to polish off the pairing. Bike shorts paired with statement pumps instead of your usual beat-up sneakers? Why not! Your best linen blazer also works just fine, but leaning into one with cheeky cutouts slicing down the lapel adds a special touch to your summer work outfit rotation. These thoughtful additions and style swaps will add magic moments to your warm-weather wardrobe.

Familiar favorites like Breton striped shirts clock in for duty while essentials like denim maxi skirts make their usual appearance; the other summer 2024 trends, like Bermuda shorts and elevated athleisurewear, won't feel too far outside your comfort zone, either. Perhaps the boldest argument designers present is to opt for wider-legged, longline pants that bunch and pool at the ankle. You won't need hemming services from June to August, so give your tailor the season off.

Ahead, Marie Claire outlines the season's break-away trends and offers suggestions on integrating them into your upcoming cute summer outfits. Keep scrolling to discover and shop what the season has in store.

Top to Toe Denim

Denim-on-denim summer 2024 trend at Interior, Erdem, Ulla Johnson, Dior, Nili Lotan

When faced with the challenge of styling denim, designers at Interior, Erdem, Ulla Johnson, Dior, and Nili Lotan say the solution is simply more denim.

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The best way to style a pair of jeans this summer is to commit to a full look— or "denim on denim, on denim, on denim," according to Beyonce on Cowboy Carter's track 'Levi's.' Dior and Ulla Johnson relied on the fool-proof co-ord effect by teaming denim trousers with jackets in matching washes. Jack Miner of Interior even veered from color convention to present the 'New Yorker' tuxedo: A distressed, baby blue jean jacket styled with straight-leg jeans in bright white.

One Way Ticket to Bermuda

Bermuda Shorts at Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Valentino

Givenchy, Isabel Marant, and Valentino want you to bid adieu to your Daisy Dukes.

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Longline styles are now in the spotlight after seasons of micro-shorts (or, for the style risk-seekers, no bottoms at all). Givenchy gave the Bermuda silhouette a casual weekend makeover by styling gray-wash denim shorts with a polo-collared pullover. If that feels a little too informal, try teaming a front-pleated cotton twill style with a flashy, party-ready top, as seen at Valentino.

What Office Dress Code?

Summer suiting at Givenchy, No. 21, and Versace

Skin-centric suiting was a constant throughout Givenchy, No. 21, and Versace's collections.

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This season, designers are making the case for showing skin—how far you'll take it is up to you. When the mood strikes, go without a button-down under your blazer (or try a bandeau instead, as seen at Versace) and swap a pair of trousers for tailored shorts. The sentiment behind this summer's peek-a-boo suiting applies to going-out outfits, too.

Vent It Out

Vent summer 2024 trend at Courreges, Helmut Lang, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Victoria Beckham

At Courrèges, Helmut Lang, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Victoria Beckham, cutouts offer on-the-go air conditioning.

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The many cutout designs of Pre-Fall 2024 are a strategic fashion choice that also works as built-in ventilation. At Helmut Lang, T-shirts were intentionally designed to be slashed along the elbows, while Victoria Beckham offered a series of maxi dresses with asymmetrical teardrops cut out along the clavicle. Elsewhere, slits at the hip, front-and-center keyholes, and open backs keep pieces cool (literally and figuratively).

An Athluxe Attitude

Athleisure summer trend at Dior, Undercover, Valentino,

Dior, Undercover, and Valentino invite you to kick back and take a load off.

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The Pre-Fall 2024 collections beg to differ with anyone who says a sweat set or leggings aren't fashion. Dior and Valentino paired sleek hoodies with shorts (Pierpaolo Piccioli opted for Bermudas, which aligns with the above trend), whereas Undercover suggested a head-to-toe sweat set. The luxurious approach to sporty separates continued at Versace and The Row, where windbreakers were styled with matching nylon bottoms meant for wear beyond the track.

Sailing into Summer

Nautical summer trend at Max Mara, Adeam, and Nili Lotan

Max Mara, Adeam, and Nili Lotan tapped into a mariner mood.

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From seafaring cardigans and sailor collars to oceanic blues and gold naval buttons, nautical fashion is one of the most prominent takeaways of the summer 2024 trends. Adeam and Nili Lotan chose classic Breton stripes in navy, while Max Mara put the print in bright buoy red. Style your stripes with a piece of fine jewelry designed in rope or shell motifs for a dressed-up touch.

Coffee on Your Clothes

Brown summer color trend at Brandon Maxwell, Stella McCartney, and Versace

Take a color cue from Brandon Maxwell, Stella McCartney, and Versace this summer.

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Brown in all its tonal variations—burnt umber, mahogany, cappuccino, and more—is the foremost color of Pre-Fall 2024's palette. Surprisingly, some designers chose the dark shade over fashion's favorite black. Brands including Brandon Maxwell, Stella McCartney, Versace, Chanel, and Khaite peppered the hue into their collections in dreamy day dresses, skirt suits, and open-back mules.

Mind the Puddle (Pants)

Puddle pants trend at Helmut Lang, Khaite, Valentino, and Stella McCartney

Allow Helmut Lang, Khaite, Valentino, and Stella McCartney to introduce you to the puddle pant.

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Take a literal approach to lengthening your legs and opt for hemlines that sweep the floor—better known as puddle pants. Khaite perfectly pooled its trousers to gather around the ankle, while Valentino's cerulean pants doubled their boldness with their extra-long length. Don't worry about your choice of shoes—at Stella McCartney, hemlines hide them all together.

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, who writes everything from trend reports to fashion featurettes and long-form profiles. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, writing shopping e-commerce guides, assisting with market for fashion photo shoots, and assigning and editing fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center. When she's not writing fashion deep-dives, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking in her tiny NYC kitchen.