“Everything old is new again” is an expression frequently applied to fashion trends, and it certainly applies to summer 2021 styles. When it comes to fabrics and color palettes, you can definitely see previous influences at work. If you’re getting ready to go on vacation, read on to see what’s trending this summer.
Summer is swimsuit season, and this year’s bathing suits have a retro feel. Think high-waisted bikini bottoms and tops with sweetheart necklines and ruching in patterns that feature colorful swirls or paisley designs. For those who prefer tankinis, look for a top with a peplum, which is also a feature of many of this summer’s one-piece suits. Crocheted swimwear is also making a comeback this season. Whichever look you choose, you’ll be on-trend while lounging at the pool or frolicking in the ocean. When you’re ready to head indoors, throw on a cover-up and slip into a pair of mules.
Stripes are back in a bold way. Think of so-called fruit colors: lemon yellow, lime green, tangerine orange, and watermelon pink. These cheerful colors can’t help but evoke summer sunshine. Pair a striped top with white capri pants for a crisp, refreshing look. Add a wide-brimmed straw hat if you’re going to be outside. Go casual with white canvas sneakers—another popular trend this summer—or dress things up with flats or sandals in a shade that matches one of the colors in your striped top. If you’re feeling particularly eclectic, add a pair of dangling resin or papier-mâché fruit earrings. You’ll be set for a day of window shopping and sipping iced drinks at an outdoor café.
Florals are always a trendy summer go-to, and that’s especially true this year. Flowers are nature’s pick-me-up. Who hasn’t impulsively purchased a bouquet at the grocery store simply because the blooms looked so inviting? The same is true for clothing—if you’re feeling down in the dumps, wearing something in a floral print is one way to cheer yourself up. If you gravitate toward large florals, make sure what you’re wearing has enough surface area so you can see more than, say, one or two flowers. Maxi dresses for women are particularly suited to large patterns because of the dresses’ length. For an inherently feminine look, choose a maxi dress with a flounced hem or tiers. Add a chunky solid necklace and some matching bangles, throw on some lace-up sandals in the heel height of your choice, and you’re set for a night of dancing.
If you like large floral designs but are not so fond of them on your person, go for a summery canvas tote bag in the print of your choice. Tie a solid-color chiffon scarf around one of the handles for a breezy look.
Ditsy prints, which are related to the currently popular prairie trend, are the opposite of large floral prints. Ditsy fabrics are small prints, usually—but not always—of flowers in a random design. These patterns, which come in an array of colors, look great as cotton dresses. If you want to play up the delicate-looking design, choose a dress with a ruffle or two. Add a narrow belt and a straw or raffia handbag. Finish the look with a pair of ballet flats. If you prefer separates, go for a top with a solid-color pair of shorts or capris—or a ditsy bottom with a solid top. Wear your ditsy outfit for a day that starts at the art museum and ends with a rooftop dinner.
The latest trend in women’s jeans is the wide leg. Unlike a skinny-leg or tapered jeans narrower at the leg opening, wide-leg jeans are loosely straight and often slightly wider at the bottom. They are especially suited to ankle-length and cropped styles. You can wear these jeans with a front-tie button-down blouse, a T-shirt, or pretty much any top you prefer. Both sneakers and espadrilles complement these jeans. Throw on a small crossbody bag, tie a sweater around your neck, and you’ve got a look that will take you through the day and into the evening, whether you’re visiting tourist sites or hopping on and off rides at an amusement park.
Anyone who went to camp as a child likely got to tie-dye a T-shirt at least once. Tie-dyed clothing is once again popular. Fortunately, you don’t have to do the work yourself. So, if you’re planning a staycation this summer, treat yourself to some comfy loungewear in a tie-dye pattern. Whether your design of choice is spirals, bullseyes, stripes (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal), or random sunbursts, and whether you prefer bright colors or pastels, you’re sure to find a pattern perfect for relaxing in all day while you sip a cold drink and catch up on your reading or crafting.
Given the current summer trends, you’re certain to find a vacation outfit that works for you. One final word—the best trends are the ones you’re comfortable in. If you’re relaxed and confident, you can carry off whatever look you want!