It’s that time of the year again where the deadlines come crashing in and before you know it, the answer to the question: ‘What summer essentials should I buy this year’ becomes lower in the priority list. But the truth is, Summer season is coming, and it’s coming fast; soon enough it’ll be time to put on a bathing suit and flaunt your beach body, or attend that sunset party everyone is talking about…but what will you wear? Who has the time to browse the fashion world to find out what are the ultimate summer trends for this year? Well, luckily for you, I did the all research and know exactly what the top 10 summer must haves are (you’re welcome!). Keep reading to find out what 10 items are a must in your closet this Summer.
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This season, suede is in…big time. You can’t walk into a shop without finding a suede item! Above are some examples of suede clothing and accessories in store right now. My favourite would have to be the suede vest (photo 4) and purse (photo 6). When you do wear suede this summer, make sure to pair it with something that is not too heavy – as you could end up looking to wintery!
You may have already noticed that this year fringe is everywhere! In this post I focused mainly on handbags, only because it’s a stunning accessory which won’t overpower your look, but still grab people’s attention. For instance: try wearing an all black outfit with the yellow purse (photo 4), or a super casual jean&t-shirt look paired with the a brown fringe bucket bag (photos 1 and 3). The advantage of fringe is that you can use it to dress is up (photo 8) or down (photo 5). In summary, a fringe item is a definite must this summer!
Espadrilles have been our summer best friends for many seasons due to their easy-going appeal and breathable nature; and this year it’s no different! Espadrilles of every design are a summer staple this year. You can literally find espadrilles suitable to your style; be it espadrille trainers ( photo 12), sandals (photos 1,3,7), the classic slip ons ( photos 4,5,8,9,10,11) or height providers (photos 2,6). One of the best things about espadrilles is their flexibility of usage: you can wear them to the beach, shopping, or to a pool party event!
4. Gladiator Sandals
This season, gladiator sandals have re-emerged! The key thing is to know how to wear them, so that they don’t end up wearing you. These sandals are already a bold statement (especially the knee-high ones) so it’s important to pair them with simple-cut items e.g. white lace dress, simple dress, or denim dungarees click for an example! A great advantage about these is that they can be easily translated from day to evening wear!
If like me, you always end up wearing white during the summer, this year you are allowed to (not that it’s forbidden other years, au contraire!) Above are some all white outfit examples but it’s important to note that you can pair white with any other colour! For instance, with black or beige for a classier night look, or with denim and shades for a casual day look! This is probably one of the easier to follow trends as you are likely to already have white in your closet. Quick tip: invest in detailed pieces that really catch the eye to enhance your look.
You might be thinking – why is this a trend? Surely you wear sunglasses every year? – well, this is very true but usually you choose sunglasses based on your outfit. This year however, try picking out an outfit based on a specific pair of sunglasses, and really make them the centre of your outfit! If you are feeling more adventurous and edgier, don’t be afraid to experiment with different lens colours (photos 1,2, 12), or frames (photos 2,7,8,11).
7. Snake Skin
Snake-skin is a good print to experiment with this summer. However, it is important to only use it subtly e.g. on your gladiator sandals, slip-ons, or handbags. DO NOT, I repeat, do not wear a whole snake-skin outfit! You will risk looking tacky, unstylish, and unsummery! This summer, try using less obvious snake prints (e.g. photos 3, 6) as well as the classic snake-skin pattern! A great advantage, is that you can combine this trend with the the others mentioned e.g. snake-skin purse with fringe, or gladiator sandals!
8. Birkenstock-like slip ons
Original Birkenstocks (photo 1) have been around for many years, and although I must admit, I am not their greatest fan, I’m totally into this chunky new sandal (photo 2,3,4,5). They are perfect for a lazy summer day, as they will give you extra height, making your legs look longer and slimmer, and they are also super comfortable (yes, I’ve bought a pair myself, could’t resist!). Why not pair them with dungarees (see below) and a simple white detailed top? Or even with skinny high waist jeans/shorts and a fringed crop top?
Bathing suits are a must every summer, but for this post I’ve selected the funnest and cutest one/two pieces to use this season! Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, as long as you feel comfortable in your own skin, you can pretty much pull off anything! Besides investing in a couple of funky pattered bathing suits, don’t forget to have a classic black one too (even if with a twist – photo 16). An important thing to take into consideration when buying swimsuits is the fit and cut that flatters you the most! So whenever you’re trying on those swimsuits always think about what you want to show and hide! Quick tip: buy beach accessories (necklaces, hats, bracelets) that will go with more than one of your bathing suits!
This year dungarees aren’t only kid appropriate, they are very much a trend and one of the easiest ones to wear. Besides the classic long-trouser ones (photo 2, 3), invest in the shorts (photos 5,6,) and skirt (photo 4) versions. These are perfect for a laid-back easy going look. You can pair your dungarees with pretty much any colour, and any sleeve (even a bikini underneath if you’re going to the pool!).
In this post, I’ve shown you my top 10 summer essentials for this year. I’ve only selected a few examples, from every price range, but there are infinite variables of these trends in every store! The great thing about these trends is that you can mix and match them as much as you want! For instance combine the suede and fringe trend in the form of a bag, or a top. Alternatively, why not opt for a gladiator sandal with some fringe detail, or white dungarees?
Another cool thing about these trends is that they go with each other. You can make a killer outfit by wearing a fringe bag, dungarees, a white top,sunglasses, and espadrilles. Just here, you are using 5 of the trends! Alternatively, why not wear a suede dress, with gladiator sandals and a snakeskin watch?
In conclusion, whenever you decide to buy your summer outfits, keep in mind these 10 essentials, and don’t forget to buy items that go together and maximise the number of outfits you can make from 1 item!
Let me know which trend is your favourite in the comments section below! For now, I leave you with this:
“I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” —Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)
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