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Throughout the lockdown, people have had to adapt to the new normal. A world in which sadly people have passed away, where sleep patterns are suffering, millions have lost their jobs, etc. it’s easy to feel negative every day. However, it’s important that you try and stay as positive as you can throughout this time.
As part of this, it’s interesting to see what summer fashion is starting to become on trend. Even if life isn’t returning to the way it used to be straight away, it’s exciting to discover what fashion you’ll be seeing both online and in the shops as they start to re-open again. A form of escapism, this self-care step will help to take our mind off of what’s happening at the moment and enable you to focus on the months ahead.
To help give you some inspiration ahead of this, here is a rounded-up list of the top 8 fashion trends to look out for this year:
Whether you need prescription glasses or you’re looking for a pair of on-trend sunglasses, look no further than cat-eye style glasses. Stylish, elegant and unique these glasses have long been a popular option around the world – but they are particularly popular this year. Plus, there are so many places that offer these, whether you order online or in store – so you can find ones that are in the colour and price you want!
The ultimate glasses to pair with a statement blazer, maxi dress or another elegant outfit, you’re bound to turn heads this summer with these.
Bold Neon Colours
Take a step back to the 80s this year with this extraordinary fashion trend. Whether you opt for fluorescent orange, blue, green, yellow or pink, this neon trend was abundant on the catwalks at the start of this year. Said to be very popular this summer, so many designers are featuring this look, from the likes of Tom Ford to Courreges – of course, you’ll need very deep pockets for these if you want to match the look of the catwalk head to toe!
The ideal look for anyone wanting to make a big statement, it’s perfect for a night out with friends or lounging by the pool – depending on the item of clothing you opt for of course.
Yet another retro-inspired look that’s predicted to be in this summer is denim dresses. A casual yet chic fashion choice, this dress can be paired with ballet shoes, trainers or opulent high heels – whatever you feel comfortable in! Taking you back in time, it’s comfortable and yet bang on trend for this summer.
It’s also available in different colours, from the traditional blue denim to more unique colours like black and white denim.
The simplicity of the denim also means you can pair it with any accessories you like – from a scarf to dangly earrings and bracelets – whatever matches your unique style and colour preference.
Retro 70s Prints
Following on from the above, there’s a trend that’s rapidly making a comeback – and that’s retro 70s prints. Almost in the style of wallpaper that you would find in a home that’s trapped in time, this quirky and bold look has been seen throughout runaways internationally – both in bold and subtle ways.
Psychedelic and perfect for summer, you can find these prints on co-ords, skirts, trousers and blouses (amongst other options).
And although they are primarily found from designers such as Alberta Ferretti and Marc Jacobs, there are more budget-friendly options such as from Etsy that you can take advantage of for a fraction of the price.
Whether you’re looking for an outfit to wear for when you can get back in the office, for a night out with friends or on a day trip, a shirt dress is the perfect staple piece for you this season.
A piece that you should be looking out for this summer, it can either be a classic oversized style in white or black or bolder in a pastel hue. Whatever type you feel comfortable in, it’s a wonderful item that will impress all that you encounter.
You can pair your shirt dress with either a casual pump or high heels – whatever the occasion calls for! If you want a more fitted look, you could also add a belt to it.
Throughout the last few years, wearing suits haven’t just been on-trend in the office, but on the catwalk too. This year, however, there’s been an update to them. And that’s switching up the traditional trousers with shorts instead.
Available in different colours and styles, this is an elegant date night look that will differ to anything you’ve tried before. Although it’s not for everyone because of its bold style, for those who want to try it, it’s guaranteed to be a look that you like now and in the future. And you can make it as casual or formal as you like.
Quirky Polka Dots
This is a trend that goes in and out of fashion over the years. And this summer, it’s very much in. Designers are rapidly creating pieces that are abundant with polka dots – from summer midi dresses to maxi skirts.
Pair this with cat-eye glasses and you’re on to a winner. An enchanting print that complements every shape, it’s bound to be a hit that’s striking throughout the summer and beyond.
If you don’t want to go full-on polka dots, you could just simply add a touch of them, such as a bag that has the pattern, shoes, or a neck scarf. This flexibility makes it more accessible to everyone no matter what their style.
Want a bold flair without having to face a wild out-of-this-world pattern? Then why not try statement sleeves instead. Dressed up or down, this look is simply fabulous. Whether you pair a statement sleeve blouse with jeans or a skirt, it’s beautiful both in the summer and during the other seasons.
And although it’s predicted that it will primarily be popular throughout the warmer months, there’s nothing to say that you can’t pair it with warmer clothing when the weather starts to turn.
Making you feel as though you’re taking a step back to the 80s/90s, it’s a look that’s made a big impression at fashion events earlier this year. As well as blouses, it can be seen on dresses and blazers. A trend that celebrities are flocking to purchase, you will be the talk of the town the moment you try it out.
So, there you go! Those are 8 simple yet stylish fashion trends that you should look out for this summer. Of course, not everyone will like the same outfits/patterns that were taking over the catwalk prior to the lockdown. However, by looking at the trends, you’ll be able to adapt the trend to suit your unique style and budget if you want to.
Even though a lot of what’s deemed to be trends are primarily seen on the catwalk (and are therefore designer), you’ll be able to easily find a high street alternative after conducting a bit of research!
Also, despite many of these trends perhaps being a one-time-hit, the timelessness of certain trends, such as polka dots or cat-eye glasses are guaranteed to come back around at some point – so don’t worry about them being a hit only this summer!