Come summer, the days will be longer – and so will the hemlines. (Hello, midi dresses.) Aside from those darling vintage-inspired dresses, the runways have also been foreshadowing lots of ultra-feminine styles for summer. New arrivals feature ruffles and pretty prints galore.
Here are five trends that will be big this summer.
1. OFF-THE-SHOULDER PIECES
Last summer, your shoulders played peek-a-boo with the sun, with blouses showing a little bit of skin. This year, off-the-shoulder blouses and dresses are fully exposing shoulders for a look that’s a bit reminiscent of fiesta dresses. Don’t be shy about this trend. Go with a bright color and add in even more with multicolored accessories. We’re thinking a clutch with bright poms or a beaded pendant necklace. Try the trend in chartreuse with this off-the-shoulder top. Topshop “Livi” Off the Shoulder Top, $60, Nordstrom.com
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2. MOSAIC PRINTS
Florals and breton stripes are the patterns you can always count on to add a dose of summer to your wardrobe. This year, make room for global-inspired mosaics, too. Geometric patterns plus a kaleidoscope of colors equal the makings for a summer fashion smash hit. This Riverwood Pencil Skirt with blues, yellows and greens opens up so many possibilities for outfits. Link it up with a soft white v-neck and some bangles or pair it with a pastel blouse. You can pull this skirt right on through to fall by layering on a denim or leather jacket. Riverwood Pencil Skirt, $128, Anthropologie.com
3. STATEMENT T-SHIRTS
Graphic T-shirts with punchy sayings are a fun way to personalize your wardrobe, and we’re spotting all kinds of fun ones. A T-shirt message we can certainly co-sign with? A gray tank that says “Vacay All Day” that is so apropos for summer. One Eleven Vacay All Day Graphic Tank, $19.90, Express.com
4. BIG RUFFLES
New arrivals for spring and summer are sashaying into stores with ruffles that are big, bold and most definitely feminine. The flamenco-like ruffles are getting a warm embrace, too, after a few seasons of more minimalist, simple designs. We’re charmed by this soft-blue dress that gets ruffles on the skirt, sleeves and neckline. Tiered Ruffle Dress, $128, BananaRepublic.com
5. LONGER HEMLINES
For those who like to make your dresses work overtime (read: go to work during the week but accompany you to brunch on the weekend), we’ve got good news. After years of hemlines that seemed to be sneaking up and getting super-short, this year’s dresses – whether they’re shifts or fit-and-flares – are hitting closer to the knees. Also, midi dresses are having a major moment. Designers are giving these frocks subtle but gorgeous details, too, like lace, yoking or scallops near the neckline, sleeves or hem lines. We’ve got our eyes on this pretty eyelet midi that’s rich in details. Eyelet Midi for Women, $49.94, OldNavy.com