Summer is right around the corner, and if you're like me, you're already making a mental checklist of what your closet is lacking (why does it feel like a lot?!). Now that I've finally taken stock of the warm-weather gear I've had packed away, I'm finally cherry-picking what trends I should be shopping for the months ahead. Here's the good news, I'm sharing my top summer style choices with you too.
Below you'll find a breakdown of the biggest (and in my opinion, most exciting) trends to take for a spin. And of course, along with the inspiration comes shopping: some of my favorite pieces to help you pull each trend off. From hands-free bags perfect for music festivals to boots (yes, really) to the color combination I can't wait to put to work, these are the pieces to start shopping for now—because summer is just over a month away.
The small-but-mighty belt bag is destined to be summer's most popular bag. Practical for those ready for the next big music festival but polished enough for an artsy office, downsizing has never looked quite so cool.
While boots may not be the footwear that comes to mind when the temperatures rise, as it turns out western-inspired styles are actually just right for summer. They're not as delicate as their sleeker counterparts meaning you can get into all sorts of trouble (or just good clean fun), while you're feet are perfectly fine, thank you very much.
Long sleeves for the office, off-the-shoulder for the weekend, all you need to know is that a little bit of volume in the sleeves is worth giving a spin. Where dramatic blouses were all the rage last year, this is a slightly subtler way to address the trend.
A summer trend roundup wouldn't be complete without a swimsuit to try. With the return of '80s-inspire dressing, it should be no surprise that high-cut swimsuits are back. Not only are they super-flattering through the leg and hip, they're comfortable too.
Color is back in full force this year, and for summer, you can't go wrong with a pretty pastel hue (or heck, two at once). From buttery yellows to dusty pinks, there's no time like the present to give color a spin.
If head-to-toe color feels intimidating, we have a solution: colored-lens sunglasses. While we don't exactly condone sunglasses at night, these work no matter how much sunlight you are busy soaking up.
We apologize in advance for any foot sweat situations in your near future, but PVC shoes are having a moment. While they may not be ideal for letting your feet breathe, they do look pretty darn chic.