8 Wearable Summer Trends For Your On-the-Go Lifestyle
This post was part of a summer style series I originally published on Long Beach Home and Living. Check out my article for them here!
In college, I spent several years working in fashion. In corporate, for start-ups, and even in retail. That, plus having a blog, means one thing – because of the nature of what I do, I have an above-average amount of clothes. There’s no denying it. Lots of clothes, shoes, and accessories, find themselves flooding into my closet on any given season, and while this might sound like a dream come true, here’s the harsh reality. I get sick of most of them, FAST.
They say that having more of anything doesn’t make you happier, it just makes you more unsatisfied. I could say the same thing about my wardrobe. When I was younger, I would always get so excited about getting a new pair of shoes, or picking up a bunch of fast-fashion merch on sale for cheap. But these days, it feels like a never-ending struggle of having too many things, but never anything that feels ‘just right.’ As a result of my younger days, I now have a closet FILLED with a weird mix of fast fashion, newer more quality items, and the ubiquitous seasonal trend of the moment, whatever that might be. Honestly? Sometimes it can feel suffocating.
So what does this all mean? Whenever I get the opportunity, I like to do a complete overhaul of my ‘stuff,’ purging (donating, selling, throwing away) anything that I haven’t worn in ages, or anything that makes me feel less than stellar. And whenever I do this, 1 commonality always seems to surface: the things I keep versus the things I get rid of. Regardless of trend, regardless of season, the things that tend to make the cut and earn their place in my closet time and time again are the pieces that are comfortable, easy to wear, and highly functional. Everything else, while cute or fun or eye-catching, is non-essential.
That does not mean I am a stranger to trends. In fact, trends are great! But if it doesn’t fit my lifestyle, or if it’s just uncomfortable to wear in real life (looking at you, off-shoulder tops. We all secretly know you’re the worst), its days in my closet are probably numbered. So, I try to stay away from the uncomfortable stuff whenever possible. It’s just easier that way. What does that mean for the summer, with its long laundry list of en vogue sandals, accessories, and have-to-have-it sundresses? I focus on the ones that matter – the ones that I’ll feel good in for years to come.
Here are some of summer’s most wearable outfits that are currently on my radar. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to keep these around long after the season comes and goes, too!
1. Relaxed, Slouchy Jumpsuits
You all know my feelings about jumpsuits. There’s nothing better than only having to choose 1 thing to wear and making it count as a complete outfit. And unlike the jumpsuits you might wear to a bar, this one is relaxed and slouchy – great for running errands, stylishly perusing grocery store isles, and just generally getting shit done.
Outfit: Shop Anneise
2. Toned-Down Rainbow
Rainbow is having a moment, but color just isn’t something I own a whole lot of. To remedy this, I look to accessories that do the trick, so I can still wear my all-black dresses without worrying about clashing. This bag is actually vintage, so it was cool long before the rainbow prints of today
Outfit: Runway Trash
3. Head-to-Toe Neutrals
For every ‘thing,’ there is a ‘counter-thing.’ So, you have rainbow, but you also have neutrals. Head-to-toe neutrals, to be exact. Now this, I love. Give me a tank dress, huarache flats, and tiny jewelry any day and I will be the happiest of girls.
Outfit: Twig and WIllow
4. Tie-Front Details
By now, you have probably seen some version of a tie-front top or dress popping up everywhere. I don’t know what I was even wearing before this, but I’m ecstatic that it’s here. Now this, I know, is less than practical. But if there is one exception to my comfort-over-everything rule, it’s for anything that makes me feel confident, or sexy, or just plain cool. This top accomplishes all of those things, so its spot in my closet is well-earned, in my opinion.
Outfit: Make Collectives
5. Retro 80's Ringer
You can never go wrong with a simple white tee. It just so happens that this season’s version are 80’s ringer tees, and I’m open to it. White tees in any form = less complication, more effortlessness. I can get behind that, no matter what time of year it is.
Outfit: Blue Windows
6. Tube Top Revival
Who remembers the HUGE moment tube tops had 1-2 decades ago? Well, just recently, they started popping up again, and I can’t say I don’t approve. The right tube with just enough stretch so it’s not dangerously loose, but not too tight that it hurts to wear, is the perfect Goldilocks situation. And, since a cropped tube top can be worn with high-waisted anything, under a dress, or paired with a skirt and blazer situation, it’s actually a pretty versatile staple.
Outfit: 4th and Elm Boutique
7. Sophisticated Co-Ords
This falls under the category of “chic and sexy” more so than it does “comfortable and practical,” but I’d be lying to you if I told you that co-ords (coordinate sets) in all forms weren’t the best trend revival I’ve seen all season. Just like a jumpsuit, co-ords figure out your entire outfit for you, taking the mental energy out of wardrobe indecision. And, when they’re as beautiful as this one, I can’t, and won’t, resist.
Outfit: Prism Boutique
8. Bold All-Over Color
Out of my comfort zone, maybe, but I’ve discovered recently that yellow and olive green hues are the right colors for my skintone, so when I saw this piece, I fell in love. Like I said earlier, color is definitely having a moment, and big, playful colors like this one are a fun way to do something a little different with your style. Judging by how much yellow we’ve been seeing recently, I don’t think this color is going anywhere anytime soon.
Of course, at the end of this summer, and every summer, once the temperature drops and the days start to get shorter, i’ll be reevaluating my closet. But I’d bet money that none of these outfits will be making it on my “donate” list just yet.