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9 Summer Trends

9 Spring/Summer Trends

The weather is finally warm, and we’re already daydreaming about beach trips, BBQs, and what to wear to them. This season, fashion is fun and flirty. Here are nine trends we’ve seen (will you wear them?)…

1. Short wrap dresses. I love a look that feels sexy without trying too hard. Whether solid or patterned, the dresses this season are playful with plunging necks and curve-enhancing ties at the waist.

2. One-shoulder tops. You can’t deny the allure of an off-the-shoulder top, but these days they’re so pervasive they may be entering “If I see another…” territory. Want another way to show-off some skin? These one-shouldered tops are a fun solution.

3. Graphic tees. Statement tees have been around forever; I used to borrow my boyfriend’s in college. The new ones still have that retro vibe, but everything from the cool typography to political messaging feels current.

4. Woven shoes. All things woven are having a moment, but one of the easiest summer trends is the woven shoe. Plus, braided slip-on shoes are casual enough for the beach and delicate enough to throw on with a dress at night.

5. Ruffles. A ruffle detail makes anything party appropriate. I’m eyeing the season’s wavy silhouettes — on everything from wrap skirts to blouses — for evening dates and daytime get-togethers.

6. Espadrilles with height. It wouldn’t be summer without a fresh pair of canvas espadrilles — a timeless vacation shoe. This year’s version has a wedge or platform to make legs look miles long.

7. Gingham. Every couple years, this preppy print makes a reappearance, but this time it has a twist. Forget the usual button-downs (and picnic blankets) — we’re loving the cold-shoulder blouses, little dresses and bathing suits popping up everywhere.

8. Scoop-back swimsuits. Three years ago, J. Crew brought back its most beloved one-piece tank bathing suit after a fashion writer pleaded for it, and seemingly every swimsuit designer took note. The new crop of sexy one-pieces, which look amazing in solids or stripes, are simple and pretty much perfect.

9. Fringe earrings. Introducing the hoop earring’s edgier cousin: it’s fringy and flirty, and makes even a white T-shirt and jeans look great.

Thoughts? Which will you wear?

P.S. The color and jacket we’re also loving this season.

(Top photo of this gingham tank and these gold earrings.)

  1. I love all of these trends, especially the ruffle one shoulder top. I also love shirts that are off both shoulders (not sure what that is called?) I will try to pull one off this summer!

  2. Yes yes yes to woven shoes! (Woven everything, actually)

  3. I’m really into the woven trend for spring. I have my eye on a few bags and shoes that I can’t wait to wear to the beach or on a hot day. The fringe earrings I’ve been seeing everywhere.

    http://www.shessobright.com

  4. Natalie says...

    Off the shoulder tops… le sigh! Fun, flirty, feminine and incredibly NOT functional! Here’s what I’ve discovered as a professional stylist:

    1. Any off the shoulder top with that ruffle layer is your friend. Why? Because it can be worn as a one-shoulder top too! Just pop that arm hole under your armpit and voila! Usually it stays put better this way too. Here’s one that can be done both ways: http://bit.ly/2pZAXTn

    2. Fashion tape is your friend. If you’re worried about the top riding up during a night out, secure the edges to your shoulders with this double sided tape. Not fool-proof, but it can make things easier. http://amzn.to/2qAi6eG

    3. Off the shoulder tops with banded sleeves are the only ones that truly stay put. Ella Moss makes a cute one: http://bit.ly/2pZOpXh But Yumi Kim is the true innovator in this category– she’s added removable sleeves! Not only are these tops available in the most gorgeous floral prints, but they have banded sleeves that stay down and can be taken off! Plus, I hear tube tops will be huge for Spring 2018… http://bit.ly/2pZtwLB http://bit.ly/2pZsfo6

    • Vanessa Rae says...

      Thank you Natalie!!

  5. Ebony says...

    Thanks for adding the photographs. Pointless otherwise!

  6. Heather says...

    Thank you for adding photos! I will say, when I first saw this post without them, I really didn’t read it.

  7. Lynn says...

    Ruffles are, unfortunately, on everything these days (looking at you, Nordstrom, banana, jcrew). I cannot stand them, and it makes me very sad the last few times I’ve gone shopping!

  8. When I found out that Victoria’s Secret wasn’t selling swimwear anymore (just the Pink line), I was panicked. But I tried out a bunch of suits from J. Crew and the scoopback one is perfect! Found my new go-to for bathing suits. If only the plunging scoopback came in long torso!

  9. Janey says...

    Just enjoyed reading with my morning coffee. Love all these trends except the gingham which is what most little girls here in Scotland wear as their summer school uniform dress along with white knee socks. Not sure I could pull that look off as a grown up! :)
    Ps reading your fantastic blog is such a lovely little coffee time treat for me, thank you

  10. Lo says...

    Scoop back swimmers and graphic tees, yes yes yes. I am totally a neutrals dresser, but I love the little pop that a graphic tee can give you!

    Lo

  11. Beth says...

    I see you noted that you updated the links, but just so you know, the one at the bottom for the main picture is still a straight to google link. Could you possibly just say what brand that is…so adorable!
    ps thanks for all you (all) do!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Beth! So sorry about that! The tank is from Madewell :) http://bit.ly/2pXTP4W

  12. El says...

    Weirdly some of these links are taking me to a plain Google page (like, google dot com)! Just reporting in case it’s not just my computer, and also because I love your round ups so I never want to miss anything!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so sorry, el, just updated the links!

  13. I love the graphic tee “you see a girl, I see the future”.

    The Madewell earrings are so elegant too… they look Art Deco / Great Gatsby inspired <3

    Trends aside, gingham prints and Espadrille sandals will always have a place in my heart!

  14. I’m looking forward to getting in on the one shoulder tops! I’m also loving a lot of the shoes I’m seeing this season. So cute & comfortable!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow!!!

    • Sarah Beth says...

      I’ve had my eye on that gorgeous swimsuit too! Unfortunately it’s out of my budget, but it’s so so beautiful (and I’m a sucker for anything ballet affiliated.)

  15. Sasha says...

    Please no to the swim suit in the same color as your skin. Saw this twice at a hot springs last week, you look naked and it’s very disconcerting. I saw a lot of people snickering who thought the lady was naked, then realized it was a suit.

  16. I will wear short wrap dresses, fringe earrings, and statement tees! I do love gingham but whenever I wear it I feel like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz!!

  17. Julie says...

    I feel like all of these trends come back EVERY summer…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      stella and i were laughing about the part in devil wears prada, where miranda priestly says, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”

  18. I may have gone overboard here, but I just opened every link you listed! This is one of my go-to blogs for fashion because I always appreciate how you mix in semi-modest, on-trend clothing that isn’t always super pricey. Thanks!

  19. Graphic tees/statement tees all the way. I don’t think I would wear a dress or off-the-shoulder top to a summery hangout – I would rather leave those to someone who can actually pull them off haha

  20. shannon says...

    As a long-torso lady, one-piece swimsuit links make me sad because they hardly ever come in long sizes.

    BUT!!! Happy news: that JCrew scoopback suit comes in long (albeit in limited color options) – http://cupjo.co/2pFedaj

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is awesome, shannon! i must have a long torso too because i’ve tried on a couple suits lately (like mara hoffman — her styles are sooooo pretty) but they basically come up halfway up my torso, which needless to say is NOT an appropriate look ;) thanks for the tip!

  21. Emma says...

    I actually love all the trends this summer – they feel so fresh and feminine, but still achievable.
    Sign me up for one of each please :)

  22. aga says...

    I like(d) all of these trends, and you guys always have the cutest picks!. But I fear I’m in the territory of “If see another wicker handbag and off-the-should ruffled number….”.

    I think the problem are the fashion bloggers on my instagram. They ALL wholeheartedly embrace ALL of these trends and it’s too much! Fashion bloggers used to be an alternative to the pervasive trends but now they are almost cookie-cutter cult followers with very little originality. And they all pray at the altar of the Chanel quilt handbag. (End rant.)

    • Lora says...

      Agree completely. While I love my style bloggers, they’ve practically ruined everything trendy.

    • Cazmina says...

      Me too! I had to unfollow some people because of the overload. I think the problem is that they get sent free clothes from brands or paid to do partnerships, so they’re all wearing whatever the brand wants to push at the time. I don’t begrudge them for the partnerships – it’s how they earn their income – but I wish they would be a little more selective. They call themselves fashion bloggers/instagrammers but a lot of them are really just paid models.

    • Cazmina says...

      I meant to add as well – what I like about COJ is that even when there is a paid partnership or affiliate links, it seems like they genuinely like the things being promoted. I’m definitely not likening COJ to the fashion bloggers/instagrammers!

  23. Spot on! I for once love (almost) all the trends! I’m not a huge fan of the gingham, but love everything else :)

  24. Sarah Beth says...

    I have loved gingham my entire life– I wore a silk gingham dress to my prom in 2000!– so I’m always thrilled when I see it come back around. I love that Madewell gingham off the shoulder top that was linked (it looks like it’s gone now, though?) and even tried it on… but how do you lift your arms! I picked up my arms and the shirt popped right back onto my shoulders. That one from loft that’s linked looks like it would have the same problem.
    Does everyone have that issue? Is this just my weird flappy arms? How would I pick up my toddler in it?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hear you! (and here’s the madewell top you’re talking about: http://bit.ly/2pUzvS7)

      i have a target off-the-shoulder dress that i love (http://bit.ly/2pUaFl9), but i spend the whole evening pulling the shoulders back down. i’ve wondered if it’s worth going up a size so the sleeves are a little looser? i’d love to hear other people’s suggestions!

    • THIS! I tried on this great banana republic dress that was white and black stripes, and off the shoulder, but I was like, “HOW DO I MOVE!!!???” especially since I was considering wearing it to a wedding. Being able to dance is a must. If anyone has figured out the secret to this I’d love to hear too. Or maybe the secret is people who wear off the shoulder tops and dresses just resign themselves to being confined for the day.

    • Christina says...

      SAME HERE! I’ve found a few cute dresses and tops with a shoulder strap, and that nods to the trend but allows more movement. You can’t buy too big or else it will fall down – or worse, baby will pull it down! To truly off-the-shoulder, I think you’re just always adjusting. Or else you have t-rex arms.
      Anthropologie has a lot with straps: http://bit.ly/2qAPYr1
      A few of my favorites:
      http://bit.ly/2qBdJii
      http://bit.ly/2pUDVIM
      http://bit.ly/2pUuXuL

    • Christina says...

      Oh and here’s a gingham one! SO cute, I mean it’s $130 so I’ll definitely wait for a sale but still. SO CUTE.
      http://bit.ly/2pUxllv

    • Cazmina says...

      Emma thank you so much for that link! I too have a super cute off-the-shoulder top that I bought recently but pulling the sleeves back down constantly drives me nuts. I’m going to try that trick!

    • Umbereen Mirza says...

      I picked this tip up last summer (I think off of a youtube video)- you need four hair ties (without any metal bits ideally) and four tiny safety pins. First you take two ties and link them by looping one through and attach 2 safety pins to each end. You then pin this in the inside of the off-the-shoulder top where your arms would go. Repeat on the other side- then slip your arms through in such a way that the hair ties slip under your armpits- stopping the top from riding up when you lift your arms or whatever.

  25. this is such a good roundup- i’m loving everything gingham this season!

    xo, brittany

  26. I love those political graphic tees! Especially the 77/100 one.

  27. Kirsten says...

    OMG those Bunto woven loafers are the perfect shoe. Thank you for sharing them!

  28. em says...

    Great post! I’m so glad one-shoulder tops are back in style! I had one that I loved in college and it gives me good nostalgia to wear this style again. My other favorites are tassel earrings and wrap dresses. Yay, spring!

  29. Nora says...

    I like when you show pictures of the roundup rather than having to click to see everything.

    • Kelly says...

      I agree!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for the feedback! we did our trend round-up with photos last fall but weren’t sure if people liked it —  we will use photos again next time for sure! https://cupofjo.com/2016/11/fall-trends-2016/

    • Jill says...

      Agree!

    • shannon says...

      Another vote for photos!!

    • melissa says...

      and another vote :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i totally understand, thank you so much for the feedback! we’ll definitely do that for the fall trends.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you again for the feedback, everyone! we really appreciate it so much, as always. we updated the post with photos — hope that helps and is more what you were looking for! thank you so much, joannaxoxo

  30. Ja! Love the little wrap dresses, but for those of us with an overabundance in the bust department, the faux-wrap dress is the best option of all. Then I’m not constantly waiting for my entire dress to betray me at any moment…

    • On my most embarrassing moments is list is the time I was returning a stack of heavy library books in a wrap skirt. The counter was around waist high. I sat the books down and unbeknownst to me the end of the belt was under stack. As I walked away I untied the skirt and found myself wearing only my underwear in the library!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Oh my goodness, Danielle!!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, danielle! hahaha, dying!!!

    • t says...

      Oh it is the exact opposite for me. I have large breasts (36 H) and I can’t do faux wrap dresses. They are usually to big in the waist and not large enough in the bust. I LOVE wrap dresses for this reason because it is made to fit me as I wrap. I usually end up with a little v-neck cami under the dress but it is such a cute and flattering look for me.

    • Ha, maybe it’s not my chest that’s betraying me but my bum… who knows, but I’ve had too many close calls…! Oh Danielle, that’s crazy!