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Seven Spring Trends (Thoughts?)

7 Spring Trends

Now that temperatures are inching higher, spring trends are all over city streets. Love them or hate them, we think trends are fun to watch. It’s almost like a conversation between women. Here are seven of the biggest ones right now — and of course, we’d love to hear your thoughts…

1. Beach-inspired jewelry. Back in the 90s, The Little Mermaid was obsessed with human stuff. This season, humans (us included) are obsessed with shells and pearls. From small earrings to pretty barrettes, under the sea is, well, all over the place.

2. Black and white prints. This season’s dresses come in all sorts of black and white patterns, but gingham and polka dots are two of the easiest to wear. (We also love this midi dress and flirty one.) Plus, this is a trend that will never go out of style.

3. Beaded bags. Equal parts cute kid and chic grandma, a beaded bag adds playfulness to any outfit. We’ve spotted them on women all over New York, and they always look cute. (And if you want to get really playful, this watermelon is something else.)

4. Textured swimsuits. This season’s ruched fabrics hug your body while also smoothing everything out. It’s almost like the coziness of a knitted sweater, but cut like a swimsuit.

5. Tie-dye. This season’s tie-dye spans all the colors of the rainbow, but the most wearable pieces keep it simple.

6. Slip dresses. A lifesaver on hot, swelter-y days, a slip dress is the closest you can get to not wearing clothes. Keep it simple, or layer it over a white T-shirt for a ’90s vibe. (Also, money no object, this pleated one is gorgeous.)

7. Bucket hats. Like Gilligan, but decidedly cuter, a bucket hat protects your face from the sun and rolls up easily to stash in your bag. They’re way more wearable than giant brimmed sun hats, with all of the benefits.

Are you loving (or hating) these trends? What are you wearing these days? Would love to hear! (Also, Dôen’s summer collection, which just launched today, is SO beautiful.)

P.S. 12 pretty spring dresses, and 8 everyday clothes Joanna wears over and over.

(Top photo by Sézane.)

  1. Wooooaaahh, waaay too 90s for me :D Is it because I was an elementary school kid in the 90s? Maybe! Did people 10 years my senior have the same thoughts about the 80s trend a few years ago? Probably!

    It’s still fascinating to see trends come and go and return undead ;)

    • Louise says...

      I agree! The only ones I liked were the beach-inspired jewellery and black and white prints. But all the rest remind me too much of my awkward teenage years that I wouldn’t want to re-live or re-visit.

  2. Michele says...

    Loved this topic, so helpful for those out of the loop. Any idea where the dress in the top picture is from? Just love it!

    • Meghan says...

      I think it’s from Sezane!!

  3. Jen says...

    I love the shell/pearl earrings! As for nineties trends, I love a good jean jacket, the softest flannel shirts, and classic adidas sneakers. I wore all of these the first time around (born in ‘87) too.

  4. The beach is my happy place – so happy to see shell and sea-inspired jewelry featured here! There’s a local artist in Greenville, SC – Kate Furman – who casts coral, crab claws and other things in metal. I love it.

    xxx,
    Hagen Carmichael

  5. Andrea says...

    I have never been a go with the trend gal but I like what one commenter said, at least these are sane trends. And off topic but “trend” related, I guess, but several years ago the whole “leggings as pants” thing started which I personally absolutely hate, but why oh why are women still doing it????? I live in the south and I’m still seeing it everywhere!!!!! Can I ask the wonderful COJ readers this, but do women honestly think this look is flattering????? And I’m not being snarky, I genuinely want to know. I don’t see young girls doing it anymore, OMG, it’s the over 50 crowd!!!!! Again, why? WHY?????

    • Anna Pogson says...

      Because it’s so comfortable!! It makes me feel good too! I think leggings with a cool sweater and sneakers can look really great.

    • Sasha L says...

      Well, leggings are comfortable. Not everyone cares whether they are flattering. Not everyone defines flattering in the same way. I’m sitting here in denim overalls, not the fashionable kind, the kind from the feed store. Are they fashionable? Are they flattering? Are they even meant for women? I don’t actually care. They are comfortable, incredibly practical and I like them. Since no one is forcing anyone to wear leggings, I’m just not sure why others are so bothered by this choice? You don’t have to like the way someone else looks.

    • Sandra says...

      I am guessing you aren’t in the over 50 crowd. :-) Once peri/menopause hits there are days you are just glad there is something you can pull on that gets you out the door because what the actual eff, you have no idea how your body changed so much so fast.

    • Melissa Jensen says...

      Because it’s literally the best thing to ever happen to my wardrobe. And yeah, cheap leggings aren’t the most flattering, but a well made pair give you as much coverage as other pants.

    • sara says...

      My son is in high school and that’s all the young girls wear.

    • liz says...

      Comfortable and they can look good. Also — I live in DC and feel like alll the women (young, old, all body types) wear them around the city on the weekend. It’s def not an “over 50 crowd” thing.

    • Gill says...

      Yea this trend is still in. I’m 24 and it’s not going anywhere. Leggings+a longer shirt+sneakers is the best combo. Also, as someone with chronic pain, leggings save the day when regular pants make my hips scream. Let people where what makes them comfortable and happy.

    • Linda says...

      i used to think that too! ” Leggings are not pants'” ala Blair from Gossip Girl – back when the show was at its height of popularity. Now i’m a 36 year old mother who lives in leggings. why i wear them:
      1. They are comfortable.
      2. They are flexible. I need something flexible for all the bending, crouching and kneeling I do with my son.
      3. Speak for yourself- I look great in leggings! :)

    • CL says...

      I teach middle school in Texas and ALL my female students wear leggings. Really nice athleisure leggings. But leggings. Every day.

    • i live in switzerland and hardly ever see leggings (but i do wear them for errands because like them or not…they are comfortable! but wide leg flowy pants are EVERYWHERE….i love that trend!

  6. Chelsea says...

    The bonus of a “midi” as a 5′ tall woman…maxi with zero alterations :)

    • Cait says...

      Haha the midi saves everyone because as a six foot tall woman, midi means I can safely know it won’t be too short for work :)

  7. Kim says...

    I’m here for the nineties revival, even though it makes me feel ancient.

    I cannot get behind the bucket hat resergence! It wasn’t great then and it hasn’t grown on me.

  8. Kate says...

    Thank you for this! Could I request a post on shorts? Maybe one that gets really nitty gritty on figuring out the right length and cut and styling for your body? I love dresses, but sometimes only shorts will do.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!! We are on it! Xoxo

    • Allegra LaViola says...

      OOOH YES!

    • Kate says...

      Oh fantastic! Thanks so much!

  9. Pia says...

    Joanna! Love this post! So inspiring.. where is the gorgeous chambray dress with the leopard bucket hat from?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Loup charmant! Xoxo

  10. NN says...

    Can I ask COJ for a post on how to sensibly recycle clothing? Just drop off at a nearby Goodwill/Salvation Army? Or just donate to a poor Mission nearby? I want to buy these wonderful clothes but my old clothes just remain (because I don’t want them to be sold in second-hand markets in Africa) or until I just drop them off for the homeless.
    Also, clothes just don’t seem to get worn out! I have clothes from over a decade ago like new without the heart to give them away but are not having enough use (job changes and lots of sitting/standing needed etc). I’m learning about the capsule wardrobe just now (very late) and have already amassed a huge collection that I want to carefully sort (not just dump them all since some sentiments are attached – my mom/dad/sis’s gifts etc). Any inputs would be so appreciated!

    • Joanna Schuth says...

      If your clothes are in excellent or very good condition you can put them up on Poshmark and see what happens!

    • noihsaf bazaar on instagram….noihsaf vintage…etc.

  11. Anna says...

    Huge fan of textured swimsuits! The bumps hide other bumps, and they add some nice detail. Also love the understated tie-dye for summer. Fun but not in your face!

  12. Floortje says...

    What does everyone wear to work in summer? I’m in Texas, where summer is HOT but AC’s are brutal too. I also work in a laboratory environment, so can’t wear open shoes and I get cold quickly… I currently wear long jeans and just slightly summery tops + sweaters. Any thoughts?

    • kristina says...

      I never wore sweaters in the summer until I moved to the South! I have to keep sweaters at work and run a space heater just to endure the summer air conditioning. (I’m in the middle of South Carolina, and we’re in the 90s already.)

      I wear wide-leg pants and sleeveless or short-sleeved tops but then I have my office sweaters to put on over that.

    • office sweaters ftw! sleeveless on the way in, add cardigan at the office. my cardigans live at the office.

    • Amanda says...

      Linen pants are SO much cooler than jeans and I see a lot of cute, slim-cut ones that could work for a casual office.

      I constantly carry sweaters with me in the summer and wear lightweight sleeveless/short sleeve tops, so I can easily layer on/layer off depending on whether I’m outside or in the AC.

      For summer shoes, I just got some huaraches from Nisolo that are closed-toe but still summery, and I love them!

  13. Deanna says...

    So are butterfly clips with twists next? I’m pretty sure my entire collection is still at my mom’s house. I have a set of jeweled beetle clips from the same era (one is pink, the other is clear) that I’ve been tucking into dance occasion updos for the last 10 or so years, but it’s just not the same.

    • Kim says...

      Yeah, those started getting hot again last fall! The nineties and early aughts are back, which is equal parts hilarious and depressing because I’m officially my parents.

    • Kate says...

      I’ve already seen the butterfly clips making a comeback on Instagram. Head to your mom’s house now and break out that stash!

  14. Maywyn says...

    Sane trends, love them all
    Adding…white trim straw purses

  15. When I first saw the tie dye shirts, I thought OH NO, HYPERCOLOR!
    We’d really be time-warping if that was the case…

  16. Meg says...

    Can we just talk about the scrunching trend?!? I am loving this trend as much as my twelve year old self did 20 years ago!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!!! and here’s a tie-dye one, if you really want to go nuts, haha: http://bit.ly/2YGtpSu

    • Alison says...

      omg LOVE those tie dye ones- i might need them!

  17. Jackie says...

    Love these! Anyone else feeling like the 90s are back?

    • Katie says...

      Yes! I was just thinking, has my 90’s childhood just returned to me in my 30’s??? 😂

    • Silver says...

      exactly

    • Tmercí says...

      Yes! I was sitting in a coffee shop as the high schoolers came in during their lunch. Flashback- socks with burks, high waisted jean shorts, scrunchies, I even spotted a side ponytail 🤯

  18. Jenny says...

    Here’s my pitch idea: Trends that are the thing you were doing all along that make you feel like crap because when they happen, you seem like you are just following a trend and when they’re over they make it seem like you’re out of touch. See the queerish workwear that blew up this winter. It’s like when your team wins the World Series and suddenly everybody is a fan. My favorite dressers are women whose clothing is functional in their life– a potter in a denim apron, a dance teacher in a wrap top, the lady at my grocery store with the same bolo tie on everyday.

    • Amy says...

      Do you live in Austin, by any chance? I ask because there’s a woman who works at a grocery store I frequent here that wears the same bolo tie every day & that just seems so specific. Are there two female grocery store employees who do that??

    • Ndi says...

      Agreed. I do like seeing people comfortable in their style regardless of if it’s following the trends or not

    • liz says...

      agreed but perhaps youre just ahead of the curve? the work wear trend has been a “trend” for years now. it’s only that the mass-producing companies (which are behind the curve in so many other ways too) are just catching on.

      Also — not related, but seems if everyone’s a fan of your team that just won the world series: that sounds like so much fun! :)

      but I get what you’re saying. I find people all wearing the same things and dressing more or less in unison to be kind of depressing and very boring

    • Julie says...

      Man, I love this comment. Thank you. I remember seeing Stranger Than Fiction and being so struck by Maggie Gylenhaal’s character (an owner of a bakery) in a tank top, apron, and with her partial sleeve tattoo, just looking like she was right where she belonged. That’s been a big inspiration for me. Dressing for my own GD life, job, and hobbies.

  19. diana k. says...

    I love these fun suggestions! This summer I am doing bleachy denim, vintage floral button downs, and I’m looking for some of those goofy wraparound sunglasses and some tasteful tie dye.

    Also, don’t be afraid to browse your local CVS/Duane Reade for summer fashion. They have the BEST sun hats.

    • Monica says...

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve been on the lookout for a sun hat (and I have to buy shampoo anyway).

  20. Sarah says...

    I WISH I could wear a slipdress. After 3 babies, I live in a small frame with a permanent “baby bump” and I would definitely get lots of “when are you due?” type questions.

    • Lisa says...

      I hear you. I got offered a seat on the tube twice yesterday. And they insisted 🤦🏼‍♀️
      My other problem with slip dresses + t shirts is that I get huge flashbacks to the 90s

    • Sarah says...

      Lisa, I definitely wore RIBBED tshirts under some very flowery slip dresses in the 90s. The ones pictured look much classier than what I wore. :)

    • d says...

      Your “baby bump” could be diastasis recti, which can be fixed with the right physical therapy. If you’d like to look into it, there are paid internet programs for mamas, even if you had your babies decades ago, and even if you don’t want to pay you can figure out a few things to try on your own. Many trainers don’t know about it and recommend traditional abdominal exercises, which can actually strain your abs worse and aggravate the condition.

    • Sarah says...

      D, I have wondered if I might have this. I was doing some exercises that I found online for awhile but they didn’t help. Maybe I need to find someone with more expertise. One of those things I think about then put on the back burner….because I have 3 kids. :)

  21. Lauren E. says...

    This is probably something nobody wants to talk about… but has anyone ever encountered a remedy for body acne? Every summer I drool over those slip dresses but am too self conscious to wear them because of my skin. ANY suggestions would be so welcome.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! i had breakouts on my back before our wedding (bacne! the worst) and my dermatologist recommended a cleanser with salicylic acid, plus this back brush: https://amzn.to/2JRzWWi

      curious to hear from others, too!

    • Danielle says...

      I’ve heard that using Head and Shoulders shampoo as a body wash works great (it contains salicylic acid). Stridex in the red box works great and also helps get rid of bumps on arms and legs and ingrown hairs. Checks a lot of summer needs boxes for like $5!

    • diana k. says...

      I’ve noticed that my bacne flares up when I sit around too long in gym clothes after a workout annnd when I use too much conditioner in my hair.

    • Lynn says...

      My only remedy for that was the birth control pill (worked like a charm), followed by getting much older. I know your pain!

    • J. says...

      Dr. Bronner’s tea tree oil cleanser worked for me (after trying weird prescription body washes and pills that did nothing). It was a miracle cure — the “all purpose” one in the big bottle that’s usually like $12 maybe? I use the unscented one now and that seems to be good too.

    • Maddy says...

      I agree with Jo! Salicylic acid-based washes are best. I would also recommend making sure to change sheets once a week, soak your bras in oxyclean before washing them, and using sunscreen meant for faces even on your back.

      <33

    • Alice says...

      if you live in the UK, Superdrug do a back spray which has the highest concentration of salicylic acid permissible – the spray also means it’s easy to use and it’s less than £3

    • Katie says...

      Ugh, BACNE! My dermatologist recommended an antibacterial cleanser to help. I used Cetaphil’s Antibacterial Bar Soap for a while, but they recently reformulated/ renamed it: https://www.cetaphil.com/products/deep-cleansing-bar. I’ve used the new version and like it, too. Their Daily Facial Cleanser is also the best…I even had my mom ship it to me when I studied abroad in Germany ;)

    • Shelley says...

      The Neutrogena body clear body wash saved me!! I used it very last step every single shower. No more acne/buttne/chestne haha

    • Alex W. says...

      Ugh, YES. I have struggled with this my entire life (I am thirty and it refuses to quit.) I just ordered the Paula’s Choice Salicylic Acid Body Spray about a week ago (so fingers crossed) and instantly clicked buy on the brush that Joanna suggested. There are so many dresses I fall in love with but do not have the confidence to wear because of my always unhappy and sensitive skin. I have always worn leather jackets over cute dresses because I was worried my skin looked bad. But, it’s just too dang hot in the summer to do that anymore!

    • Samantha says...

      Dr Bronners! I prefer the peppermint. I mix it some charcoal and aztec indian healing clay to make a detoxing body wash.
      I was also told by my esthetician that it’s possible it is a food sensitivity and not acne at all- see if you notice a flare up after certain foods! i definitely know mine gets worse after I eat a lot of dairy

    • Kerry says...

      I found that washing your body AFTER your hair helps. Gets any conditioner off your back from rinsing your hair.

    • AG says...

      Make sure you rinse out shampoo/conditioner BEFORE you wash you back and body with soap/cleanser. The oils from hair products can stick in skin causing breakouts.

    • Twyla says...

      Using a salicylic acid cleanser would work, but a good BHA will stay on your skin longer. Paula’s Choice makes an excellent BHA lotion that you can apply with an applicator (Bed Bath & Beyond makes a good one). You can also try using a benzoyl peroxide at night, but make sure you wear a white shirt, as it tends to bleach everything it touches.
      One suggestion I’ve heard is to rinse your shampoo & conditioner out while bending forward, as some of the ingredients can irritate & clog skin if it runs down your back.

    • Ashley em says...

      Oh I feel so passionate about this… had bacne my WHOLE LIFE (literally until age 30) and tried EVERYTHING (including salicylic acid cream, pills from my derm, cutting out certain diet stuff, acne body wash, etc.) and nothing worked. I totally hid under clothing for that whole time. Then I finally realized – through trial and error – that it was my shampoo/conditioner, even though I was always careful to wash my back last before exiting the shower!! My skin is just apparently extremely sensitive, and to this day, if I use Pantene or anything like Garnier Fructis, etc., I break out literally the next day. Ones that work for me (I’m assuming this is super personal) include Nioxin and It’s a 10… not sure why, but it’s a night-and-day difference. I hope that helps!

    • Jen says...

      I’ve suffered from embarrassing acne on my backside for many many years and it wasn’t until I took my son to the dermatologist for body acne and she prescribed him something called Sulfacleanse and he saw such quick results that I made an appointment for myself and got my own prescription. There’s a zero dollar co-pay program which is awesome. It doesn’t smell pretty but it worked like a charm and cleared it up quickly.

    • Jeanne says...

      Lauren: If your acne regularly returns after acne medication or antibiotics, you may have a form of acne that’s caused by malassezia (a yeast) and it’s commonly misdiagnosed by doctors. In essence, the ingredients in certain lotions, soaps and makeup are food for this type of yeast so one inadvertently enourages its recurrence! Doesn’t hurt to take a look through this comprehensive guide just to make sure. Best of luck

      https://simpleskincarescience.com/pityrosporum-folliculitis-treatment-malassezia-cure/

    • Naseem says...

      This hasn’t been mentioned yet but it worked wonders for me (after trying many of the recommendations above to no avail): Cupping. You know the circular bruises Olympic swimmers sometimes have? The suction cups bring blood to the surface of your skin (or something like that) and that has helped my bacne disappear. I still have scars I’m working on, but no live zits!

      Your back will have circular bruises on it (which I think look cool), for a couple of days after each treatment, but they go away and apparently I’m not the first person who reported bacne disappearing with cupping (says my acupuncturist who does it for me).

      I know it can be expensive, but if you’re running out of solutions and can afford it, give it a try. Acupuncture/cupping is covered by my insurance (the only good thing about my SO being in residency is the amazing insurance we get), so for me, for now, it’s free.

    • Lauren E. says...

      This thread is GOLD! Thank you so much, everybody!

    • saris says...

      Exfoliation with a back brush is imperative to keep pores clear of dead skin buildup. Then moisturize, which seems counterintuitive but keeps skin supple enough to prevent blockages that lead to breakouts. I use organic almond oil on damp skin, all over.

    • Carlyn says...

      Dry brushing! It seriously works.

    • Kim says...

      I love Alba Acnedote face and body scrub. It’s salicylic acid, with a natural abrasive and it’s $10(or cheaper) for 8oz! I use it all over my body and it’s magic.

    • Sasha L says...

      Try ditching your regular shampoo and conditioner and try Ethique bars instead. They are very clean and don’t leave any residue on your body.

    • Jessica says...

      Lots of people have good luck with salicylic body washes, but I’ve always found them too drying. However, I have had great luck with any basic drugstore brand of salicylic facial pads like these Clearasil ones: https://www.amazon.com/Clearasil-Rescue-Treatment-Cleansing-Packaging/dp/B0012MXUEI. I swipe my chest area and upper back after showering (and sometimes in the evening after a particularly hot and humid day). They haven’t completely eradicated my breakouts, but they’ve really helped a lot.

    • Jen says...

      These are all great suggestions! My bacne recently cleared up on vacation and I realized it’s because I wasn’t wearing bras. There is a type of acne that is caused by friction and apparently that’s what mine was. I’ve been wearing strapless bras since then and it’s kept my back clear. So weird, but I feel so relieved!

  22. Andrea says...

    I was just looking for a bucket-type hat to wear in the pool for sun protection, glad to know it’s “cool.” I bought an umbrella that clips onto the back of your pool chair and already have a UPF swim shirt and mineral sunscreen that makes me look like a corpse. I’ve changed a lot since my weekly tanning salon trips in college.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha i love this andrea!!! and i’m right there with you!

  23. jillian bedell says...

    90’s Jillian is VERY excited that slip dresses are back. Where are my tiny barrettes??

    • Jessica says...

      Just head over to the Teen Vogue Instagram. Barrettes are EVERYWHERE right now.
      My 90’s self is super into it. My current self is all, “Woman, sit down. Those bb barrettes are for children. You are grown. Have some self respect!”

    • Erin says...

      Aaaaaaah, tiny barrettes! My mom still teases me about my 90s passport photo, taken when I was growing out a short haircut, and dealt with the hair situation by shoving random decorative bobby-pins all over my head. It was an intentional look, Mom! 😀

  24. Allie says...

    I’m glad it’s not just me!! I’m 5’3 with a short torso and hips and midi dresses always just make me look stumpy and frumpy.

  25. L8Blmr says...

    Hi…does anyone with at least a C cup have advice for how to wear the slip dress? The backs are quite low and other than wearing them with a light t-shirt and bra, how does one do this? Do you just wear a pretty bra underneath? I love them, but I’m a curvy gal and the cantaloupes need some support!

    • CM says...

      I have the same question! My only thought for me is that I could wear them with a cute bralette… that way it’s like an intentional part of the outfit. I’ve seen others do that and it looks really cute!

    • Silvia Garcia says...

      I usually just wear a regular bra honestly the hassle of a strapless bra is not worth it to me if it is for a casual setting lol, also a lace bralette or a bandeau top underneath work wonders for me! but yeah, I definitely cannot go sans bra

    • diana k. says...

      I wear a “minimizing” strapless bra (I’m a 36D). Those cantaloupes stay where they are all day. In my mind straps always make an easy dress look a little less easy.

    • Danielle says...

      I just wear a pretty bra. Intentionally not nude and with skinnier/prettier straps that I might wear on a regular day. If the back is really open sometimes a lacy bralette is nice. Aerie has some that are quite supportive and really pretty.

    • kiki says...

      i’ve had a couple of mine altered so the straps are “shorter” and the back doesn’t dip as low. There just has to be enough room in the armpits so it’s not too tight through there. I try and look for ones with adjustable straps and just make them as short as possible! That usually gives enough coverage that i can then just wear a normal bra with pretty straps that i don’t mind showing!

    • Twyla says...

      I never buy spaghetti strap dresses for exactly this reason, the one exception is if it’ll be worn at the beach over top of a bathing suit. The girls need far too much support…

    • t says...

      I am a 36G and without a bra my socks with rocks nearly hit my belly button. So bra-less or even a bralette would never work for me. I think a cute tank (think crewneck with sleeves cut off for shape) or the 90’s t under the slipdress would be so cute! And then you can totally wear a bra.

  26. courtney says...

    I’ve been seeing a lot of clear bags, but I am not sure if it’s a trendy-trend or a necessity, because a lot of stadiums and public places are only allowing clear bags.

  27. Kimberley says...

    Like with every trend, I’m usually a few seasons/years behind. I’ll probably be interested in rocking these next year. ;)

    • LB says...

      Same. Right now this reads as a great “April Fools!” post. Bucket hats and shell earrings and clear purses??? Eeek.

    • Louisa says...

      You belong in Idaho! The only trend in here that wouldn’t immediately mark you as a visiting Californian are the black-and-white prints. :)

    • Paula says...

      I love the way clear purses look, so I purchased one, and HATE it. I guess I’m not into seeing or showing others the insides of my stuff? Even when I curate it so it’s cute and JUST. SO. It just felt wrong.
      And I could never get behind shells. I think something about the seaside. Or cheesy beach side rentals that overdo it on the sea shell decor.

  28. Catbird also has super cute beach-inspired jewelry! Wearing the “fort tilden” charm right now. Not from Catbird, but also wearing little shark tooth earrings (my almost-five-year-old is a big fan).

  29. Rebecca says...

    Am I the only one seeing the list pop up in a different order (1,4,2,3,5,6,7) So maybe it’s just the placement of #4?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha we are doing editorial assistant interviews today so crashed this post — thank you for the note! :)

    • Rebecca says...

      Totally understand – still loved the post! Good luck finding the perfect match! :)

  30. Jessica says...

    When I look at these trends I must say I think the marie kondo method is wrong. I used to own all these things but…they did not spark joy (only lots of middle school angst). Will they spark joy the second time around??

    • Eliza says...

      I never get rid of clothes in good condition or that are quality, especially if they once did spark joy! I do take them out of my usual rotation and put them in a storage box and revisit them occasionally “just in case.” They inevitably come back and I’m so grateful for my grandmother and my mother for keeping their clothes because I get to wear them vintage, so even if my clothes never spark joy again for me, they might for someone close to me! I have a beautiful fun summer dress from my grandma when she was in her 30’s that never fails to get multiple compliments *every single* time i wear it.

  31. Hilary says...

    Me again- could we get a post on mama friendly outfits? I’m usually all about the dress in summer, but I have an infant- soon to be toddler- and I spend half my day on the ground! I’d love some stylish looks that are park friendly!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! i love swing dresses for that reason — old navy and gap have some cute ones. you don’t have to tug on them, and they’re easy to sit down in at the park or sandbox!

    • Nicole says...

      Add slip shorts or bike shorts under any dress and it’s playground friendly for sure!

    • MelTown says...

      I am alllllll about the jumpsuit/romper. They wear like dresses with the functionality of pants/shorts (until you need to pee, of course).

    • Cece says...

      This might be too niche, but I would LOVE a post on clothes you can breast-feed in. I’m due with my second in the next few weeks, so you’d think I’d have this down – but my daughter was born in October, so all my intensive bf happened during the winter when I could just wear a vest and warmer layers over the top. How do you breastfeed in summer heat, except by taking the extortionate route of buying a new wardrobe of nursing dresses? I’d love some tips!

    • Jessica says...

      Cece, I just had a baby recently, so was I need of a breast-feeding wardrobe that works on summer heat. Dresses have always been my summer go to, so I popped into a few thrift stores and bought a bunch of light summer dresses that either button down the front,have a cross over front , or a bit of stretch and generous neck line so you can just pull it down. They’ve worked great so far and much cheaper than buying a brand new wardrobe

    • Stacey Hallmark says...

      Hilary and Cece, Target has few dresses/jumpers right now in the regular section with v-necks that crossover and snap- would be perfect for nursing! Add a light scarf or a nursing wrap if desired. I think finding nursing friendly clothing is difficult!

    • Olivia says...

      Cece — I feel you! I’ve found a stash of nursing tanks + lightweight button-downs/cover-ups works best for me. I tried to buy items that fit this need but that I would still want to wear afterwards. I also love a tankini for summer nursing at the beach or pool. Would love to hear what else works for people, though, as #2 arrives next week!

  32. Sasha L says...

    The black and white dresses are all so cute and timeless looking (bonus points for something that’s also a *trend*). And I love seashells!! That gold earring also looks like a vulva, bonus points!!

    • Audra says...

      Haha! I genuinely thought thats what the earring was at first!

    • Monica says...

      I totally didn’t see that but I see it now and that makes me want them.

  33. Claire says...

    Joanna, any idea where the model’s brown sandals in the top photo are from? They’re beautiful!

    • Molly says...

      They’re from Sezane! I have them and love them :)

  34. Marissa says...

    The title says seven trends but then you mention nine- oops.

    I really like how you like trends to a conversation between women. It’s definitely a form of communication!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, fixed!

  35. Hilary says...

    I’m trying to revamp my wardrobe this summer (and move to a capsule wardrobe), but this season’s trends just aren’t speaking to me. So much 90s stuff coming back (and as a child of the 90s I’m not ready to go back), and unflattering styles and colors for me (too many warm tones this year!). Fingers crossed fall is more my scene!

  36. Lena says...

    As a midwesterner, beach items bug the heck out of me when I see them here. Like a dude in lobster shorts?! No lobsters in Lake Michigan. And there’s shells but not like that…. Maybe just me but I can’t do it.

    • Monica says...

      Pretend it’s a giant freshwater crawfish? Haha I get mad that the fashion gods seem to cater to the New England lobster set but no Maryland crabs! :(

  37. A Martin says...

    Last summer, I decided to put together a summer uniform. I rotated four dresses and would accessorize with my white Panama hat and closed toe t-strap sandals like these: https://www.dsw.com/en/us/product/rockport-reagan-flat/448098?activeColor=001&rrec=true

    It made packing a dream and I knew that I could breathe in the clothes which is critical when chasing small kids and dealing with the heat.

    Ohhh….these are also really cute: https://www.amazon.com/Greatonu-Womens-Shoes-Closed-Ballets/dp/B01A89ZDKO/ref=pd_sbs_309_5/142-9787458-0152108?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01A89ZDKO&pd_rd_r=328d1b26-7beb-11e9-bee9-f381f43bc426&pd_rd_w=4G0lP&pd_rd_wg=Pnvmw&pf_rd_p=588939de-d3f8-42f1-a3d8-d556eae5797d&pf_rd_r=MJ4GPF8ZR8RVRHTJQTED&refRID=MJ4GPF8ZR8RVRHTJQTED

    • A Martin says...

      Oh and a polka dot dress – all seasons – is a must for me. Polka dots and stripes…soooo cute!

  38. Savannah says...

    As with every spring and summer I’m out! I’ve got a fall/winter trends body and I am never on board with summer vibes! I am PNW grey through and through. Seasons? No thanks!

  39. A Martin says...

    Slip dresses are so beautiful. I just don’t know how to pull it off without feeling really self-conscious and having to find the most effective, comfortable undergarments for it. I have a supple mom bod with an ample bust. I’d love to hear how fuller women wear these dresses in an easy, breezy way.

    • GJ says...

      Yes, please!

    • liz says...

      Not to be a negative nancy here but I have a fuller bust and have never found a dress like this that works for me. I think these styles don’t really look great on curvier body types (not everything works for every body, that’s for sure and ok!). i’d love to be proven wrong, though!

    • CJ says...

      I will say what’s changed my life as “a supple mom bod” woman is the boy shorts by Woman Within. My thighs don’t rub and I feel cooler and more confident even while wearing a dress.

      I think the material of the dress matters too. I’ve never loved a silkier slip dress but instead prefer cotton or rayon blends that are softer like a tshirt with some stretch. My fav is from Carly Jean Los Angeles called the “Stella” because it’s got pockets, is stretchy and fits like a comfy soft dream. One of the Stella’s has sleeves and some are strappy. You REALLY can’t go wrong and I’ve had mine (in several colors) for years. I’m a true XL but the Large fits me great.
      https://www.carlyjeanlosangeles.com/collections/long/products/stella-spaghetti-strap-dress-modern-navy

      I also don’t love to show a ton of skin and the girls need to stay “in” so I put a cotton tank underneath so I look a little less bare. At night or cooler days I use a jean jacket or even a wrap/scarf to cover my arms a bit.

    • A Martin says...

      Thank you CJ! These recommendations are wonderful!!!!!

    • saris says...

      This reminds me that I always want to see a post where the same exact item of clothing is on multiple body and style types. The petite curvy girl and skinny girl, the size 10 who is 5’5″ and the tall skinny girl and curvy girl.

    • Totally agree, even if you are fit, if you have a big bust, slip dresses just don’t work and most of these ‘cute’ summer dresses have a tie waist. If you are petite and busty forget it, they just don’t look good. I find summer dresses that are flattering hard to find. Drop waist dresses and those with no waist are about all that I can do.

  40. Marlena says...

    So, essentially, a fancier version of everything I wore in high school in the nineties. I like it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!

  41. liz says...

    i especially like wooden beaded bags!

  42. Bucket hats are back?! Oh no.

    • Kristen says...

      Agreed! They scream summer camp to me…in a very uncool, awkward middle school way.

    • shannon says...

      My sixth grade camping trip souvenir c.2000 was a denim bucket hat that said “Geneva Hills” on it. I wore it to death until (I believe) my mom “accidentally” threw it out … 🙈

  43. I’m forever in for gingham. At this point, I think gingham is a classic more than a trend. I’d try a textured swimsuit and an oversized tie-dye tee for an ironic beach look, but have to pass on the rest personally.

    briana

  44. Hannah says...

    Seeing fashionable women (and teens) in bucket hats and tie-dye makes me decidedly uncomfortable. Throw in some athletic shorts and a yo-yo and it’s my entire third-grade wardrobe. The memories! The embarrassment! It’s all too much for me.

    • Meredith says...

      Right!!!! The clunky sneakers and Tevas that have been trending fit right with the third-grade throwback for me too!
      My inner 9 year-old predicts the next big thing in fashion will be pants that zip off to become shorts. You heard it here first, folks!

  45. Eloise says...

    I don’t buy bathing suits online (or, anywhere, really) but love the look of that navy one!

  46. celeste says...

    Already have the bucket hat and pearl earrings! I’m always looking for metallic strappy sandals.

  47. I’m not a fan of the bucket hat trend! I don’t really get it! Another surprising trend for me was the beaded bags. What a flash-back! I really enjoyed reading this, some great information.

  48. Kate says...

    Hey there, your bit.ly links aren’t working. I’m getting an internal error. It’s possible this is just my computer but the direct links are working. So I thought I’d mention.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!! we will check on our end!

  49. Beth says...

    Am I the only person who thinks midi dresses are unflattering? They seem to shorten leg length, to me. Same with dresses that hit right at the knee.

    • liz says...

      for the most part, I agree. every now and then someone (usually extra thin) proves me wrong

    • Ashley says...

      I totally agree! Every time I try one on, I feel like a twelve year old trying to wear my mom’s clothes.

    • Liz says...

      I like the look of them in pictures (they always look so effortless and comfortable)! On me, I feel so frumpy in them :(

    • Hilary says...

      I’m with you. To me, midi dresses work on a model-type body: super tall, straight figures. I’m petite and they make me feel like I’m on Little House on the Prairie!

    • Sasha L says...

      Same!

    • Allie says...

      I’m glad it’s not just me! I’m 5’3 and midi dresses make me look stumpy and frumpy.

    • Sarah says...

      Midi dresses are my go-to, but also I’m pretty tall (5’11”). Regular dresses are usually too short on me, and the maxi length is super unflattering, just too much material. But midi’s add a bit of glamour I feel like.