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3 Summer Trends We Are Here For (Thoughts?)

Summer Trends 2019

This summer is full of styles we can’t get enough of (see also: pearls, daisies, black and white prints). The best thing is, they feel effortlessly wearable and will look timeless for years. So, in partnership with Nordstrom, we asked our friend Naudia to try out three more big ones. Take a look…

Summer Trends 2019

White tee, green skirt, straw bag.

1. Silky, flowy skirts are everywhere this summer. Whether they are gold or floral, animal print or polka dot, we are here for it. How stunning does Naudia look in this lime green version? The way the satin danced in the wind was so mesmerizing in person, we were all sold and now want to order one for ourselves.

Summer Trends 2019

Satin skirt, straw bag

2. A straw bag is a summer staple that works year after year. You can carry it to brunch, on vacation, to a wedding. A circle one feels playful, and a cherry number is perfect for the beach. The simple style goes with anything, and they’re big enough to hold a phone, wallet and keys.

Summer Trends 2019

Navy blazer, white tee, classic jeans, similar shoes.

But our favorite look was this jeans-and-blazer combo, which made Naudia look like the unstoppable career force that she is. (She recently graduated with a degree in health and nutrition sciences and is now finishing her year-long dietetic internship.)

Summer Trends 2019

“Trend?” you say. “Isn’t a blazer and jeans a classic, timeless combination?” Yes, you would be right. But right now the low-key styling of a blazer (like this gold-buttoned one or notch-color number) with a casual tee and classic blue jeans is A Thing. You can wear it to the office, at meetings, out to dinner… Plus, this look will easily transition into fall. Win-win-win.

When it comes to shopping for clothes and accessories, we’ve long turned to Nordstrom. They have a huge selection of current styles, and shipping and returns are always free. Plus, the big Nordstrom anniversary sale is coming up! (Psst — if you sign up for a Nordy Club card, you can get early access to the sale.)

Which look is your favorite? What styles are you into right now? Would love to hear…

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. Thank you to the wonderful Naudia Jones for being our model. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Lori H says...

    Beautiful clothing and Naudia is gorgeous. That said, I almost went up in flames even thinking of wearing a long satin skirt or jacket in the summer. Sleeves of any kind make me break out in a sweat! But then, I am 56…. :) and live in the South. I agree with other commenters that I would like to hear more from Naudia!

  2. jen says...

    i can’t imagine any lady in my city wearing the jeans/blazer trend during summer. it’s so hot! i’ll wait for october! ;)

    • alexandra montaperto says...

      I was just thinking the same!

  3. Geri says...

    Nadia looks beautiful but the skirt and jacket are just too hot for summer. The big white t-shirt also looks too bulky with the skirt, something full on the bottom needs something closer to body on top. Cotton and linen only for summer, please!

  4. Irene says...

    Hate to say this, but the trend I’m spotting this summer is short shorts. Not for me, for sure, but lots of younger women.

    • alle says...

      Don’t trends fall into different categories based upon appropriateness to the individual? There are trends for toddlers out there but you’re not obligated to feel guilty (not that you are but there was a note of chagrin, which we have all given too much power to, in your comment) about not following them ; ) Ditto those short shorts!

  5. Ann says...

    Poshmark too, good for straw bags!

  6. b says...

    I’m obsessed with culotte style pants this summer. I bought a pair from ModCloth and I’ve been wearing the heck out of them!

  7. CS says...

    Naudia is gorgeous! I love the white tee and green shirt. Very cool look!

  8. Claire says...

    She looks so good! I love a long flow-y skirt. I also love the look of that blazer, especially because it looks very shaped. Although I like blazers, I never buy them because they are usually long, and I am pear-shaped, so what fits me across the bust and shoulders will be too small across the hips (they are often cut long and straight), and vice versa. Although I don’t mind getting things tailored, with blazers even that doesn’t work because it means having to practically re-make the whole garment. But that one in the photo may be an option- it looks like it has a waist, and is cut a bit shorter. Also, I agree with others that the gray mules she is wearing are gorgeous.

  9. AJ says...

    I don’t know about any new trends, but I’m obsessed with dresses with pockets AND that have fabric juuuust thick enough that I don’t have to wear shapewear. Oh, they also have to at least hit my knees. These are the two that I have bought so far this summer:
    This one from Free People I just love and they come in a whole bunch of amazing colors – you do you.
    https://www.freepeople.com/shop/lotus-midi-dress/?category=dresses&color=004
    This one from Marine Layer is just super cute:
    https://www.marinelayer.com/collections/gals-dresses/products/ss-v-neck-tie-waist-dress-light-blue-chambray?variant=15383547510858

    Win-win for me – hides my little mommy pooch, does not show lumps and bumps on my legs, and light enough fabric to get through a summer in Los Angeles.
    There are also many other cute midi and maxi dresses on both of these websites if the two I love don’t call your name.
    Happy Summer, COJ Readers!

    • AJ says...

      Oh – and my apologies that there are only XS and S of the dress for Marine Layer. However, there things run a little big. I’m a size 2/4 and the XS fits me. Hope it can work for some of you. Maybe you will find something else cute on their website if your size is not available..

    • AJ says...

      *Their (typed too fast on my comment)

    • Hannah says...

      You have lovely taste AJ.

    • AMK says...

      You had me at mommy pooch! I added both dresses to my wishlist. Thank you!

    • K says...

      Love dresses with pockets, and thicker fabric! Thanks for sharing. They look so cute and comfortable.

  10. Anna says...

    Love this post! Any idea where her actual shoes (the grey suede mules) in the photos are from? I see you’ve linked a similar option, but I’d love to track down the photographed ones, if possible!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her!

    • Maureen Heffernan says...

      Hi Anna! Her mules are from American Eagle but they are sold out!

  11. Love the long flowy skirts and totally agree with the previous commenter on midi skirts working perfectly for the 5’2 and under crowd! And every year I wonder about introducing some colour into my wardrobe to be summer but every year end up feeling happy to just stick to black: https://themumandthemom.com/2017/04/24/wearing-black-in-the-summer/ …i’ll normally add a new silhouette or fabric to mix it up but always feel happier in black!

    Also… the person who recommended the H&M straw bag below, I have it too and also receive lots of compliments! And has withstood having all sorts of toddler/baby junk thrown into it for the past month. Highly recommend! https://m2.hm.com/m/en_ca/productpage.0683159001.html

  12. Allie says...

    I’m panicking right now. That first skirt is 10000% GOLD to me, not green. Has “The Dress” been reincarnated as “The Skirt”?!?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha it does look super gold in the photos, but was greeny-gold in real life!

    • Madeline says...

      Ok good. I was panicking as well. Glad someone else sees gold lol!

  13. Sasha L says...

    Gosh, Naudia looks just gorgeous in everything. So pretty.

  14. Sasha L says...

    Just returned from the park: so many super cute moms wearing long skirts with graphic tees knotted at the waist and sporty sandals or sneaks. In love with this look and how you can still do your thing (chase kids around a park for example) but be cool and look chic.

    • tina crisas says...

      Yes! I love this look too! However, I always thought long flowy skirts wouldn’t be for me (I’m still carrying 10 kilos of baby weight – two years on! and I’m 1.60 cm, so I imagined you’d have to have a willowy physique to pull them off). Well, scratch that. I was in zara and tried one on akin to this one:
      https://www.zara.com/us/en/long-printed-skirt-p06895242.html?v1=13230917&v2=1281525 (I don’t know why I can’t find the exact one I purchased on the website?)
      The heavy cotton fabric and elasticated waist was so, so flattering. I was so happy to join this bandwagon seeing asides from it being stylish and cool it is sooooooo comfortable, too.

    • Sasha L says...

      That is such a cute skirt Tina!

      Agreed, long skirt + tee is flattering to just about all, super comfy, cool and practical too. WIN!

  15. Erica says...

    That leopard print Realisation skirt that was *everywhere* last summer sent me on the thrift-hunt for long/bias cut/flow-y/prints and I’m glad to hear that they’re still officially a thing :)

    She looks amazing in everything!

  16. Raquel says...

    Naudia, you look so pretty and so happy!

  17. Andie says...

    The silky green skirt is GORGEOUS! Perfect for summer.
    Love the look.
    Love the versatility.

  18. Jackie says...

    Hi! Did she become a nutritionist or a registered dietitian?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! thank you for asking —

      here’s the long version:) naudia earned her bachelors degree in health and nutrition sciences last year. she’s now in the last quarter of her dietetic internship, which will make her eligible to take the board exam for the registered dietitian nutritionist credentials. the dietetic internship is a 50-week long supervised practice of medical nutrition therapy application, and community, research/food service nutrition management. it’s similar to a residency, in that they have rotations in different disease populations (both in acute care and outpatient settings). she’s currently in her pediatric rotations at morgan stanley children’s hospital of new york.

      she’s so, so good at her job and especially good at tailoring her approach to different demographics/ages/communities. it’s amazing to hear her talk about it and how passionate she is! xoxo

    • Maria says...

      Thanks for this response. Seems like a very worthwhile career path.

    • Colleen says...

      Thank you so much for this response! As a current RD, it is a constant struggle to get the word out about the difference between nutritionists (no requirements to become) and dietitians (strict schooling requirements, internship requirement, licensing exam). It’s so important that people only receive personalized nutrition recommendations from registered dietitians.

  19. Stephanie H says...

    Naudia is stunning! I especially love the first outfit with the skirt & I’m crossing my fingers that it doesn’t have a zipper. I wish designers would #banthezipper for more inclusive sizing!

  20. Abby says...

    Does anyone know of any brands that carry long, flowy skirts for short people? I’m 5’3, and every single skirt or dress of that style is waaay to long.

    • Kathy says...

      This!! It’s so frustrating. Maxi dresses? Forget it..

    • Meaghan says...

      There are brands that carry petite sizing (Banana Republic, ASOS, JCrew), but my other trick is to find “midi” skirts – at 5’2″, those are maxi on me!

    • tricia p says...

      They’re an investment, but I have two Elizabeth Suzann silk skirts I love – I’m also 5’3″ and buy the petit versions – they offer altered sizes for both petit and taller folks.

    • Heather Ailes says...

      I would love some suggestions too! 5’2” and wondering if I just have to buy longer midi skirts. Or drag my hems in the dust and just DGAF.

    • AK says...

      Abby, I’m 5’1 and used to struggle with this. I found a great local tailor and now just get things altered. It has been life changing. I found her through our community’s Facebook page but, she had also posted on Nextdoor. Just this month I had her hem a jumpsuit, a maxi dress and alter a blouse so the neckline wasn’t super revealing. The maxi dress was strapless (which I’m not a fan of) so she also added straps with the fabric she cut off to hem it. She charges $10-25 per piece depending on how complicated it is.

      Try this, it will expand your options greatly.

    • Laura says...

      just find your local tailor! a basic skirt hem is usually not too complicated (and thus, not super expensive to adjust), and you get a garment that is perfect for you. As a 5’1″ gal I regularly rely on tailors to make things fit just right – i even had a pair of super long sweatpants shortened because i hated how much they bunched at the bottom. not wearing clothes that are too long for you is more flattering – totally worth it imo.

    • M says...

      Loft is my go-to. The lengths are always perfect and I’m only 5’1″

    • shannon says...

      Or, learn how to hem! It’s not hard, I promise, and it is relaxing, meditative, and empowering to alter your own clothes. You need to learn a slip stitch technique for doing invisible hems, plus one or two hemming methods on a sewing machine. Once you learn the basics you can also make your own pillow covers, curtains, etc.

  21. becca says...

    I’m curious about the green sandals (look 1) if anyone knows their provenance!

  22. Nicole says...

    Gosh that skirt is so beautiful on Naudia.

    I love the straw bag trend, but I prefer the look of an unstructured one. I have looked high and low for one that is sort of collapsible looking, so if anyone has recommendations, I’m all ears!

    • amanda t says...

      Oh I’ve been eyeing that h&m bag for ages!

    • Sarz says...

      Nicole, have you checked out any thrift stores for straw bags? In all my years of thrifting, I’ve spotted countless great straw ones for $10-or-less! You should rescue a couple, so I’m not tempted to take them all home, ha ha!

  23. Leah says...

    It’s hard for me to consider blazers a summer trend, at least here in AZ (I dare you to try one when it’s over 100 outside!) but I can get behind that gorgeous skirt for sure!

    • Mims says...

      I live where we have hot summers too, and that 96% polyester to the floor skirt, while cute, is definitely not saying summer to me. The link it takes you too shows it as a midi skirt falling to just below the ankle, which seems more summery to me. if it was in natural fibers and more breatheable, I might try it for a summer special occasion. And same for the polyester blazer! It is a great look, but not if you live/work in hot climate where many places do not have A/C. Summer is all about comfort to me: linen, cotton, even hemp.

  24. Jessica says...

    She looks great, but these jeans are getting a *little* too close to the stonewashed variety for my taste. Can’t go back there… Scary place.

  25. First of all, Naudia looks gorgeous in both looks! A straw basket bag is my go-to accessory year round these days, but they’re exceptionally special in the summer. I love when you find them randomly in a health food store, vintage shop, or random independent boutique especially.

    briana

  26. lisa says...

    THE FIRST SKIRT! get in my cart please and thank you.

  27. celeste says...

    The blazer and jeans, because I have all the elements! Would love to get nutrition tips from her as well!

    • Rachel says...

      Yes, I second this! It would be great for her to do a post (or series of posts) on nutrition!

    • Erin says...

      I agree!