Summer is the perfect time to embrace casual chic, and we’ve got some top ideas for incorporating this year’s trends into your wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for a suitable summer outfit for work, in need of a casual style for days out in the sun or pining for a relaxed, sun-kissed vibe, these summer styles will provide everything you need…
Enjoy the sun in shorts
Shorts are making a big comeback this year, with plenty of designers showcasing Lycra-based cycling shorts in their collections. If you’re not sure figure-hugging Lycra is a workable summer option, why not opt for relaxed, chino shorts?
Ideal for relaxing in the sun, shorts can be dressed up or down so there’s perfect for any environment. If you’re heading out for a meal in a seaside taverna, team chino shorts with a casual, fitted top and accessorise with beaded jewellery and sandals for an easy-to-wear, chic outfit.
Alternatively, if you’ve got an action-packed day in the sun planned, pair your shorts with comfy footwear, like New Balance shoes, and a light sweater or shirt for a preppy, sporty look. You’ll be comfy and chic.
Get flirty this summer
A flirty summer dress is a summer must-have, and you can’t go wrong with a floral print. Perfect for warmer climates, you can wear a light summer dress on holiday, to work or even when you’re chilling out a home.
Whilst floral prints remain a popular fashion option, there’s plenty of variety out there. Block colours, prints and asymmetrical cuts ensure there’s a flirty summer dress to suit everyone.
Add a cardigan or light jacket and you’ve got a great summer outfit which is perfect for any weather. If you’re going out for the evening and the temperature’s likely to drop, adding another layer to a flirty dress is an ideal way to keep warm whilst staying on trend.
Chambray shirts never go out of style and they’ve remained popular for a reason; they’re effortlessly stylish and luxuriously comfortable. Made with natural fabrics, chambray shirts are great for summer weather too. They’ll help keep you cool in the heat and are a great addition to any outfit.
Paired with leggings and a pair of flats, open-toe pumps or sneakers, chambray shirts are the finishing touch the ultimate casual outfit. With bold, statement jewellery or a pair of heels, you can even turn a chambray shirt into a key piece of stylish evening wear.
Lavender is set to be a big colour this season, and what better for summer? Lavender can be as subtle as like or as bold as you need it to be. Choose soft, pastel hues or go for broke in a bold, block lavender colour.
Although with pink-hued beiges and bright neons, lavender is going to be one of the key colours this summer, so get ahead of the game and look out for key lavender pieces and accessories to complement your existing wardrobe.
Treat yourself to Tie-Dye
If you’re old enough to remember the nineties, this won’t be the first time you’ve seen tie-dye become a big trend. With major designers incorporating tie-dye prints in statement pieces, there is sure to be an influx of tie-dye on the high street this summer.
From classic t-shirts to stunning maxi dresses and A-line skirts, tie-dye prints are using this season’s colours to create a variety of looks. Flirty dresses with pastel tie-dye tones are a fab way to mix trends this season, or through a vintage t-shirt on under a chambray shirt for a vintage twist.
Take a bow
Bows are all the rage this summer, and you can add them to any outfit. From hair bands to handbags and shorts to shoes, bows are the ultimate embellishment. Featured on many statement pieces, including gowns and evening wear, a well-placed bow will immediately take your outfit from standard to stylish.
With so many summer trends to choose from, it’s easy to find a style which suits you. Remember – you don’t have to replace your whole wardrobe to stay stylish. Invest in timeless, classic pieces and adorn your outfit with on-trend accessories for a budget-friendly way to stay in style.
Of course, no outfit is complete without the right shoes. Whether you’re aiming for sequined-glamour, casual chic or fashionable florals, the perfect pair of shoes will make your outfit pop. Choose from fabulous flats, strappy sandals, chunky trainers or perfect pumps and you won’t go far wrong this summer.