Dressing cute in the summer can be a serious struggle, especially as heat waves basically nix the idea of any sort of layering. The idea with clothing this season is definitely less is more – but that’s not to say an outfit can’t still be fashion-forward. In fact, as many of Hollywood’s trendsetters have showcased over the past few months, there’s an art to looking stylish in sweltering temperatures. Just look at the number of fashion trends that have arisen over the past few weeks – they all serve as easy hacks for nailing summer dressing.
Some of the biggest fashion trends to take off? Clothing-wise, celebrities have gravitated toward pieces that are classic and easy to style, such as jorts – that’s jean shorts – and streamlined bodycon dresses. In terms of accessories, stars have had a little more fun, choosing elevated flip-flop heels or bags that ooze quiet elegance. Men, meanwhile, have upped their fashion game and embraced skirts – a universal piece that’s increasingly becoming unisex.
As summer comes to a close, it’s not too late to get some inspiration for the last dog days of summer. Below, explore the seven celebrity trends dominating this summer.
The Return Of Jorts
Jean shorts – Jorts, for short – had a big moment in the ’80s and ’90s and have remained an Americana staple. The new crop of jorts this summer is decidedly longer and more streamlined (not Daisy Dukes). Both Bella Hadid and Keke Palmer have worn them with a crop top, while Gigi Hadid wore her lighter-wash pair with an asymmetrical cutout top.
Flip-Flops And Flip-Flop Heels
If you’re thinking of flip-flops as a beach or pool shoe, think again. Thong sandals have gotten a major upgrade this season, designed in leather and with heel silhouettes. Katie Holmes wore Christian Siriano’s strappy flip-flop heels in New York this summer, while Elle Fanning brought the silhouette to the Cannes Film Festival. Singer Justin Skye, meanwhile, embraced flats – with her flip-flops having a chunkier, cooler finish than your standard Havaianas.
Discreet – But Luxe – Bags
The summer’s chicest handbags have minimalist detailing – but maximalist price tags. The latest luxe designer styles are all about forgoing adornment and embracing sleek, unfussy shapes. In Italy, Kendall Jenner carried The Row’s leather pouch bag, while Tessa Thompson rocked a slick Giorgio Armani top-handle bag in New York. Kaia Gerber has also repeatedly worn tiny leather shoulder bags that are barely there.
An easy summer dress is a must during the warmer months, and a celebrity favorite over the past few months has been the clean, bodycon silhouette. In New York, Jennifer Lawrence wore Matteau’s brown square-neck dress, and Emily Ratajkowski embraced a red, body-skimming tube dress and paired it with sneakers. For more of a bold finish, Gabrielle Union wore Prada’s fringed knit dress that very much demands a twirl.
Fashion is increasingly going genderless (it’s about time), and skirts are becoming more of a unisex item. This summer, Conan Gray, Brad Pitt and A$AP Rocky have all embraced a skirt – whether in leather, linen or via Chopova Lowena’s printed, pleated statement styles. Paired with a cool tee or tank, it’s an undeniably fresh look.
Hot Pink Everything
Thanks to Valentino’s Pink PP collection and the ongoing Barbiecore trend, hot pink is having a major moment this summer. Anne Hathaway, Ariana DeBose and Dua Lipa are among the countless A-listers who have worn pink from head to toe. You can indeed wear it monochromatic or invest in one statement piece to amp up any look.
Tiny Tops, Big Pants
This summer’s trending silhouette was all about the itty-bitty top and voluminous trousers. Stars like Hailey Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Tracee Ellis Ross paired their streamlined tank tops with baggy jeans or pocketed cargo pants. It’s an easy, casual go-to outfit that’s best dressed up with a bag of the moment – and cute shoes, of course.