Summer is the time to kick back, take it easy, and slow down just a bit. Clothes get a little more casual, and the heat makes fancy outfits seem too uncomfortable.
Luckily there are a lot of fun new trends that can keep you looking fashionable as well as comfortable as the summer temperatures climb.
If you are wondering what to wear during these dog days, check out these ten hot looks.
1. Wide Pants
Have you ever tried to peel off a pair of skinny jeans after a long day in the sun? Skip the discomfort by opting for a cool pair of loose, baggy trousers.
A nice pair of wide pants lets the air circulate around your limbs. The material flows around your body like a skirt.
These pants look great with a pair of flip flops for a casual day out, or with strappy sandals and statement jewelry for a night on the town.
2. Tiny Tops
Loose on the bottom, tight on top: that’s a hot trend in summer clothes right now. If you are wearing one of those popular pairs of loose, high waisted jeans, top them off with a clingy tank top.
Show off those well-earned abs with a crop top, and let your arms go bare. Grab a few simple racerback or spaghetti straps in black or white to go with anything.
Another summer fashion trend we are seeing is mesh. Long-sleeved sheer T-shirts over tiny tanks or bras are sexy and cool.
Take a tip from beachgoers and adopt a mesh duster to go over slip dresses on a breezy night. They look like a bathing suit cover-up but can be dramatic and attractive in a club or restaurant as well.
4. Bucket Hats
Bucket hats have been all the rage in 2020: these cute little caps can shield your skin from the sun and keep your eyes shaded from glare while driving, roller skating or tanning.
You can combine the mesh trend with this chapeau, like Real Housewife Leah! Her version of this chic style sold out almost immediately after she wore it on her Bravo show.
No summer wardrobe is complete without a fun jumpsuit. We’re seeing a lot of mechanic or aviator-type jumpsuits, which are super easy to pull on and accessorize with fun platforms and a pair of cool shades.
Don’t forget shorty jumpsuits, otherwise known as rompers. You can live in these all summer because they are so adorable and comfy. Why not look like a kindergartner in these cute outfits with fun prints?
Just make sure you give yourself time when you go to the ladies room!
6. High Waists
No more showing off those hip bones. We have gone back to the high waisted look for skirts, pants and shorts. This flattering style can cover up when you have had too much pasta the night before, and give you an hourglass silhouette that will drive the guys wild.
Pair high waisted pants with a tiny crop or bra top. Sometimes a high waisted bottom will actually show off how svelte you are better than skin-tight clothes.
For a retro look, a pair of high waisted Bermuda shorts is fun for a sail on the bay or cocktails at the country club. A cute drawstring pair is comfy and chic and will make your legs look like they are a mile long.
7. Puffy Sleeves
Some designers this summer are taking fashion risks and presenting bolder shapes and styles than we’ve seen in a while. The puffy shirts we have seen on the street and on the runway are nothing like Jerry Seinfield’s infamous variation of this look.
No, fashionistas are taking the Victorian look and pairing it with cleavage and sexy bottoms. These puffy blouses are loose with wide, airy sleeves.
Their plunging necklines and sheer material will leave no doubt that you are anything but a prudish Victorian!
8. Square Toed Mules
Everyone prefers to run around barefooted in the summer months, but if you have to work in the city or take the subway, you had better put something on those little piggies. The hot look now takes a trend – square toes – that started during the winter and applies it to more summery styles.
Square-toed mules go great with the season’s flowing long skirts and pants. They peek out with a little sparkle or even marabou feathers. Just make sure your pedicure is on fleek because your tootsies will be getting a lot of attention.
9. Bra Tops
Bikini tops are now not just for frolicking in the surf! They are showing up everywhere: under man-tailed shirts, under sophisticated blazers, and under mesh tops.
If you work hard on your physique, it’s oK to show it off with these midriff-baring tops.
Lots of ladies are sporting these with matching denim jackets or cardigans. Also, when worn with a high waisted bottom, this look will get your body lots of glances.
10. Cotton Dresses
White cotton dresses in the warm summer months never go out of style. A beautiful cotton shift can be fashionable on your mom, your bohemian sister, and on you, as you go to work or out for girl’s night.
You can wear them with a belt and a nice pair of flats, or throw them over a bathing suit. They are easy to wash and don’t need to be ironed. They look amazing with a big straw hat or a brightly colored scarf.
Just try not to eat cherries or tomato sauce while wearing one!
What to Wear: Summertime Means Lots of Choices
No one should puzzle over what to wear when there are so many great options out there this season, at all price points.
You can even recycle some of your old classics like your ex’s shirt, your auntie’s Mexican frock, or your old 80’s parachute pants.
With the 2020 silhouette of loose bottoms and skimpy tops, most body types can look amazing – day and night.
For more tips on how to look and feel great all year round, keep checking back.