Here at Sociology of Style, we’ve already let you in on how fashion trends work by trickling down from high fashion to fast fashion. However, taking in all that information to anticipate the next fashion trends is hard work -- so we’ve done it for you. After winter’s penchant for the opulent and dramatic, from damask and drama to velvet and frills, fashion is set to dial back to basics a bit this summer. We’re probably going to see a return of tomboy cool – oversized blouses, the return of the low heel – but with a much more feminine, less grungy twist: as with oversized accessories. Here are some items you might want to add to your wardrobe as the weather warms up and stores restock for summer.
Hanii Y Merino High Waisted Bermuda The New York runways from DKNY to Rag & Bone featured an old spring trend revisited: the good old Bermuda short. Maybe this marks the end of the short-short super cutoff trend that’s been prevalent the last few summers, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief and go out this year without feeling overexposed. It’s especially great that this year’s Bermuda short has a looser, more flowy fit than the last time this decades-old trend rolled around: it’s got a more polished look to it and can be styled just like any other knee-length skirt, with a blouse or tank and pumps or sandals -- and plenty of jewelry to spice up the simplicity.
House of Harlow Chelsea Cat's Eye Sunglasses Personally, I think that the statement sunglass is a wonderful trend to try out, even for those who don’t usually like to look like they hopped off of a catwalk, for several reasons: The first is that everyone knows that standout sunglasses can immediately add timeless glamour to your look. Second, sunglasses are an easy way to integrate a bit of daring flavor, but you only have to wear them when you’re outside, so it’s totally non-committal. You will want to wear these all of the time, though. The cat’s eye is classically feminine and fits many face shapes, and the color gradient is fun and youthful, but not too bright or distracting. If they’re still too much for you, try out this Michael Kors pair. They’re still oversized and fun, but with a much thinner frame.
Mango Embroidered Top Fashion borrowing from other cultures to make trends can be over the top or even downright offensive. As an Indian woman, I panicked a little bit when I heard that Eastern-inspired embroidery, beading, and floral designs were looking popular at Marchesa and other fashion lines lately. However, I think the intricate details carry over nicely and subtly to Western fashion, as they have in past decades, as well. Beaded patterns are like a more mature update on the well-worn and overdone sequin trend – still sparkly, but more tasteful. They’re especially easy to wear as a casual accent on loose, sheer, or blousy material, such as this classic and simple top by Mango. More heavily bedazzled items are perfect for dressing up, like this pretty beaded dress by Parker.
Jaeger Gathered Back Shift Dress The A-line skirt is back, along with other youthful and sporty trends. What’s great about this trend is that it meshes really nicely with previous trends we’ve talked about – especially the end of the platform shoe. You can go for girlish chic by wearing the A-line with a sneaker or flat, or dress it up with pumps. The contrast piping on this gathered shift dress doubles as an adjustable tie, a modern touch to a very clean, very mod dress. For other ways to step up your A-game, wear A-line skirts in a daring pattern or bright shade like this beautiful green version by ModCloth that features a removable (but adorable) waist tie.
Press Sleeveless Shirtdress Finally, I don’t think the sixties-inspired shirtdress is going anywhere quite just yet. They’re airy and give plenty of room to breathe, and they’re both professional and sweet in creamy neutrals and bright pastels. I’d love to see this high-neckline version by Press dressed up with pumps and oversized earrings, but it’s also perfectly casual and easy to just throw on.