With summer on the horizon, I’ve been looking around to see what spring styes are sticking around and if there are any new summer trends I want to incorporate into my working wardrobe.
We don’t usually see anything dramatically new in the fashion world as we roll into summer, but the mainstream retailers invariably introduce some new colors and micro-trends that we might want to be aware of.
When I’m sharing seasonal trends, I’m looking at stores like Evereve, LOFT, J.Crew, Nordstrom, etc. are carrying. We may hear rumblings of skinny jeans returning, for example, but that’s a few years out for the average suburban mom that is reading this blog.
I also focus on trends that are wearable for women in their 40s and 50s, because let’s face it. Some styles just don’t look that great on older bodies, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still look modern and stylish at any age, so here are some of the most wearable summer trends I’m seeing for 2023!
7 Wearable Summer Trends to Try
#2. Maxi Dresses and Shifts // I’m including these in one category, although they’re basically two different styles of dresses that sometimes overlap. Maxi lengths are starting to take over the midi lengths that have been popular for a while, but both are still relevant, so wear what you like best, or some of each.
And then as far as dress silhouettes are concerned, stores like Evereve and LOFT still show a lot of ruffles at the arm and hem, but stores like J.Crew that cater to a more minimalistic, preppy styles are starting to show sleek shifts and slip dresses. I read somewhere that this is the silhouette that’s ahead for us, to which I say HOORAY!!! Those streamlined silhouettes are much more my style.
#3. Slides & Platform Sandals // As for summer footwear, it’s all about slides and platform sandals! Also, bold colors are very much on trend, but there are still plenty of neutrals to be had. Fashion sneakers are still relevant, but I personally cannot WAIT to start wearing sandals. We have such a short sandal season here in Philadelphia, so I plan to make the most of it.
#4. Wide Leg Jeans & Pants // The wide leg silhouettes are still going strong into summer, and I while I’ve already covered them quite extensively, I felt like I couldn’t leave them out of this list. I feel like they’re going to be a lot easier to style for summer because they look great with flat slides and platform sandals of all heel heights. Also, the more flowy silhouette looks more cool and summery than straight and skinny styles.
#5. Utility/Cargo Details // Shorts, pants, and skirts with utility details and/or cargo pockets are very popular this summer. Also, the front patch pockets on wide-leg pants are a micro-trend that’s huge right now. These tend to look best with tops tucked in to showcase these features. And yes, we are seeing some lower rises emerging… Don’t shoot the messenger!
#6. Clean Hems // I’m seeing a mix of raw and clean hems on denim, but shorts styles are definitely veering back towards clean hems, sleek silhouettes, and structured fits. All lengths are trending, and I hear rumblings that Bermuda Shorts are making a comeback. I would tread lightly with that trend, though, and make sure they work for your body type.
#7. Denim Skirts // I mentioned in Friday’s Try-On Haul that denim skirts are trending this summer, and the reactions were mixed. For a modern look, the A-line styles that hit right at the knee or midi and maxi lengths are most relevant for women of a certain age, but mini styles are trending as well. These do have to be styled “just right” or they can read frumpy and dated. I’m still experimenting with them, so stay tuned for more on that in future posts!
Other micro trends for summer 2023 that I want to mention are woven totes and crochet bags, raffia, graphic tees and tanks, lace-up sandals and wedges, gingham, statement earrings, and cropped button-up tops (for pairing with high rise, wide leg pants & jeans).
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