Dressing cute in the summer can be a serious struggle, especially since the heat waves basically negate the idea of any kind of layering. The idea with clothes this season is definitely less is more – but that doesn’t mean an outfit can’t still be on trend. In fact, as many Hollywood trendsetters have shown 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 popped up over the past few weeks – they all serve as easy tips for summer dressing.
Some of the biggest fashion trends to take off? Dress-wise, celebrities have turned to classic, easy-to-style pieces, such as jorts – i.e. denim shorts – and sleek bodycon dresses. On the accessories side, the stars had a little more fun, choosing high-top flip-flops or understatedly elegant bags. Men, meanwhile, have upped their fashion game and embraced skirts – a universal piece that is becoming increasingly unisex.
As summer draws to a close, it’s not too late to find inspiration for the last scorching days of summer. Below, explore the seven celebrity trends that are dominating this summer.
The return of the jorts
Denim 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 leaner (not Daisy Dukes). Bella Hadid and Keke Palmer both wore them with a crop top, while Gigi Hadid wore her lighter pair with an asymmetrical cutout top.
Flip Flops & Heels Flip Flops
If you think of flip flops as beach or pool shoes, think again. Flip flops got a major update this season, crafted in leather and featuring heeled silhouettes. Katie Holmes wore Christian Siriano’s heeled flip flops in New York this summer, while Elle Fanning showcased the silhouette at the Cannes Film Festival. Singer Justin Skye, meanwhile, has embraced flats – with his flip-flops having a thicker, cooler finish than your standard Havaianas.
Discreet – But Luxury – Bags
Summer’s chicest handbags have minimalist details, but maximalist price tags. The latest luxury designer styles are all about forgoing adornment and embracing sleek, no-frills shapes. In Italy, Kendall Jenner wore The Row’s leather clutch, while Tessa Thompson rocked a Giorgio Armani top-handle bag in New York. Kaia Gerber has also repeatedly worn tiny leather shoulder bags that are barely there.
An easy sundress is a must in the warmer months, and a celebrity favorite over the past few months has been the clean, form-fitting silhouette. In New York, Jennifer Lawrence wore Matteau’s brown square-neck dress, and Emily Ratajkowski rocked a figure-hugging red tube dress and paired it with sneakers. For a bolder finish, Gabrielle Union wore Prada’s fringed knit dress that demands a lot of a swirl.
Fashion is becoming more 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 styles. Paired with a cool t-shirt or tank top, it’s an undeniably fresh look.
All hot pink
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 countless stars who have worn head-to-toe pink. You can indeed wear it monochromatic or invest in a unique piece to enhance any look.
Little tops, big pants
The trendy silhouette of this summer revolved around a small top and voluminous pants. Stars like Hailey Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Tracee Ellis Ross paired their sleek tank tops with baggy jeans or pocketed cargo pants. This is an easy casual outfit, best paired with a bag of the moment and some nice shoes, of course.