Before we jump into Your Guide to Women’s Summer 2021 Fashion Trends, let’s set the scene.
You are lounging in rays of sunshine with a refreshing beverage in one hand and a book in the other. As you take a deep, cleansing breath, a warm breeze enters the space sending you into complete relaxation.
What a tease, right?
No worries—summer is right around the corner, and dreamy moments like these are on the way. By the end of this read, you will be ready for all of those stylish moments with Your Guide to Women’s Summer 2021 Fashion Trends.
Women’s Summer 2021 Must-Haves
When it comes to women’s summer 2021 fashion trend essentials, there are many exciting ways to express your style personality. From relaxed silhouettes to sporty pieces, these key items are functional, feminine and may already be in your closet. While reading this guide, conduct a mental audit of your wardrobe so that you can easily pinpoint the pieces you need to complete your 2021 summer looks.
Everything old is new again, and that is certainly the case for our favorite summer 2021 fashion trend—wide-leg pants. Taking a nod from the 70s, wide-leg pants will be everywhere this summer. From flowing knit prints to white denim, wide-leg pants come in a multitude of options. Want a pair for a laid-back beach day? Try a cropped knit with a wide elastic waistband that is light and easy to put on and take off. Looking for something more structured for dinner? Dress up a pair of high-waisted pants in a retro print for a night out. There are unlimited choices when it comes to how to wear wide-leg pants.
Stylist Tip: Balance out the wide silhouette with a fitted top like a cool tank. If your pants are printed, opt for a solid, bright option with details like lace or cutouts. If your wide-leg pants are solid, pair them with a printed bodysuit like a classic gingham or stripe.
If you think the matching sets that we’ve been wearing while working from home will disappear when summer arrives, you’re mistaken, my friend. Matching sets will make a splash this summer in many forms. From a matching tie-front top and midi skirt to a cropped palazzo pant and crop top, cool summer sets are hot for 2021.
Not ready to retire your sweatsuit for the summer? Style your joggers with a simple white tee, a pair of your go-to sneakers and finish the look by tying the top around your waist. It’s a fresh summer take on your favorite fleece.
If you know us, you know that we love a great romper. Don’t know what a romper is? No sweat. Rompers are essentially jumpsuits with shorts instead of full-length pants. They are a summer 2021 fashion trend that is an instant outfit—they’re also a must-have way to stay crisp and cool. Look for light linen designs, sporty pops-of-print like camo and flowing boho-inspired pieces. Watercolor florals took center stage in our spring color trends and continue right into summer.
Looking for the right shoes to wear with a romper? We have you covered with trendy summer shoes below, as well as additional tried and true tips in What Shoes to Wear With Jumpsuits.
You might see this next trend when you binge watch Bridgerton, but it’s not just for the days of regents and royalty. The puff sleeve is one of the season’s top trends and the perfect way to add a little drama to your summer look. From exaggerated to subtle, add a little puff and circumstance to your 2021 summer attire. Pair puff sleeves with a cool summer solid to balance the dramatic sleeve detail. We promise that Lady Whistledown will have nothing but good things to say in her next column.
Biker shorts are traditionally worn while, well, riding a bike. Shocker. The extreme slim-fit hugs the body, avoiding the discomfort of chafing that can occur with the motion of riding a bike. Bike shorts make cycling comfortable, efficient and are a stylish summer 2021 fashion trend.
There are many ways to wear the trend, including keeping it simple with a sports bra and sneakers. You can also french tuck an oversized shirt into the biker shorts and add a pair of printed slides. Take your bike shorts from the gym to socially distanced drinks with friends by adding a simple white tee, oversized blazer and a heeled open-toed mule. There are a plethora of bike short options and even more ways to rock them.
Not a biker short fan? Wear the same looks with a pair of your denim shorts for a classic summer ensemble that will never go out of style.
Do you remember dad sandals? They are no longer just a memory. Once labeled the practical shoe, these sandals are back and getting a makeover for the summer. Now slightly more chunky and sporty, this comfortable shoe is being remixed by nearly every designer and shoe retailer in the country.
Got a pair of Teva sandals in your closet? Dig out those bad boys and pair them with a simple midi dress for an instantly chic look. Fun fact: Teva was born in the Grand Canyon back in 1984. A river guide rigged Velcro watch bands to a pair of flip-flops creating a shoe that wouldn’t float away. Dress up your Tevas with a relaxed summer suit, or dress them down with a distressed denim skirt and a muscle tee. You can also dust off your Birkenstocks and pair them with a printed utility romper for effortless summer attire.
Sneakers: The Must-Have Summer Shoe of the 2021 Season
If you thought sporty sandals were at the top of the list of summer 2021 fashion trends, think again. Sneakers are the frontrunner and are being paired with every summer trend we have mentioned and more. From maxi dresses to printed shorts to wide-leg jumpsuits, sneakers are worn with anything and everything. You really can’t go wrong with a fresh pair of summer kicks.
In particular, the hottest sneaker trend this summer is pairing sneakers with dresses. Wear your favorite midi dress with a fresh pair of white trainers. A cottagecore-inspired nap dress will go perfectly with an elevated slip-on sneaker. Rock your go-to summer skirt with a platform sneaker for a fun and trendy desert daze. It’s a flawless way to beat the heat.
2021 Women’s Summer Prints
Summer is known for fun, bold prints and 2021 women’s summer prints are no different. Bold, striking stripes are a leading print on our summer 2021 fashion trends list. Whether in a matching set, or a single piece, tie-dye is a close second. Polka dots are coming in strong and will be seen in classic, geo and an updated print of erratic dots of different shapes and sizes.
Vintage florals will be heavy on the scene, with other florals like ditzy and painted also in the mix. Anything with exuberant blooms is a summer win. An honorable mention is the unexpected cherry pattern (yes, the fruit) that will make summer waves. Rounding out our 2021 summer prints is gingham, which in our opinion, never really goes out of style.
2021 Women’s Summer Colors
Gorgeous comes to mind when thinking about the color palette for our women’s 2021 summer fashion trends. Along with the Pantone colors of the year, grey and yellow, you’ll see pops of, raspberry, rust, navy, coral, amethyst and french blue in 2021 summer designs. Soft pastels like lavender and mint are also going to be intermixed into summer styles this season. Wear the colors together, or with neutrals like tan, white and black to make them pop. Don a coral tank with white denim shorts during the day and brighten up the night with a bold pop of summer color in a flowing wide-leg jumpsuit. Add a belt and a neutral summer sandal to complete the look.
Don’t have any of these colors in your closet? When in doubt, go bold. Select bright, active, lively colored pieces that you already have to create your 2021 women’s summer look.
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