We're Letting Go of These 5 Outdated Summer Fashion Trends and Adopting These 5

You probably feel like spring only just began, but actually, summer is nearly here, which means there is a whole new set of trends to consider. Along with new waves of fashionable pieces, there are bound to be a few outdated summer trends worth letting go of. To provide you with some helpful insights, we're sharing the trends we're putting to bed and the ones we're adding to our closets as we prep for summer 2021. While some of these outdated trends might not surprise you, you'll be pleased to see that there's one trend, in particular, that multiple editors will be opting for as soon as summer hits. If you're ready to start building your summer wardrobe, scroll down to see what we'll be wearing, and feel free to add them to your cart along the way.

Letting Go: Gladiator Sandals

Swapping For: Two-Strap Sandals

"I think gladiator sandals are a bit outdated at this point, and I love wearing simple two-strap sandals instead. They're much sleeker and, as a bonus, are way easier to slide on and off." — Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor

Letting Go: Flat Flip-Flops

Swapping For: Elevated Heeled Thong Sandals

"I never got on board with the flip-flop craze that took over last year, but this summer, I'll be adding sleek heeled versions into my closet." — Kristen Nichols, senior editor

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Letting Go: Prairie Tops

Swapping For: Baby Tanks

"This summer, I'm letting go of the prairie-top trend. I wore it so much last year that I kind of just tired myself out. Instead, I'm leaning into a much more versatile and practical trend—baby tanks. These are reminiscent of the '90s and luckily can be really cheap." — Lauren Eggertsen, fashion editor

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Letting Go: Tiny Sunglasses

Swapping For: Shield Shades

"I'm saying sayonara to my tiny sunglasses and instead opting for trending shield sunglasses to disguise my under-eye bags in style!" — Judith Jones, market editor

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Letting Go: Short Shorts

Swapping For: Longer Cuts

"I never thought I'd say this, but I think I'm finally ready to put my short shorts on the back burner in favor of longer styles. From bike shorts to long denim shorts to tailored pairs, I'm all in." — Nicole Akhtarzad, market editor

"I'm letting go of my ultra-short shorts in favor of the rising denim Bermuda shorts trend. I'll be snapping up a looser-fitting '90s fit short this summer, which I think is such a chicer alternative to the teeny-tiny denim cutoffs that reigned for years." — Anna LaPlaca, assistant editor

"It's been a long time coming, but I'm officially over short denim cutoffs. Longer shorts and Bermuda lengths look much more forward this summer." — Allyson Payer, senior editor

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.

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