10 Summer Trends That Are the Definition of "Pretty"

I don’t know about you, but I love a pretty trend. Maybe it’s the romantic in me, but I tend to lean toward dreamy, delicate, and graceful styles over anything else. Lucky for me (and you if this is what you’re into as well), this summer season offers plenty of delightfully “pretty” styles and silhouettes that are trending hard. From beautiful ruching to lovely embroidery and vintage-inspired V waistlines, I’ve been spotting these swoon-worthy styles all over the fashion crowd and at our favorite retailers. They’ll, no doubt, add a captivating and charming touch to your summer ensembles. Keep scrolling below for the loveliest fabrics, silhouettes, and styles worth trying (and Instagramming!) this summer.

Sweet, textured details always add a pretty touch to dresses and tops alike. Smocking and ruching are ideal for showing off throughout the summer months. 

I’m a sucker when it comes to adding a little period drama to my ensembles, and if you have a penchant for 19th-century dressing or want to channel your inner Disney princess, the resurgence of the V waistline will be your new favorite trend—as spotted on some of our favorite influencers.

From tie-front details to ruched busts and milkmaid-style necklines, some of the prettiest details lie in the necklines of tops and dresses this season.

Plissé and pleated fabrics are the epitome of elegance—guaranteed to elevate and add a beautiful touch to your summer outfits.

If you aren’t that into the bold retro prints doing the rounds this summer, how about trying dainty and delicate vintage-inspired floral prints? They’re ridiculously pretty and perfect for everything from casual outings to elegant affairs.

Bold, romantic, and playful, I’ll never say no to a pretty puff sleeve, and there are so many chic iterations for this summer season.

Whether you opt for delicately tied straps or backs that are wide open, open-back dresses are having a major moment this season and will pretty much guarantee a captivating summer look.

Providing a seriously flattering silhouette, cute and contemporary corsets and bustiers add a romantic touch to jeans and basics.

Beautiful and delicate embroidery is basically the definition of “pretty” and always guarantees major compliments.

Give your look a playful, dreamy, and feminine touch with the addition of a tiered skirt (or dress)—so pretty.

Up next, the autumn trends we're very into.