Ready or not, summer is quickly on its way. We know, we know… You are still probably sorting out your spring wardrobe, telling yourself you're planning on doing your spring-cleaning, and still trying to figure out what kind of spring jacket perfectly fits into your aesthetic without ruining it. But facts are facts, and summer 2019 is almost here. Since we know you lovely readers are quite fond of shopping according to trends, we decided to help you narrow down what it is you should be shopping for as you prep your ultimate summer wardrobe.
To help you put these important summer trends into perspective a bit, we countered each of the new ones with old ones that are very much on the decline if they aren't already fully dead. If you still love any of the trends we've deemed as on the outs, fear not—this is merely an educational guide as to what is really hot this season and what isn't really. Ready to see what we came up with?
Ahead, shop the seven most important summer trends including everything from printed bucket hats to one-shoulder tank tops. If you ask us, we have a feeling this might be your best-looking summer yet.
Last summer was basically an invasion of the fanny pack. Slung around the waist, crossbody, or over the shoulder, this accessories trend really ran its course. Its replacement? The '90s-inspired shoulder bag. The style isn't quite as hype-bae as the fanny pack, but it's one that is undeniably everywhere, feeling fresh for summer.
Off-the-shoulder tops were so three years ago. If you still love them, more power to you, but as far as trends are concerned, it's definitely a style that feels a bit stale. Instead, we've been excited by the return of one-shoulder tank tops. Coming in an array of colors, this little tank will have all of your go-to summer bottoms feeling like the coolest versions of themselves.
Thanks to Jacquemus, last summer was filled with massive straw hats aplenty. While chic in theory, in reality, they seem more like an Instagram prop than something that is practical for everyday summertime use. Since every influencer already posted some sort of bathing suit picture accompanied by this hat style, we're banking on something a little more wearable for summer 2019—printed bucket hats. Cool-girl brands like Ganni and R13 currently make noteworthy ones, but Urban Outfitters should be your go-to for more affordable versions.
Finally, we can safely wave goodbye to shorts that are uncomfortably (for everyone) short. It started with the rise of the bike short, followed by the short suit, and led us to the return of jorts (jean shorts). Great lengths are the new thing, and we're here for it.
Athleisure-esque pool slides are officially a thing of the past as we've reported time and time again. Its cooler, more stylish counterpart is the heeled thong sandal. We love this kitschy shoe trend with everything from jeans to midi dresses, as it adds just the right amount of height without the fuss.
Simple string bikinis are good to have on hand for any last-minute beachy needs, but when jetting off on vacation or heading to a relaxing day at the pool with your friends, something a little more special is in order. This year, more than most year's past, statement suits are taking over the swimwear market. We're talking cap sleeves, ruffles, belts, and more.
Now, we're not saying people will be ditching neutrals fully, but the obsession with beige on beige and dressing like a stick of butter reached its peak a few months ago and has been on the slow decline ever since. If you're ready for something a little more festive come the rise in temperatures, we can't think of anything as perfect as head-to-toe color.