9 Summer Trends We're Skipping and 9 We're Buying Immediately

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You can just feel the excitement in the air for summer. With talk of the vacations we’re manifesting, the new-season trends bubbling up, and general enthusiasm for the reemergence ’fits and revenge heels we’ll be wearing in the reopening world, summer fashion is all our editors can talk about right now.

Curious to find out what they’ll actually be wearing once the warm weather hits, I asked our team to share the new summer fashion trends they’re eyeing for 2021, as well as the pieces that won’t be in their rotations. Predictable basics and hard-to-wear pieces aren’t making the cut this summer for our editors, but let me just tell you that the future of fashion looks bright. Our team is ready to embrace all of the bold prints and fun trends poised to take over this summer, and I’m already feeling really jazzed about all of the sartorial newness that’s just around the corner.

Skipping: Barely There Swimsuits
Wearing: Three-Piece Swimsuits

While there are plenty of cool barely there swimsuits popping up with details like major cutouts and thong bottoms, I feel best in styles that involve a bit more coverage. Perhaps that's why I'm really into the three-piece swimsuits that are set to be one of the biggest trends this summer. With coordinating items like a button-down top to match your swimsuit, you can easily transform your bikini into a full look.

Shop the trend:

Cin Cin Wavy Printed Bikini Top ($110)

Shop the matching Wavy Printed Bikini Bottoms ($120).

Cin Cin Print Cotton-Silk Kimono Robe ($210)

Oseree Lumiere 90s Two Piece Bikini ($265)

Oseree Lumiere Shirt ($315)

Skipping: Peekaboo Tops and Dresses
Wearing: Miniskirts

"These peekaboo tops and dresses that Dua Lipa wears so well feel a little impractical for my lifestyle. But as someone who's on the short side, I do love that miniskirts are so popular this season and intend to add a few to my wardrobe stat."

Shop the trend:

Réalisation The Cookies Skirt ($160)

Ganni Linen Skirt ($235)

Reformation Apricot Linen Skirt ($128)

Skipping: Basics
Wearing: Beautiful Dresses

"With the world reopening, the last thing I want to be caught in is basics in any form—I want the excess. Give me all the beautiful dresses with colorful prints, cutouts, and colors. I want to be doing the most and wearing the most beautiful pieces all summer."

Shop the trend:

Cult Gaia Stella Dress ($358)

Rixo Lucile Printed Crepe Maxi Dress ($365)

Zara Tie Dye Printed Dress ($90)

Skipping: Checkerboard
Wearing: Retro Florals

"As much as I love all the checkerboard prints going on right now, it strikes me as one of those trends that will be played out in just a few months' time. So instead, I'm reaching for retro floral prints (and retro prints of all kinds, really) because they already have a vintage look to them, so they have more of a timeless appeal."

Shop the trend:

Zara Printed Dress With Matching Scrunchie ($50)

Gimaguas Vito Crop Top ($82)

Rixo Lolita Cutout Floral-Print Cotton Mini Dress ($255)

Skipping: Knit Shorts Sets
Wearing: Crochet

"While I love lightweight knit sets, I feel like I've worn them to death at this point. For summer, I'll be leaning into retro and free-spirited crochet pieces instead—a trend I'm seeing everywhere right now that's perfect for the warm-weather season."

Shop the trend:

Zara Crochet Hat ($30)

Ulla Johnson Zita Crochet-Knit Cotton Tank ($345)

Farm Rio Crochet Floral Mini Dress ($298)

Skipping: Floss Tops
Wearing: Layered Tops

"I've tried to give floss tops a go, but since I have a bigger bust, they're not as supportive as I'd like. Seems easy to solve, right? Just wear a bra. But often these tops are on the thinner side, so wearing a bra isn't ideal for a seamless look. I'm putting them on the back burner for now and instead making a beeline for the layered-top trend. I just bought this one from Helmut Lang, and it's genius because you can fasten it to wear it so many different ways."

Shop the trend:

Helmut Lang Seamless Double Bra Top ($140)

Jacquemus Tovallo Cutout Bustier Top ($590)

Frankie Shop Layered Tank ($50)

Skipping: Super-Tiny Sunglasses
Wearing: Oversize Sunglasses

"I'm not as into the super-tiny sunglasses anymore. Instead, I'm favoring those bold, oversize sunglasses for a statement-making vibe."

Shop the trend:

Le Specs Frofro Alt Fit Sunglasses ($79)

Celine Oversized Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($460)

Ray-Ban Highstreet Sunglasses ($208.0221)

Skipping: Bodycon Dresses
Wearing: Square-Neck A-Line Dresses

"Anything curve-hugging is just not for me this summer since I am looking for maximum comfort. I am gravitating toward fun midi dresses with square necklines and forgiving A-line silhouettes."

Shop the trend:

Ciao Lucia Alessia Printed Cotton Poplin Midi Dress ($375)

Loveshackfancy Maisie Square-Neck Floral-Print Cotton Sun Dress ($495)

Faithfull the Brand Flora Midi Dress ($219)

Skipping: Thong Heels
Wearing: House Slippers

"I love seeing the return of thong heels and fashion flip-flops on other people, but every time I've worn or tried to wear the shoes myself, I simply just haven't felt like me. On the other hand, the house-slippers-outside-shoes trend feels right up my alley and more in tune with my style. I already own a few pairs but can't help but want to add more to my wardrobe."

Shop the trend:

Birkenstock Boston Suede Slippers ($145)

Balenciaga Furry Slippers ($495)

Raye Shearling Sandals ($148)

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