Summer Isn't Canceled! 13 Hot Summer 2020 Fashion Trends

Even if COVID-19 has thrown a bit of a wrench in our summer plans, it sure doesn’t mean that the whole season’s been canceled! Whether your state is currently reopening or you’re looking for some distraction while you wait for brighter days ahead, one fun way to pass the time is to plan out your warm-weather wardrobe.

From cute rompers to Bermuda shorts, here are 13 hot summer 2020 fashion trends that will be waiting for you once this is over. 

1. Turn your swimsuit into a sleek bodysuit.

While cute swimsuits are naturally on the list of summer essentials, they can be worn to more than just the beach or the pool! After a day by the water, transform a one-piece style into a trendy bodysuit with white shorts and chunky platform sandals. A straw bag and hoop earrings complete the look.

2. Bicycle shorts get an upgrade for 2020.

Bicycle shorts aren’t just for working out and they certainly shouldn’t stay in the 90s! Bring this blast from the past back to the future with updated textures like shiny faux leather or bold colors like icy blue. Balance out the proportions with an oversized top and pair of sneakers or strappy sandals.

3. Dress down a romper for the weekend.

Cute rompers are perfect one-and-done outfits that you can easily dress up or down! Take a work-ready romper from weekday to weekend with a pair of white sneakers and a casual bucket hat. You’ll be ready for an afternoon of errands or a fun day hanging with the gals. 

4. Tie-front tops are a versatile staple for summertime.

Tie-front tops are everywhere lately, and for good reason. They’re flattering, comfortable and super cute! Whether you opt for classic white, experiment with funky neon green or try highlighter yellow, a tie-front top can be worn as casually as a beach coverup. You can also wear your tie-front top out for a special occasion when styled with a skirt and heels.

5. Oversized Victorian sleeves bring the ultimate feminine vibe.

Puff sleeves have made their way back into fashion over the past few years, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. To keep Victorian-inspired details from looking too 80s, choose crop tops, dresses in pastel colors or delicate prints. Finish the look with chunky athletic sneakers and angular sunglasses.

6. Strategic cutouts offer flirtiness to your look.

Whether it’s a dress with a teeny hole underneath the ribcage or a jumpsuit with slim openings at the sides, cutouts are a major trend for the season that are surprisingly wearable. To avoid looking too costumey, opt for pieces in solid colors or understated prints with barely-there openings. Strappy sandals or casual slides complete the look. 

7. Balance basic Bermuda shorts with a white blazer.

Bermuda shorts are back in a big way. Keep them trendy and fresh -- not touristy -- by avoiding bold, tropical prints. Stick to solids, style them with a crisp white blazer and finish the look with a pair of neutral-colored wedge sandals to help elongate your legs.

8. Flattering halter tops are finally back.

Halters were off the radar for several years, but they’re back in style just in time for bright summer days! This flattering silhouette draws just the right amount of attention to your back and shoulders when you want to dress up a simple skirt or pair of jeans. A strapless bra might be the best undergarment option to maintain support and coverage underneath this flirty top.

9. Summer dresses are chic, ethereal and totally unexpected.

Summer is the perfect season for sheers, and the best way to keep the trend looking tasteful is to find styles that layer easily over other staples. A sheer skirt becomes new and now over a pair of high waisted flare jeans just as a sheer camisole dress breathes new life layered on top of your favorite skinnies. Style with rocker-inspired accessories for unexpected edginess.

10. Bucket bags hold all of your essentials.

Bucket style handbags aren’t just for celebrities and Instagram style stars - they’re easy-to-wear accessories that dress up just about any look. Style your bucket bag with everything from ripped jean shorts to cute rompers to transform the entire outfit.

11. Creamy yellow tones take over head-to-toe looks.

Even though the term “stick of butter” dressing was coined back in 2018, the trend of pairing hues of yellow together is as sweet and cheerful as summer itself! Whether you find a cute, two-piece, butter-yellow set or create your own, this look is flattering on everyone. Gold accessories add extra warmth to this sunshiny style.

12. Bright, printed midi dresses feel fresh and sporty.

Bold reds and oranges make for a fun summer color combo that is very trendy for 2020, according to Pantone. Floral prints are perfect for the season, especially when styled with a crisp pair of white kicks. Top off the outfit with a light wash jean jacket for cooler evenings. 

13. Pastel tie-dye gives off a fun, summer camp vibe.

If you’ve been on the internet at all during the past few months, you’ve probably seen the tie-dye trend taking over all of social media! To keep a tie-dye shirt from seeming too juvenile, choose options that pair pastel colors together instead of rainbow brights.

Brighter Days Await

Time doesn’t stop moving forward, and neither does fashion! Summer most certainly isn’t canceled, even if it might look a little bit different than normal this year. Brighter days are ahead - welcome them with some (or all!) of the season’s hottest fashion trends.


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