July 22, 2024

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11 Summer 2024 Fashion Trends You Need to Know and Shop Right Now

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Sunnier days are finally, officially, blessedly here—and it’s time to get a jump on the summer 2024 fashion trends that have been taking over our feeds. If your wardrobe is starting to feel a bit tired, you’re in luck: A new season is bringing plenty of fresh inspiration from the streets and summer runways along with it.

Like last year’s early-2010s fashion revival and so-called stealth wealth, many of this year’s defining summer trends are similarly nostalgic—just peep boho’s triumphant comeback and the return of the statement belt. But our editors have also noticed a sporty undercurrent in this season’s preppy style and sneaker trends. “I think if prices for luxury goods continue to remain as high as they currently are, we’ll see the ‘quiet luxury’ trend stick around for a bit longer,” says Emilia Petrarca, who writes the fashion newsletter “Shop Rat.” “It’s just too expensive to take risks on pieces that you might not like five, 10 years down the line.” Still, she doesn’t think we’re headed for a risk-free summer: “People are interested in trying a timeless sort of elegance or opulence, not just a boring beige minimalism that’s perhaps safer.”

So what will we wear this year? Crisp white and butter yellow will be trending for the months ahead, as are sequins and basics like denim pants and white T-shirts. On the accessories front, raffia is bigger than ever right now, while polished kitten heels and Mary Jane flats are popping up everywhere. Ready to get a jump on the season’s best and most wearable trends before the rest of the world? Fresh from the catwalk, these are the summer 2024 fashion trends our style editors are most excited to wear right now.

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1. Athletic prep

One of our favorite 2024 fashion trends is the return of the preppy aesthetic. This one is directly tied to Miu Miu’s string of hyper-popular runways, starting a few years ago with that micro-mini pleated skirt and culminating in this spring’s Gossip Girl–esque collection. Updated prep-school classics like polo shirts, track jackets, and button-down shirts are all over our feeds, too. Meanwhile, Challengers (and Zendaya’s sporty red-carpet style) is inspiring a renewed interest in tenniscore. There’s never been a better time to dress like you belong to a country club.

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2. Boho 3.0

Welcome back to the zeitgeist, fringe! While the word boho might send you on a stress-induced mental trip back to 2013, fear not: The aesthetic has been remixed for 2024, with new takes on crochet, fringe, and flowy tops that feel cooler than ever before. Boho-aligned brands like Chloé, Ulla Johnson, and Ralph Lauren leaned hard into the look for spring—and we only expect it to get more popular as summer fades into fall. Take a look at Free People’s beach-boho editor-approved picks. Invest now and you’ll be set for the whole year.

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3. Slim sneakers

For the second summer in a row, chunky sneakers are taking a back seat to their slimmer, sportier cousins. Paired with everything from runway-ready summer dresses to relaxed trousers, these trainers—often in bold colors like yellow and blue—lend a relaxed, lived-in vibe that feels especially cool this time of year. Go classic with Adidas or Puma, or try something new with an up-and-coming brand like Alohas.

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4. Little white dresses

Forget the LBD. This summer, labels like Tory Burch, Prada, and Tove (among many others) are going in the opposite direction, giving us white dresses worth swooning over. Whether you’re heading to a garden party or afternoon cocktails, these numbers are just as sweet as they are alluring—and they’ll only get more practical for the heat as summer gets into full swing. We appreciate how easy they are to style: Throw on simple jewelry, and take your pick from walking sandals, slingback heels, or summer sneakers.

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5. Raffia accessories

Raffia always gets a bump this time of year, but summer 2024 is an especially big moment for the woven material. The runways were awash in raffia bags and shoes, and now we want all things straw. On top of signaling that you’re on vacation (at least mentally), these pieces will add some much-appreciated texture to all of your upcoming looks. Don’t be afraid to pile it on; Tod’s and Bottega Veneta proved that raffia looks great next to even more raffia.

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J.Crew Marlow Sandals in Raffia

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6. Back to basics

Stealth wealth is still going strong, but it’s poised to change a little in the new year. With ’90s luminaries like Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy clearly on the mood board, simple (yet glamorous) outfits are all the rage right now. “I believe we will move into an ’80s, ’90s look somewhat adjacent to quiet luxury,” says Jenny Walton, a Vogue contributor and writer of the newsletter “Jenny Sais Quoi.” “Restraint will become more and more alluring.” Get a jump on minimalism with hardworking basics—each with just enough personality not to fade into the background—like draped tank tops, sharp blazers, high-waisted jeans, and slim loafers.

Mango Double-Breasted Blazer

Everlane Luxe Micro-Rib Crew T-Shirt

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G.H. Bass Whitney Loafers

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7. Kitten heels

A wide variety of labels, from Prada to Rachel Comey to Valentino, showed exceptionally low heels for summer, meaning we’re in for a walking-friendly 2024. Buy into the comfortable heels trend now to stay ahead of the curve and give your feet a break. Who says fashion is pain?

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Zara Heeled Mules with Bow

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8. Butter yellow

We called it way back in February: Butter yellow is the color of the year. The unexpected neutral is pretty much the perfect shade, considering you can pair it with anything—black, white, navy, denim blue, pink—and should please both color lovers and monochromatic dressers. Go with a pale yellow dress à la Tove or try the colors in separates like Loewe and Armani. And don’t worry about investing; it’ll only get more popular as we head into the second half of the year.

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Zara Striped Pajama Pants

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9. Shimmer and shine

From Ralph Lauren’s Halston-esque lamé gowns to Kate Spade’s sequined separates, this season’s presentations went big on all things sparkly. Unleash your inner Studio 54 groupie by shimmering in paillettes, rhinestones, and metallics—or take a note from the styling at Gucci and 16Arlington and pair your most eye-catching pieces with plain jeans, capri pants, or tees.

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Zara Sequinned Slip Dress

J.Crew Collection Cropped Sequin Shirt

Tuckernuck Remmi Midi-Skirt

Staud Tommy Patchwork Shoulder Bag

Kate Spade Malibu Sequin Sandals

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10. Mary Jane flats

Ballet flats are still holding strong for summer, but they’re evolving—and the trendiest pairs are Mary Janes. Equal parts polished and cheeky, the straps add extra support and show off a bit more of your personality than plain pairs do. The silhouette is available in the hottest materials and colors of the moment, including mesh, pops of red, and metallics. Pull them out when your outfit needs just a little more spice.

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11. Statement belts

Listen, we never thought we’d say this, either, but hear us out: Statement belts are hot. After about a decade in fashion jail, they were rescued this season by everyone from Ferragamo to Tom Ford, proving that a fine look can become exceptional with the simple addition of an eye-catching accessory. Add one to a wedding-guest dress or a pair of wide-leg jeans the next time you’re dressing to impress.

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Banana Republic Leather Corset Waist Belt

8 Other Reasons Festival Belt

All Streets Ahead Edge of Town Belt

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Additional reporting by Lindy Segal.


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