Summer is a difficult season to dress for. With the sweltering heat there’s not much room for layering, and the thought of wearing jeans or outerwear with the sun beating down on you all day is pretty much unbearable. But there are some trends that do well-or even better than usual- in the summer. So ditch the old standby of shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops and use the hot weather to experiment with some new styles!


3. Americana

The Americana trend has been around for a few years now, and it doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. Americana is known as a relaxed, classic, and of course patriotic style that is quintessentially summery. A bonus of this trend is that you probably have everything you need to recreate the look already in your closet! Denim cutoffs are a signature Americana piece, and they’re so easy to pair with lots of different outfits. If you’d like to go for a slight nod to the trend, pair your denim shorts with a white tank top and a flannel t-shirt. You can wear the flannel around your waist during the day for a relaxed look, and easily transition to wearing it normally during those chilly summer nights.

If you are planning a summer BBQ and want to be daring, opt for the full-blown Americana style. Make sure you incorporate red, white, and blue into your outfit, bonus points if you manage to throw in some stars and stripes! An easy way to achieve this look is by pairing crisp white shorts with a blue or red striped shirt, and some casual low-top sneakers. Now you’re ready to get out your sparklers and throw some burgers on the grill!

2. Bohemian

If you’re more of the easygoing, dress-for-comfort type of person then the bohemian sense of style is perfect for you. This trend is all about relaxed-fitting clothing with a slightly unconventional twist, usually through the usage of beautifully patterned textiles or interesting jewelry. If you’re going to the beach a lot this summer, the bohemian style is perfect for you because it looks even better if you layer! Try out one of the patterned one-pieces from La Blanca.  You can easily pair a one piece bathing suit with a long, flowing maxi skirt for maximum comfort, and you have the bonus of the outfit doing double duty. No more sacrificing style for the sake of covering up at the beach!

Breezy kimono-style outerwear is another great option for hot summer days when you still want to shield your arms from the sun. Try pairing one with a wide-brimmed hat or even a pretty headband to help keep the hair out of your face! If you want to take the trend to the next level, go full-on 70s inspired with wide-legged cotton pants and round sunglasses. Summertime fashion doesn’t have to mean basic!

1. Retro

Who hasn’t looked at vintage photos of women in the summertime with their ultra-feminine dresses and beautifully styled hair and wanted to channel some of that energy themselves? Luckily, it’s a very easy style to pull off! Cute summer dresses and vintage styles go hand in hand together. Just find a skater-style dress with a cute print (polka-dots and florals are classics) and pair the look with big sunglasses. If you’re inclined to wear makeup, go for a bright lip. Red is quintessentially retro, but you could modernize the look by going for a coral or pink toned lipstick instead.

This year, try sending your seasonal basics to the back of your closet. Breezy summer staples don’t have to be boring, so experiment with something new! And don’t forget to try out new makeup trends and hairstyles while you’re at it. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a trend you love!