Students are heading back inside for classes, but in the city the fog has just burned off and  we are heading into the indian summer. Barbecues, pool parties, and summer concerts are still in full swing, and it’s finally time for us to start experiencing summer in the city. But after all your summer excursions, you might feel you’ve already exhausted your wardrobe for the season. So why not give it a refresher by trying one of these trends that have proved to be popular all summer long?

It’s not too late!

the slip dress.

Probably the biggest trend to hit this season, the slip dress, or “underwear as outerwear,” is effortlessly sexy, yet incredibly chic.

The slip dress fashion trend was first popularized back in the ’90s, and was revived again on the runway of Givenchy, along with other design houses, for the 2016 New York Fashion Week.

If you’re not comfortable wearing a slip dress on its own, a classy alternative is to wear a blazer or cardigan over it. It’s a perfect summer piece that can easily go from day to night.

 Slip dress

Photos from: Pinterest, Bloglovin’, LeCatch


 The off-the-shoulder trend is one of the most popular trends to hit the streets this year. It’s fashionable and sexy; the perfect piece for summer. It shows off the shoulders, (understated compared to last year’s midriff baring trends) but provides a subtle sexiness and sophistication that’s absolutely refreshing to see when compared to other overtly revealing outfits.

     off the shoulder      

Photos from: Outfitshunter, Pinterest, Pinterest

bringing back the choker.

Who didn’t own at least a few of these in the ’90s? Chokers are making a comeback in a big way. The chokers of 2016 have evolved into more sculptured, sophisticated and visually appealing forms to become one of the most popular accessories of the year. The chokers have been trending as festival fashion, and is expected to do so for several more seasons. It’s definitely a great addition to your accessories stash that you can wear all year long.


Photo from: StyleCaster

all-white chic.

What’s hotter than a minimalistic, all-white ensemble that says class and sophistication all in one glance? Clean lines and tailored, or flowy silhouettes on multiple layers of white pieces will make you feel classy and fancy from head to toe. This monochromatic look is wearable for almost all occasions: the office, a summer party, or even a formal event. Be bold and give it a try.


Photos from: VivaLuxury, Pinterest, StayGlam

love the pleats.

An elegant addition to the 2016 line-up, pleats are back and better than ever. This easy to style trend is avant-garde, and will add instant interest to any boring ensemble. And pairing it with other popular summer styles, like an off-shoulder top,  will make your outfit edgy and stylish. Did you know that pleats are wrinkle free? That alone should be reason enough to add it to your wardrobe.


Photos from: UrbanOutfitters, Pinterest, TeenVogue

crazy for ruffles.

Ruffles and frills are back on the top, decorating hemlines, collars, and adding femininity into any piece. Perfect for every occasion you might encounter this season, ruffles are seen everywhere – from beachwear, casual, corporate, and even evening wear. Add some romance to your ensembles by adding this super feminine trend into your summer closet. 


Photos from: SnobFashion, OutfitsHunter, Vogue 


Year after year stripes dominate, and it’s easy to see why. This classic, “can’t go wrong” style reigns supreme in the spring and summer because it’s the most versatile. And it’s so easy to style – pair with any solid color and voila! ­– instant style.

Want to up your stripes game? Stripes in a variety different colors are very in this season. Bright colors are perfect for brightening up a dull wardrobe.


Photos from: Stylist, SheIn, BlogLovin’


Another item making a comeback is the patchwork trend. Gone are the days when patchwork meant hippie and looking like your grandma. Today, patchwork is all about bohemian chic mixed with fun and modern lines to create stylish pieces that are street worthy.


Photo from: GlamRadar


While you can’t go wrong wearing summer’s go-to classic piece, the sundress, this year presents a more trendy and playful silhouette – the romper. Incredibly comfortable to wear, the romper trend has gotten quite a following over the years, and has reached the top of the sartorial pile when it comes to summer fashion trends. It has evolved from just a casual wear piece. Structured and streamlined playsuits and rompers in sophisticated styles are what’s hot for dressier events, giving you stylish freedom to wear the fun romper from day to night.


Photos from: H&M, StylishWife, UrbanOutfitters

go for gingham.

A trend that comes and goes every few years, the gingham print, is back. While not everyone is in love with this unique pattern, it has gained quite a following this season.

The gingham print has been revamped to look more sophisticated as seen on the ladylike silhouettes, pencil skirts with thigh-high slits, streamlined tailoring on coats, blazers and blouses, and other feminine elements to add that stylish vibe.


Photos from: LuxeFinds, Pinterest, BlogLovin’

So, which of these summer 2016 are you going to try first?


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