· By Pamela James

9 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends for 2024

The seasons of sunshine, flowers, and, of course, fabulous fashion– spring and summer is here!  As the sunnier days finally make their debut, it's time to embrace the spring 2024 fashion trends that have been flooding our social media feeds. If your wardrobe is feeling a bit lackluster after months of gray skies, this new season brings plenty of fresh inspiration straight from the runways.

Last year, nostalgia dominated the fashion scene, with nods to early-2010s styles and '90s minimalism making a comeback. This year's trends, however, take a similar nostalgic approach but with an added pinch playfulness.

Ready to stay ahead of the curve with the season's most wearable trends? From the catwalk to your closet, we have brought the hottest trends for spring and summer 2024 that our fashion editors are most excited about right now.

9 Key Trends to try this summer 2024

1. Great White Dresses

While white dresses are not new for summer, designers are reimagining this classic wardrobe staple by using crisp cotton poplin fabric and modern silhouettes to create fresh and breezy looks for spring and summer.

These dresses often feature minimalist designs, clean lines, and relaxed fits. The use of cotton poplin fabric adds a crisp and airy quality to the garments, making them perfect for warm weather. Additionally, many designers are experimenting with styling techniques such as layering the dresses over pants or accessorizing them with oversized belts to give them a modern edge.

 

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How to Style White Dresses Trend:

Let the clean lines and minimalistic design of the white dress speak for itself by keeping accessories and embellishments to a minimum. Or you can also experiment with layering the dress over tailored pants or pairing it with oversized belts to create interesting and modern silhouettes. Just make sure to choose a white dress that can easily transition from day to night by switching up your accessories and footwear.

2. Sheer Clothing

With iconic fashion houses like Dior, Chanel, Hermès, and Prada leading the charge, sheer garments are set to maintain their presence on and off the red carpet. The sheer delights trend have infused delicate fabrics like tulle, mesh, and chiffon swirl like celestial clouds in the spring and summer collections. 

These delicate, diaphanous fabrics are crafted into garments that seem to be spun around the body with the lightness of cotton candy, adorned in the sweetest of shades. As seen on the Dorothee Schumacher's soft pink gathered top, Khaite's organza midi dress & Sportmax's double-layered structured chiffon skirt.

While the idea of sheer clothing may evoke images of baring it all, this trend offers versatility and sophistication without sacrificing modesty. Whether opting for a sultry top, a dress with a sheer overlay, or a skirt with translucent panels, incorporating sheer layering into your ensemble adds a touch of ethereal elegance and intrigue.

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How to Style Sheer Clothing Trend:

Dip your toes into the trend by opting for pieces with subtle sheer elements, such as sheer sleeves or delicate overlays. This allows you to experiment with the trend without feeling exposed, making it perfect for both daytime and evening looks.

Conversely, balance sheer pieces with opaque garments to maintain a sense of modesty while still embracing the trend. Layer a sheer blouse over a camisole or slip dress for added coverage, or pair a sheer skirt with a high-waisted bottom for a demure yet stylish ensemble.

3. Athletic Prep:

We are unexpectedly seeing the revival of the preppy aesthetic in the spring and summer of 2024. This trend, popularized & influenced by Zendaya's sporty red-carpet looks, brings a fresh twist to classic prep-school staples. Think updated humbled-collared polo shirts, relaxed track jackets, and button-down shirts in a new attitude and sophistication.

This trend also draws inspiration from sportswear and activewear, incorporating athletic details like stripes, logos, and technical fabrics. 

Visually, the athletic prep aesthetic is characterized by clean lines, tailored silhouettes, and a mix of bold colors and classic neutrals. It often includes pieces like tailored blazers paired with track pants, polo shirts styled with pleated skirts, or button-down shirts layered under athletic-inspired vests. 

 

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How to Style Athletic Prep Trend:

Incorporating the athletic prep trend into your wardrobe is to combine elements of classic preppy style with sporty influences, creating a look that is both polished and casual. 

Hence, you can pair a crisp button-down shirt with tailored trousers and sneakers for a modern take on office attire, or layer a track jacket over a pleated skirt for a chic blend of sporty and feminine. Don't forget to accessorize with tennis-inspired accents like visors or wristbands to complete the look with a nod to the country club aesthetic.

4. Really Short, Shorts!

From Tom Ford's chic short suits to Victoria Beckham and Miu Miu's fearless embrace of the no-pants trend, designers are taking shorts to new heights—quite literally. These micro shorts are incredibly short, making a bold statement and radiating undeniable confidence. 

Micro shorts were a hit last year also but what’s new in 2024 is they now feel more sophisticated and refined than ever when paired with blazers and knits or button-ups and belts as seen in Prada and Dries Van Noten collections. The key is to opt for a style with structure. Tailored shorts made from sturdy materials and featuring pockets and pleats are perfect for both casual and vacation wear.

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How to Style Micro Shorts Trend:

Whether you're relaxing poolside or strolling through the city, micro shorts are the ultimate summer essential for those who aren't afraid to show a little leg. What you have to remember is when it comes to short shorts, fit is key. 

Look for styles with a slightly longer inseam for a more wearable and flattering silhouette. Opt for high-waisted designs to elongate your legs and create the illusion of length. Balance out the short length of micro shorts with more covered-up pieces on top. Pair them with oversized tops, flowy blouses, or structured blazers for a chic and sophisticated look that's perfect for both day and night. 

5. Fresh Color Palette for the Minimalist

Offering a fresh take on minimalist style, fashion houses are pairing bold florals, striking geometrics, and whimsical graphics. They are also embracing contrasting hues such as fiery reds, sunny yellows, and oceanic blues to explore the art of color blocking through their 2024 summer collections. 

This 2024 summer fashion trend breaks away from traditional minimalist aesthetics characterized by neutral tones by introducing an eclectic color palette. Instead, it encourages fashion mavens to experiment with bold color combinations and striking contrasts. The focus is on creating dynamic visual effects through clever pairing of opposing colors.  

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How to Style Fresh Color Pallet for the Minimalist Trend:

Start by incorporating a color-blocked garment, such as a dress or top, as the focal point of your outfit. Look for pieces that feature bold color combinations or contrasting panels to make a statement. You’d also want to keep it balanced as when color blocking, the aim is to achieve a  balance of colors to avoid overwhelming the outfit. Mix and match hues that complement each other or opt for pieces with pre-styled color combinations for a foolproof look.

6. Sustainable Fashion

Spring/summer 2024 brings a renewed focus on eco-friendly fabrics and materials that tread lightly on the planet. Designers are opting for organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo, which require fewer pesticides and water to grow compared to conventional cotton. 

Additionally, innovative materials like Tencel, made from sustainably sourced wood pulp, and recycled polyester, derived from post-consumer plastic bottles, are gaining prominence in collections. These eco-conscious choices through sustainable innovations not only minimize carbon footprint but also offer superior quality and durability.

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How To Style Sustainable Fashion Trend:

Pair sustainable pieces with your existing wardrobe staples to create versatile outfits. For example, style a crisp organic cotton blouse with your favorite denim jeans for a casual yet polished look. Experiment with layering sustainable fabrics to add depth and interest to your ensemble. Try layering a lightweight hemp or bamboo cardigan over a Tencel blouse for a chic, eco-conscious outfit.

7. Oversized Trenches

The epic trenches trend reimagines the classic trench coat with exaggerated proportions bringing a sense of drama to this timeless piece of outerwear. This trend reflects a desire for freedom of movement and a rejection of restrictive clothing, making it perfect for the modern woman on the go.

On the runways, designers like Ferragamo and Saint Laurent have taken the traditional trench coat silhouette to new heights by infusing it with dramatic details. We saw the likes of Holmesian-esque capes, scarf attachments that elegantly drape around the neck and chest create a sense of armor-like protection.

Whether you opt for a sleek and tailored trench coat or one with avant-garde details, the epic trench is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe.

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How To Style Oversized Trenches Trend:

When it comes to styling oversized pieces, volume and structure matters. Pair an oversized shirt with fitted trousers or a sleek skirt to create contrast and definition. Alternatively, cinch in the waist with a belt to add shape and prevent drowning in fabric. Layer oversized outerwear over streamlined basics for a chic and effortlessly cool look. 

8. Statement Belts

After spending about a decade in fashion obscurity, statement belts have been resurrected this season by renowned designers like Ferragamo and Tom Ford. Their triumphant return to the spotlight proves that even the most refined looks can be elevated to extraordinary heights with the addition of an eye-catching accessory. Whether adorned with intricate embellishments, striking hardware, or bold logos, statement belts have the power to transform an outfit from mundane to magnificent in an instant.

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How To Style Statement Belts Trend:

Play with contrasts by pairing a statement belt with unexpected pieces in your wardrobe. Mix textures, colors, and patterns to create dynamic outfits. Whether worn with casual separates or formal attire, a statement belt adds personality to any look

Keep the rest of your accessories understated to allow the statement belt to take center stage. Opt for minimalist jewelry, sleek footwear, and simple handbags to ensure that all eyes are on your striking accessory.

9. Slim Sneakers

Bid farewell to chunky sneakers as slim, sporty counterparts take center stage for the second consecutive summer. These sleek kicks are departure from their bulkier counterparts, exuding a refined yet cool aesthetic. 

With a penchant for bold hues like vibrant yellow and electric blue, slim sneakers inject a pop of color into any ensemble, infusing it with a laid-back, lived-in vibe that epitomizes summer style. Whether paired with runway-ready dresses or relaxed trousers, these trainers effortlessly elevate any look, making them a must-have staple for the season.

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How To Style the Slim Sneakers Trend:

Offset the femininity of summer dresses with the sporty edge of slim sneakers. Opt for flowy maxi dresses or flirty sundresses and pair them with sleek sneakers for a trendy juxtaposition of styles.

Likewise, take your off-duty looks to new heights by pairing slim sneakers with relaxed trousers or cropped jeans. The combination of tailored bottoms and sporty footwear strikes the perfect balance between comfort and style.

Final Thoughts

Despite the current high prices of luxury goods, the trend of "quiet luxury" is expected to stick around. People are opting for timeless pieces that will stand the test of time, rather than risky investments in fleeting trends.

But this doesn't mean we'll be stuck in a year of dull fashion. There's still a desire for elegance and opulence, just in a more timeless and sophisticated way as we saw in 2024 summer/spring trends.

Now that you've the insights into the latest fashion trends, it's time to unleash your creativity and experiment with incorporating these styles into your own wardrobe. Whether you're revamping your look or simply adding a few statement pieces, don't be afraid to embrace your unique sense of style and make a fashion statement that's all your own.

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