Summer 2016: 10 Fashion Trends That Will Bring The Heat

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If you've been looking for an excuse to shop lately, here's your one reason: summer.

The hottest months of the year are straight ahead and you need a few new threads to keep you (looking) cool.

The key to nailing a great summer wardrobe is to make it look effortless — we're talking about the details. From ruffles to pleats to patches, amp up your ensembles with trends that are out of the ordinary. Slip dresses and off-the-shoulder frocks will have you beating the summer heat in the most fashionable way possible. And who could forget denim? Just like that all-white outfit you'll be flaunting all season long, you'll want to be doing the same with denim (yes, we're talking about denim on denim, and no, it's not a fashion crime).

Here are 10 summer trends you need to be rocking ASAP:

1. Folk Yourself

Sure, festival style is having is having a moment (when is it not?), but we're a little bored of it all. The answer? Take your dreamy and vibrant Bohemian style to the next level with effortless hand-embroidered pieces that are light, easy to wear and take inspiration from traditional Ukrainian costumes.

2. Slip It On

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Slip on dresses ruled the '90s, and they're making a huge comeback this summer. Being easy, breezy and beautiful, slip on garments feel like you're wearing your underwear as outwear, which we love to be honest. Use it as a layering piece (Kendall Jenner vibes, anyone?) or simply wear it on it's own. Effortless and chic. That's what we're looking for this summer.

3. Lining Up

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Colourful stripes are a must this summer (yes, we're telling you to ditch those classic Breton stripes) and trust us when we say you'll be seeing a lot of fashionistas sporting the trend on the streets this season. Why? They're playful, flattering and make one huge fashion statement without being over the top.

4. Gingham Style

Get ready to CHECK this summer trend off your list! Typically a pattern only worn to the beach, gingham is all grown-up and getting sophisticated, ready to be worn from day to night now.

5. White Hot Summer

Weather you're hitting the beach or the streets, this season is all about rocking an all-white ensemble. Minimal, chic and clean, you'll be feeling fancy from head to toe all summer long.

6. Cold Shoulder

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It's no surprise to anyone that the off-the-shoulder top may be the number one piece you need in your wardrobe this summer. It's sexy, chic and not too attention-grabbing. Shoulders may be the most understated part on a woman's body, so it's time to flaunt them.

7. In It For The Thrill

Ruffles are the most thrilling trend of the summer. Sure, you probably associate frills with your Kindergarten school photo, but the romantic trend is making a comeback. Look out for tailored garments that can be paired with simple heels or sneakers. Unlike your childhood, your ruffles can now look distressed and battered for a more edgy look.

8. Pleat It

Add a bit of an avant-garde modern shape to your wardrobe with pleats. The streamlined, yet edgy silhouette drapes beautifully on the body and doesn't require too much effort when it comes to styling. Did we mention pleats are wrinkle-free? Excellent.

9. Patch Work

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Ditch the ripped jeans this summer and throw some patches onto your denim. The oh-so-cute and cool trend will be rocked everywhere from Tokyo to London this summer, so if you're feeling like conquering a DIY project this summer, this may be the trend for you.


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