Summer Fashion: 6 Trends You Should Update & What to Buy Instead
By Amy Lee
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Are you bored of everything in your closet right now?
Okay, that might be an exaggerated question, but we know that feeling when you look into your wardrobe in the morning and you can't help but let out a big sigh.
The easiest way to make your lineup more exciting is by adding in new trend pieces. Now, we're not saying to throw out last year's buys, but we suggest giving your over-worn pieces a break by swapping them out for of-the-moment alternatives.
Ahead, see which of summer's biggest trends are worth upgrading for.
Swap: Lucite Shoes
Buy: Strappy Sandals
See-through, PVC, lucite footwear was everywhere in 2018 (we blame the Kardashian-Jenners), but this year is all about the strappy shoe. Heeled sandals with floss-like straps that give off minimalist '90s vibes is all the rage right now, and it's proving to be extremely versatile -- it literally goes with any outfit.
Vintage-inspired straight-leg jeans are a wardrobe essential. But if you're tired of blue denim, we recommend trying out white, ivory or cream-colored wide-leg, cropped designs. They pair flawlessly with summer tops and have a modern flair about them.
Wrap dresses, short or long, continue to be a no-brainer choice for any season when you want to look feminine and polished (Kate Middleton seems to agree). However, fashion girls and influencers everywhere are currently obsessed with romantic, vintage-like frocks with square necklines and puff sleeves.
Animal print -- leopard in particular -- has been the top ubiquitous trend, both on and off the runways. This summer, shake up our print lineup with fruit motifs. It's playful, quirky and immediately exudes vacation vibes.
The reemergence of the belt bag, no matter how popular, was hard to chew for most. Luckily, a more wearable bag trend is well underway -- the top-handle mini bag. It's the combination of an elegant, ladylike tote and a going-out clutch, and today's iterations are fun. Just grab and show it off.
The belted maillot was one of the most coveted swimsuit styles last summer. And although we are keeping the one-piece forever (it's so flattering!), we're seeking a bikini with a balconette top that provides support and defines our shape.
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