Summer Fashion: 6 Trends You Should Update & What to Buy Instead

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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 

Lucite Shoes Street Style
Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

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. 

Shop the Trend: 

H&M black leather wrap sandals
Photo: H&M

Leather Sandals, $60 at H&M

Dolce Vita ivory zayla sandal
Photo: Dolce Vita

Zayla Heels, $120 at Dolce Vita

& Other Stories orange strappy knotted sandal
Photo: & Other Stories

Knotted Sandals, $129 at & Other Stories

Swap: Straight-Leg Jeans

Buy: White Wide-Leg Jeans

straight-leg jeans street style
Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

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. 

Shop the Trend:  

Free People ivory wide leg jean
Photo: Revolve

Free People Ranger Wide Leg Jean, $78 at Revolve

LOFT white wide-leg jeans
Photo: LOFT

Modern Wide Leg Crop Jeans, $80 at LOFT

AGOLDE white wide-leg jean
Photo: Shopbop

AGOLDE Ren High Rise Jeans, $168 at Shopbop

Swap: Wrap Dress

Buy: Square Neck Dress

printed wrap dress street style
Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

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. 

Shop the Trend: 

Showpo floral square neck dress
Photo: Showpo

Feel Your Halo Dress, $54 at Showpo

ASTR the Label puff sleeve lilac minidress
Photo: Nordstrom

ASTR The Label Bea Minidress, $128 at Nordstrom

Reformation linen puff sleeve dress
Photo: Reformation

Marabella Dress, $248 at Reformation

Swap: Leopard Print

Buy: Fruit Print

leopard print outfit street style
Photo: Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

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. 

Shop the Trend:  

Socialite fruit print tie front top
Photo: Nordstrom

Socialite Print Tie Front Top, $39 at Nordstrom

ASOS bershka fruit printed jumpsuit
Photo: ASOS

Bershka Fruit Printed Jumpsuit, $56 at ASOS

Song of Style blaire fruit print pant
Photo: Revolve

Song of Style Blaire Pant, $188 at Revolve

Swap: Belt Bag

Buy: Top-Handle Mini Bag 

belt bag street style
Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

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. 

Shop the Trend: 

Nasty Gal hanging on the telephone bag
Photo: Nasty Gal

Want Hanging On the Telephone Bag, $30 $12 at Nasty Gal

Topshop mason mini bag

Mason Mini Bag, $40 at Topshop

Zara blue glitter mini bag
Photo: Zara

Zara Glitter Mini Bag, $50

Swap: Belted Swimsuit

Buy: Balconette Style 

Solid and Striped belted swimsuit
Photo: Nordstrom Rack

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. 

Shop the Trend: 

Forever 21 balconette bikini
Photo: Forever 21

Triangle Bikini Top, $18; High-Leg Bikini Bottoms, $13 at Forever 21

Monday Swimwear lilac balconette bikini
Photo: Monday Swimwear

Maui Top, $96; Maui Bottom, $79 at Monday Swimwear

Faithfull The Brand Djerra bikini
Photo: Faithfull The Brand

Faithfull The Brand Djerra Check Print Bikini, $179

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