The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and classes are finally out for the summer. You can ditch the school uniform and shove your binders into the back of your closet — so yeah, it’s basically the best time of year. In search of summer inspo for pool parties, seaside hangs, and grad trips? We've rounded up the biggest 2023 summer fashion trends to cop in the days ahead.
Designers have shown love to see-through fabrics, outfitting your favorite celebs in the naked dress trend for plenty of red carpets (and FYI, you don’t have to *actually* be naked to try styling some sheer pieces). Or for a chill day, the “just left pilates” vibe that’s a favorite of Addison Rae and Kendall Jenner is the lovechild of balletcore and athleisure — core pieces of the niche style include workout onesies, stretchy athletic headbands, and pleated tennis skirts.
And if you're looking for 'fit inspo for fancier occasions, try out '70s trends like sparkly lurex and flare jeans that are back in full force. Whether you’re fully living for the grungy Daisy Jones vibes or whether your aesthetic is more Donna & the Dynamos, there are so many styles you'll want to tap into this summer. Below the hottest summer fashion trends for 2023.
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The stretchy headbands of the early aughts have returned. TikTok loves to style these simple (and usually pretty cheap) headbands by using them to slick back all of your hair in the front while leaving the rest of your hair down.
Pants for summer — that's it, that's the whole trend. A cute strappy sandal and a simple white tank complete the look that'll keep you from freezing to death when the AC is blasting too high.
The '70s are back
Thanks to all of us being collectively influenced by the late 1970s after watching Daisy Jones & The Six, you'll be seeing flare jeans, clogs, crochet tops, and breezy bell sleeves throughout the summer.
Sparkly lurex is one of the biggest 2023 swim trends, and it's equally as good in crop top or mini dress form. The subtle sheen might appear to be a regular knit from afar, but it just wait until the low-key glittery fabric catches the light.
Simple white tanks
If the white tank top were a person, their back would hurt from absolutely carrying summer fashion. Your warm-weather wardrobe isn't complete without the perfect white tank for slouching over long denim skirts and dressing up with stacked gold jewelry.
Tennis Bracelets & Necklaces
You heard it here first: the tennis bracelet (those strings of small, uniform gemstones) is back. Deck yourself out in rainbow drip for a special occasion like Pride, or give your go-to jewelry a summer twist with multi-colored gemstones.
Embrace your inner Ariel as you wait for The Little Mermaid to come out this summer with beachy woven totes, iridescent scale-like sparkles, and seashell accessories. This trend is perfect for beach parties or poolside photoshoots with your besties.
OTW to pilates
Not quite balletcore but a little more chic than your typical leggings-and-tanks athleisure, this trend is for anyone who likes to make their weekly yoga class or green juice run as ~Instagrammable~ as possible.
Light as air
Live out your childhood dreams to become a fairy when you grew up with chiffon tanks, flouncy hemlines, and gauzy blouses. Pair with your favorite embroidered bralettes for a truly ethereal moment.
Sheer dresses & slips
Take a cue from the celebs who can't seem to get enough of the naked dress trend with see-through fabrics that conveniently allow extra circulation on hot, humid summer days. You could even layer these over a bikini if you're spending a day at the beach.
What better way to avoid pit stains than getting rid of your sleeves entirely?! Okay, okay, so maybe that's not quite how it works, but tube tops are perfect for those extra-hot summer days. Style with cargo pants to knock out two trends in one outfit.
Hannah is the Assistant Fashion & eCommerce Editor at Seventeen and covers all things style, shopping, and money. Seventeen taught her how to get dressed when she was younger, and she now spends her working hours passing down her expertise.