Lily Tracy’s Top Summer 2020 Fashion Trends
I look forward to Summer runways like nothing else. There’s never a bad time to seek out trends that speak to my personal style and upcoming eponymous brand. From high-end to high street fashions, discover 12 fashion trends for Summer 2020 that are currently front and center on my vision board (and shopping list)!
1. Bermuda Shorts
As soon as I spotted these double-layered, mid-length shorts from Chloe, I instantly fell in love. While they’re not exactly the length of standard Bermuda shorts, they’re original enough to class up a simple camisole or blazer. Plus, The silk-cotton blend means that they’re perfect for hot summer nights. Speaking of hot weather, these high-rise, flared-leg, linen shorts from Zimmerman are absolutely stunning when paired with a mint julep.
For a more affordable, casual twist on these luxe options, my love for Rag ‘n’ Bone jeans is well-documented. If you’re looking for the perfect distressed jean shorts, look no further than their Rosa Cutoff Bermuda shorts. They only get better with age!
My inner-bohemian loves-loves-loves these plaid Free People Bermuda shorts, with their rolled hems and triple-button closure. Because of their high waist, it’s easy to imagine wearing these in the garden, playing with my children, and going on a romantic hike with my husband.
2. Big Sleeves
Puffed, leg of mutton, cap, bell – substantial sleeves are experiencing a resurgence. The puffed sleeves of this Ephemera maxi dress lead into smocked, fluted cuffs that are incredibly flattering to all upper arms. And the soft blue and retro pattern is great for every skin tone. This Astr the Label wrap dress is absolutely charming in every way. Sweetheart neckline, puffed sleeves, and a-line – oh my! Free People’s Celia button-up blouse has the kind of slouchy-cool edge I’m after: Collared, cropped, with a tie that hits around your natural waist.
3. Pink and Orange
One of the most cheerful color combinations on the planet, I am here for the pinks and oranges of this Pucci v-neck dress. Perfect for a weekend getaway or date night, I’d pair this with simple white sandals and carry a distressed jean jacket when the temperature drops at night. Who wouldn’t be floored by this Mary Katrantzou maxi-dress? There’s no one who plays with patterns more effortlessly, and this ruffle-sleeved fantasy is impossible not to obsess over.
As a lover of the great outdoors, Teva has always been the most dependable sandals company. These pink-and-orange colorblocked Outdoor Voices aren’t just on-trend – they’re built to last whether you’re traipsing through the woods, desert, or beaches. Release your inner Mrs. Roper with this bright ‘n’ cheerful Elizabeth Gillett kimono.
4. Side Cutout Dresses
Speaking of pink, this Silvia Tcherassi open-backed dress is the ultimate shade of hot-hot pink to complement your bronzed skin. Make a statement with cutouts that hit at the natural waist and feminine bow that ties it all together – literally. If you’ve been doing crunches and planking, show off your hard-earned results with this stretch Dahlia midi dress.
For a slightly more demure – but no less sexy look – I’m totally into this baby pink number with its front snaps and peek of skin.
5. Tie Dye
This Story MFG velvet maxi dress speaks directly to my hippie heart. Dyed with madder root and created by an Indian eco village, this is fashion with an enormous conscience.
Tie-dye doesn’t have to be bright and bold! Fulfill your Lisa Frank-colored fantasies with this n:philanthropy slip dress. But wait, there’s more: It comes with a slouchy, long-sleeved jersey shirt that provides endless styling opportunities. My current favorite method for dressing this up involves a simple pair of jean shorts and a distressed pair of Golden Goose sneakers.
6. Mixed Patterns
I am obsessed with combining unlikely patterns, and I wholly recommend taking a small risk that results in a massive payoff. A pair of chunky-heeled sandals would make an amazing statement with this smocked, pioneer-style mid-length dress. If you’re new to combining patterns – but the adventurous type – try this sari-inspired Jacquemus mini dress. The two flower child daisy prints are subtle but super-effective, and the three straps are just unique enough to make a statement.
Fashion pros will love this Zimmerman asymmetrical bathing suit. Made from high-quality Italian lycra, these paisley patterns are a true celebration of color. As a mother who regularly herds five young children, I appreciate a look that’s affordable and lets me bend, stoop, and carry. This flirty, feminine Hemant and Nandita dress doesn’t require any accessories – it stands on its own with a simple pair of sandals or white tennis shoes.
7. Shirt Dress
I’m always looking for a timeless piece of clothing, and this Altuzarra shirt dress can also be worn from spring through autumn. Its blue-and-white fabric is asymmetrically fit together to give it just a bit of an edge and it looks amazing with a pair of brown boots or huarache sandals. For something a bit softer and more feminine, an embroidered toile shirt dress fits the bill. The subtle dip-dye pattern at the bottom adds a subtle, unexpected effect.
We might not be able to go out for a while, but we all deserve a date night – even from the comfort of our own home. I’m all about this black-and-white striped shirt dress with its hidden placket and asymmetric hem. Add some dangly earrings and a black slide sandal for a simple (and comfortable) aesthetic.
8. Platform Sandals
Even though I’m 5’10, I never shy away from a bit of a lift in my shoes! These chunky See by Chloé platform sandals look adorable with a simple pair of cutoffs or LBD. Cork sandals are a wild thing: They’re water resistant and naturally cushioned to limit foot pain. Who doesn’t love these versatile Paloma Barceló platform sandals?
Franco Sarto makes some unbelievably comfortable shoes, and I’ve been eyeballing their Jinxy sandals for Summer 2020. The rope adds an unexpected edge to an otherwise basic white platform. They’re ideal for errands, parties, the beach – you name it!
9. Off Beat/ bike shorts
Made from a cotton and spandex blend, these Nagnata biker shorts are not only gorgeous, but they breathe, sculpt, and support during exercise. But let’s face it: I would absolutely throw a Flashdance-style sweater over these to run some errands. I'm equally enamored with their color-block Yoni version – could there be a more cheerful pair of athletic shorts in existence?
Anyone who knows me knows that I love my jeans, but being able to exercise in them? It hasn’t been a possibility until I spotted these Free People Hot Shot Bike Shorts. Being able to run, hike, and bike while remaining a cool, fashionable mom? I’m down!
The second time that Jacquemus has appeared on this list – and for good reason! This buttercream shirt dress offers a fun take on pockets. And as any mom knows, pockets are the real deal! What I love most about this little black dress is the ability to adjust the cutouts with drawstrings. You get the perfect fit for your shape! This drawstring thermal top elevates a casual summer look while providing a bit more warmth when the temperatures drop at night.
11. Ribbed Tanks
I work hard for my shoulder and upper-arm definition, so I like to show them off in warmer months. The adjustable straps and gold detailing on this white Deon Lee tank top is perfect to pair with a summer tan and a favorite pair of Bermuda shorts.
As a fitness devotee, I also work hard to develop my core and midsection (no easy feat for a mother of 5 kids!), and I look forward to wearing this Free People crop top with style and confidence! A woman can’t have too many tank tops in her wardrobe (which is what I keep telling my husband), and the Robin ribbed tank is a staple that looks best with literally anything. The almost-scalloped neckline, the perfect length, five colors to choose from – I look forward to wearing these year-round.
12. Graphic Tees
There’s a reason that graphic tees remain in style: They’re easy to wear and easy to pair with literally anything. This red poppy image really cheers me up, even when it’s grey and dreary outside. If I’m feeling more assertive, Anine Bing’s graphic items – like the Tiger Tee – look effortlessly cool with cropped jeans and black booties.