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The most covetable summer fashion trends for this year and how to wear them

Summer Fashion Trends

After a year of fashion ruled predominately by loungewear, you could say we're just a touch excited to spend the impending summer of 2020 sporting the selection of outfits we've been dreaming of wearing all year. If like us, you're hoping to make the most of our return to normality with a wardrobe full of on-trend, covetable pieces, we have you covered – with our guide to the summer's most noteworthy fashion trends.

From our take on the season's biggest swimwear trend, to the perfect everyday sandals, and of course, the party frocks we're adding to our Wishlist, here are our picks of 2020's summer fashion trends and how to wear them.


The white singlet

The humble white singlet has crept back into our wardrobes as a mainstay this past year, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere this coming season. The ultimate elevated basic, designers are reinvigorating this staple with a fresh silhouette, incorporating layering and cutout details for a new take on the classic. For a foolproof, stylish look this summer, pair your white singlet with a classic, tailored trouser and chunky sandal (see below) for a put-together outfit that can take you from day to night.

Here's where to shop the trend:


Totême Organic Cotton Jersey Tank


Bassike Slim One Shoulder Rib Tank

The Frankie Shop Double Asymmetric Layer Tank


The bucket hat

This trend may seem jarring at first, but hear us out. The bucket hat is the summer accessory that we are chasing this season and the reasons are endless. We simply can't resist its playful yet stylish allure – plus, it's extremely versatile and with so many iterations and fabrics to choose from, you're sure to find one to match every look in your wardrobe.

Here's where to shop the trend:


Lack of Color Inca Bucket

Isabel Marant Haley Corduroy Bucket Hat

Jacquemus Le bob Bellu


The Bermuda short

The most unlikely hero of summer fashion, the bermuda short is back in a major way. It's no secret that summer tailoring has become a staple trend, but the short iteration of the classic trouser really brings this look into the warmer months. Available to shop in a variety of colours, lengths and styles, the bermuda is the easiest way to make shorts office-appropriate this summer.

Here's where to shop the trend:


Anna Quan Patsy Short

Zara Linen Bermudas 

LouLou Studios Bermuda Pleated Linen Shorts


The string bikini

Swimwear trends certainly go through their phases, with different styles, colours and prints making their mark with each summer that passes. This season, swim is reverting back to an old classic, with the barely-there, string bikini coming through as one of the most popular styles. Zero tan lines, zero fuss – just how we like it.

Here's where to shop the trend:



Hunza G Carmen Triangle Bikini

Zimmerman Brighton Mini Tri Bikini

TRIANGL Vinca Bikini


The chunky sandal

The chunky sandal has firmly cemented its place in the fashion cycle in 2020 and with summer just around the corner, we're going to be seeing more of this trend than ever. While this sandal trend may seem intimidating to style at first, in reality, it couldn't be more simple. Pair with a baggy denim jean or lose trouser for an everyday look, or with a slip silk dress for the perfect casual Sunday lunch outfit.

Here's where to shop the trend:


Marni Fussbett Snake-Effect Leather Sandals

Alias Mae Paris Sandal

Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock Milano Leather Sandals


The ultimate undergarment

With leisurewear a major trend this year, it comes as no surprise that designers are taking the humble bralette and giving it the runway treatment. 'Undergarments as outerwear' is one of the summer fashion trends we're excited to see sticking around this season; from more structured, formal iterations designed to be worn on their own, to cute cashmere bralettes perfect for layering under t-shirts, tanks and shirts for a sexy-casual look.

Here's where to shop the trend:


Dion Lee Pocket Bra

Khaite Eda Cashmere Bralette Top 

Jacquemus Le haut Pampelonne


The shopper tote

There's no denying the enduring hold of the mini bag; and for those of us who carry nothing but our phones and credit cards, there's no need to fret – this trend isn't going anywhere. Instead, it's being joined by its older, more practical sister, the shopper tote. The warmer weather is notorious for giving a resurgence to the tote bag, with beach days, picnics and afterwork ocean dips becoming part of our regular routine. Perfect for storing all your essentials and then some.

Here's where to shop the trend:


Loewe Cushion Tote Bag

Acne Studios Printed Cotton-Canvas Tote

Burberry Medium Soft Cotton Canvas Bag


The cutout dress

As we begin to regain some semblance of normality, there's never been a better time to invest in the ultimate party frock to see you through the summer. This season's reigning trend is of course, the cutout dress – with Australian designers like Dion Lee and Christopher Esber bringing a touch of edge and modernity to classic silhouettes.

Here's where to shop the trend:


Christopher Esber Crystal Interweave Dress

Dion Lee Chain Link Long Sleeve Dress

Aje Concept Dress


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