As we embrace the arrival of the summer season, it's time to explore the latest trends while keeping sustainability in mind. Instead of rushing to fast-fashion stores and grabbing items off the racks, consider the charm of second-hand finds for a truly unique look that sets you apart from the crowd. Let's delve into some of the hottest trends for the summer of 2024 and begin refreshing our wardrobes in a more environmentally friendly way. 

Exciting whites

White for summer? Surprising, right? However, white dresses have taken the spotlight on runways and social media, and it's not without reason. While some people say that white is boring, overly bridal, or impractical, I assure you, looking at it with fresh eyes reveals its joy and suitability for hot summer days. It's the perfect addition to your long-term summer capsule wardrobe, as white always remains relevant and is a perfect choice for sustainable-minded beauties. Even if dresses aren't your thing, embracing white in any form adds a crisp, chic touch. It's all about not blindly following trends, but rather adapting them to suit your lifestyle and personal style.

Summer camp

From Miu Miu, Gucci to Dries Van Noten or Y/Project runways, a captivating trend has emerged, showcasing a delightful fusion of preppy aesthetics and athletic wear. Picture polo shirts, pleated skirts, sweatpants, blazers, and bold striped patterns seamlessly intertwined to create a look that exudes both sophistication and sportiness. Embracing this trend is all about playful experimentation, daring to pair items that might seem mismatched at first glance. Imagine rocking a mini preppy skirt with a classic polo shirt or donning athletic shorts with a tailored blazer and a sequin top. The key is to get comfortable while looking effortlessly chic.

Blooming garden

As The Met Gala blossomed with a lot of floral looks, this summer beckons us all to adopt a similar approach and infuse our everyday looks with the spirit of blooming beauty. Florals aren't exactly new for summer, but in the 2024 fashion scene, they're getting a fun makeover! Designers are jazzing up the classic spring print with fresh takes on the timeless rose, making it all the more captivating. But why limit yourself to roses when there's a whole garden to explore? Pick your favorite flowers and let your style blossom! From bold floral tops paired with jeans to midi skirts styled with white blouses, there are endless ways to effortlessly incorporate florals into your wardrobe.  

Mini mini

Ever wished you could spend all day in a bikini but couldn't quite make it happen? Well, this trend might just be your saviour! Mini-length shorts, skirts, or dresses have been showcased on runways by Gucci, Chanel, Miu Miu, and other fashion houses during the 2024 spring/summer collections. With the resurgence of mini styles in recent years, especially due to global warming bringing us record-breaking heat, it's essential to think about our outfits during those sweltering days. So, this style should be a staple in your wardrobe this summer if you don’t want to melt in your pants and want to capture that vacation vibe. Fortunately, those runways offered us surprising styling choices that we can easily embrace in our everyday wear. And of course, remember that instead of rushing to fast fashion stores and contributing to those rising temperatures, consider exploring second-hand heaven for sustainable options. 

Although following trends isn't always the most sustainable fashion practice, we all know the allure of staying current. However, there are some guidelines to keep in mind. Firstly, you don’t need to blindly follow trends and purchase every viral trendy piece from a single store. After all, who wants to look like everyone else? Although it may require some effort, you can find everything second-hand. The payoff is worth it; not only will you save money, but you'll also find unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Another rule – do not blindly follow every trend, as you may end up regretting impulse purchases that only see the light of day once. Instead, view these trends through your personal style lens and only incorporate those that complement your existing wardrobe. Always remember to think twice and consider buying second-hand. 

Text by: Paulina Šinkūnaitė

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