It may be hot all year round in Malaysia but for some of the other countries around the globe, summer is only now hitting its peak. With the sweltering sun comes the fashion trends that will keep you feeling and looking cool.
The streets of fashion capitals like London, New York, Paris and Milan are awashed with the latest designs of Summer 2019. So, what’s in? Anything that offers up a relaxed vibe it seems. Although, think a little less casual and a lot more chic.
From short shorts paired with suit jackets and T-shirts to bucket hats accompanied by well-tailored, airy sundresses, this season is really all about looking grownup – sun-kissed skin and all.
Here’s everything you’ll need to know to look on-trend for Summer 2019.
Put A Hat On It
Hats are not just for sun protection, they also make a statement. As it is, the retro bucket hat is a must-have this year. The style, last popular in the 1990s, has made an appearance on numerous designer runways.
Watch the fashion week crowds and you will easily spot bucket hats paired with any outfit. You would think it to be more of a “street” trend, but no – buckets hats are now also worn with dressier get-ups like a trench coat and boots.
They come in all colours and prints too. Feeling a little adventurous? Pick one in an animal print. Neon bucket hats are wildly popular too. They grab attention, as well as help if you are going for a colour-block look.
Feminine And Pretty
The average sundress has gotten a lot more stylish this year. While a staple in almost everyone’s summer wardrobe, the idea this time around is to take the design up a notch in terms of material and silhouette.
Yes, it is one of the most convenient styles for women when the weather warms up, but that doesn’t mean that you need to blend in with the crowd.
A sheer, elegant one for example, will definitely help a lot in getting you noticed.
For those who prefer a longer hem, tea dresses are also abundant in this year’s designer collections. The different styles range from classic to contemporary, but one thing’s for sure – they all look appropriately summery and chic.
A Leg Up
For the men, bring out your adventurous side by pairing your suit jacket with shorts. It may seem too dandy at first, but think of it from a practical point of view. Without a doubt, the style is extremely comfortable.
To dress it down even more, pair it with a T-shirt. Although loose linen shirts will work just as well. The idea is to get that casually debonair feel – ala gentlemen of the glamorous French Riviera.
The shorts suit is definitely something all the ladies can carry off too.
While pantsuits were one of the biggest trends last year (and perhaps, the year before), it is refreshing to see the ladies in a well-tailored yet loose suit jacket and matching shorts.
Get Your Groove On
Say hello to the 1960s. The tie-dye has once again made a big and unrelentless comeback.
Dispense with the notion of tie-dye T-shirts though, designers have been thinking outside the box to make the style a whole lot more modern for Summer 2019.
Some have applied tie-dye to denim outfits (just perfect for a cool summer look!), while others are seen using it to embellish contemporary wardrobe essentials like A-line skirts or even mini dresses.
Don't worry about looking outdated. The quintessential tie-dye may seem more like a hippie thing in the past, but modern iterations now use sophisticated colour combinations and heavier fabrics for a fashion-forward feel.
Summer 2019 has torn up the rule book when it comes to fashion. Pajamas as a daytime wear? Why not? Women in big cities are stepping out in silken designs that are reminiscent of sleepwear.
There is also the resurgence of plain utilitarian wear. Cargo pants are popular again, as are the boiler suit and khaki two-piece. These play on the idea of empowerment. Masculine versus feminine, so to speak.
The key to getting the looks right lies in the accessories. By paring down the main elements of your outfit, you’ll have ample opportunity to overload with jewellery, a bold bag or sexy heels.