10 Summer Trends That Are the Definition of "Pretty"

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I don’t know about you, but I love a pretty trend. Maybe it’s the romantic in me, but I tend to lean toward dreamy, delicate, and graceful styles over anything else. Lucky for me (and you if this is what you’re into as well), this summer season offers plenty of delightfully “pretty” styles and silhouettes that are trending hard. From beautiful ruching to lovely embroidery and vintage-inspired V waistlines, I’ve been spotting these swoon-worthy styles all over the fashion crowd and at our favorite retailers. They’ll, no doubt, add a captivating and charming touch to your summer ensembles. Keep scrolling below for the loveliest fabrics, silhouettes, and styles worth trying (and Instagramming!) this summer.

Sweet, textured details always add a pretty touch to dresses and tops alike. Smocking and ruching are ideal for showing off throughout the summer months.

Shop the trend:

Staud Ida Smocked Cotton Midi Dress (£264)

Cult Gaia Lola Dress (£335)

& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Mini Dress (£65)

Reformation Lissa Dress (£285)

I’m a sucker when it comes to adding a little period drama to my ensembles, and if you have a penchant for 19th-century dressing or want to channel your inner Disney princess, the resurgence of the V waistline will be your new favorite trend—as spotted on some of our favorite influencers.

Shop the trend:

Amlul Milagritos Dress (£295)

Laura Ashley Vintage Cotton Day Dress (£110)

Sleeper Belle Gingham Linen Midi Dress (£235)

From tie-front details to ruched busts and milkmaid-style necklines, some of the prettiest details lie in the necklines of tops and dresses this season.

Shop the trend:

Réalisation The Alba in Mystic (£230)

Ciao Lucia Ezio Top (£213)

H&M Cotton Crop Top (£13)

Plissé and pleated fabrics are the epitome of elegance—guaranteed to elevate and add a beautiful touch to your summer outfits.

Shop the trend:

& Other Stories Halterneck Plissé Top (£35)

& Other Stories Wide Plissé Pleated Trousers (£45)

Pleats Please Issey Miyake April Monthly Colours Dress (£560)

Ganni Floral Pleated Georgette Skirt (£165)

If you aren’t that into the bold retro prints doing the rounds this summer, how about trying dainty and delicate vintage-inspired floral prints? They’re ridiculously pretty and perfect for everything from casual outings to elegant affairs.

Shop the trend:

Agua by Agua Bendita Pistacho Grosellas-Printed Poplin Dress (£555)

Reformation Moss Linen Dress (£198)

For Love & Lemons Margaret Midi Dress (£265)

Bold, romantic, and playful, I’ll never say no to a pretty puff sleeve, and there are so many chic iterations for this summer season.

Shop the trend:

Lug Von Siga Emily Shirred Broderie Anglaise Cotton-Blend Top (£300)

Aligne Carly Open Tie Back Dress in Cosmo Pink (£89)

Reformation Tuli Dress (£210)

H&M Peplum Top (£10)

Whether you opt for delicately tied straps or backs that are wide open, open-back dresses are having a major moment this season and will pretty much guarantee a captivating summer look.

Shop the trend:

Musier Paris Dress Baila (£137)

Zara Linen Blend Dress (£30)

H&M Cut-Out Dress (£40)

Providing a seriously flattering silhouette, cute and contemporary corsets and bustiers add a romantic touch to jeans and basics.

Shop the trend:

Asos Design Curve Corset Top in Floral Print (£22)

& Other Stories Smocked Puff Sleeve Top (£45)

Reformation Novena Top (£128)

Beautiful and delicate embroidery is basically the definition of “pretty” and always guarantees major compliments.

Shop the trend:

Rixo Aurelia Embroidered Voile Maxi Dress (£285)

Zara Embroidered Poplin Top (£26)

Y.A.S Knitted Top Twinset With Lilac Floral Embroidery in Cream (£55)

Give your look a playful, dreamy, and feminine touch with the addition of a tiered skirt (or dress)—so pretty.

Shop the trend:

Rebecca Vallance Isabelle Ruffled Broderie Anglaise Cotton Mini Dress (£275)

Nasty Gal Gingham Print Tiered Maxi Skirt (£35)

Mango Ruffled Flowed Skirt (£60)

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