12 Cute Summer 2020 Fashion Trends – Cosmopolitan

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Yep, so far 2020’s been weird/frustrating, and while nothing’s certain, I think we’re all in favor of hoping this whole COVID-19 thing won’t affect us quite as much as soon as summer rolls around. With that in mind, let’s all distract ourselves with pretty summer 2020 fashion trends!

From sporty drawstring details to feisty color combos, steamy cutouts, and sheer overlays, the styles we’re all about to wear once those temps warm up and we can go outside again are going to be off. The. Hook. (How do you do, fellow kids?)

Keep scrolling for 12 trends to get in on before everyone else catches on, plus outfit inspo and shopping links, because we’re here for you.

Oh, and in case you really want to jump head-first into summer 2020 trends, click here for bag trends and shoe trends you can expect to see everywhere super soon.

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1 Fancy Bermudas

Yep, long shorts (that hit just above, below, or right at the knee) are here to stay.

Adam Lippes


Fancy Bermudas

Doris Stripe Baggy Short

Stussy needsupply.com


Pair this striped style with a cute tank and heels, or go casual with sneakers.


Fancy Bermudas

Linen Bermuda Shorts

NYDJ nordstrom.com


Longer shorts = office appropriate (you know, for whenever we’re all back in offices)! Wear with a button down and be as profesh as ever.


Fancy Bermudas

Eric High Waist Satin Bermuda Shorts

ALICE + OLIVIA nordstrom.com


Pink. Bermuda. Shorts! Yes.

5 Sporty Drawstrings

Add interest to your lewk with fun gathered effects brought on by clever drawstrings placed throughout your clothes.

3.1 Phillip Lim


Sporty Drawstrings

Mesh Toggle Ruched Top

Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com


Your next Going Out Shirt has arrived, friends.


Sporty Drawstrings

Cropped T-shirt with Drawstring Waist and Logo

Sixth June us.asos.com


Why don’t all crop tops have this cute detail actually?


Sporty Drawstrings

Midi Dress with Front Logo and Drawstring

Nicce us.asos.com


This graphic dress has a lot going on and one of those things is a cool-ass neon drawstring.

9 Pink and Orange

If “summer fun” was a color combo, it would be this super happy one, don’t you think?

Tanya Taylor


Pink and Orange

Ultra-High Rise Off Beat Shorts

FP Movement freepeople.com


Ready for these two colors to take over my entire workout wardrobe, tbh.


Pink and Orange

Polka Dot Jumpsuit

Lazy Oaf urbanoutfitters.com


Hello to this cute jumpsuit and no one else.


Pink and Orange

Meadow Colorblock Dress

Staud neimanmarcus.com


In case you didn’t realize you needed a balloon-sleeved tri-tone maxi dress, this should help you come to that epiphany,

13 Side Cutouts

Did side cutouts ever really go out of style for the summer? No. So keep wearing ’em!

Jonathan Simkhai


Side Cutouts

Sukie Cutout Dress in Yellow Floral

Camila Coelho revolve.com


A bold printed mini with cutouts? Your next night out just got way more fashionable.


Side Cutouts

Lille Maxi Dress

Endless Summer freepeople.com


When weddings are a thing again, here’s a little something-something that’ll get you all the compliments.


Side Cutouts

Benny Dress

Reformation thereformation.com


BRB, planning a vacation somewhere beachy just to be able to wear this toile look to dinner. 

17 Sheer Overlays

Put an outfit on, then wear a dress over it. The concept is simple, but the effect is soooo chic.



Sheer Overlays

Adia Sheer Mesh Maxi Cami

Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com


Say hello to your next picnic ensemble: This sheer floral slip with jeans.


Sheer Overlays

Hello And Goodbye Mesh Midi Dress

Free People freepeople.com


If prairie dresses and wide-leg jeans had a baby, it would be this ethereal style.


Sheer Overlays

Faye Midi Dress

For Love & Lemons forloveandlemons.com


Matching bike shorts underneath? I’m about it.

21 Knit Polos

Oh yeah, these babies are back in a major way. Move over, school uniforms of yore!

Claudia Li


Knit Polos

Polo in Lotus

Sandy Liang needsupply.com


Go classic with horizontal stripes and contrasting collars. 


Knit Polos

Ruffle Hem Crop Top

Forever21 forever21.com


Or make it retro-yet-modern in a cropped ribbed style.


Knit Polos

Moore Velvet Midi Slipdress

Iris and Ink theoutnet.com


Digging the red trim on this timeless, non-button style.

25 Butter Yellow

A colleague referred to this color once as “sunshine and a warm hug” and, yeah, I’d have to agree.



Butter Yellows

Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Cami Mini Dress

Reclaimed Vintage us.asos.com


Rep the hue in a babydoll with spaghetti straps to get your ’90s style an upgrade.


Butter Yellow

Baggy High-Waisted Short

ZGY DENIM urbanoutfitters.com


Or go for a pair of shorts that’ll brighten up any outfit.


Butter Yellow

Chaumont Linen Shirt

Faithfull The Brand modaoperandi.com


Living for this short-sleeve button down in the soft shade. (Plus the matching skort?!)

29 Split Prints

We stan a half-and-half style.

Christopher John Rogers


Split Prints

Mixed Pietra Mini Wrap Dress

FARM Rio shopbop.com


Can’t wait to break this bright split wrap dress out for a pool party.


Split Prints

Clementina One Piece Swimsuit

Martha Rey freepeople.com


It’s like two swimsuits for the price of one! 


Split Prints

Maca Dress

Stine Goya shopbop.com


Oh, btw, this works with more than just two prints. Check out this dress with three mixed patterns. 

33 Bra Top and Matching Bottoms

News for you: Bras are now shirts, especially when they coordinate.



Bra Top and Matching Bottoms

Tie Front Crop Top and Short Set

South Beach us.asos.com


Your summer needs this coordinating set with fun eyelet details. 


Bra Top and Matching Bottoms

Karen Bra Top

Rachel Antonoff shopbop.com


Bra top, but make it formal, amirite?


Bra Top and Matching Bottoms

Summer State Of Mind Set

Endless Summer freepeople.com


Suddenly I need all three pieces in this adorbs dusty blush outfit.

37 Denim Jumpsuits

These have been en vogue for a hot sec already, but there not going anywhere anytime soon.

Ulla Johnson


Denim Jumpsuits

Confidence Baby Jumpsuit

Free People freepeople.com


Go a bit ’70s with a deep plunge and a subtle flair style.


Denim Jumpsuits

Exposed Zip Jumpsuit

Good American shopbop.com


This zip-up version has that whole boiler suit vibe going on.


Denim Jumpsuits

Le Bardot Jumpsuit

Frame frame-store.com


Interested in a short sleeve style? Here ya go!

41 Halter Tops


Halter Tops

Halley Cropped Halter Top

I.AM.GIA urbanoutfitters.com


Even more 2000s? The silver chain details and the little cowl neck.


Halter Tops

Ribbed Cropped Halter Top

Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com


Gotta love a halter in a pretty berry tone.


Halter Tops

Halterneck Bodysuit in Black

AX Paris us.asos.com


Go ultra low in this black halter that’s also ~backless~. 

45 Chartreuse

It’s a controversial color, but, boy, is it here for summer 2020.

Molly Goddard



Toni Top – Olive

Lisa Says Gah lisasaysgah.com


And it’s actually super cute! Especially in top form with smocking details!



Ege Bikini Set – Bolt Green + White

DENIZERI SWIM lisasaysgah.com


Ohhhh, I see you chartreuse swimsuit.



The Modern Pinafore Midi Dress

Endless Summer freepeople.com


OK, but how pretty is this green and pink window-pane-patterned style?

Associate Fashion Editor I’m Cosmopolitan’s Associate Fashion Editor and write about any and all trends, major celeb fashion moments, and why wide-leg jeans are basically the best.

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