4 Summer Fashion Trends That Span Through Generations

Whether you’re a millennial or a little more mature, enjoy this summer in style.

One of the things that hear all that time in fashion and that really irks me is when people say things like “Oh I’m too old for this” or “I wore this when I was younger.” Any age-related fashion rule really irks me because they’re made up! You can wear anything at any age, it is all in how you style it, make it your own and at your comfort level.

Bermuda Shorts

The biggest trend this summer is the Bermuda short—it is back with a vengeance. Everyone’s had it on the runway, our own Tanya Taylor, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row and Tom Ford. Anyone can wear a Bermuda short; it really is about the length. It can be a denim, a stretch, linen, or khaki.

The pair that I’m wearing are from H & M. They have a classic cut and are in a nice crêpe white, and paired them with a  blue block heel.

This is how my 16-year-old gen Z daughter Mimi is wearing the Bermuda short this summer. Mimi is wear the short in a classic blue denim style paired with a cute crop top and “mom-approved” flowy blouse over top. Age-appropriate and hitting the trend of the Bermuda short.

The trend is for all ages. My mom Peggy will show us how she’s going to be wearing these shorts all season. She is so comfortable in these shorts and they are in this nice black crêpe colour. I’ve paired the shorts with a nice black tank top from Preloved and a sleeveless white blouse over top.

Tip: Make sure the over-piece you choose is not longer than the actual shorts, otherwise they’ll get lost in the whole look.

Matching Sets 

The next trend you’ll be seeing this season is the matchy-matchy sets! Whether it’s top and bottoms, a whole look,

Here’s how I’m wearing this trend. I’m going a little more polished, I’ve got a matching suit set, it’s hounds tooth and it’s a lightweight material. What I love about this set is that it’s a mix of corporate workwear and athleisure—something we will be seeing a lot of as we head back to the office. The set is composed of joggers with a blazer from Winners, I’ve paired this look with a running shoe since this is post-pandemic office wear!

This is how model Mimi will be getting in on the matchy trend. Mimi is wearing a lightweight summer knit shorts and cropped sweater. They’re the same colour, they look great together but can be worn separately since they’re so versatile. She’s got her favourite slides on with this look.

This is how my mom is getting in on the trend. She’s wearing an A-line flowy skirt, perfect for summer and a matching camisole. This set is from H&M, I’ve paired this look with a white blazer to make it look more put together. She’s ready for drinks on a patio.

Crochet Knits

Our next trend is crochet summer knits; we’ve been seeing them everywhere. It’s a bit of a retro vibe and super easy to wear! Don’t worry, you do not have to wear a crochet bikini top to hit this trend.

I’m wearing a neutral green crochet knit with my favourite white jeans. The top is a bit see-through with the holes, but not too much.

Mimi is wearing a white crochet cardigan paired with a light green skirt. This look is super youthful, I added a strapless black crop top, some matching white slides, and of course an on-trend mini bag.

And this is how Peggy is wearing crochet this season. She’s wearing this beautiful dress, it’s more of a lace pattern but it hits that crochet trend. It’s all about embracing the trend in what feels comfortable to you. I finished this look with a red block heel and Peggy’s ready for a socially distant summer wedding.

Monochromatic Colour

Our last trend is colour and monochromatic colour, wearing one colour from head to toe. We’re seeing bright blues, lime green, purples, orange an explosion of colour everywhere.

I’m wearing this yellow plaid dress, with these snake print shoes that have pops of yellow in them. I used a bright yellow silk scarf as a hair tie and added a bright yellow fanny pack, and I’m ready to go.

Mimi is wearing head-to-toe purple. She’s wearing lavender colour joggers with a striped purple crop-top paired with a knit cropped cardigan. And of course, you cannot be a Gen Z without a bucket hat.

For my mom we went with the colour green, it looks so beautiful on her! Head-to-toe monochromatic with light-green flowy pants and striped green button up. But, the hero of this look is the coatigan. A coatigan is a coat + cardigan and this olive green one is from a Canadian brand, Soia & Kyo.