When the heat of summer rises, it can be hard to find fashion that is both stylish and comfortable! Knitwear may seem like the ultimate fall or winter attire, but it’s surprisingly a big summer outfit trend. It can be considered a casual outfit, like matching shorts and a top set, or a knitted rainbow dress for the evening.
You’re probably thinking: Knitwear during the summer? In the scorching heat? Summer knitwear is actually made with lightweight materials that aren’t used during the winter. Similar to terrycloth material, companies know not make anything too chunky or warm when the temps rise high.
With the right knitwear pieces, you'll feel trendy, beautiful, and put together. From a knit lightweight cardigan to an effortless sleeveless knit romper, we've selected some of our favorite looks that make for the perfect summer outfit. With these easy-to-style outfit ideas, you won't give up looking fashionable this season even if temperatures are soaring! Below are five summer knitwear fashion trends that we know you will absolutely fall in love with!
Classic Knit Crewneck Sweater
There's something timeless and effortless about slipping on a crewneck sweater — especially when it’s made for a beach day or poolside.
With its understated elegance and relaxed fit, this classic piece is the perfect choice for a cool and casual look. Whether you pair it with jeans and sneakers for a laid-back weekend ensemble or dress it up with trousers and heels for a more polished look, the crewneck sweater will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe.
Its versatile design allows you to switch up your style effortlessly, making it a go-to piece for any occasion and a true wardrobe staple.
Wear The Upside’s knit white crewneck with a tank top or bralette underneath. You can pair it with the matching knit skirt for a pretty, sporty look. The top and skirt can be mixed and matched with other basics in your closet, which will help you get the most use out of this knitwear set. Don’t be afraid to transition into fall with this top by adding a thicker tank top underneath. The versatility options are endless and we wouldn’t blame you if you wore this all year-round, except for winter of course.
Plus, if you’re tired of summer dresses, a two-piece set can really change up your wardrobe!
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Chic Cropped Knit Top
If you're dreaming of being out on the open water, but can't make it to the coast just yet, channel some white sea vibes with a chic knit top. This style staple is perfect for any occasion, whether you're headed to the beach or just want to add some effortless seaside style to your everyday look.
The cream color matches with everything, while the knit texture adds a cozy touch. Pair it with some denim shorts or white pants, and you'll have a stylish outfit that's perfect for a day at the marina or a casual lunch with friends. Set sail on a fashion adventure with this must-have item!
Varley’s Fulton cropped knit top is cozy while featuring sophisticated details like a gold half zip and a high neck. The exaggerated sleeves and ribbed cuffs make this outfit 100 times more chic.
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Cozy Knit Shorts
Knit shorts are so cozy and warm, but perfectly lightweight for summer. Choose from orchid pink or off-white, two colors in style for the summer season. Pair it with a matching button-down and collared shirt or stick to a tank top. The combo of matching shorts with a matching top is such an easy look to throw on. All you'll have to think about is shoes and accessories!
We have the knit shorts in orchid pink, size small, left! Grab it while it still lasts!
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Get Preppy in a Knit Cardigan
There's something about a fitted cable knit sweater or cardigan that just screams "preppy." It's a classic look that never goes out of style. The texture of the knit adds a cozy element, while the tailored fit keeps things from looking too casual.
Perfect for chilly fall days, a cable knit sweater can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair it with a collared shirt and khaki pants for a preppy look, or wear it with jeans and sneakers for a more laid-back vibe. However you style it, a fitted cable knit sweater is a wardrobe staple that will never let you down.
Ecru’s open-stitch cardigan will save you on cold summer nights that transition into fall fashion. The layering element is exactly what you’ll be looking for come August! Take your pick — light tan or white?
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As the temperature drops and fall rolls in, it's time to break out the cozy clothing. Nothing says comfort quite like an oversized slouchy sweater. Whether you pair it with jeans and boots or layer it over a dress, a slouchy sweater is versatile and chic. Plus, it's perfect for those lazy days when you want to look put together without putting in too much effort.
It may seem a little too early to wear a sweater now, but once August turns a corner, you’ll thank us for having this handy in your closet. What we love most about The Upside Clementine Knit Crew is the sporty vibe it gives off and a chunky high neckline that gives off a sign that autumn is near.
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Life is too short to wear the same outfit twice, so you can use these five summer knitwear pieces as a starting point for your next summer look. Whether it's a classic boat neck sweater or an oversized slouchy sweater, you'll be sure to make a statement and turn heads with your unique combination of colors and design. Don't be afraid to experiment with different prints and textures, such as stripes or cable knitting. By going beyond the basics, you can expand your wardrobe and create chic ensembles that work in any season.