Summer 2014 Fashion Trends from Europe

26 Jun


Europeans are always much quicker to adopt fashion trends than Americans. It can take us years to warm to certain styles, like skinny jeans, riding boots and pointy toed flats. Americans often feel that new trends should be left to the young and fashionable, however Europeans of all ages confidently add trendy pieces to their wardrobe as soon as the styles become available in the stores.

I’ve been fortunate to spend the last few summers traveling in Europe. So if you would like to look trendier this summer, consider adopting some of the below summer styles. Don’t wait several season to buy what’s trendy – incorporate them into your wardrobe now.


High-waisted everything. Don’t worry if you think you can’t pull off the shorts or pants – most of us can’t without emphasizing the pooch. Consider instead a high-waisted skirt. Full, flowy styles will conceal the belly, while at the same time nip in the waist. Tuck in the top and pair with a skin belt.

Crop tops.  Although you may think crops tops are better suited to teenagers, paired with the right high-waisted bottom and certain styles will look good at almost any age – just check out some of the stars that have been rocking crop top ensembles recently on the red carpet. And as you may recall in this post – I take many of my age-appropriate fashion cues from Hollywood.

Converse shoes. These shoes are a wardrobe style for most Europeans (men and women alike). They are considered the “go with anything” shoe, easily maneuvering between sporty and smart. So what’s the most popular color for women? White.

Ankle pants.  Whether your wearing them to the office or on the go, ankle pants are a wardrobe staple this summer. And by ankle pants I don’t mean American capri pants. I’m talking cropped skinny pants or leggings.  And while we’re discussing bottoms almost everyone in Europe has retired their boot cut pants for skinny alternatives. So if your still on the fence about this trend – it’s time to take the leap.

Chunky-heeled shoes. While stiletto heels may seem sexier, chunky heels are far more practical (especially on the cobblestone streets in Europe). Anyone who has trouble walking in heels should consider these trendy stable alternatives. Nothing is more unsexy than a woman who can’t walk in her platform stilettos.

Flowy blouses.  Paired with skinny jeans or cropped pants and these flowy chiffon tops look really chic. If you’re worried about your midsection this trend is perfect for concealing the belly.

Rompers/jumpsuits. Although I usually don’t recommend these two styles to anyone (most are just not flattering), I simply can’t ignore that onesies are everywhere!


Above the knee shorts. Yes you heard me. European men a happy to show off their muscular legs, opting for tight (usually denim) jean shorts that cuff at the bottom. I must say I’m a bit tired of the generic khaki cargo shorts leftover from the Abercrombie & Fitch era.

Converse shoes. A wardrobe staple for men too, however most opt for darker colors, like gray and black. Although I have seen a fair amount of white!

Skinny pants.  Whether they’re work trousers or jeans, men’s pants have started to skew skinny just like women.  Now I’m not necessarily talking about the jeggings you see hipsters wearing, I’m referring to lean pant legs that all ages feel comfortable wearing.

Pointy-toed shoes. Woman shoes are not the only footwear that are trending pointy. Men’s dress shoes are featuring pointy toes too. So if you’re husband is sporting a pair of square-toed loafers, consider updating his wardrobe with a more European style.

What are some of your favorite fashion trends this year?




Image source: Top Shop



3 Responses to “Summer 2014 Fashion Trends from Europe”

  1. Beverley jenkins June 26, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Thanks Andi
    There’s a lot to think about here. What would you recommend for a pear shaped woman 🙂

  2. Laura June 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    Great tips!

  3. Cyndi July 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    I’m so glad to hear that high waisted bottoms are in. I think of Audrey Hepburn in her ‘cigarette’ pants when you mention the ankle pants. My husband will be glad to hear that denim shorts are coming back – he’s been hanging on to a pair for years, much to my chagrin. Lol. Thanks for the update.