Nostalgic for the care-free days of summer camp? Though you may have outgrown the canoeing, craft-making, and color wars that made up the childhood experience, allow us to offer you a consolation prize: The trends you loved as a kid—friendship bracelets, tie-dye, ringer tees, and more—are back and all grown up. Take styling tips for how to rock these pieces as an adult from any of the 12 stylish ladies featured.
Elevate tie-dye, the ultimate summer camp DIY, with single-hue prints in tailored silhouettes—think a midi skirt or shirtdress.
Where Did U Get That
Shredded denim shorts don’t have to be tossed now that you’ve entered adulthood. Create your own from an old pair of jeans, then pair them with a crisp, tailored top and elegant shoes to make them feel more styled.
As a child, campfire nights called for crewneck sweatshirts, but the cozy style has reentered the wardrobe mix in a totally different way. Try styling it with a ladylike skirt and heels for a summer Friday at the office.
We Wore What
If you’re looking for casual, cool comfort turn to a pair of Converse sneakers. The rubber-soled classic works with everything from denim to silk chiffon!
Add a little pop to a monochromatic outfit with a ringer tee. The piece lends an athletic flair to feminine items.
Look de Pernille
If you haven’t jumped on the overalls train yet, summer is the perfect chance to do it. As a child you probably wore them with little more than a bathing suit underneath, but as an adult we suggest paring them with a crisp button-down shirt and flats.
Patches, the ultimate badges of honor and skill, now function as little accents that personalize leather bags and jeans alike.
Friendship bracelets, arguably the most quintessential summer camp piece, can be worked as an adult with a few minor tweaks. Go with a tassel bracelet, an updated version of the camp staple, then upgrade it with bracelets and bangles made of silver and gold.
The Northern Light
For camping trips and drives to get ice cream, a backpack was always a must. These days, they’re back in buttery soft leather that looks just as chic as every other bag silhouette on the market.
Peace Love Shea
Though Soffee shorts served their purpose while playing soccer and baseball, as we got older the slouchy and sporty style was was benched. But in soft leather, textured linen, or tweed, the style feels more grown-up and elevated.
Camille Over The Rainbow
We crowned pool slides and Birkenstocks one of eight ugly trends we refuse to give up, and with good reason. Sometimes a gal just wants to be comfortable! Use them as the off-kilter finish to either a full-on normcore-inspired look or to style down a tailored look of trousers and a silk blouse.
Fashion Me Now
One-piece bathing suits once conjured up memories of unflattering athletic garments, but all that has changed. With cutouts, ties, cute trims, and interesting silhouettes, one-piece bathing suits are chicer than ever. See how you can style them for beyond the beach!