Malibu fashion and summer style guide

8 Summer Styles from Malibu Boutiques

Casual yet sophisticated, Malibu’s fashion scene blends global inspiration with the coastal charm of Southern California. Its boutiques and streets brim with elegant styles from surfer to luxury traveler, unmistakably true to place while adding subtle influences from the world’s most pre-eminent, boutique designers.

This season is especially captivating, with singular designs that make a distinct departure from predictability. Below are some of our favorite styles which can be found right here in Malibu at shops like Victoire (Parisian-inspired designs that are both elegant and comfortable), Faherty (apparel inspired by vintage surf style and eco-friendly swimwear), and SQN Sport (luxury active-wear with an emphasis on minimalist design) – all of which are located at Malibu Country Mart just up the coast from Malibu Beach Inn.

Bold Colors

Malibu Fashion Style Bold Colors

SQN Sport; Photo: Ray J. Gaad

Summer isn’t all about pastels. Vibrant colors like fuchsia and scarlet are catching eyes with an emphasis on pure color over prints, embroidery, and embellishments.

Daytime Robes

A silk robe used to only be a staple in the home, but today’s fashion-forward are wearing the pieces both day and night as cover-ups while shopping, dining at Malibu’s eclectic restaurants, and walking the beach at sunset.

Loose and Sheer

The days of form-fitting, see-through fabrics are behind us. This summer’s style is all about loose, airy garments that seem to float around you. Don a tulle evening dress or a casual cover-up to wear over your basics.

Post-Minimalism

Post Minimalism Fashion at SQN Sport, Malibu

SQN Sport; Photo: Ray J. Gaad

Less is more with this fresh take on minimalist style. Those who gravitate toward practical colors can enhance their wardrobes with subtle details like micro-pleats and variations in shape or volume.

Sleeve Slits

There are innumerable ways to showcase your arms with clever cutouts, but this season’s style is a slit on the inside of the forearm.

80s Inspired

The 80s may seem a little loud for today’s fashion, but many aspects of the decade are making a welcome return to our closets – especially when it comes to eveningwear. You will see nipped waists, shoulder accentuation, and high-shine fabrics in Malibu this summer, as well as more off-the-shoulder styles.

Head-to-Toe Florals

Malibu summer fashion trend florals

Florals have always been a focal point of the warmer seasons, but this time around, achieving the perfect seasonal look is about complete jumpsuits, dresses, or two-piece sets all in floral – often extending even to the footwear for some celebrities.

Statement Stripes

While we love an elegant micro-stripe, the style in every designer’s summer repertoire is statement stripes. Appearing in both blocky and graphic designs, the ways in which you can wear this style on evening dresses, tops, and swimsuits are limitless.

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