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From culottes to mules to shorteralls, I've boiled it down and singled out 10 must-try trends that are actually worth your time (and dollars!) this season. Click through to get your summer style on.
The Culotte / Gaucho Pant
Cropped, flared pants and shorts couldn't be cooler right now. All the style of a skirt, without the potential for a sudden Marilyn Monroe-style moment of overexposure? Major win.
The Sporty Sandal
Whether you prefer a strappy Teva or a streamlined pool slide, athletic-inspired sandals are absolutely essential this season. And guess what? They're actually comfortable!
The Crop Top
Keep doing those crunches—exposed abs are still a thing. For summer, we prefer cropped shirts with a boxier, slightly oversized cut—because anything tight or constricting is a big no-no when it's 95 degrees in the shade.
The Backpack
A fuss- and hands-free way to schlep all your summer stuff, today's rucksacks are way too cool for school.
The Mule
These sleek, minimalist '90s-style heels are back and better than ever. Slip some on, and get ready to channel Gwyneth Paltrow in Great Expectations (never a bad thing).
The Denim Skirt
Yet another past-decade piece that's recently come roaring back into style, the jean skirt ("jirt?") looks a bit different—thankfully—than how you might remember it. Gone are the embellished pockets and micro lengths of yesteryear; now, it's all about slim pencil fits and strategic distressing.
The Shirtdress
A crisp, cool basic that transitions effortlessly from work to weekend. For maximum versatility and optimal freshness, pick one in white.
The Shorteralls
Nostalgics, rejoice: denim dungarees aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Take on summer's soaring temperatures in an abbreviated pair—they'll look good over everything from crop tops to striped shirts to silk button-ups.
The Slip-On Sneaker
Another footwear trend that won't cramp your style or your toes, these easy-on, lace-free kicks look particularly cool in a fun print or unexpected texture.
The Midi Skirt
Sure, minis and maxis have their time and place—but right now, we're loving this ladylike silhouette most of all. Get ready to twirl, girl.