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This product image released by Zara shows a pair of white sandals with buckles. The item is one of the wardrobe essentials for summer, according to Dana Avidan-Cohn, a senior editor at InStyle magazine. (AP Photo/Zara)
Fashion: Chunky slides and white shirts made new for summer

First Published Jun 24 2014 11:41 am • Last Updated Jun 25 2014 01:26 pm

What’s hot for summer? Chunky slides, wide pants and white shirts reinvented.

The season, it seems, isn’t cluttered with neons and bright prints in apparel, said Dana Avidan-Cohn, a senior editor at InStyle magazine. Florals and gingham popped up on runways, but she’s feeling more classic touches in solids made modern for summer’s easy living.

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Emily Blumenthal, founder of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, said convenience is key for the season in bags that can take on multiple duties.

Check out these essentials:

The ‘ugly sandal’

The chunky "ugly sandal" with the comfortable sole and wide straps has enjoyed a higher fashion profile, helped along by women pairing them with more sophisticated pieces.

"They’re like a throwback to the original Birkenstocks with the double thick strap," Avidan-Cohn said. "There are a zillion copycats now, but the actual original Birkenstock in a solid black or white, or even a black patent, is trendy again."

Good for all ages, and for all-day walking or a day at the beach, this slide worn with a lightweight white cotton shirtdress, for example, is displacing delicate strappy sandals of seasons past, she said.

A lot of the styles are adjustable. Black is a popular color that Avidan-Cohn likes with a white pedicure.

Wide, cropped pants


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This spring look is floating into summer, hitting at the midcalf.

"A lot of women say, ‘Oh I have short legs. I can’t wear cropped pants.’ But it’s just a matter of hemming the pant to your midleg," Avidan-Cohn said.

And by wide, she means culottes wide.

"They require a more substantial shoe, a chunky shoe whether it’s flat or with a heel," she said. "I like to see the waist on these pants, so I like a shirt that hits where your natural waist is at the top of the pant, not showing any skin."

In shorts, the high-waisted style paired with cropped tops that also aren’t belly-baring — hitting just below the waistband — is holding for summer.

Handbags

Bucket styles, cross-body bags instead of clutches and a fresh crop of bright, flower-soft backpacks are high on Blumenthal’s list for summer.

She sees versatile, lightweight and hands-free schlepping in backpacks at a variety of retailers, both high-end and more affordable.

A cross-body bag in leather with clean, modern touches will take you easily from day to night, Blumenthal said. And bucket bags, she said, "are an ‘it’ shape for this summer. They’re soft, hands-free, easy to access but also chic."

Midiskirts and dresses

Avidan-Cohn suggests these staples as less sundress and more polished, 1940s-inspired silhouette.

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