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Fashion: Chunky slides and white shirts made new for summer

First Published Jun 24 2014 11:41AM      Last Updated Jun 25 2014 01:26 pm
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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.

The look isn’t particularly structured but can be feminine and airy, hitting at the midcalf. Pleats fancy things up and offer a nearly universal shape.



"It makes almost every woman’s waist look thinner. If you wear it with a heel, a longer silhouette makes you look taller. And you can find them with all types of strap details so it’s easy to pair a bra with," she said.

There’s a range of fabrics out there, from casual cotton to silky satin for evening.

Jewelry

Try some delicate, stackable rings, but don’t feel honor-bound to stack.

Split them across fingers or wear one above the knuckle with another on the thumb, Avidan-Cohn said.

You can personalize with your initials or buy plated metal to save a few bucks. Avidan-Cohn suggests sticking to one-color metal but otherwise urges you to have at it five at a time!

The white shirt

This staple has been made new again.

"There are all of these different variations now on a classic cotton white shirt, which is the most comfortable thing to wear during summer," Avidan-Cohn said.

Forget your basic fitted button-down. Some have asymmetric hems, so the back is longer. Others are without collars or sleeves.

 

 

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