Be the chicest chick on the beach in these summer must-haves.
Oct 18, 2012 8:35am
These are the 15 pieces you'll need in your summer wardrobe.
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The underwire bikini: Whitney Port knows that underwire is the smart girl's number one solution to keeping everything cute and contained on the beach. Plus, it makes you look extra perky.
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The sunnies: Tap into this season's 70s vibe while remaining classic in a pair of tinted aviators, like Brit It girl Poppy Delevigne. Peace man.
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The perfect LWD: Diane Kruger nails this effortless staple (with just the right amount of sparkle) by keeping the rest of her outfit simple. Just add stacked heels to take your little white shift dress into the night.
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The leather skirt: The rule of thumb with summer leather perfection is to keep the hue light, a la Nicole Trufino in a cute nude mini and strappy heels.
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The leather sandal: Yep, the gladiator is back. But not in the straps-to-your-knee kind of way. Gwyneth Paltrow shows us how it's done with a beautiful tan flat that sings of summer.
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The beach bag: The easiest way to trash your favourite leather satchel is by dumping it on the sand, so this summer invest (your spare change) in a canvas or cotton tote. Even better, nab a charity bag like Lauren Bush.
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Tailored shorts: Take inspiration from Olivia Palermo and embrace tailored shorts (in leopard print, natch) for a sophisticated alternative to denims.
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The ultimate party dress: Love your embellishment but also dig a pattern? Have the best of both worlds with a gem-adorned, printed mini like Lauren Conrad - certain to make heads turn on the d-floor.
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The beach cover-up: Instead of wearing shorts and a t-shirt when you come off the sand, throw on a super-light cotton dress like Nicky Hilton's printed number - perfect for going from beach to bar.
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The thin-strap heel: If there is one shoe to invest in this year, this minimalist style is it. Not only does the thin-strap go with everything, but they make your pins look a mile long. Just look at Kristin Cavallari!
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The playsuit: Not reserved only for toddlers, the playsuit is having a comeback. We love this street styler's denim button-up, paired with chic wedges.
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The white t-shirt: The go-to staple for warmer months (or all year, in fact) is the plain white tee. It's the glue that will hold pretty much your entire wardrobe together, trust us.
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The button-up: The short-sleeved shirt can turn anything into a super-chic style statement, and translate it for work. We say, add this heat-friendly button-up to your summer-drobe pronto.
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The bright skirt: Lend a little 60s flair to your ensemble with an A-line skirt this season. Choose a clean, block colour for a little breather from florals and prints. We love this electric orange style.
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The printed dress: The hottest way to turn up the style-wattage this summer is with an uber-cool printed mini. Take your cue from the street with this bright, button-up example.