I’m A Shopping Editor & These Are The Trends I’m Buying For Summer

Just 10 pieces will transform your closet, trust.

by Andrea Gale
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Updating your wardrobe for summer requires taking inventory of both the latest trends and what’s already in your closet. As a shopping editor, I find that little changes can make a big difference when conducting a seasonal refresh — like introducing a new color or texture, or an updated silhouette. Here I've rounded up the must-have pieces I'll be wearing this summer. Each item is not only trendy but also easy to work into your existing wardrobe, so you can create entirely new looks by making the most of what you already have. From loungewear and accessories to dresses and denim, scroll on for the new summer essentials.

These Trendy Leggings In A Celeb-Approved Length

It’s true: Capris are back, with celebs like Kendall Jenner “cropping up” in the trim style — and these Mango leggings are a pitch-perfect take on the early-aughts trend. Crafted from a sleek viscose and polyamide knit blended with elastane for a form-fitting yet tailored silhouette, the versatile design will take you from the office to drinks with the addition of a button-down or stilettos.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large
  • Available colors: 3

The Espresso adidas To Swap Out For Black

Your summer wardrobe needs at least one versatile sneaker, and this pair of adidas combines shades of espresso, maroon, and cream that you might not consider summery — but they truly are. Less intense than black, the rich shades of this lace-up shoe have a grounding effect, effortlessly blending with summer’s florals and light colors, while the classic adidas stripe adding sporty style to everything from slip dresses to denim. Once temps cool, they’ll seamlessly transition into your fall and winter wardrobe.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 15
  • Available colors: 5

A Linen Bodice Dress In Sun-Bleached White

Crafted from 100% linen in a crisp white shade, this Reformation sundress is the piece to carry your wardrobe into summer — and it can take you from day to night. The scoop-neck silhouette features wider tank straps and a fitted bodice with a back that dips low and flares into a demure A-line midi skirt. Minimal enough to go casual with slides and elegant enough to pair with a stiletto for evening, this dress will become one of your summer go-tos.

  • Available sizes: 0 — 12
  • Available colors: 3

A Luxe Quilted Bag In Tie-Dyed Leather

A statement bag is almost always an easy yes — and the Coach Tabby shoulder bag is crafted from tie-dyed leather in a denim hue to embody a bit of Western flavor. Modeled after an archival Coach design, this version is updated with puffed geometric quilting on the luxe nappa leather. Its flap-front closure conceals a center compartment with a zipper pouch to keep small essentials like your keys easily accessible, while the leather chain strap can be doubled up or let down to wear as a shoulder bag or crossbody, for even more versatility.

  • Available sizes: One size
  • Available colors: 17

An Essential Linen Button-Down For Your Coastal Gran Era

Consider this H&M button-down shirt the secret weapon of your summer capsule wardrobe. The lightweight linen blend instantly transforms its classic silhouette into a warm-weather staple. This version features an easy fit with a foldover collar and button cuffs, plus a rounded hem that hits at the hip. Tuck it into trousers, wear it as a light layer over a slip dress, or pack it as a swimsuit cover-up — you’ll reach for this shirt all summer long.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 4

A Pair Of Barrel-Leg Jeans That’ll Revive Your Basics

This summer, invigorate your denim wardrobe by adding in a new silhouette; the curving outseam of these Citizens of Humanity Horseshoe jeans puts a surprise twist on the wide-legged jean, which features a high-waisted oversize silhouette finished off by an edgy raw hem. A versatile, dress-up-or-down piece with a little something extra, the simple addition of this updated shape will breathe new life into all of your favorite tops.

  • Available sizes: 23 — 34
  • Available colors: 1

This Sporty Tenniscore Dress For On & Off The Court

Maybe you’re honing a neo-prep aesthetic, or maybe you left the movie Challengers with athletic-inspired fashion goals. Either way, this tennis dress delivers. With moisture-wicking stretch nylon fabric and built-in shorts, this dress is clearly built for performance. The scooped neckline, dainty racerback straps, and flippy mini skirt are cute enough that you’ll want to wear it off the court, too.

  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large
  • Available colors: 13

Some Sweet Hair Bow Clips For A Coquette Touch

Finding ways to make an outfit interesting can be challenging in the summer, with fewer layers involved, which is why accessories can be pivotal. These trendy satin hair bow clips add instant romantic interest for a touch of the coquette aesthetic. The oversized, double-layered bows are affixed to hidden clips that effortlessly slide into your hair, no tying required. You’ll find they’re surprisingly versatile, zhuzhing simple tanks and T-shirts, and matching the festive energy of cocktail dresses.

  • Available sizes: One size
  • Available colors: 21

The Teardrop Earrings Every Fashion Girl Is Wearing

Swap out your everyday studs for these chunky teardrop earrings and watch virtually any outfit become glam without feeling overdone. Crafted from hypoallergenic gold-toned brass with a push-back closure, the minimalist yet statement-making design can transform a simple tank and denim into a date-ready ensemble — all you need is a sleek heel.

  • Available sizes: 4
  • Available colors: 8

The Perfect Chunky Gladiator

In polished black leather with an asymmetrical foot strap and a buckle ankle strap, these sandals are a bold yet minimal take on the gladiator style. They also happen to be comfy AF — designed by a podiatrist, the shoes feature 1-inch platform soles with a triple-layered, cushioned footbeds. Versatile and wearable, they’re the perfect vacation sandal.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 13
  • Available colors: 2

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