Chunky slides are made new for summer
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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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, 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
This spring look is floating into summer, hitting at the mid-calf.
“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 mid-leg,” 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.
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 mid-calf. 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.
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.
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.
Ways to wear them are many: layer over a structured skirt, leave the shirttails out in the back or roll up the sleeves.
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