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July 13, 2014

Summer essentials

Chunky slides and white shirts made new for 2014

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.

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 shoe 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.”

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