1. THE FESTIVAL DRESS
Dress, $39.95 at American Eagle Outfitters
Even if you aren’t going to a festival this summer, a light cotton dress works perfectly for picnics, garden parties, and barbeques. Wear this one with a crochet cardigan or a denim jacket, and a pair of summer wedges or pretty flat sandals. Make sure to wear nude undergarments, white will show!
2. THE RETRO BIKINI
Top, $54 at Change and Bottoms, $28 at Change
This is a great summer bikini because the top has a retro-cut, but the bottoms are modern and flattering. The tropical print suits most skin tones, and the bra-style cut of the top has support and a bit of padding. Those thick halter straps and sweetheart neckline make for a very pretty décolleté.
3. THE ESPADRILLE WEDGE
Indigo Clarks Wedge, $129.95 at Freedman Shoes
This Clarks espadrille wedge is a great every day heel for summer. Clarks are known for making very comfortable shoes, so these ones can easily be worn all day, paired with a summer dress or white jeans. And for the die-hard high heel lovers, these shoes can be worn on the beach, in the grass, or all day at a festival, so you never have to resort to flats.
4. THE BEACH BAG
Bag, $29.95 at H&M
This every day beach bag won’t quite fit your towel, but it is a fun, easy summer handbag. This one works with jeans, dresses, and of course with a swimsuit. The bag comes in red or yellow stripes, and won’t break the bank.
5. THE BOAT SHOE (MEN'S)
Shoe, $75 at Aldo
The boat shoe is the men’s shoe of the summer. Sure, it has always been a key item amongst older men, but since we’ve all been embracing iconic, conservative fashion pieces in the past few seasons, the younger trendy guy can wear this classic piece and look on trend. The boat shoes are best worn on hot summer days with worn in chino shorts.
6. THE NAUTICAL CARDIGAN (MEN'S)
Cardigan, $59.50 at American Eagle Outfitters
Cardigans and nautical stripes have both been major trends in menswear recently, so this piece is the perfect combination of the two. Cardigans work in most casual situations, just don’t wear them with a pair of suit trousers!
7. THE FRINGED TOP
Top, $19.95 at H&M
Fringe was all over the catwalks for spring summer 2011, and this little fringed tank is the perfect way to capitalize on this trend. Pair this H&M top with a white tank and jean cut-offs, or with a pretty floral skirt for a chic summer affair.
Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, VitaminDaily.com for Park Royal
Alexandra Suhner Isenberg spent 12 years immersed in the European fashion scene. She was a designer for Sonia Rykiel and Burberry, ran her own luxury lingerie company, and worked as a trend forecaster. But even Europe can get boring so in 2009 Alexandra packed up her shoes and returned to her hometown of Vancouver. Alexandra shares her vast knowledge, appreciation of craftsmanship and opinions on the state of fashion on her blog Searching for Style