Summer style necessities



Amid the bug repellent and tiki torches, save some room on the summer shopping list for apparel and accessories that will keep you looking cool while the weather gets hot.

Trends for the season are about putting the ease back into easy summertime living with effortlessly chic hairdos, flattering silhouettes and jewelry and handbags that do more than meets the eye.

Here are some suggestions for how to dive into summer in style:

1. Smart jewelry: Opt for a bracelet that does more than just cause tan lines. The jewel JUNE bracelet by Netatmo ($99; netatmo.com) monitors sun exposure throughout the day and alerts your smartphone when it‘‍s time to apply more sunscreen, what SPF to use and whether a hat and sunglasses are essential. Choose from a platinum, gold or gunmetal jewel on a leather or black silicon wrapband.

2. Jelly shoes 2.0: Fall in love all over again with the classic summer slip-ons of yesteryear with a little help from designers of today. Jason Wu has teamed with Brazil-based Melissa Shoes on a collection that includes jelly-inspired woven ballet flats ($105; www.melissa.com.br/​en, Amazon and Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue websites are a few retailers). The shoes are made from a unique vegan, recycled-PVC material called Melflex. Not only are they stylish, they‘‍re scented. Each pair is infused with a subtle candy-sweet smell.

3. Top of the crop: Temperatures aren’‍t all that‘‍s on the rise. Shirt hemlines keep creeping up as the crop top trend settles in. For a more modest interpretation, tops with cut-outs around the trim play peek-a-boo without revealing too much. A perfect example: the Esai midi top by Mara Hoffman for Anthropologie ($276 and $246 for shirt and shorts, respectively).

4. No-hassle nail polish: Packing too many nail polishes can take up precious luggage space (not to mention risking catastrophe if the bottles break). Avoid both with single-use nail polish Press Pods by FORMULA X ($39 for a multi-color 24-pack at Sephora). Each capsule is filled with enough polish for two coats of color. Just “pop, press and paint!”

5. Ring mix: Give your statement ring some company by stacking bands on multiple fingers. Add levels to the look by slipping on a couple midi rings, or jewelry that sits above the lower knuckle at the middle of the finger. Try out the trend with the “Layer Me” ring set from Urban Outfitters ($18; urbanoutfitters.com) that offers rings in a variety of widths that can be mixed and matched.

6. Retro redux: Torn between a bikini and a one-piece? Go vintage with a long-line high-waisted two-piece swimsuit that hits near or above the navel, ideal for the woman who craves more coverage yet still wants to show a little skin. Find one in a bold color or print that suits your style, such as floral and polka dot options ($68 each) from topshop.com.

7. Pony up: From the the runway to the red carpet, ponytails are the go-to sleek hairstyle of the moment. Keep it simple with a straight, slicked-back one secured low on the head, or pull loose beachy waves into a high updo for some extra bounce. For something more polished, take a strand of hair and wrap it around the hair tie, or find pretty ribbons and materials at a craft store to make your own hair bands. Not the DIY type? Emi-Jay (www.emi-jay.com) knotted hair ties are favored in fashion for their attractive colors and patterns and no-tug fabrics. Plus, they‘‍re hand-dyed and handmade in America.

8. Wine in style: If a picnic is in your plans, ditch the cooler for something, well, cooler. Sonoma County-based winery Clos du Bois collaborated with California fashion designer Trina Turk on a convertible beach tote ($98; ClosduBois.com and Trina Turk stores). It has pockets for a bottle of chardonnay, wine glasses and corkscrew. It comes in a sunny yellow Palm Springs Block print, which matches the patterns on the playing cards and beach towel that are included. And there’‍s more -- the bag converts into a lounger with back rest.

Sara Bauknecht: sbauknecht@post-gazette.com or on Twitter @SaraB_PG.


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