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[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”#C0C0C0″ background_color=””]M[/eltdf_dropcaps]emorial Day kicks off the start off summer, and that means it’s time to update your look with the latest summer trends. The runways gave us some show-stopping styles this season that we all can incorporate into our wardrobe. If you need to freshen your wardrobe with some cool summer staples, here is a definitive list of what you must own.

1. A Floppy Sunhat

Sunhats are a summer staple. Make sure you pack a wide-brimmed sunhat in your beach bag to protect your skin from those hot UV rays. Go for golden straw with flower embellishments or a black straw hat for added edge. Alternatively, try on a statement baseball cap or even a silk scarf.

2. Cute Sunglasses

Sunglasses might be the simplest yet best way to express your style. Throw on a pair of fun sunglasses with any outfit to add a bit of flair. Round frames, reflective lenses, cat-eye, butterfly-eye and even classic aviators are on trend this season. Colorfully embellished glasses are a great way to make a subtle outfit pop.

3. A New Swimsuit

There’s no hotter swimsuit trend this season than the one-piece. From bright-red high cut options á la Baywatch to side cutouts held together with d-rings or straps, this season takes one-pieces to the next level. Another style showing up on the sand is the mini-tee swimsuit. Part bikini, part shirt, the mini-tee is essentially a bikini bottom with a crop top. Find these suits in a variety of colors and materials, from rainbow stripes to color block, asymmetrical cuts to crochet and everything in between, this season is bursting with originality.

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4. Stripe Shirt

Stripes are a classic staple in any summer wardrobe, so what makes this summer so different? This season is all about going bold, so this year’s stripes come with a twist. Sailor stripes, banker stripes, thick and thin stripes and bold stripes of all colors strode across the runway this season.

5. The New Shirt

Button-up for the new button-downs that are hot this season. Think of the traditional blue or white collar shirt, then deconstruct it into asymmetric hemlines, shoulders, puffy sleeves and more. Wear a large shirt with a large belt like a tunic, or opt for a mini dress for a flattering yet flirty look.

6. Off-the-Shoulder and Cold-Shoulder Tops

Keep those shoulders cool this summer with off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder tops. The best part of these tops is that they’re universally flattering. Billowy sleeves and a loose fit waist make it the perfect top to show off your shoulders and neck. Complement the look with a messy up-do and fringe earrings for a head-turning look.

7. Florals

“Florals. How groundbreaking,” says Meryl Streep’s infamous character in The Devil Wears Prada. But this season, it’s true. Florals depart from traditional delicate prints to bursting bouquets. This summer calls for over-sized flower prints, small ditsy designs, and appliques. June is bursting out all over with these floral trends.

8. Fourth of July Wear

Show off your holiday spirit with a little red, white and blue. From star-spangled bikinis to American flag shorts, there’s a holiday look for everyone. Create your own outfit with a blue-and-white sailor stripe top and red shorts, or go vintage with a flag-printed tied headscarf. Don’t forget to dress up your man this holiday. If you’re spending the day out on the docks or at a backyard barbecue, get him an American flag polo.

9. New Lipstick

Summer is the time to break out the bright lipstick. This summer opt for bright cherry reds, fuchsia pinks, rosy pinks and even electric orange. For a sultrier look, go for a sensual red wine lip stain or a subtle dusty pink.

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10. A Giant Floaty

Don’t forget summer’s hottest accessory—the pool floaty!  This trend harkens back to many summers we spent as children in bright turquoise backyard pools or summer resorts. Today they come in all shapes and sizes including flamingoes, swans, unicorns, donuts, watermelons, ice cream, pizza and the list goes on and on. Add a dash of playful fun this summer with a colorful floaty.

Even just one of these items is sure to kick your style up a notch. Whether you’re poolside or at a summer wedding, these looks will turn heads.

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