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Summer Classics—and How to Wear Them Now

Deliciously refreshing ocean dips, clambakes with friends and fam, weekend drives to the Hamptons/Ojai/[insert drivable destination here]—all of these are summer classics. Coincidentally, being prepared for the season—and all its trappings—calls for timeless pieces to suit sun, sand, and sunset. In other words: more classics. Below, the essentials, reimagined for 2021, to get you sorted.

THE CLASSIC:
THE STRIPED TOP

THE UPDATE:

Soft, a touch slouchy, and season-appropriate thanks to that breathable cotton knit, this is the nautical necessity you’ll lean on now through Labor Day. Team it with capris (they’re baaack), ankle-strap sandals, and a structured bag during the workweek, then swap in a high-waisted bikini when the weekend hits.

CIAO LUCIA PULLOVER, goop, $325

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  1. G. Label Emily Yellow Gold and Pavé Split Earrings goop, $895
    G. Label Emily Yellow Gold and
    Pavé Split Earrings
    goop, $895
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  2. Ilia LIP BALM goop, $28
    ILIA LIP BALM goop, $28
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  3. KULE TOP goop, $78
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  4. Totême SHORTS goop, $410
    Toteme SHORTS goop, $410
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  5. Mansur Gavriel TOTE goop, $695
    Mansur Gavriel TOTE goop, $695
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  6. A Emery Sandals goop, $150
    A Emery Sandals goop, $150
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  1. THE CLASSIC: THE SUNDRESS

    THE UPDATE:

    Much like your favorite farmers’ market flowers, these come in a variety of colors ranging from punchy to palate-cleansing. (PSA: It’s peony season.) And that’s not even the best part. With a feminine clutch and some compliment-catching jewelry, you can hop from appointments to aperitivo without so much as a shoe change.

  2. G. Label Apple Circle Pavé Drop Earrings goop, $1,450
    G. Label Apple Circle Pavé Drop Earrings goop, $1,450
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  4. Ciao Lucia DRESS goop, $340
    Ciao Lucia DRESS goop, $340
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  6. G. Label Theodora Tea-Length Bustier Dress goop, $525
    G. Label Theodora Tea-Length Bustier Dress goop, $525
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  7. Mansur Gavriel Clutch goop, $595
    Mansur Gavriel Clutch goop, $595
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  8. A Emery SANDALS goop, $150
    A Emery SANDALS goop, $150
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THE CLASSIC: GOLD JEWELRY

THE UPDATE:

It’s a simple styling tip worth repeating: Head-to-toe black allows your prized accessories—diamond-adorned huggies, dainty paperclip links, the cutest damn pinkie ring you ever did see—to really shine. Give yourself a professional-looking pedicure with these tips (what would we do without you, Jean) and you’re…golden.

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  1. Lizzie Mandler Huggies goop, $560
    Lizzie Mandler Huggies goop, $560
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  2. G. Label Fiene Yellow Gold and Pavé Ear Cuff goop, $650
    G. Label Fiene Yellow Gold and
    Pavé Ear Cuff
    goop, $650
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  3. G. Label DEVEN LINK NECKLACE goop, $2,500
    G. Label DEVEN LINK NECKLACE goop, $2,500
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  4. G. Label Sydney Floating-Diamond Pinkie Ring goop, $1,300
    G. Label Sydney Floating-Diamond Pinkie Ring goop, $1,300
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  5. G. Label ELLIOTT ASSORTED-LINK BRACELET goop, $1,500
    G. Label ELLIOTT ASSORTED-LINK BRACELET goop, $1,500
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  6. G. Label Bernadette Sweetheart Bustier goop, $295
    G. Label Bernadette Sweetheart Bustier goop, $295
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  7. Co Dress goop, $795
    Co Dress goop, $795
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  8. ATP Atelier SANDALS goop, $290
    ATP Atelier SANDALS goop, $290
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THE CLASSIC: SANDALS

THE UPDATE:

There are sexy, strap-happy creations à la Emme Parsons, and then there are the slightly more substantial pairs, the ones you won’t be scared to commute in. Our advice? Get both. Balance the cagelike designs with billowy wide-legs (patchwork trousers, slinky jumpsuit, palazzo pants—choose your fighter) and something tonal on top.

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  1. G. Label Carrie Chunky-Knit Top goop, $225
    G. Label Carrie Chunky-Knit Top goop, $225
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  2. Loewe Trousers Loewe, $850
    Loewe Trousers Loewe, $850
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  3. Norma Kamali Jumpsuit goop, $125
    Norma Kamali Jumpsuit goop, $125
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  4. Careste top goop, $625
    Careste top goop, $625
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  5. Careste pants goop, $675
    Careste pants goop, $675
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  6. A Emery sandals goop, $190
    A Emery sandals goop, $190
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THE CLASSIC: THE BLACK SWIMSUIT

THE UPDATE:

Whether you’re summering in the backyard or finally taking that trip to Bali, a little black swimsuit will be your best friend. Much like its relative from the dress family, it’s an endlessly adaptable—and always chic—piece you can ramp up with color (hello, sunshine), prints (palm leaves are particularly cute), or texture (three words: fringed bucket bag).

HAIGHT TOP, goop, $119; HAIGHT BOTTOMS, goop, $99

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  1. Haight top, goop, $119
    Haight top goop, $119
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  2. HAIGHT bottoms, goop, $99
    Haight bottoms goop, $99
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  3. Haight TOP goop, $129
    Haight TOP goop, $129
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  4. Haight BOTTOMS goop, $99
    Haight BOTTOMS goop, $99
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  5. Matteau SHIRT goop, $480
    Matteau SHIRT Matchesfashion, $480
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  6. Matteau TROUSERS goop, $400
    Matteau TROUSERS Matchesfashion, $400
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  7. Bird & Knoll DRESS goop, $265
    Bird & Knoll DRESS goop, $265
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  8. Loewe BAG goop, $2,100
    Loewe BAG Loewe, $2,100
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  9. Saint Laurent sandals goop, $795
    Saint Laurent sandals Net-a-Porter, $795
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THE CLASSIC: THE MATCHING SET

THE UPDATE:

Scoot over, sweatsuits—there’s a new two-piece in town. Cut from diaphanous cotton-silk, this set is designed to be mixed, matched, and worn whenever you tire of loungewear: to a catch up with the crew, to sip Sancerre on a rooftop, or to do the most for date night.

BIRD & KNOLL SKIRT, goop, $380; JOSEPH SANDALS, goop, $560; BIRD & KNOLL TOP, goop, $380; AISH SKIRT, goop, $350

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