6 Fun Style Upgrades for Summer

Written by: Amanda Chung


Published on: June 18, 2024

Fashion editor: Sandra Slusarczyk


Photo courtesy of Métier

Shopping for summer is exponentially more fun than shopping for any other season. Officewear feels like less of a priority. Vacations feel like more of one. And in general, when browsing and buying, the stakes feel lower and the anticipatory excitement, higher. In that spirit, we’ve cherry-picked six pieces to buy and delight in now. Are they fun? Certainly. Functional? You bet. Likely to sell out faster than you can say “Summer Fridays”? You can guess the answer to that.

  • 1

    The Live-in-It Linen Set

    G. Label by goop Mini Caftan, $425; G. Label by goop Seaside Pant, $595

    Between the relaxed fit and the coolly oversize patch pockets trimmed with ladder lace, these better-together pieces—drapey wide-leg pants and a jet-set-inspired caftan—are just so chic. The slightly rumpled Italian-linen blend exudes a level of effortlessness that’s particularly ripe for summer, making the set great for traveling, lounging, beaching, siesta-ing…

  • 2

    The Lipstick-Red Maillot

    Hunza G one-piece, $230

    From designer runways to city sidewalks, red is having a moment right now. If you want to try on the trend, might we suggest doing so at the beach? Experimenting with swimwear feels lower pressure, somehow, than buying something for your everyday rotation. Our pick: this skinny-strap one-piece from Hunza G, which is done in the brand’s signature crinkle fabric.

  • 3

    The Event-Worthy Dress

    La DoubleJ dress, $1,100

    Whether you’re shopping for an upcoming getaway, your niece’s destination wedding in Montalcino, or one of the many alfresco dinner parties that have likely started popping up on your calendar, this full-skirted dress fits the bill. Because it’s La DoubleJ, you can expect the print to steal the show—just add the appropriate shoe for the setting (sandals, heels, flats—they all work) and a pair of statement earrings.

  • 4

    The Playful Bag

    Métier bag, $1,950

    Roomier than the microbags of summers past but still small enough to make sense for dinners and other after-hours events, Métier’s mini market bag goes wherever you do. And in that cheerful shade of daffodil, it looks fantastic doing it. We love that it comes with an optional crossbody strap, which you’ll appreciate at parties when you’ve got a cocktail in one hand and an hors d’oeuvre in the other.

  • 5

    The Strappy Sandals

    Emme Parsons sandals, $425

    Emme Parsons has long been our go-to for an elevated summer sandal. This square-toe style, with its gleamy toe rings and corded suede straps embellished with gold bijoux, is particularly gorgeous. It’s casual enough to wear during the day and dressy enough to wear to dinner in lieu of heels.