5 Easy Statement Pieces for Summer

Every season brings a wealth of trends, with even more variations on each. The five below are our favorites: Easy to integrate, simple to style, and packed with mileage to last the summer and beyond.

Striped Tote

Bold and graphic, this printed tote is a take on classic stripes, meaning it pairs well with equally old-school essentials: A sleeveless, menswear-inspired shirt and feminine ruffle skirt are a fun play on traditional work separates.

Red Dress

A red dress (especially this one, thanks to its minimalistic lines) is a great departure for anyone stuck in a little-black-dress rut. Pair with less bold accessories like subtle floral shoes and a nude clutch.

Sequined Top

With ruffles, sequins, and intricate floral beading, this plaid shell is the definition of a party top. Balance it with athletic-inspired trousers and a subtle mule (both the pants and the bag are actually navy, which significantly mellows out the busy pattern up top).

Star Print Jeans 

Printed denim can be a lot—the key is sticking to a simple, black-and-white palette (a crisp button-down and a tailored jacket, for example) to pull the look together.

Ruffled Bootie

A pair of ruffled ankle booties in blush are the perfect user-friendly solution for nailing the tricky boots-in-summer look. As with any unconventional pairing, keep proportions balanced with mid-thigh-or-lower hemlines and subtle, modern shapes.