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Lighten up this summer with these looks

Take a load off with cool, breezy clothes and accessories. Galina Espinoza, senior editor of People, shares some of the latest trends for summer.
/ Source: TODAY

Tired of wearing heavy fabrics and bags? People magazine put this season's bags, shoes and clothing to the test to see which ones won't weigh you down. Galina Espinoza, senior editor of People, shares some light looks this summer.  

Denim dresses
When you think about denim in the summertime, you think it will uncomfortable with material that makes you sweat. But denim has come a long way. Try denim dresses that are breezy and cool, and are perfect for summer. Here are the looks featured on the show:

Look #1: Juicy Couture strapless babydoll dress, $228,

  • Gold long fine chain necklace, $38
  • Gold short fine ball chain necklace with gold drop-shaped disks, $38
  • Cork wedge sandals with white straps, $78
    All available at Banana Republic

Look #2: Paper Denim & Cloth chambray dress, $110,

  • Gold drop-shaped hoop earrings, $32
  • Gold bangles, set of 5, $24
  • Gold bangles with charms and crystal detail, set of 3, $24
  • Wood Bedford wedge sandals with leather straps and silver hardware, $118
    All available at Banana Republic

KnitsPeople love the coziness of sweaters in the winter. Think you can't wear them in the heat? Think again! You can wrap yourself up and not be overheated with lightweight knitwear.

Look #3: Banana Republic linen and bamboo tube top, $58,

  • Natural linen pants, $138, J. Crew
  • White shell beaded charm necklace, $30, J. Crew
  • Wide faux horn bangle with cross detail, $38, Banana Republic 
  • Cork wedge shoes, $105, Charles by Charles David,

Look #4: Forever 21 “Grandpa” cotton cardigan, $19.80,

  • White linen cuff shorts with front pleats, $54, Banana Republic
  • Wood bead necklace on suede strap, $38, Banana Republic
  • Nude python halo flats, $495, Michael Kors, available at Bergdorf Goodman

BagsBags have been getting bigger and bigger, but that can be hard on your back and neck. So try big bags in different materials, like cotton or canvas. They can still look like high-end city bags, but are really light. So you can be fashionable without having to suffer for it. Also, stay away from a lot of hardware on your bag, and fake leather is less heavy than real leather.

  • Newport News woven hobo bag, $39,
  • Metro 7 mini ruched chain hobo, $14.88,
  • Bare white leather hobo, $395,
  • Monsac “Kittery” lightweight signature leather drawstring bag, $298,
  • Necessary Objects “Kings Road” vinyl satchel, $56
  • Charles David “Chapman” medium leather hobo, $285,

ShoesPlatforms are very in. But with a chunky heel, they can add a lot of weight. Wooden heels are quite heavy, but if they are hollow, they will feel light on your feet.

  • Michael Antonio “Folgers” crocodile faux leather ankle strap sandals, $25,
  • Rafe “Union Square Brooke” patent leather and cork wedge, $295,
  • Donald J Pilner low wedge patent leather sandals, $224.95,
  • Michael Kors “Seaport” leather and canvas slingbacks, $129, available at Neiman Marcus
  • Calvin Klein suede slingbacks with wood heel, $120,