Give your closet a warm-weather makeover with 14 trendy summer essentials

Here's how to pull off the hottest trends of the season.
By Megan Foster

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This weekend marks the official start of summer, and with most state reopening, it's time to hit the beach or your favorite restaurant again. While venturing outside comes with new regulations, it doesn’t mean you have to put your personal style on hold.

TODAY found three deserving frontline workers to show off some of the hottest summer styles with help from fashion expert Amy Goodman.

Keep reading to see the cute summer outfits — complete with shoes and accessories — you should consider adding to your closet.

Alexis Jeanette

Alexis Jeanette is an ICU trauma nurse at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida. She’s also a Miami Heat dancer, and Goodman wanted to capture her vibrant character in her new look.

“I absolutely love this," she when she saw her summer outfit. "It’s super cute, it’s so me; it’s colorful and it’s fun!”

1. Midday Muse Gingham Tie-Front Crop Set

Goodman picked out this white and brown gingham set made with a lightweight woven fabric to keep her cool on those hot Miami days. “I wanted to capture that fun, flirty style in this two-piece,” she said. The crop top and the shorts are tied in the front for an adjustable fit.

2. Darlene Suede Wedge Sandals

These simple wedge sandals have a simple design and a comfortable cork platform. The secure ankle straps make this a good option for walking around on a summer day.

3. Elizabeth and James Mesh Market Shoulder Bag

Available in black or white, this shoulder bag can fit everything you need for a day outside and has a secure drawstring closure. Goodman likes that the woven rope exterior has a tropical and seaside vibe. Plus, it's on sale right now.

4. BaubleBar Birch Drop Earrings

These chunky earrings can add a bold touch to any outfit. The white color and geometric design make these versatile enough to wear with any outfit while still standing out.

5. BaubleBar Pisa Bracelet

The Pisa Bracelet Set contains two beaded bracelets with a gold finish. Though subtle, they add a playful addition to a simple summer look.

Ken

Ken is a COVID-19 unit nurse at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He's embracing summer in a tropical shirt, tailored shorts and comfortable loafers. “I really like the shirt," he noted. "Maybe because it just really reminds me of vacation.”

1. Flag and Anthem Cove Island Palm Shirt

“One of the big things we’re seeing a lot in menswear are Cuban collar shirts, which are actually quite classic,” Goodman explained. This 100% cotton shirt features an island-inspired palm pattern and a button-down front for a casual look.

2. Flag and Anthem Memphis Stretch Shorts

The Memphis Stretch Shorts come in 16 colors, have a classic design and are made with comfortable stretch-cotton material. The combination of the lightweight fabric and a relaxed silhouette makes them breathable enough for a hot day.

3. Sanuk Shaka Loafers

Goodman loves the versatility of these canvas loafers. “I like this color because it really does go with anything,” she said of the gray shade. The outsole is made with durable EVA rubber and the padded footbed is designed for all-day comfort.

4. Garrett Leight Marr Sun Sunglasses

“They are the classic aviator,” said Goodman of the sunglasses she picked for Ken. This pair has a unique square frame and a tortoise pattern.

5. Anself Sling Backpack Chest Bag

The finishing touch? A chest bag for all those essentials, says Goodman. “This features lots of options to tote around your must-haves when you’re hitting the town in the limited time you have off,” said Goodman of this $17 bag.

The simple design includes a main compartment and two front pockets to hold your keys, phone, wallet and more.

6. Ben Sherman Portobello Social Watch

This water-resistant watch has a leather strap, a matte grey dial and a silver alloy case. The polished look is timeless and the style can go with any casual outfit.

Kristen

Kristen is an operating room nurse at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey. She was dressed in a casual jumpsuit, handmade earrings and a pair of heels with a comfortable insole. “I wanted to give her some great summer clothes that gave her movement and relaxation,” said Goodman.

1. Line and Dot Everson Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are all the rage this season, and this lightweight cotton option is as versatile as they get. The v-neckline has an elongating effect while the elastic waistband provides a flattering fit.

2. Peggy Li Peachy Sunshine Earrings

If you're looking to add some detail to a basic outfit, these handmade earrings may be a good choice. They have vibrant orange sunstones, a unique twisted cut and are available in 14-karat gold or sterling silver.

3. Elizabeth and James Wicker Binocular Bag

Goodman says this wicker bag is the perfect accessory for any summer outfit. It features gold hardware and a crossbody strap. The chic hands-free bag is also on sale right now.

4. Airis Nude Suede Lace-Up Heels

To complete her look, Goodman opted for a pair of trendy lace-up sandals. The vegan suede style has sturdy block heels, cushioned insoles and rubber soles for stability.

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