Chunky slides and white shirts made new for summer

NEW YORK – What’s hot for summer? Chunky slides, wide pants and white shirts reinvented.

The season, it seems, isn’t cluttered with neons and bright prints in apparel, said Dana Avidan-Cohn, a senior editor at InStyle magazine. Florals and gingham popped up on runways, but she’s feeling more classic touches in solids made modern for summer’s easy living.

The ‘ugly sandal’ – The chunky “ugly sandal” with the comfortable sole and wide straps has enjoyed a higher fashion profile, helped along by women pairing them with more sophisticated pieces.

“They’re like a throwback to the original Birkenstocks with the double thick strap,” Avidan-Cohn said. Good for all ages, and for all-day walking or a day at the beach, this slide worn with a lightweight white cotton shirtdress, for example, is displacing delicate strappy sandals of seasons past, she said.

Wide, cropped pants – This spring look is floating into summer, hitting at the mid-calf.

“A lot of women say, ‘Oh I have short legs. I can’t wear cropped pants.’ But it’s just a matter of hemming the pant to your mid-leg,” Avidan-Cohn said.

And by wide, she means culottes wide.

“They require a more substantial shoe, a chunky shoe whether it’s flat or with a heel,” she said.

In shorts, the high-waisted style paired with cropped tops that also aren’t belly-baring – hitting just below the waistband – is holding for summer.

Handbags – Bucket styles, cross-body bags instead of clutches and a fresh crop of bright, flower-soft backpacks are high on Blumenthal’s list for summer.

She sees versatile, lightweight and hands-free schlepping in backpacks at a variety of retailers, both high-end and more affordable.

A cross-body bag in leather with clean, modern touches will take you easily from day to night, Blumenthal said.

Midiskirts and dresses – Avidan-Cohn suggests these staples as less sundress and more polished, 1940s-inspired silhouette.

The look isn’t particularly structured but can be feminine and airy, hitting at the mid-calf. Pleats fancy things up and offer a nearly universal shape.

“It makes almost every woman’s waist look thinner. If you wear it with a heel, a longer silhouette makes you look taller. And you can find them with all types of strap details so it’s easy to pair a bra with,” she said.

Jewelry – Try some delicate, stackable rings, but don’t feel honor-bound to stack. Split them across fingers or wear one above the knuckle with another on the thumb, Avidan-Cohn said.

The white shirt – This staple has been made new again.

“There are all of these different variations now on a classic cotton white shirt, which is the most comfortable thing to wear during summer,” Avidan-Cohn said.

Forget your basic fitted button-down. Some have asymmetric hems, so the back is longer. Others are without collars or sleeves. Ways to wear them are many: layer over a structured skirt, leave the shirttails out in the back or roll up the sleeves.

“You can put something over the top of one. You can wear it as a short dress. They’re really, really versatile pieces to have,” Avidan-Cohn said. “I’ve seen a lot of things returning to a classic, modern way of dressing.”