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."