Our Editors Are Obsessed With These 6 Summer Buys

ICYMI: This week marked the official start of summer — a.k.a., the sun's finally out past office hours, your cal's jam-packed with after-work hangs and weekend getaways, and you find yourself wanting an entirely new wardrobe. Don't get us wrong: We love to test-drive daring trends and scoop up the latest It pieces every so often, but the truth is, stocking up on all-new everything would totally blow our budget. That said, we've come to rely on only a few very versatile staples to get us through the summer months.
So what are the wear-over-and-over-again styles we're talking about? Together with eBay Fashion, we've enlisted six stylish R29ers to help us cut through the clutter and break down the trends that actually have staying power — each pinpointing the pieces they wouldn't dare do summer without, as their #OOTDs ahead prove. From a gingham-print top to statement shades, click through to see their current obsessions (and what will soon be yours, too).
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"I love a good gingham piece — probably because the picnic print can read either ultra polished or slightly edgy depending on how you style it. The trick to making sure it doesn't come off too syrupy sweet? Pairing it with a classic duo like dark denim and mules." —Alison Ives, associate fashion editor, brand experiences

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"I'm just not a huge fan of shorts, generally, so jeans stay in heavy rotation for me, even in the summertime. I love hunting for Levi's like these and then cutting and fraying the bottoms myself. I usually pair them with easy printed tops and heels or sandals — it's a no-brainer outfit every time." —Alyssa Coscarelli, fashion market editor

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"Some people stock up on tanks for the summer; I stock up on sunnies. My extensive collection of frames is almost shameful, BUT I try and switch them out as often as possible. These white, alien-esque, round-cut shades are my current favorite. They’re slightly oversized, slightly cat-eye, and kooky enough to go well with all of the bright-colored swimsuits I’ll be wearing this season." —Ray Lowe, fashion market writer

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"There's no easier summer outfit than a playful wrap dress. The fabric of this one is so light and the cut so romantic — I almost feel like the emoji when I wear it (minus the dance move)." —Katja Schweitzberger, fashion and beauty editor, Refinery29 Germany

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"What I love about khakis and cargo pants is that they're just plain comfortable and easy to style. Also, somehow I feel a [sense of] adventure wearing them — that anything could happen and I'd be fully prepared. The color goes with basically everything, too, so for me, they're a nice alternative to blue jeans." —Cloudy Zakrocki, editorial director, Refinery29 Germany

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"When the sun starts shining, my shoulders come out! I love wearing off-the-shoulder tops during summertime because of how cool and comfortable they keep me. This look not only keeps the air flowing (fewer sweat stains, am I right?), but it also allows you to show off your sexy décolletage and sun-kissed shoulders." —Lucie Fink, producer and lifestyle host

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