The Only 8 Pieces You Need This Season, According To R29 Editors

If there’s one thing we look forward to this time of year, it’s finally getting a chance to infuse a little bit of our personality back into our wardrobes (is it just us or does bundling up in a heavy trench or throwing on rain boots just to go outside really kill a look?). From outdoor brunches at cutesy cafes to strolls in the park, this season offers endless opportunities to show off our personal style — and we're taking full advantage of every last one of them. So together with eBay Fashion, whose collection of new, on-trend styles is serving up major inspiration, we’ve tapped eight R29 editors to show us the wardrobe essentials that do just that.
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For these fashion experts, classic pieces that have a bit of flair are key — think denim dresses, statement tops in bright colors, hoop earrings with stone details, and basket-weave bags. Ahead, all of the fashion-forward pieces you need to zhuzh up your arsenal this season. We wouldn’t be surprised if you’re already deep cleaning your closet to make room.
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"This season, more than any other season, I channel my personal style through dresses — from feminine silhouettes with bold patterns to adorable denim frocks (like this Givenchy one) — that make me feel like I'm taken back to the summer of '69." —Alyssa Coscarelli, senior fashion market editor

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"My wardrobe tends to be black, black, black, but summer is the one time of year I allow myself to break out a tiny bit of color. This pink bag is the perfect way to welcome the season (and a little color)." —Rebecca Smith, managing editor

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"Whether I'm snoozing on the beach or just being plain extra at bottomless brunch, you’ll never find me far from a floppy straw sun hat. Nothing reads OOO vibes more than this one — literally." —Allie Briggs, fashion and beauty writer

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"Somewhat unintentionally, it turns out all of the jeans and skirts I own are black. So really my only hope for bringing some seasonal vibes into my wardrobe is through a few bright-colored tops. Luckily, this sunny striped tee is perfect for doing just that." —Ali Ives, fashion editor

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"I love to slip into espadrille sandals. They’re that perfect mix of comfy and chic — and transition seamlessly from work to happy hour. If you don’t consider yourself a heels girl, this is the perfect closed-toe platform sandal to kick off the season in." —Nana Agyemang, fashion and beauty content strategy editor

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"Hoops are a pretty basic staple in my wardrobe. I find I reach for my thicker, bolder ones a lot in summer when temperatures dictate wearing anything that won't stick to me. Big gold hoops are the perfect way to make a lazy outfit look intentional." —Channing Hargrove, fashion news writer

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"Phasing out my go-to leather shoulder bag for a straw bag is one of the most exciting parts of this season for me. It’s just the right amount of unfussy (while still feeling like I care about what I’m wearing) and works equally well at the beach and brunch. —Lucy Meilus, senior lifestyle and entertainment editor

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"I've always been a fan of casual, cutesy summer jumpsuits. They're beyond easy to pull off and are the ultimate one-and-done for when you're in a rush to get ready. Plus, who doesn't love a little ruffle?" —Claire Fontanetta, senior beauty editor

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