The heat is on and summer is here. But you don't have to sweat it out. Instead, put some of these hot fashion favorites on your shopping list and breeze through the warm weather. These top 10 essentials sum up the season ahead. So, get ready to summerize and accessorize:
—Statement Slides. What could be easier than gliding through summer in shoes that have all the ease of house slippers but all the style of a statement sandal? Trade in your flip flops and slide into some of these new slip-ons embellished with all kinds of beads, baubles and bangles...even fur if you're walking on the wild side.
—Elevated espadrilles. When you do find yourself needing more than slippery slides this summer, then you might want to try a pair of not-so-classic canvas espadrilles. Check out the flatform espadrilles wrapped with elevated rope soles that will keep you steady on your feet all season long.
—Basket buckets and bags. They are summer's "it" handbags. These straw bags are a fun change from the heavy leather bags of fall and winter. They're part wicker picnic hamper and part raffia carry-all tote — the perfect accompaniment to summer soirees, sundresses and sunsets. In rounded shapes, these chic handbags have even more charm.
—Silver rings in summer. Gold may have the Midas touch, but when it comes to summer, there's a silver lining that shines a little brighter. So, lighten up with this shimmering metallic that glistens and gleams in chain link necklaces, earrings and bracelets. And don't forget the double hoop earrings! Geometric is the shape of things to come.
—Artsy earrings. When you visit your favorite art museum this summer, be sure to check out the jewelry counter for lots of crafty design inspiration to dangle from your ears. The best ear art dangles from contemporary mobile-like designs that capture the creative side of fashion's free spirits.
—Rock stars. Another way to add some instant updates to your accessory wardrobe this summer is to rock jewelry in colorful chunky gemstones. Think exotic stones and think chokers, cuffs and cocktail rings. These are statement pieces, so stick to wearing just one piece at a time.
—Sarong scarves. The ultimate big scarf will be your best friend all summer long. Think multi-taskers that are not just oversized scarves for chilly nights, but skirted sarong cover-ups or beach towels. The best come with built-in SPF for even more coverage.
—Bold sunglasses. Go big or go home. After all, sunglasses are accessories that you wear day in and day out. They can definitely define a signature style. So why not choose a pair with stand-out style? This year, colorful lenses in shades of blue and round frames are the eye-openers.
—Hand-woven hats. Just like sunglasses, summer hats can channel instant panache. This summer, the straw boaters, fedoras, panamas and big brimmed picture hats are all about vintage Hollywood glamour. Shade your face and uncover your own crowning moment to top off any summer style and make it truly memorable.
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