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7 Summer style essentials

Naomi de la Torre is freelance writer and stay-at-home-mom with two delightful boys, ages three and six. Naomi has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, is a self-proclaimed salsa diva, and can make a killer octopus ...

Sexy summer fashions

Add some sunshine to your wardrobe with our top picks for summer style essentials.

7 summer styles

Summer wedges

Wedges are back with a vengeance this summer, so if you splurged last summer, you are in luck. Add a bit of height to your frame without putting your tootsies through trials and tribulations. From neutrals to neons, they come in any color and with a wide range of embellishments. Cork, wood and even tribal print soles are popular right now, so mix and match to your heart’s content. Check out these flirty wedges by Madden Girl (#1).

High-waisted shorts

This classic look is making a big comeback. Ultra-feminine and ultra-sexy, high-waisted shorts are hotter than hot this summer. Teamed with a casual tank and some comfy flip flops during the day, or spiced up with some chunky platform sandals and a lace blouse for a night on the town, this style is as fabulous as it is versatile. Sizzle! Get that hourglass figure you love with this pair of polka dot high-waisted shorts from J. Crew (#2).

Neon handbag

If it’s blindingly bright, it’s bang on trend this season. Neons are all the rage and they are making an appearance in everything from dresses and skinny jeans to kitten heels. You can resurrect some of your old school standbys from the eighties or take a peek at the new edgy colors that are walking the catwalks right now. Lime green, aqua, yellow, bright orange and hot pink are springing up in all the designer collections. Want to add a blast of bold color to any ensemble? Take a peek at these dynamic neon handbags from Kate Spade (#3).

Wayfarer sunglasses

Are you a beach bunny? Get down with the latest sunglasses trend with a hip pair of wayfarers. These classic frames are stylish and spot-on sexy. You can choose the original angular frames or experiment with fashionable new rounded look. Add a blast of personality to your wayfarer style with bright, bold colors, patterns or even neon. For a spectacular collection of wayfarer sunglasses, check out the picks at Ray Ban (#4).

Miniskirts

Say goodbye to midi and hello to mini! Miniskirts are more popular than ever. Whether you like short and tight or flared and ruffled, this season is all about showing some skin. Pair with a crochet vest, lacy tank or a chic one-shoulder shirt for a fashion forward look and show off those long, gorgeous legs. Check out this super hot embellished miniskirt from Bebe (#5).

Colored denim

Add some electricity to your wardrobe with our new favorite summer staple -- colored denim. Bold colors like bright blue, purple, orange, yellow and hot pink are taking the stage by storm. For added style points, add some clashing prints to your ensemble. Matchy-matchy is out this season, so be fearless and have fun. Discover a world of bold colored jeans at Gap (#6).

Flirty tunic dress

Have fun in the sun with a flirty tunic dress. No matter what your body type, you can rock this fashion all summer long. Tribal and floral prints are big, as are bold stripes and edgy geometric patterns. We’re head over heels for this trendsetting tunic at BCBG (#7).

Fashion Tip

Even if you are a little too shy to unleash an entire rainbow on your closet, you can still add pops of color to your style with fun accessories like belts, handbags and jewelry.

More on summer fashion

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What to wear to a summer barbecue

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