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Shopping for summer: Style must-haves

Brianna Martinez is a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in digital media. After graduating, she jo...

Sizzle in style

Don't let the scorching heat bring down your style. Heat up your closet with these sizzling, stylish must-haves for summer. We just made shopping for summer a whole lot easier!

striped floppy hat

Floppy hat

Protect your face from harmful rays this summer with a fashionably floppy hat! A classic wide-brimmed straw hat is always ideal -- or you can crank up your style a notch and choose a hat with a fun pattern. This Jennifer Lopez striped floppy hat from Kohl's will give you chic style with crucial sun protection.

Tortoise shell wayfarers

Tortoiseshell Wayfarers

Every girl needs a pair of Wayfarers -- they're fun and flattering on every face shape. Invest in an expensive pair that you know you'll wear for years (though if you're just trying the style out,  don't be afraid to buy a less expensive pair). Ray-Ban Wayfarers may have an '80s vibe for some, but it's a classic that will always be in style.

Sunny Wash Joe's denim shorts

Bright denim

If jeans are a little too hot for your climate, then bright denim cut-offs are exactly what you need. Keep cool in fun-colored shorts, whether pastel, neon or bold colors. These Sunny Wash Joe's denim shorts are fashionable and funky, perfect for a day at the beach or summer barbecue.

Rock and Republic for Kohl's maxi dress

Day-to-night maxi dress

Summer seems to bring out the free spirit in all of us, so for those margarita-sipping days that turn into dancing-queen nights, make sure you have a versatile maxi dress that will keep you stylish for hours and hours. This Rock & Republic maxi dress from Kohl's is the ultimate day-to-night summer dress with its geometric pattern and subtle colors that create the perfect balance.

Tory Burch Dipped Beach Tote

Getaway tote

Summer brings many opportunities to slip away to paradise, so it's always smart to have a roomy and stylish tote on hand. Even more handy is a tote that doubles as a beach bag. This Tory Burch dipped beach tote will hold your getaway essentials -- and your beach essentials, once you've "gotten away."

Initial pendant necklace

Initial pendant necklace

Initial necklaces are all the rage this season. They're chic, sophisticated and can be worn every day. Whether you get the initial of your name or your significant other's name, these necklaces will always bring a smile. Try a bold statement like this colorful initial pendant from Bauble Bar.

Platform espadrilles

Step up your summer style with some chic espadrilles or bold wedges. Both are versatile enough to wear with a casual outfit or a dressy ensemble. These Jennifer Lopez platform wedge sandals, available at Kohl's, have summer written all over them. They'll look especially stylish with a sundress or denim shorts.

Tibi Sandwashed Camisole

Silky camisole

Every girl needs a luxurious camisole to wear on those sizzling summer nights, and silk is always ideal and sexy. This Tibi sandwashed camisole is slinky and will have you cooled off in no time for summer.

Swim with the sea

The most important part of summer? The trips to the beach and lazy days by the pool. If you're in need of a signature swim suit that's stylish and comfortable, look no further. This J. Crew green polka dot bikini will automatically transport you to your happy place.

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