In the world of fashion and beauty, keeping track of all the runway trends, the non-stop flood of “It” items on the market, and the sheer volume of celebrity style inspiration can be a touch overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. We went back to the basics and broke it all down for you the best way we know how: with the good ol’ ABCs.

From art-inspired pieces shown on marvelous runways (including the likes of Chanel and Celine) to zippered detailing (see: Jennifer Connelly‘s sexy-sophisticated Louis Vuitton dress), we hit all the major summer fashion, accessory and beauty trends out there (well, 26 of them that is) complete with our shopping picks and tips.

Make a quick study sesh out of our alphabet guide to summer style, and you’ll be fashionably well-versed in no time.