This week’s outlook just got a little brighter! InStyle Senior Market Editor Dana Avidan-Cohn shared some of her top summer essentials with the Associated Press. Here, she dishes on how to stay cool in the summer heat.

High on the list: Avidan-Cohn (above) is keen on mellow ocean blues paired with crisp white separates.

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For starters, summer fashion isn’t always about slouchy separates. Pair together a few crisp pieces and your look can be polished enough for a trip to the yacht club or evening cocktails with friends. Particularly, pick pieces with subtle but quirky details like a culotte-length white trouser, milky blue shorts with a sweet scalloped hem, and Birkenstocks, re-imagined in fresh white.

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Meanwhile, the longer length of this swingy denim chambray skirt (above) channels retro Audrey Hepburn–meets–Roman Holiday vibes. But when balanced with a stack of gold rings and a casual sleeveless white tee, the outfit feels fresher and more modern with just enough bohème to reflect the season’s laid-back attitude. Now all you need as an accessory is a killer (but safely earned) tan!

Shop the Trends

Culottes
Textured Snakeskin Culottes; $100; topshop.com.

Textured Shorts
Scallop Shorts; $64; topshop.com.

Pool Slides
Leather Sandal with Buckles; $100; zara.com.

White Shirt
Robert Rodriquez Chiffon Overlay Tank; $255; piperlime.com.

Stackable Gold Rings
Catbird Twisted Stacker; $64 for first knuckle, $74 for regular; catbirdnyc.com.

Midi Skirts & Dresses
Denim Midi Skirt; $60; available at H&M stores.

Plus, further embrace summer with these 17 refreshing fruit motifs.