Madewell's Kin Ying Lee

If you've ever been in the market for vintage-inspired essentials with a downtown edgeÂ--like the best chambray shirt, cool and classic jeans, or spot-on accessoriesÂ--surely you're familiar with Madewell. Otherwise known as J. Crew's sister, the team at Madewell never fails to amaze us with their uncanny ability to design so many perfect pieces each season. The stores are stocked with everything you need to look stylish right now, ranging from little lacy t-shirts to denim rompers to superb summer sandals. In fact, the collection is so strong we simply had to put Madewell's Head Designer Kin Ying Lee in the spotlight, so we asked her to divulge a few of her favorite items. She gave us the scoop on some Madewell must-buys, which we're delighted to share with you today. Also noteworthy: Madewell's giving one lucky person a chance to win an incredibly cool shopping weekend in New YorkÂ--check out for all the prizing details!

Lace Illusion Tee ($42)
A trompe l'oeil lace print instantly upgrades a basic white tee, adding a dose of polish to any ensemble. Wear it under a summer suit to the office, or pair it with a pleated, skater skirt for a flirty weekend-errands outfit.

Super Sunglasses ($140)
A statement pair of sunglasses is always at the top of our summer must-have list, and currently we're craving vintage-inspired oversized frames like Super's version. Not only is the flat-top shape very of-the-moment, but the color is particularly uniqueÂ--making these sunnies a seriously covetable pair.

Boardwalk Shorts ($72)
Who could resist the vibrant blue hue of these silky, zippered shorts? They're perfect for a day of sightseeing, styled with a tank and gladiator. Or you can wear them with The Sunset Sandals and some chandelier earrings for an effortlessly chic evening ensembleÂ--perfect for sitting at an outdoor square and enjoying a café au lait or aperitif!

The Sunset Sandal ($148)
There's no denying that the clog has emerged as the shoe of the season, and we are big fans of Madewell's wood-and-leather take on the trend. Part clog, part wedge, this sandal is extremely versatile and will complement everything from denim cut-offs to a maxi dress.

Biker Bomber Jacket ($395)
Buttery soft and seriously luxe, this suede biker bomber is the perfect upgrade from a jean jacket and an interesting alternative to your typical black leather options. Plus the camel color is right on-trend with this season's khaki craze, making it an ideal investment piece.

Railroad-Stripe Denim Midi Shorts ($72)
Denim cutoffs are undoubtedly a warm-weather essential and the mix of pinstripe and patchwork on this pair lends them a boho-chic vibe that is always in style. Wear them to spend the summer as a fashionable gypset amassing stamps on your passportÂ--or just to appear as if you did!

Lizzie Fortunato Jewels for Madewell Pendant Necklace ($62)
We're longtime fans the colorful, handmade pieces from Lizzie Fortunato Jewels, so we were thrilled when we heard Madewell would be carrying an exclusive, lower-priced version of the line. Use this wooden pendant necklace to add a unique, global touch to your favorite basics or wear it with a black linen dress and field jacket for a chic, daytime lookÂ--either way, it's super chic!

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