I'm Selective About Trends, But I'd Order These from Shopbop, Nordstrom, and NAP

While my wardrobe is sprinkled with trends, I tend to approach them selectively. I prefer to order items I'll wear again and again, but often find that the trendy pieces that land in my shopping cart only last a season. So when it comes time to investing in trends each season, I try to find pieces that hit a sweet spot of fashion-forward but still long-lasting.

Right now, my phone is flooded with screenshots of fashion people who are wearing some of the coolest pieces of the moment that have me rethinking what I'll be buying for summer. While I tend to stick to neutrals, I'm suddenly inspired to wear some mood-brightening bold color in shades like turquoise and fuchsia—albeit in closet staples like wrap heels and oversize blazers. I've also been seeing market totes make a resurgence in both classic versions and updated styles finished with colorful trim.

Ahead, I'm highlighting my eight favorite summer trends to order right now from Shopbop, Nordstrom, and Net-a-Porter.

Bold Colors


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All of a sudden, bright colors seem to be everywhere and are even catching my eye more than they have in the past. While neutrals are my comfort zone, the mood-lifting effect of fun color is something I'm very ready to adopt right now.

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Straw Totes


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Recently, I started noticing the comeback of the straw tote, so I dug one out of my closet that I bought years ago to pair with jeans and a tee (see the outfit pic here). Mine is a classic version, but I love how designers like Jacquemus and Loewe have been updating theirs with fun pops of color.

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Tennis Prep


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I grew up playing tennis and have been tempted to have my mom send me all of my old pieces since I've been noticing the rise of preppy tennis pieces all over Instagram. I promise this will be a huge trend as we move into summer.

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Swimsuits as tops


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Wearing a swimsuit as a top is such a fun take on summer style that it's been inspiring me to rethink how to wear some of the swimwear I own in a completely new way. I especially love the idea of wearing one with a pantsuit like the outfit here.

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Bermuda Shorts


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In my opinion, knee-length Bermuda shorts are one of the chicest upgrades you can make to your summer style this year. Whether you go for a denim pair or a linen version, they are endless ways to style them.

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Ribbed Tank Tops


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When it comes to staples, ribbed tank tops are what you'll want to own. With a little added texture, they're an easy upgrade to your closet basic.

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Tie Tops


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Nineties-inspired waist ties are the detail I'm seeing on all of the cool summer tops dropping at retailers right now.

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Colorful Sunglasses


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While my current sunglasses wardrobe consists of black, tortoiseshell, and white, I'm very ready to add some color for some fun.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.