The 3 Key Pieces to Master Summer Dressing

We officially have summer on the brain, so carefully curating our warm-weather wardrobes for the months ahead is a top priority right about now (aside from booking it to the closest beach, of course). As savvy shoppers, we like to do our research before adding everything in sight to our Macy's carts, which means spending a considerable amount of time style stalking what our favorite women on Instagram are already wearing.

Among a sea of breezy styles and fresh prints, we definitely noticed three hot ticket items (see them below) that just keep popping up in all the coolest outfits (see these below, too). Wear them together, wear them separately, but you better believe we'll be wearing these three pieces all summer long. 

The Denim Shorts to End All Denim Shorts

We've been fans of Levi's for as long as we've been wearing denim, but this season's offerings look especially good. The slouchy fit and long hem give this pair of shorts that vintage feel we're all about, and with six fresh washes to choose from, we'll never get bored.

Christy Joseph

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@nycxclothes

Yes, you can wear denim shorts to dinner. Just add a flirty blouse, oversize earrings, and kitten heels to keep your look elevated.

Kamara Williams

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@inthing_

Here's proof that denim shorts and a white tee are still the central ingredients in any model-off-duty look. 

Yanaa Onufriychuk

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@yanaao

Summer's version of the Canadian tuxedo is looking super cool and comfortable, especially when worn with chunky sneakers and stripes.

The "Take Me On Vacation" Top

Bohemian blouses are reigning supreme for summer dressing, and this off-the-shoulder version is at the top of our shopping lists. The intricate embroidery and billowy sleeves look just as chic with a flowy skirt as they do teamed with sleek skinny jeans (or any denim, for that matter).

Tashi Rodriguez

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@tashimrod

Keep things casual with denim pants for weekend farmer's market runs.

Fawn Syed

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Brown Rapunzell

Hand us a glass of rosé–we're officially daydreaming of wearing this look seaside.

Sophia Visanji

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@themonoclemuse

Take this top from day to night by swapping out your sandals for block-heel pumps and throwing your hair into a slicked-back bun.

The Oh-So-Versatile Belt Bag

The belt bag is officially the must-have handbag style of 2018. It's just as good worn cross-body to brunch (or giving new life to your favorite blazer) as it is ideal for going hands-free during summer travels and festivals.

Bobo Matjila

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@thisfashionfiend_

Matjila uses her belt bag as a clutch, and we're certainly not mad about it.

Yanaa Onufriychuk

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@yanaao

Wearing your bag slightly above your waist adds a more relaxed vibe to a tailored polo shirt.

Kathryn Zahorak

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@ktzahorak

Just add sneakers and a low-key scrunchie and you'll be set for a hands-free day exploring a new city (and generally looking adorable).