The Summer Style Buzz

Want star style with an ATM-friendly price tag? Check out our top summer picks and let us show you how to get high fashion style at street smart prices.
ESSENCE.COM May, 19, 2009

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Want star style with an ATM-friendly price tag? Check out our top summer picks that are packed with high-fashion style at street-smart prices.

By Qianna Smith & Gwen Covington

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If you make only one purchase this summer, invest in an all-out-glam pair of shades. Actress Vivica A. Fox brings the heat to the street in this oversized “Jackie O” style.

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Trend: Retro Shades
Your eyewear says a lot about you. Great sunglasses add luxe to any look, and make you look important at the same time. Vintage styles are key this summer—the bigger the better!
Girl Props, $9.99,

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Channel your inner mad scientist and experiment with a bold statement necklace. From long and dangly to precious metals and gemstones, the sky is the limit in terms of style. Just remember that these necklaces, like this one worn by actress Garcelle Beauvais Nilon, should be the focal point of your outfit.

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Trend: Statement Necklace
Get noticed this summer in a bib-style necklace with an artsy crafty feel. Pair your special necklace with a great T-shirt and jeans during the day to add a touch of glam to your casual look.
Forever 21, $12.80,

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Trend: Colorful Sneaker
If you don’t think fashion and comfort are a winning combination, just ask our favorite style queen Rihanna! Sneakers are back in full force with ultra funky and fly styles. Pair with jeans, leggings or even a solid colored dress…have fun with them!
FILA, $70,

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The fabulous Gabrielle Union shows us why hoops are so timeless. Take a cue from Union, who is often sporting hoops because of their versatility. This fun style of earring comes in so many shapes and sizes they can be paired with almost any look you can muster together in your closet.

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Trend: New Hoops
Our tried and true accessory is still on the must-have list: hoops. Upgrade your round hoops and opt for a fun shape. Whether gold or silver, large or small, hoops are always in and are a staple every woman should own.
By Boe, $45,

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The multitalented Jennifer Hudson shows off her street chic causal style while walking in the Big Apple. Stay one step ahead the Oscar-winning beauty by getting your own pair of fabulous flats this summer.

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Trend: Cool Flat Sandals
Treat yourself to a pedicure and show off your feet in these stylish yet comfortable flats.
Chinese Laundry, $49,

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If you are a lady who lunches, show off your legs with some power pumps like Spice Girl diva Mel B.

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Trend: Metallic Pump
Shoes are every girl’s best friend! A metallic pump is the instant way to add some sexy to any outfit! Rock them with a loose pair of boyfriend jeans for day, and a sultry summer dress for night.
Fergie, $91,

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You’ll look more than “Just Fine” sporting a fun time ticker like R&B soul sister Mary J. Blige. Plus, not only will you never be late for an appointment, you’ll also be stylin’ when you arrive.

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Trend: Sporty Watch
Digital watches are back! Sporty in feel and in a pop of color, time never looked so good! Have fun with your time pieces; they are an important accessory not to be taken so seriously.
Adidas “Candy” Digital Sport Watch, $60,

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Our favorite CoverGirl Queen Latifah knows how to accentuate her waist and show off her curves with belts in every style. Pay close attention to the braided belt pictured because this is a major trend right now.

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Trend: Skinny Belt
This small treat is a perfect and polished finish to any look. Try it over a light jacket, or an oversized blouse to add shape and definition. For an edgier look, try knotting your belt instead of buckling it the normal way.
Giani Binni, $28,

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Taste the rainbow this summer by mixing and matching your outfits with fun handbags in vibrant eye-popping colors. This trend will make any basic outfit a standout.

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Trend: Cross Body Bag
We’ve all got places to go and people to see, so don’t let your handbag get in the way! Cute cross body bags are all the rage. They are big enough for your necessities, yet compact and easy to carry.
Mark for Avon, $20,

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Get your sexy back with a flirty fedora. Actress Raven-Symone shows off her womanly appeal in this fun black straw fedora that adds a touch of mystery to her look. We wonder what or who she is gazing at.

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Trend: Straw Fedora
Bad hair days are welcome! Give your curling iron a rest this summer and sport a light straw fedora instead. This traditional menswear accessory is super chic on the ladies.
$15, Aldo,


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