A Stylist Told Me All the Cool Pieces She Can't Wait to Wear This Summer

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In our Ask a Stylist series, we're tapping a new expert each month to weigh in with all of their style insights. Return each week for a professional's perspective on what to know in fashion.

This month, our Ask a Stylist expert is Rachael Wang, an NYC-based stylist who already weighed in about the sustainable brands she always wears, and she has a lot more to share when it comes to all things fashion. Since we're headed into summer, I was curious to find out what is on her shopping list for the season ahead, so I asked her to spill the top picks she's eyeing right now.

Ahead, Wang is sharing the exact items that are sitting in her cart for summer and tips for how to style them. Her stylist-approved summer shopping list is sprinkled with a range of directional basics that are equal parts cool and functional. She also has an incredible eye for sustainable brands that have designed their collections with eco-conscious practices like upcycling, so you'll find plenty of labels here that you'll want to have on your radar. Here, see her top summer fashion picks.

Nylon Shorts

Shopping Item #1:

"Men's fair-trade, recycled nylon shorts that I plan to wear with an oversize button-down and flat sandals on hot summer shoot days."

Shop Rachael's pick:

Patagonia Baggies 7-Inch Swim Trunks ($55)

Shop more nylon shorts:

Mango Technical Sport Shorts ($60)

Donni Nylon Shorts ($104)

Perfect Moment Jersey-Trimmed Shell Shorts ($120)

Oversize Striped Button-Down Shirt

Shopping Item #2:

"Organic cotton striped button-downs—equally perfect on Zoom calls or as a beach cover-up."

Shop Rachael's pick:

Maria McManus Organic Cotton Oversized Stripe Shirt ($390)

Shop more striped button-downs:

H&M Boxy Cotton Shirt ($25)

The Row Rean Shirt ($890)

Mango Oversize Striped Shirt ($60)

Mix-and-Match Bikinis

Shopping Item #3:

"Mix-and-match bikinis allow a bit of personality to come through at the beach."

Shop Rachael's pick:

Galamaar Simone Retro Top ($158)

Galamaar High Kick Brief ($124)

Shop more mix-and-match bikinis:

Oséree Metallic Bikini Set ($265)

Zimmermann Lulu Bikini ($210)

Acetate Sunglasses

Shopping Item #4:

"Bio-acetate sunglasses made from renewable sources instead of oil-based ones. Fun eyewear isn't a substitute for a smile but sure helps show a little personal expression while wearing a mask."

Shop Rachael's pick:

Stella McCartney Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($290)

Shop more acetate sunglasses:

Celine Oversized Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($450)

Poppy Lissiman Jimbo Sunglasses ($125)

Karen Wazen Kenny Sunglasses ($140)

Bucket Hat

Shopping Item #5:

"Upcycled bucket hat because sun protection is nonnegotiable!"

Shop Rachael's pick:

By Walid Callum Upcycled-Patchwork Cotton Bucket Hat ($140)

Shop more bucket hats:

Mango Tie-Dye Denim Bucket Hat ($30)

Brixton Petra Packable Bucket Hat ($49)

Madewell Multi Function Bucket Hat ($32)


Shopping Item #6:

"A fun and fashion-y OhSevenDays upcycled sundress found on one of my favorite new conscious fashion multi-brand retailers, SlowCo."

Shop Rachael's pick:

OhSevenDays Upcycled White Smock Dress ($163)

Shop more sundresses:

Upcycled by Reissued Ruthie Dress ($495)

H&M Sleeveless Dress ($25)

Faithfull the Brand Bellamy ($289)

Next, shop 25 cool fashion finds I’m obsessing over right now.

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