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One of the first crafty things my mom taught me to do besides darning the holes in my socks is the art of crochet. I started out with a spool of string and a crochet hook and was able to make a small doily in no time. I went on to learn knitting from a family friend, but crochet has always been my favorite crafty activity.

So this summer I was pleasantly surprised to see more than a few crocheted clothes and accessories in stores. And they’re hardly like anything your grandmother would ever wear. Before, you could find some crocheted beach coverups but now you can find jewelry like the Daydream Nation Black Tears Crochet Ruffle Necklace for a different way to use the so called prim and proper technique. Another favorite of mine is the Tibi Crochet Lace Top you can use at the poolside as a coverup or wear with a nude bra for a “is she or isn’t she?” look. There’s also plenty of tops and shirts with some crochet trim for just a touch of the summer trend.

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ASOS Pac a ParkaAlthough those spring showers will abate soon enough, until then there’s a wet weather solution that might even coax you outdoors the next time it starts to pour. This functionally chic “packet jacket” transforms from a convenient carrying case to a practical and stylish coat, complete with a cinched waist, adorable bow detail at the hem, hood and showstopping leopard print. Stow it in your car and grab it when there’s a threat of inclement weather - at this price, you can’t go wrong!

$47.35 at asos.com
Aqua Striped Silk DressMake a splash in this charming striped dress, a go-to piece you’ll love having on hand all summer long. It exudes effortless elegance and a cool, laid-back vibe thanks to its lush silk and carefree navy striped print. There’s nothing like an easy, toss-it-on dress to see you through everything from day to evening in crisp, fuss-free style.

$88 at bloomingdales.com

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I do a lot of window shopping (online and in stores) at every spare moment I get, so it’s easy to spot trends that can be found from Bloomingdale’s to Forever 21. One of my favorite trends of spring and summer this year is chambray. The lightweight cotton fabric looks like denim but is much thinner and softer. In fact, chambray shirts feel like you’ve owned them for years after a wash or two. Chambray gives a bit of a retro and western vibe, but designers like Alexander Wang and Vince are taking the fabric of farmers and miners to the next level for fashion forward people like you.

I love that this trend is so popular because that means you can find it at any price point. If you’re willing to splurge, my choice is the Vince Uneven Hem Shirt that’s perfect with shorts or a flirty skirt. If you’re on a budget, go for the Hinge Chambray Skater Skirt which hits both the chambray and circle skirt trend in one fell swoop. When all else fails, try a local thrift store because chambray was huge in the 80s and 90s.

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NY Collection Stud Waist DressThere are few things greater than a versatile dress that transitions smoothly from day to night - and even better if it’s as affordable as this pretty piece by NY Collection. With its simple white top and attached floral skirt, it’s the picture of springy freshness. Throw on a blazer and wear it to the office, then remove it after hours to show off the edgy (and somewhat unexpected) studded waist.

$40.60 at macys.com

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