05/21/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

3 Summer Fashion Trends To Buy, And 3 To Skip

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Love 'em or hate 'em, fashion trends come and go every season. Sometimes the fashion gods bless us with comfortable fads, like sneakers, and other times they can be cruel -- How are crop tops still in? Either way, they're constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up.

But we're here to simplify things. This year there are a few summer trends that are worth your time and money, and a few you should skip. Check out our picks below:

BUY: Denim

Of course denim is always in style, but this summer, don't just wear jeans. Try denim dresses, skirts and even jumpsuits. This trend is worth the investment because denim is classic and you'll be able to rock your new purchase for years to come.

denimICB, Stella McCartney, Fendi, Chloe

SKIP: Lace-up sandals

The lace-up sandals are to summer 2015 what the slide was to summer 2014. And while we don't need to convince you that these shoes will be less comfortable than the Birkenstocks you wore last year -- those ties are bound to fall down the second you start walking -- the risk of weird tan lines is a little too high for our liking.

laceupValentino, Tibi, Erdem, Chloe

BUY: Gingham

Think of it as the new plaid. Or the new polka dot. Gingham is an easy way to add visual interest to an outfit and it comes in so many styles and colors that it works on everyone.

ginghamTsumori Chisato, Michael Kors, Richard Nicoll, Oscar de la Renta

SKIP: Fringe

We're already sick of this trend and we haven't even seen it in full force yet. This fad is always on the fringes of fashion (get it?) and once it's out, it's going to be hard to repurpose.

fringeSonia Rykiel, Proenza Schouler, Giambattista Valli, Isabel Marant

BUY: Belted dresses

Who doesn't want to be in a dress all summer long? And a belted dress is especially great for hot days at the office, because the defined waist helps to make you look more put together.

beltedBCBG, Tibi, Tome, Gucci

SKIP: Suede

We're hot just looking at this fabric ...

suedeJason Wu, Derek Lam, Gucci, Costume National

Shop some of our favorite trends below:


1. Carven Denim Shirt Dress, $311 2. Denim Ruffled Crop Top - Denim Matching Separates, $52 3. Stella McCartney Cut-Out Denim Playsuit, $975 4. Brother Vellies Denim Ballet Sandal, $285 5. Topshop Moto Utility Pocket Skirt, $52 6. Zara Long Denim Skirt, $49


1. Exclusive For Intermix Gingham Tie Frton Bustier, $225 2. Topshop
Moto Tie Front Gingham Tank, $24
3. Zara Gingham Top, $49 4. Lilly Pulitzer-Pink Gingham Cotton Blend Faux Wrap Skirt, $65 5. Tallulah Stiletto Shoes in Pink Gingham, $39 6. Tory Burch Stretch Poplin Tie Dress, $325 7. J.Crew Gingham Seersucker Demi-Underwire Halter Bikini Top

Belted Dresses

1. Topshop D-Ring Playsuit, $95 2. No Peep Twin Pockets Belted Shirt Dress M&S, $77 3. L'Agence Belted Chambray Dress, $460 4. River Island Red Kimono Wrap Maxi Dress, $120 5. Isabel Marant Étoile Jill Belted Dress, $329



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