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14 Easy Ways to Step Up Your Summer Style

A new season means new trends to try! To ensure style success, we're turning to some of our favorite bloggers for inspiration. Here are 14 of the hottest trends to help step up your summer style.

Crop Tops

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Crop tops are the quintessential wardrobe staple for summer 2014 and an easy way to amp up your summer style. Make a statement by pairing your crop top with a high-waisted skirt or wide leg pants. But if you want to go vintage, we're loving these culottes on Grasie of Style me Grasie.

Photo: Style me Grasie.

Indian Inspired

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Indian-inspired bags like this one carried by Julie of Sincerely Jules are hot this season. The bright colors, eclectic patterns and gorgeous embellishments pair perfectly with summer whites, denims and other neutral colors. Offered in clutch, cross body and backpack form, this trend will add a playful touch to a host of outfits.

Photo: Sincerely Jules

Mix It Up

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Mix and match your prints as Elle of They All Hate Us does. Doing so will create an eye-catching aesthetic. When mixing prints and textures, there are a few loosely written rules:

  1. Combine larger prints with smaller prints.
  2. Offset florals with stripes or polka dots.
  3. Polka dots and stripes are always a go!
  4. To look put together, try doubling up the same print.
  5. Leopard is always a neutral!
  6. Match prints in similar colors. They will look made for each other!

Photo: They All Hate Us

Mirrored Sunglasses

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Mirrored sunglasses have a way of revving up any look. Plus, they look amazing against the summer sun and can be worn with everything. Whether you're going weekend casual or on a date as Courtney of What Courtney Wore is, mirrored sunnies are a hot way to heat up all of your warm-weather outfits.

Photo: What Courtney Wore

High vs. Low

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We love a mix of high and low separates. We're talking business on top paired with major party pants. Overly distressed denim is hot right now. Fashion guru Chriselle shows how mixing in a classic piece like this trench vest instantly raises your chic status.

Photo: The Chriselle Factor

All White

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There's nothing fresher for summer than an all-white outfit. Molly, the blogger behind A Piece of Toast, went for a casual head-to-toe white look and nailed it. Don't be afraid of this trend. All white is forever fresh, and it's easy to succeed. Mix in creams and tans when you want to play with other tones, too!

Photo: A Piece of Toast

Fruit Print

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Fruit is the "it" print of the summer. Sarah of Raving Fashionista proves the point in her pretty pineapple skirt. Lemon, pineapple, and watermelon are the most popular fashion fruit prints, but don't be shocked to see orange, strawberry or banana. Keep on trend with these cheeky patterns to ensure a stylish summer.

Photo: Raving Fashionista

Hats

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Hats are an effortless way to make your summer style really stand out. A wide brim hat or a Panama like the stylish one Shea of Peace Love Shea wears provides a little sun protection on your face. Or try a baseball cap for a sporty vibe.

Photo: Peace Love Shea

Body Chains

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Body jewelry is a must-have this summer. Shy away from your everyday necklaces, earrings and bracelets, and go for something with a hint a of sexy like these body chains. They are ideal under low-cut tops, with your bikini, or over a cute little top as Christina of Trop Rouge shows us.

Photo: Trop Rouge

Headscarves

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Take your ordinary summer look from drab to fab with the simple addition of a headscarf. Christine of Hello Fashion wears a scarf as a headband. With countless ways to wear it, you'll love what a scarf adds to your look.

Photo: Hello Fashion

Neon Accents

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Rachel of Pink Peonies finished off her look with a yellow neon bag. Adding a bolt of neon to your outfit will make you stand out without looking tacky. Plus, neon looks great against your bronzed summer skin!

Photo: Pink Peonies

Bold Shoes

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Your shoes shouldn't be an afterthought. This summer is all about standout styles such as lace-up sandals, bold prints and bright colors. Alice from AlicePoint dares to mix up leopard print on summer espadrilles. Here are some of our favorite shoes for the season.

Photo: AlicePoint

Bohemian Inspired

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Peasant blouses and bohemian-inspired dresses, like this one worn by Aimee of Song of Style, are trending this summer. Look for styles with neutral tones, embroidery, eyelet fabrics and soft patterns.

Photo: Song of Style

Pajama shorts

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We love trends that blend style and comfort. Pajama shorts are just that. These loose shorts can be found in solids or bright patterns. Pair yours with a simple tee, or dress them up with a blazer as Sandra of Blasfemmes does.

Photo: Blasfemmes

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