11/26/16 8/31/13 POPSUGAR Fashion Must Haves Summer Fashion Shopping Guide | August 2013 One Last Shot: Say Goodbye to Summer With Our August Fashion Must Haves August 31, 2013 by Kate Schweitzer 181 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow Whenever August rolls around, we're constantly asking ourselves: "How can this be?" "What happened to July?" "Where'd the Summer go?!" Luckily, this month, there are plenty of ways we can cope. As we inch closer to Fall (and Fall fashion), we've rounded up an end-of-Summer shopping list that should help make the most of the time we have left. From celebrity-approved sunglasses to designer pool toys, we're anxiously seizing our final moments in the sun. And with candy-colored backpacks and slouchy blazers, we're also looking forward to what's to come in the season ahead. Shop all of our editors' August must-have style items here in the gallery. Shop Brands Ne-net · MiH Jeans · Robert Rodriguez · BCBGMAXAZRIA · Nasty Gal · Alice + Olivia · J Brand · Topshop · Wildfox Couture Maybe it's all the talk of Clueless (the movie turned 18 this Summer!) and '90s fashion, or perhaps its just the back-to-school sentiment I get halfway through August, but I'm seriously coveting Marc by Marc Jacobs's bright orange backpack ($330). — Randy Miller, associate editor Marc by Marc Jacobs's bright orange backpack $330 from net-a-porter.com Buy Now I start obsessing about my Fashion Week wardrobe early, and it all starts with the perfect pair of shoes. And they don't get more perfect than these Aquazzura Amazon lace-up sandals($595). On trend, walkable, beautifully made, and oh-so-sexy, these are at the very tip-top of my list. — Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, fashion and beauty director I'm getting a head start on the camo trend with this Zara printed dress ($80). For anyone who ever doubted the print's wearability, this piece is really easy — just add lace-up sandals now, ankle boots later. Need I say more? — Hannah Weil, associate editor Zara printed dress $80 from zara.com Buy Now Celebrity-favorite sunglasses label Westward Leaning just launched a new Summer collection of two-toned styles, and this Louisiana Purchase pair ($195) features two of my favorite colors: cobalt and tortoise. The result is the perfect mix of chic and cool. They'll definitely get the attention they deserve. — Melody Nazarian, associate editor Louisiana Purchase pair $195 from westwardleaning.com Buy Now Any fashion editor knows that August is the calm before the storm. Until I have to start expertly crafting my New York Fashion Week wardrobe come September, I'm all about comfort. And it doesn't get more so than with this slouchy Wildfox washed-jersey top ($98). I'll be living in this until the tents go up at Lincoln Center. — Kate Schweitzer, editor Wildfox Couture Basic Pullover $98 from shopbop.com Buy Now See more Wildfox Couture Longsleeve Tops Maybe it's my love of Fall and all things cool-weather-related — are you ready for some football? — but as soon as August hits, my style subconscious promptly swaps flirty minidresses and cool-girl cutoffs for chunky knits and Autumn-friendly hues. Transitional pieces are key, so this Robert Rodriguez Flounce Skirt ($275) will be the main attraction in my season-swapping style. The skirt's rich color pairs well with any print, and the sweet peplum hem adds dimension and movement. — Mandi Villa, contributing editor Robert Rodriguez Bonded Techno Flounce Skirt $275 from shopbop.com Buy Now See more Robert Rodriguez Mini Skirts The one item I buy over and over again every season is loafers. Having stocked up on all the basics, I'm ready for a statement purchase. These 3.1 Phillip Lim loafers in gunmetal ($425) can act as a neutral and will bring just enough flavor to my monochromatic looks. — Meg Cuna, style director 3.1 Phillip Lim loafers in gunmetal $425 from forwardforward.com Buy Now When a brand makes incredibly sleek clutches, it stands to reason that they'd do just as well with auxiliary accessories. Rafe has entered the phone case game with an exclusive Anthropologie mother-of-pearl style ($98). Whether stowed in or carried outside of my bag, the result will be equally stylish. — RM mother-of-pearl style $98 from anthropologie.com Buy Now I love the look of stacked rings, and Iosselliani makes it easy by doing the actual work for you. It's been masterful at it for awhile now, and for Fall, it's doing this stack ($325) with a pretty blue stone to focus in on. — Leah Melby, associate editor this stack $325 from 30pontev.com Buy Now A featherweight scarf can be so multifunctional, even in the balmy Summer months. Choose one that is light as air and gauzy to tuck away into your purse. This Lem Lem Konjo Scarf ($140) can protect you from the beaming afternoon sun as well as keep you warm on cool Summer nights. — MC Lem Lem Konjo Scarf $140 from stevenalan.com Buy Now I am not normally a pencil skirt wearer, but this Boutique silk striped one ($190) is so sharp and sexy while still totally work appropriate. And I love that it is part of Topshop's Made in Britain initiative that just kicked off. Wear it now with a tee and strappy sandals; wear it later with chunky boots and a denim jacket. — MLG Topshop Silk Stripe Pencil By Boutique $190 from Topshop Buy Now See more Topshop Mid-length Skirts Isn't August when all the pool parties happen? And when you go to those pool parties, you'll need something to float on while sipping on a chilled drink, right? And clearly there's no better way to enjoy a pool party than on an Alexander Wang inflatable pool ring ($40). Get ready to blow everybody out of the water. — Robert Khederian, editorial assistant Alexander Wang inflatable pool ring $40 from alexanderwang.com Buy Now I found another reason to fall in love with J Brand skinnies! The brand just released its Photo Ready Denim ($218), a new collection made with technology that's supposed to lift and contour, so you'll look good on camera and IRL. How could you say no to that? — LM J Brand 8112 Photo Ready Rail $218 from J Brand Buy Now See more J Brand Denim Our love for Manolo Blahnik simply cannot be overstated, and we're all over the latest iteration of the brand's classic heels. The BB Graphic Print Canvas Pumps ($655) pack a punch that can't be missed — and that's largely thanks to their geometric black and white pattern. — Justin Fenner, assistant editor BB Graphic Print Canvas Pumps $655 from saksfifthavenue.com Buy Now Once I spotted this mixed-print Nasty Gal top ($52), I knew it had to be mine. The chambray-leopard fusion is business in the front and party in the back, making it an ideal choice for a variety of events. Ace the music festival style scene by pairing it with mustard denim and statement-making shades. — MV Nasty Gal Catty Tee $52 from Nasty Gal Buy Now See more Nasty Gal Tees I have always loved Katie Hillier's designs for Marc by Marc Jacobs and Luella, and her new accessories line doesn't disappoint with utterly charming designs. I am obsessed with her bunny motif baubles, and while I can't quite swing one of the 18k-and-diamond pieces, I can certainly snap up this blue striped bunny clip ($60). — MLG Kate Spade Saturday has a lineup of looks that makes us smile, and I can think of few things sweeter than living out the days of Summer in this Kate Spade Saturday Side-Tie Floral Dress ($160) — the adorable side tie is such a cute styling perk! — HW Kate Spade Saturday Side-Tie Floral Dress $160 from saturday.com Buy Now With its relaxed silhouette, this oversize silk blazer from Hannah + Kaelen's capsule collection ($425) is the perfect layering piece to transition from August well into September. Plus, this color — one that's sure to be a street-style favorite this Fall — stands out without sending pinkaphobes running for the hills. — KS oversize silk blazer from Hannah + Kaelen's capsule collection $425 from shop.kaelennyc.com Buy Now It's almost impossible not to have a bit of a girl crush on the gorgeous Rosamund Pike — it's equally impossible not to crush on her totally chic bag collaboration with L.K.Bennett. I've got my eye on this Rosie Small Leather Tote Bag ($525). — HW Rosie Small Leather Tote Bag $525 from us.lkbennett.com Buy Now Summer gives me an urge to simplify, including paring down to a sleeker bag. Without all the heavy hardware that can weigh down a statement bag, this Dillon Des Prés Co. tote ($375) is good for lugging a laptop, magazines, and books, making it a superb carry-on for end-of-Summer trips. — LM Dillon Des Prés Co. tote $375 from dillondespresco.com Buy Now I learned about Sarah Chloe's heartbeat ring ($98) because it was featured in GOOP's "indo mag" edition. I really dig its sharp edges. And anything that makes me do a triple take is a keeper in my fashion book. — MN Pretty Ballerinas, the brand that has been making ballet slippers for a near century (the shoes have been made in the same Mediterranean village by the same family since 1918!), has turned its attention to another flat footwear option: the smoking slipper. These Pretty Loafers leopard pony-hair flats ($199) are just as comfortable, but look a bit more sophisticated. — KS Pretty Loafers leopard pony-hair flats $199 from prettyloafers.us Buy Now There comes a point every August when it just gets too hot to really think about what to wear. That's when you need to have a stash of colorful, breezy dresses to easily throw on in the morning. I especially love this Alice + Olivia chiffon minidress ($346) in its vibrant shade of blue. Wear it on its own during those dog days, and then throw a tailored blazer over it when it cools off later on in the month. — RK Alice + Olivia Savannah chiffon mini dress $346 from NET-A-PORTER.COM Buy Now See more Alice + Olivia Day Dresses Even as an official grown-up, August still makes me think of back-to-school shopping, and this short-sleeved MiH blouse ($245) feels totally ready for a fresh school year. Plus, the silk is lightweight enough that I can wear it during the stifling end days of Summer, and let's be honest, it was hard saving all your new stuff for school to start! — LM MiH Jeans Birkin Silk Shirt $150 from Saks Fifth Avenue Buy Now See more MiH Jeans Button Front Tops During hot Summer months, I like to sweep my hair up in a messy topknot or a sleek ponytail and reach for simple stud earrings like these pretty Eddie Borgo gemstone studs ($165). Emerald green is so elegant, while the shape keeps it edgy. — MC Eddie Borgo gemstone studs $165 from farfetch.com Buy Now I instantly fell in love with these Paul Andrew Nya heels ($865), and it's pretty obvious why. The sharp ankle detail reminds me of wings and the mix of black and gold is undeniably sexy. All you need with these beauties is a little black dress and you're good to stun. — MN Ne-net Paul Andrew $865 from Barneys New York Buy Now See more Ne-net Sandals While I fully embrace a "happily ever after" tale, I'm a bit skeptic of love at first sight, with the exception of this lace BCBGMAXAZRIA jumpsuit ($498). The simple silhouette balances the regal print and feminine lace trim so beautifully, it could sway the most adamant of jumpsuit naysayers. Style it with a pair of gladiators now, then booties and a leather jacket later. — MV BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway Leona Jumpsuit $498 from BCBGMAXAZRIA Buy Now See more BCBGMAXAZRIA Casual Pants Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2013 collection is currently available for preorder, and one of my favorite pieces from it is this Toile Necklace ($890). It's definitely a statement piece, and it's a great way to add the look of the collection to your wardrobe without committing to a $13,990 gown. — JF Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2013 collection is currently available for $890 from fashionologie.com Buy Now is currently available for'> Toile Necklace $890 from oscardelarenta.com Buy Now Can culottes be chic? According to Victoria Beckham's pleated, high-waisted denim set ($305), yes, they most certainly can be. And who am I to argue with Posh? RM Victoria Beckham's pleated, high-waisted denim set $305 from victoriabeckham.com Buy Now All I want for Fall is a cool-girl moto jacket, and after hours and hours of obsessive scouring, this Blk Dnm cropped version ($795) is my favorite. Sleek enough to wear over dresses but still cool enough to pair with distressed jeans, this is a new closet staple. — MLG If I wasn't a serious Anglophile before, all of this Summer's royal baby mania has made me Brit-obsessed. So, there's nothing like an Alexander McQueen Union Jack studded skull clutch ($1,737) to really make my loyalties known. Although the price tag is pretty large, it seems a lot less expensive than if it were in pounds, right? — KS Alexander McQueen Union Jack studded skull clutch $1,737 from farfetch.com Buy Now The High Line has been such a special part of my Summer, so I nearly jumped out of my seat when I learned that J.Crew would be working on a capsule collection with New York's beloved Park in the Sky. This Watercolor Map Tee ($44) is an amazing visual reminder of how beautiful the park is, and how important it's been not just to me, but to all of New York City. — JF capsule collection with New York's beloved Park in the Sky. This $44 from fashionologie.com Buy Now Watercolor Map Tee $44 from jcrew.com Buy Now I usually focus all of my accessories energy on chunky statement necklaces, leaving my ears bare or adorned with dainty studs, but I love the subtle edge of these Rain spike earrings ($55) so much that I'm happy to deviate from my signature jewelry style. — MV CUSP Earrings Rain Long Spike Earrings $55 from CUSP Buy Now See more CUSP Earrings The trouble with dressing for the Summer is finding pieces light enough to wear on the hottest days without losing any personality. That's where this Club Monaco top ($170) comes in. Its black-and-white graphic pattern makes sure things stay interesting. And what's better is that the black design is overlaid onto the white — a little detail that makes your outfit feel that much more special. — RK Club Monaco top $170 from clubmonaco.com Buy Now I've been wearing stripes nearly head-to-toe for much of 2013, so before I retire my linear print, I might as well go all out. This Keds x Kate Spade pair ($75) has a bold, kicky graphic motif as well as rich hues that will effortlessly transition into Fall. — RM Keds x Kate Spade pair $75 from keds.com Buy Now Summer FashionMust HavesShoppingMarc By Marc JacobsAquazzuraZaraWestward LeaningWildfoxRobert Rodriguez3.1 Phillip LimRafeIossellianiSteven AlanTopshopAlexander WangJ BrandManolo BlahnikNasty GalKatie HillierKate Spade SaturdayKaelenLK BennettDilon Des Pres Co.Sarah ChloeGoopPretty LoafersAlice And OliviaMiHEddie BorgoPaul Andrew NyaBCBGMAXAZRIAOscar De La RentaVictoria BeckhamBLK DNMJ.CrewCuspClub MonacoKate SpadeKeds Stay Stylish With OurFashion and Beauty Newsletter You're subscribed! 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