Light, easy summer clothes for men and women.

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Farewell, cold, rainy days. Spring and summer usher in a much sunnier vibe, making it easy to look forward to lightweight, feel-good fabrics and bright, bold hues.

With the whole season ahead, there are ample al fresco opportunities — poolside, beachside and deckside — to show your friends how it’s done. Revamp your summer wardrobe and stay on top of the trends with a few of these must-have pieces for summer.

Tops & jackets

Cloth & Stone Ruffled Tank ($78 at anthropologie.com). Ruffles are a top trend this summer, and this super-soft top, available in red, white or blue, hits the mark without going too girly. Work-ready, it also instantly upgrades a pair of jeans.

Zara Linen Wrap Blouse ($70 at zara.com). Swap your white work button-down with this loose linen number for breezy style. A self-wrap belt provides shape if you want more structure.

Bridge & Burn Harbor Hawaiian Print Short-Sleeve Button-Down ($108 at bridgeandburn.com). Hawaiian shirts are a summer staple. This one, out of Portland, will fit right into your regular rotation for work or play with its non-kitschy graphic print.

J.Crew Denim Wrap Jacket in Deep Indigo Wash ($110). Not your average jean jacket, this wrap style will keep you warm on cooler summer nights and can be thrown on over anything.

From left: North of West 
Pleated Pant, $120; You Must Create Eileen Dress, $254
From left: North of West Pleated Pant, $120; You Must Create Eileen Dress, $254

Bottoms & dresses

North of West Pleated Pant in Deep Forest ($120 at shopnorthofwest.com). Effortless and on-trend, these comfortable, wide-leg crop pants have a chic silhouette with modern tailoring around the waist.

Banana Republic Girlfriend Stain-Resistant Cropped Jean with Fray Hem ($98). Finished with a trendy raw hem, these white denim jeans can be elevated with a silk blouse for the perfect high-low look that transitions from farmers market to dinner.

Norse Projects Harri Tapered Seersucker Pants ($250 at Glasswing, Capitol Hill, and glasswingshop.com). Seersucker has serious summer staying power. The puckered-cotton fabric is made modern in this slim-fitting trouser that’s light enough for day and elegant enough for evening.

You Must Create Eileen Dress ($254 at Glasswing). Gingham continues its reign as a go-to print this summer, and this swingy linen dress makes it all the more appealing, with easy, preppy style.