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The best summer fashion trends

Get ready, New York: These are the hot fashion trends this season. We know what you’ll wear this summer.

Don't just throw on a T-shirt and a pair of shorts this summer. Look your best by following some of the season's best trends. Whether you're going to a music festival or just enjoying a relaxing weekend in the city, these trends (available at many New York City boutiques) will keep your look fresh. And don't forget to accessorize your look with the perfect pair of shades.

Best trends for summer

The trend: Short shorts

The trend: Short shorts

Why it works It’s now okay for guys to wear shorter shorts…as long as they’re not too short. Seven inches is just high enough to show off the results of all those squats at the gym.

Three to try
Club Monaco 7" Maddox shorts, $69.50, at Club Monaco, locations throughout the city; visit clubmonaco.com
Bonobos washed chino shorts, $68, at Bonobos Guideshop, 35 Crosby St between Broome and Grand Sts (877-294-7737, bonobos.com/guideshop) (pictured)
Topman stone chino shorts, $45, at Topman, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topman.com)

The trend: Ugly sandals

The trend: Ugly sandals

Why it works Sometimes ugly things can actually look good (see: pugs). And this season’s sandals fall into that category: Birkenstocks and athletic sandals are back, whether you like it or not.

Three to try
Topshop Fang chunky sandals, $80, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com(pictured)
Birkenstock black Birko-Flor sandals, $90, at birkenstockusa.com 
Opening Ceremony x Teva Universal Hurricane sandals, $90, at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard St between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-219-2688, openingceremony.us)

The trend: Knotty accents

The trend: Knotty accents

Why it works Twists add an interesting design detail on a range of silhouettes. Translation: Anyone can wear this trend!

Three to try
Zara knot skirt, $30, at Zara, locations throughout the city; visit zara.com
H&M short ruffled top, $35, at H&M, locations throughout the city; visit hm.com (pictured)
MSGM knot-front dress, $292, at farfetch.com


And what you should avoid

Super distressed boyfriend jeans
This so-called trend is perplexing: Why not just wear shorts? Not attractive.

Prints for guys: good. Double helping of prints for guys? Just say no.