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Bolo Ties and Neck Wallets

Each summer brings new trends. Last year, it was graphic T-shirts, ruffled tops, and bright-yellow maxi dresses. In the early aughts, it was miniskirts. Same for the ’60s, but instead of Paris Hilton in Juicy Couture it was Twiggy in Courrèges. But this season already seems to have brought a bewildering — and at times beguiling — array of fads. And if the hottest streetwear seems hard to pull off in a fashion-y fashion, that, its wearers might suggest, is exactly the point.

1. Neck Wallets

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In about a year, the humble fanny pack has gone from something your parents wore around their waists to a favorite of streetwear enthusiasts, who love to swing them nonchalantly over their shoulders. Now they seem to be turning into necklaces. Combined with chunky sneakers and tall socks, the look we’ve landed on might be called “tourist chic”: passport pouches paired with Croakies, circa 2018.

Kate Spade leather lanyard
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Kate Spade leather lanyard
$58 at shopbop
Coach leather lanyard
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Coach leather lanyard
$65 at Coach

2. Ugly Shoes and Status Socks

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Chunky, unflattering sneakers, or “ugly shoes,” as the fashion industry has dubbed them, have been flying off shelves for a few seasons now. Balenciaga can hardly keep its Triple S style in stock. And now socks are a tandem statement-maker. Think of them as the new graphic T-shirt, offering the opportunity to flaunt a luxury logo or your own words-to-live-by, like “GO AWAY” or “More Feminism, Less Bullshit.”

3. Three Oranges in a Mesh Bag

For some reason, fashion people everywhere are carrying oranges. But not just one orange, three. And not just any bag; a net bag. “It makes me feel like I’m living in an aspirational and picturesque Jacquemus world when I really have a fairly mundane existence in New York,” says Black Frame fashion-PR manager Sandi Halimuddin, referring to the French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus — who, by the way, seems to prefer lemons.

4. Yolo Bolo

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This spring, you could find bolo ties at cool downtown stores like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and uptown at Versace. This fall, Louis Vuitton will also have one on its shelves. Worn loose, more like a necklace, a bolo makes an event out of an otherwise simple look.

The Kooples bolo
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The Kooples bolo
$95 at The Kooples
Mizuki leather-and-baroque-pearl bolo
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Mizuki leather-and-baroque-pearl bolo
$3,995 at Bergdorf Goodman
Madewell Labradorite bolo
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Madewell Labradorite bolo
$48 at Madewell
Versace necklace
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Versace necklace
$425 at Versace

5. Bike Shorts

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On the opposite coast, the Kardashians have made bike shorts and cycling sunglasses their uniform, despite rarely having been seen astride a bike. In New York, a crumbling subway system has made cycling something like a necessity — and shoppers at popular athleisure boutiques like Outdoor Voices are so comfortable in their spandex shorts they’ve decided to stop wearing anything else.

6. Tie-Dye

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New Yorkers are DIY-ing tie-dye in their kitchens and backyards this summer. Maybe it’s because Dead & Company is touring again. Or maybe wearing tie-dye makes you feel like you’re mentally and emotionally upstate.

Little Summer Tour tie-dye T-shirt
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Little Summer Tour tie-dye T-shirt
$65 at Little Summer Tour
Burberry tie-dye cashmere vest
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Burberry tie-dye cashmere vest
$790 at Burberry
Levi’s tie-dye denim jacket
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Levi’s tie-dye denim jacket
$99 at Urban Outfitters
Proenza Schouler tie-dye T-shirt
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Proenza Schouler tie-dye T-shirt
$290 at Proenza Schouler

7. Prairie-core

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Inspired by vintage Laura Ashley dresses — and the tastes of her “eccentric mom” and grandmother — Queens-born designer Batsheva Hay developed a namesake line of modest, “kooky” calico dresses with yoke collars and ruffled sleeves. Vogue editors, influencers, and celebrities ranging from Erykah Badu (top left) to Natalie Portman are big fans, perhaps because the Picnic at Hanging Rock look happens to be trending in general. Evidence: the luxury wicker baskets and prairie dresses you’re seeing everywhere.

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Batsheva cotton dress
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Batsheva cotton dress
$437 at matchesfashion.com
Tory Burch silk dress
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Tory Burch silk dress
$698 at Tory Burch
Michael Michael Kors crêpe dress
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Michael Michael Kors crêpe dress
$155 at Michael Kors
& Other Stories polyester dress
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& Other Stories polyester dress
$145 at & Other Stories
See by Chloé georgette dress
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See by Chloé georgette dress
$550 at Net-a-Porter
Bembien rattan bag
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Bembien rattan bag
$195 at j.crew
Mango basket bag
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Mango basket bag
$67 at asos
Kayu straw tote
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Kayu straw tote
$225 at bloomingdale’s
A.P.C. woven wicker bag
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A.P.C. woven wicker bag
$250 at A.P.C.
Dolce & Gabbana leather-trimmed wicker basket bag
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Dolce & Gabbana leather-trimmed wicker basket bag
$3,975 at 24 SÈVRES
Loeffler Randall basket bag
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Loeffler Randall basket bag
$350 at Saks Fifth Avenue

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*This article appears in the July 9, 2018, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

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