A year and a half into working from home, our Fashion and Shopping teams are starved for some style moments. Fashion weeks turned digital, party nights were replaced by at-home cooking sessions, and the threads we bought out of impulse last year still have their tags on. 

But as we transition into post-quarantine life, it’s all coming back. And we are ready to dive headfirst into the summer trends that we’ll actually get to wear outdoors, IRL fashion shows, and vacation wardrobes. Oh, and then there’s a little TV show narrated by a certain girl who likes gossip coming to HBO Max that we can’t wait to watch for the costumes. 

Ahead, fashion that’s getting us excited for July. 

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Tombolo set 

“Last summer, while following stay-at-home orders, I impulse-bought this pasta shirt from Tombolo to wear at home as I canceled all foreseeable vacation plans. Fast-forward a year later, I haven’t left New York, and it’s still my go-to shirt when I need a mood-booster. This month, I am planning on upgrading to a matching set from the brand — one that may actually end up on a trip. I am loving this “Fruits de Mer” one that just launched.” — Irina Grechko, Fashion Director

Pyer Moss at Couture Week

“The thing I’m most excited about in July is Pyer Moss’ first couture show on July 8. Not only is designer, Kerby Jean-Raymond, the first Black American designer to be invited to participate as part of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, but this event will also mark his first runway show in two years, following the release of his third and final collection in the “American, Also” series, a showcase of what it means to be Black in America.” — Eliza Huber, Fashion Writer
Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows.

Black Designers In American Fashion

“Gearing up for this year’s Met Gala (ICYMI, it’s a two-parter on American fashion), I’m getting schooled on the history of fashion in this country, especially the contributions Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and AAPI communities have brought to the industry. So come July 29, I’ll order Black Designers In American Fashion, a comprehensive look at the history of Black designers based on the exhibition by the Fashion Institute of Technology.” — Frances Solá-Santiago, Fashion Writer

Gossip Girl 2.0

“I’m excited for the reboot of Gossip Girl [out July 8]. I was absolutely obsessed with the original in middle school (I modeled my style after the fabulous Blair Waldorf), and this one looks absolutely perfect. It’s a refreshing, diverse take on the original that I’m so excited to check out. The fashion looks incredible.” — Mercedes Viera, Associate Deals Writer
Photo: Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images.

Pearl necklaces — with a twist

“Inspired by one Harry Styles, I began to wear pearl necklaces again this summer. I have especially taken to styles that mix the traditional gemstone with more modern chains and gold detailing. My current favorites include Missoma’s Baroque Pearl Twisted Link Necklace and Machete’s (now-sold-out) Petite Figaro & Rice Pearl Necklace.” — IG

Gabriel For Sach’s Fall ‘21

“The other thing I’m most excited about this month is Gabriel For Sach’s fall ’21 collection, which launched this week. The collection is centered on timelessness, so none of the handbags and garments are new per se, but, instead, reworked versions of past pieces, made in new colors, materials, and textures. I’m a huge fan of the brand and how classic yet innovative the bags are.” — EH

The Return of Birthday Outfits

“I’m turning 27 in August and, like any Leo, I’m already prepping for it. This month I’ll be dedicating a good chunk of my time (and budget!) to find a great party dress so I can celebrate like God intended. Currently, I’m obsessed with this Selkie puff dress in black.” — FSS

IRL Thrifting

“Super late to the game, but, since moving to Brooklyn, I’ve really enjoyed thrifting on my days off. It’s the fun of shopping on a budget without the guilt of buying from fast fashion, both for environmental and workforce ethical reasons. Awoke Vintage is super close to me, and I just love how they have new things every time I visit. I go to other thrift stores nearby, too, but I always check in on Awoke first, if only for those stunning accessories!” — MV

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