As warmer weather settles in around us, the desire to reach for flimsy beachwear can be hard to resist. While we love a loose shift as much as the next girl, this season we’re looking to clean, architectural pieces that cut an irresistibly lean silhouette and transition easily from vacation days to on-duty dressing. This year’s sleek summer whites look their most crisp when complemented by pops of rich hues in lush fabrics, like the deep burgundy, bright cerulean, and golden yellows that caught our eyes here—the new primaries for summer, if you will.
From top left: A Brooks Brothers silk chiffon scarf in a bright, blooming pattern is a rich addition to a palette of whites and creams (silk scarf, Brooks Brothers, $186 at brooksbrothers.com).
This 18 karat gold Kothari bracelet shimmers with diamond slices that move as your wrist does (diamond slice bracelet, Kothari, $7,000 at twistonline.com).
In a geometric cut that calls to mind lush foliage, Nak Armstrong's bold earrings feature white diamonds, cashmere gold, and faceted emeralds (emerald, tourmaline, and diamond earrings, Nak Armstrong, $8,845 at barneys.com).
The Maison Gold Edition Long Slip from La Perla's "Made to Measure" collection combines sumptuous white silk with delicate gold embroidery (price upon request at La Perla boutiques nationwide).
Rosetta Getty’s wide-leg pants are timeless and on-trend at once; the high waist and loose cut favor nearly every figure (satin wide legged pants, Rosetta Getty, $1,600; net-a-porter.com).
A minimalist silhouette in burgundy velvet make these heels a perfect, if unexpected, finishing touch. Fleur du Mal's delicate loungewear, like dance-inspired tap shorts pictured above, marry comfort and elegance (rose lace tap short, $128 at fleurdumal.com).
From top left: A simple, chic bikini stays modern with an asymmetrical strap (Elias bikini, Araks, $305 at theline.com).
Dior's silver-blue sunglasses are stylish and practical with a super-lightweight frame that offers 100 percent UV protection (DiorSoReal sunglasses, Dior, $560 at dior.com).
Update your summer whites with this sleek wrap blouse by Derek Lam (poplin wrap front blouse, Derek Lam, $890 at barneys.com).
An architectural and understated cuff from Ileana Makri is a dazzling counterpoint to soft white and blue (diamond sea tree cuff, Ileana Makri, $22,500 at barneys.com).
A soft, striped blouse pays homage to both the kimono and the necktie; its silk fabric and azure color scheme make it a breezy choice for summer (striped silk blouse, J.W. Anderson, $1,400 at theline.com).
From top left: A fresh take on the classic Panama hat in handwoven straw and lambskin brings you stylish shade (panton hat, Janessa Leone, $251 at janessleone.com).
Cream organza and delicate ruffles come together in this romantic, tie-front design (organza coat dress, Ruban, $5,400 at modaoperandi.com).
A feminine piece that brings the beauty of the garden to your wardrobe, this Michael Kors tulle skirt is hand-embroidered and beaded with orange and yellow flowers (tulle skirt, Michael Kors, $9,995 at michaelkors.com).
Stella McCartney's butter-colored dress has careful cutouts that precisely highlight the waist, while the skirt’s slits give swing as you walk (cutout ribbed-knit dress, Stella McCartney, $930 at net-a-porter.com).
Distinctive gold and diamond hoops from Finn thread through the ear in a continuous spiral (diamond and gold Gatsby hoops, Finn, $3,050 at barneys.com).
Brown suede slip-ons with a block heel from Maryam Nassir Zadeh are a soft, and comfortable, addition to your summer footwear collection (Roberta ballerina heel in caramel, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, $380 at oroborostore.com).