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Vans sneakers will be the most sought after staple for the summer season, as they will fit in well with a variety of styles. Hollywood's favorite accessory is the perfect trend to try as it will be in style throughout the summer, and well into the winter months.

Katie Ellis, Rocket Contributor
April 24, 2014

Summer is finally on the horizon with only one week of classes left to sit through, and the ever stressful finals week to overcome. Although it may seem eons away, now is the perfect time to start thinking about the best items to buy, to ensure that you’ll be looking fashionable all summer long.

Patterned sneakers, cutoff shorts, and edgy accessories are the biggest trends for the season because they can be incorporated into any wardrobe with ease. There are more opportunities to experiment with fashion in the summer than there are in the spring and fall, which makes it the perfect time for fashionistas to try the trends that they’ve been lusting over since snow was on the ground.

No one does fun, eye-catching sneakers for girls on a budget quite like Vans. While they may be popular among skateboarders and the hipster crowd, these shoes are catching on with girls across the country. These sneakers can be paired with a variety of ensembles like sundresses, a crop top and flirty skirt, or jeans and a T-shirt.

The classic Vans are the perfect choice for fans of the brand and first-time buyers. Their iconic design features a thick white sole, and a colored tab that coordinates with the design printed on the canvas body of the shoe.

The Classic Multi Floral Authentic Slim Vans have a vibrant background decorated with hydrangea and rose blooms in shades of pink, blue, and orange, and is offset by contrasting white laces. For just $55, you’ll be able to slip your feet into these stylish shoes that’ll earn you compliments all summer long.

Unlike the floral version, the Classic Cosmic Galaxy Authentic Lo Pro sneakers are significantly darker in hue, but are still just as fresh for sunny school-free days. This shoe comes in two patterns, Galaxy Black/True White and Nebula/True White, and is given a modern update with black laces and a matching stripe on the sole.

The unique aspect of these shoes is that because of the way the pattern is printed on them, no two pairs are alike. This one-of-a-kind pair of Vans sells for just $55.

Cut-off shorts are more popular than ever this season, thanks to their move away from silhouettes that are solely denim colored, while the tried and true original has been given a few updates. Traditionally cutoff shorts are high-cut and distressed, but this summer stores like American Eagle and Forever 21 have decided to try something new.

The improved AE High-Rise Festival Shortie in mint is high-waisted and has a subtly fringed hemline, which would pair well with a crop top or a tucked-in tank top for hot summer days. These chic shorts from American Eagle can be yours for just $40.

Forever 21 has also decided to capitalize on this trend with their Sunday Funday Denim Shorts that retail for only $17.80. Much like the original cutoff shorts, this pair features distressed patches and a fringed hemline, but are given an inventive twist with an embroidered red belt reminiscent of a tribal print. Don’t be afraid to pair these shorts with tops in a variety of colors in spite of their loud pattern, after all, summer is the perfect time to try new styles.

Ear cuffs have been seen on celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Jennifer Lawrence for months now, but the summer months are where this trend is going to take off. Only one ear cuff needs to be worn at a time, making it an edgier jewelry statement than regular earrings.

The Hermes Ear Cuff from Bauble Bar comes in two pieces, one large and one small, with the larger piece to be worn over the ear lobe, and the small portion to be worn near the top of the ear. Because it comes in two pieces, you can choose whether or not to wear them together for an unexpected look.

It comes in either clear or gray, and features a crystal fan design. Order this piece today for just $28, and plan on wearing it all summer long.

With only two weeks separating you from summer, start planning your summer shopping lists now, fashion fans!

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