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A Guide To Must-Have Summer Essentials From Your Childhood

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While spring is busy springing, we’re already daydreaming about summer. There’s no other time of year that feels so simultaneously nostalgic and fresh. This year, we’ve decided to embrace the former by decking ourselves out with the ultimate collection of throwback summer essentials. 

Every season brings back trends from decades gone-by, and this year we’re all about the late-‘90s and early-‘00s. More than any other time span, this one is the closest to our hearts because it’s one we personally remember: the It-couple of the moment was undoubtably Justin and Britney, our fashion icons were Christina Aguilera and J.Lo. The pants were baggy and accessories were bold. 

So add a tinge of nostalgia to your summer closet with our ultimate selection of throwback essentials: 

Headwear was one of this era’s major statements: were you more of a New Era NY baseball cap wearer, or did you go down the R&B girl band bucket hat route? Or, when you were at Disneyland on your dream vaycay with your parents, did you rock the kind of visor that would make Nicki Minaj jealous
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Urban Outfitters Denim Bucket Hat - $24
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Urban Outfitters Crystal Visor - $24
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New Era 9Forty Cap With Copper Embroidery - $28
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Free People Ventura Washed Tie Back Visor - $20
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We’ve already seen some very strong, statement sunglasses from Gucci this season, but our favorite fashion house can’t compete with the classics. We’re spying these chunky, white, Kurt-Cobain-eat-your-heart-out shades all over the blogosphere lately – and Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez have already made a strong case for the miniature, tinted lens. But how about embracing some serious Anastasia vibes with a pair of oversized, frameless aviators? 
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Cheap Monday Kurt Cateye Cunglasses - $46
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Free People '90s Queen Oval Sunnies - $30
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Quay Muse Sunglasses - $60
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Warby Parker Lila - from $145
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Think big, and then think bigger when it comes to your summer footwear this year. Indulge in that pair of gummy-soled, mega-platform Rocket Dogs that your mom refused to buy you when you were 12. If you’re stuck in the office all summer long, opt for a pair of thick-soled, wide slides that will make you look like an extra from Daria. Or throw caution to the wind and re-live your childhood in a pair of glittery jelly sandals. 
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Rocket Dog Bigtop Webbing Platform Sandal - $40
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Topshop Woodie Leather Slides - $75
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Public Desire Tiger Velcro Strap Trim Flatforms - $45
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Sun Jellies Adult Silver glirrer - £12
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There are few things more of-the-moment than a branded backpack. In particular, a drawstring one in an awkward synthetic material. Who can forget wielding one of these bad boys through school feeling like an OG? For a more substantial means of carrying your stuff without it digging into your shoulders and leaving rope burns, jump on the surf wear bandwagon with a design by Roxy, or if you’re too cool for color, an iconic Nike Just Do It bag. Though, if you are the aforementioned visor-touting ‘90s kid, you’re probably more interested in a fanny pack. And we don't blame you
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Vans Off The Wall Drawstring Bag - $11
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Roxy Always Core Small Backpack - $29
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Forever21 Zippered Fanny Pack - €13
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Nike Just Do It Mini Backpack - £15
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