Temperatures may already be through the roof, but there’s still time to figure out what to wear this summer and get your reemergence wardrobe in order. Whether you’ve already begun dressing to the nines or are slowly working up the nerve to slip back into a pair of structured pants, this season’s seen-everywhere pieces have a little something for everyone.

For those of us who remember ordering from the Delia’s catalogue in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the trends dominating summer 2021 look eerily familiar: bucket hats, friendship bracelets, kitten heels (kitten heels!)—the list goes on. It’s a mash-up of the zaniest Y2K throwbacks—think Spice World meets Lizzie McGuire meets middle-school sleepaway camp—mixed with polished pieces that feel more appropriate for postadolescent activities like, say, working in an office.

Frankly, I’m here for it. After a year cooped up inside, it feels like there’s less pressure to reemerge looking perfect than there is to simply reemerge, ready to celebrate, wearing whatever you wish—whether that’s a rainbow knit bucket hat or ’70s-inspired crochet tank.

Ahead, we’re calling out and forecasting which pieces will define the summer of 2021—wares you’re sure to see everywhere from Instagram to the sidewalk and your favorite .com shop. Because we’re guessing you’ll want to join in the fun, shop all these pieces below.

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June 25, 2021