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Contrary to what you might’ve heard, this isn’t just a town of cowboy boots and button-downs. Nope, Dallas has a casual-cool style all its own, and it starts with these nine pieces.

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Versatile Cardigan

Days that start off chilly and end up “hot AF” aren’t out of the ordinary here. So we all know it’s best to be prepared with a cardigan that can keep you warm—until you’re too warm and need to shed it.

Get the look: Mossimo ($17); Vince ($425)

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Lacy Sundress

You want to wear a bathing suit (because it’s 104 degrees), but society insists we put on clothes to go to work. And hey, since we do fancy ourselves as true Southern ladies, is there anything more effortlessly elegant than a pretty lace number on a sweltering beautiful Dallas afternoon?

Get the look: Forever 21 ($48); BB Dakota ($98)

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Ankle Boots

Despite what the rest of the country thinks, we aren’t going full cowgirl on the fashion scene 24-7. In fact, we prefer chic ankle boots to the type that you’ll find in a neighboring Fort Worth honky-tonk.

Get the look: Zara ($50); Kendall + Kylie ($190)

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Go-To Party Dress

You know you’re friends with someone who always has an excuse to host a glitzy gala. So it’s essential that you have a showstopping party dress in the back of your closet to throw on and feel fabulous, even if you can’t remember what fancy event you’re even heading to

Get the look: ASOS ($181); Self-Portrait ($475)

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Strappy Sandals

Throwing on a pair of strappy sandals adds some pizzazz to your look. If you’re strappy sandal-less, start with a nude, which goes with everything.

Get the look: Lulu's ($35); Sam Edelman ($120)

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Athleisure, Athleisure, Athleisure

Because around here we do coffee, brunch and even some happy hours in full-blown workout wear. And don’t worry, these days no one says that you actually have to get in a workout to rock the latest and greatest from Lululemon

Get the look: Lululemon leggings ($98); Nike jacket ($120)

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Ripped Denim

As much as our grandparents hate it (“Child, can’t you afford to buy pants without holes?”), this trend is here to stay. There’s something so badass about pairing feminine accessories with rugged, ripped denim.

Get the look: H&M ($40); Levi’s ($88)

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White Blouse

A great white top is the foundation for endless outfit possibilities. Style it with chunky statement jewelry or rock it on its own with a top bun.

Get the look: Loft ($55); Ted Baker ($185)

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Big Sunglasses

The rest of the world wears them to be fashionable, but we are legit shielding ourselves from the sun. And OK, fine: The best blowout accessory is that perfect pair of shades. The bigger, the better, people.

Get the look: Le Specs ($60); Karen Walker ($280)

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