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We’re getting tired of looking at that same old sundress in our closet, but super-hot days have us stumped for something cool to wear. Luckily, a bunch of new shops have opened with some easy-to-wear separates. Here’s our pick of eight summer essentials to wear when it's 100 degrees--and tips on how to layer when the heat finally breaks.

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Slip Dress

Wear It Now: On its own
Wear It Later: With a T-shirt underneath

The ’90s staple frock gets an update from L.A. designer Raquel Allegra in tie-dye with a raw-edged trim.
8372 W. Third St.; 323-433-4245 or

Short-Sleeve Blouse

Wear It Now: On top of crisp shorts and heels
Wear It Later: Over a tissue turtleneck

You’ve overslept, you’ve got a client meeting at 10 a.m. and it’s already 90 degrees. This loose, elegant--and on-trend with that open back--crinkle-cotton blouse by new DTLA-produced label YSTR is your fast fix.
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White Linen Blouse

Wear It Now: Untucked and unbuttoned over a cami
Wear It Later: Tucked into wide-legged jeans

Natural fibers are key to staying cool in the tropics; linen, like this classic mid-weight button-front blouse designed by The Reed, looks elegant even with a few wrinkles.
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Elastic-Waist Pants

Wear It Now: With a crop top and sandals
Wear It Later: With a long-sleeved T-shirt and short boots

The idea of a tight waistband on a hot day makes us queasy, so some lightweight cotton pull-ons from Rachel Comey are the answer to our problems.
8432 Melrose Ave.; 323-852-3152 or

The Walkable Heel

Wear It Now: With everything from shorts to jeans
Wear It Later: With dark tights

It’s the unicorn of footwear: A sandal that’s comfortable, fashionable and even gives you a bit of height. Alexander Wang’s sandals in go-with-everything sand-colored suede are it. They’re available at the tightly edited new boutique Reservoir.
154 S. Robertson Blvd.; 323-300-5309 or

The Elegant T-shirt

Wear It Now: With white jeans
Wear It Later: With a miniskirt, tights and boots

You have a drawer full of T-shirts, but none of them are slender enough to be flattering yet lightweight enough to breeze through a heat wave. Plus, who knew little design tweaks like a smidge longer sleeves and a perfect jewel neckline could look so Françoise Hardy? Apparently, the design team at new lifestyle concept store The Line did.
8463 Melrose Pl., 2nd fl.; 323-746-5056 or

The Loose Dress

Wear It Now: Over your swimsuit
Wear It Later: Under a cotton sweater with short boots

Leave the bodycon styles for another season--we?re talking loose and ideally made of cotton or linen. Los Angeles textile maker Rachel Craven's sack dresses are ideal.
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Army jacket

Wear It Now: To refresh that sundress staple
Wear It Later: With leather leggings and ballet flats

And because even our hottest summer days have chilly nights, you need a cover-up. We vote for one that’s trendy and impervious to wrinkles. Thanks, Anine Bing.
8128 W. Third St.;

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