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Dressing for Dallas summer (which, let’s be real, lasts from April to October) is tough—or at least it used to be until we learned this foolproof equation: Take one piece of gingham, add a solid staple of your choice and say hello to a classic look that can be worn anywhere from brunch to a baby shower and everything in between.

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J Crew Factory

Midi Sundress

This may very well be the official dress of summer: Light and roomy, it can take you everywhere from a business meeting to a barbecue in a snap.

J. Crew Factory ($49)

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Off-the-shoulder Top

Who says tablecloths are the only red-and-white-checked items that get to have any fun? This exposed-shoulder showstopper is subtly sexy without being over the top.

ASOS ($22)

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Embroidered Crops

Comfy as pajamas, dressier than jean shorts. Is it just us or is this a win-win for women everywhere?

Zara ($50)

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Nasty Gal

Ruffled Bikini

We’re suddenly very excited for pool-party season.

Nasty Gal ($50)

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Flat slides

The perfect sandals to add a little pattern pep to your step.

H&M ($25)

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Silk Scarf

This is a super-chic way to add a pop of color and sophistication to jeans and a crisp white tee.

Nordstrom ($78)

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Old Navy

Side-tie shorts

Those little bows, though.

Old Navy ($30)

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TJ Maxx

Sleeveless Top

The material and the ruffle make this top doubly darling. And at this price point, we think we’ll buy it in blue and pink.

TJ Maxx ($17)

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Banana Republic

Crossbody Bag

For the all-black-everything girl who wants to add an accessory pop to her monochromatic outfit. (Nothing too crazy, of course.)

Banana Republic ($98)

gingham blue sneakers

Canvas Sneaks

Because sometimes we like to kick it (get it?) old school.

Keds ($78)

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Pottery Barn

Cosmetic Bag

Your makeup was patiently waiting for the clothing and accessories portion of this list to wrap up so that it could have its moment. And come on—how could seeing that on your dresser not make you smile?

Pottery Barn ($49)

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