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We can practically smell the grill firing up, taste the ice-cold rosé cider and hear the splash of that unicorn float hitting the pool. We’ve reached peak summer and we’re ready to look like it. We did the work for you and planned out 31 fabulous fresh outfits to wear throughout the month of July.

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Wear a T-Shirt Under a Party Dress

Protect your shoulders from that hot summer sun while simultaneously making your favorite cocktail dress more daytime-appropriate.

Get the look: Madewell T-shirt ($30); Reformation dress ($198); Bronzallure necklace ($99); RayBan sunglasses ($168); MICHAEL Michael Kors heels ($99)

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Wear Head-to-Toe Brights

Instead of wilting away in the heat, why not re-energize with a super-bold “look at me” ensemble? Pile on the most vibrant shades you can find and show that white-hot sun who’s boss.

Get the look: Stine Goya blouse ($366); Mara Hoffman pants ($263); Brahmin clutch ($175); 1.State heels ($54)

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Use a Sunhat to Add Some Drama

It’s time to take that straw hat out of your beach bag and into the real world. The wider the brim, the more glamorous you’ll feel.

Get the look: Kayu hat ($211); BaubleBar earrings ($44); Leith bodysuit ($29); Robert Rodriguez pants ($325); Marc Ellis bag ($204); 1.State heels ($90)

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Style

Turns out you can wear all the colors of the flag at once without looking like, well, the flag itself. Try out a pattern other than stars and stripes for a more subtle but equally festive effect.

Get the look: MISA Los Angeles dress ($334); Furla bag ($149); Tibi heels ($475)

RELATED: How to Dress for July 4th Without Looking Like a 6-Year-Old

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An off-the-shoulder top with ruffled sleeves feels less intimidating or fiesta-ready when done in a simple beige and paired with tailored khakis. Yes, you can wear different neutral shades in the same outfit without looking boring.

Get the look: Quay Australia sunglasses ($55); ASOS top ($45); SEA pants ($174)

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Elongate Your Frame with Vertical Stripes

It doesn’t matter if you’re five foot two or six foot two; vertical stripes are slimming, lengthening and guaranteed to help you channel your inner supermodel, just like Coterie member Liz Teich. Get it, girl.

Get the look: Figue dress ($358); Madewell belt ($45); Mansur Gavriel bag ($395); Loeffler Randall heels ($350)

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Give a Throwback NOD TO '90S OVERALLS

If you’re still totally buggin’ over the awesome fashion on Clarissa Explains It All, then we have some good news for you: Overalls and oversize headbands are back in style. Boo-ya!

Get the look: Ann Taylor shirt ($70); Rolla's overalls ($129); J.Crew scarf ($21); Keds sneakers ($70)

Try a Funky Pair of Sunnies

Which sounds more fun: a pair of classic wayfarers or oversize heart-shaped frames that are covered in glitter?

Get the look: GIFIORE sunglasses ($10); Baublebar earrings ($48); Tiny top ($88)

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Wear a Summer-Weight Knit

Fun fact: Cashmere is actually a great warm-weather fabric. It can keep you cool outdoors and warm inside your overly-air-conditioned office. These lightweight, breathable knits are also a favorite of Italy’s most fashionable women so, yeah, we’re sold. 

Get the look: J.Crew top ($127); Farm Rio pants ($130); Me Too shoes ($90)

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Mix Gingham of All Sizes and Shades

One easy way to ensure your gingham ensemble doesn’t go full-on Dorothy? Mix it up with different size prints, like Coterie member Alisha Taneja does here. 

Get the look: Hutch dress ($180); Loeffler Randall heels ($350)

RELATED: 8 New Ways to Wear Gingham So You Don’t Look Like a Walking Picnic

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Add Depth to a Monochrome Ensemble

Do you love wearing head-to-toe white in summer? Of course you do, but consider incorporating a few textured pieces to add interest and avoid looking totally washed out.

Get the look: Mignonne Gavigan earrings ($225); Thurley dress ($750); Danse Lente bag ($430); Adidas sneakers ($90)

Get Comfortable in a Caftan

Equal parts glamorous and easy, your go-to poolside caftan is more versatile than you think. Just add a pair of fabulous oversize earrings, a structured bag and luxe slides, like Coterie member Katie Sturino, and suddenly you’re red-carpet ready. Or at least ready for dinner and drinks with the girls.

Get the look: Märta Larsson caftan ($482); Brinker & Eliza earrings ($148); Kate Spade New York bag ($215); TOMS sandals ($60)

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Embrace the Easy Wrap Dress

This breezy style is universally flattering, super comfortable and somehow always looks professional. 

Get the look: Zimmermann dress ($695); ASOS socks ($13); New Balance sneakers ($175)

RELATED: 3 Tips for Wearing a Wrap Dress If You Have Big Boobs

Wear a Denim Skirt Like an Adult

Turns out, it can be done. Choose a white or black wash, then pair it with a pair of black heels and a classic button-down shirt.

Get the look: Old Navy shirt ($18); Vineyard Vines skirt ($88); Vince Camuto heels ($120)

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Try a Hawaiian Shirt(dress)

We admire Sir Tommy Bahama, but we can’t help but feel a little too much like a Floridian retiree when wearing one of his lovely creations. The solution: Throw on a Hawaiian print shirtdress instead. Add a pair of classic kicks to keep that California vibe going.

Get the look: Viva Aviva dress ($228); Converse sneakers ($55)

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Wear Summer's Two Hottest Hues

Why choose between white hot and red hot when they look so darn good together? Pull on the brightest whites you own and add plenty of red-orange accessories.

Get the look: Alex Mill shirt ($95); Joe's Jeans jeans ($178); Yuzefi bag ($445); Sole Society shoes ($80)

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Try a Loose-Fitting Jumpsuit

We love a good one-and-done jumpsuit, but the trick to making a shapeless one-piece look less like an infant’s onesie? Wear a curve-hugging T-shirt underneath.

Get the look: Uniqlo T-shirt ($10); Rails jumpsuit ($188); Superga sneakers ($80)

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Or a draped suit

Swap your crisply tailored blazer and trousers for a loose, relaxed cut. Even better if it's in an unexpected color like blue-green.

Get the look: ASOS blazer ($40) and pants ($40); Ted Baker top ($146); Furla fanny pack ($218)

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Add Velvet Pumps

Who says velvet is just for winter? Add some depth to a floral frock with a pair of lush heels before you hit the town for dinner with friends or date night with your S.O. 

Get the look: INC International Concepts dress ($100); Penny Loves Kenny heels ($45)

Don’t Assume Shorts Are Casual

Turns out shorts suits are major fashion chameleons, looking adorably cute for a casual Friday then super sexy for a night out on the town. Bottom line: You can wear one of these fabulous sets to basically every event on your calendar. Thanks for the inspo, Olivia Jeanette!

Get the look: Mango jacket ($40); Ann Taylor top ($71) and shorts ($69); Calvin Klein heels ($109)

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Bridge the Gap Between Contrasting Hues

Pale yellow and vibrant violet aren’t exactly a match made in heaven...but when you wear them on either side of a navy blue skirt, suddenly they don’t feel quite so disjointed.

Get the look: MICHAEL Michael Kors top ($153); ARoss Girl x Soler skirt ($355); Alexandre Birman heels ($535)

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Embrace the NYC Style Stereotype

Yes, you can wear black-on-black this summer without melting into a sweaty puddle. Just remember to choose breathable fabrics and avoid anything too form-fitting or constricting.

Get the look: Everlane T-shirt ($18); A.L.C. skirt ($295); Teva sandals ($50)

RELATED: 7 Ways to Wear All Black This Summer Without Looking Boring

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Wear a Turtleneck

By which we mean a lightweight high-neck blouse or dress. It adds an air of elegance to even the most boho summer frocks.

Get the look: Jack BB Dakota dress ($55); Y.A.S. dress ($114); Ulla Johnson dress ($345); Diane von Furstenberg dress ($800)

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Carry a Beaded Handbag

Do your middle-school self a favor and embrace this wonderfully fun throwback trend, at least for the summer. 

Get the look: Skinnydip London bag ($24); Lovers + Friends bag ($143); Susan Alexandra bag ($216); Loeffler Randall bag ($275); Shrimps bag ($390)

Layer a Shirtdress Over A Midi Skirt

Unbutton the hem from the midriff to the bottom for a super-cool A-line silhouette.

Get the look: Eloquii shirtdress ($90); Violeta skirt ($80); ALDO bag ($60); Louise et Cie heels ($100)

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Wear Your Athletic Gear Outside the Gym

Real talk: When it’s 97 degrees out with 100 percent humidity, you are going to get sweaty. So throw on a sweat-wicking tank with your girly midi skirt and call it a (fashionable) day. 

Get the look: Nike top ($32); Song of Style skirt ($208); Leith sandals ($70)

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Sport a Safari Jacket

Make a safari jacket and long shorts city-appropriate with a silk scarf headband and casual black flats. (Save the hiking boots for vacation.)

Get the look: Anthropologie headband ($18); L.L.Bean jacket ($80); J.Crew shorts ($45); Nordstrom bag ($69); Steve Madden flats ($70)

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Let Loose in a Tent Dress

They’re easy, they’re breezy and, when worn with heels and an open neckline, they’re surprisingly flattering, too.

Get the look: Tory Burch dress ($359); Dagne Dover clutch ($125); Journee heels ($48)

RELATED: 30 Tent Dresses (from $30 to $300) to Wear All Summer Long

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Try a Silk Slip Skirt

Slip dresses can be tricky to wear without veering into nightgown territory. Slip skirts? Much easier to pull off. Wear yours with a casual tank or button-down shirt and flat sandals and you'll be good to happy hour cocktails.

Get the look: Madewell top ($25); Moon River skirt ($64); Merrell sandals ($80)

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Take Your Grandma's Advice

A dainty grandma-inspired glasses chain will give you confidence that you definitely won't lose those designer sunglasses you bought earlier this year. (Yes, even if you indulge a bit too much at boozy brunch.)

Get the look: Tuleste chain ($40); My My My chain ($58); Selfridges chain ($83); Donni chain ($108)

Pile on the Prints

Go big or go home and wear as many loud, oversize and punchy prints as your little heart desires. It’s summer, baby. 

Get the look: J.Crew scarf ($24); Ashanis Collection top ($30); Grass-Fields shorts ($40); Veja sneakers ($120)

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