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Angelenos are celebrating a return to the great outdoors, and we don’t mean hiking. Instead, it’s dressing intentionally with style, for café sitting in Santa Monica, window shopping on Melrose Place or meeting a friend for dinner in Hollywood. And the creative-cool way of dressing this city is known for—think South of France style, but with more obvious cleavage and flattering shorts—is worth checking out because who doesn’t deserve a little retail therapy celebrating the fact that it’s summer, we’re alive and there’s avocado toast for the taking.

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1. Ugly Sandals and Relaxed Trousers

Whether it’s an upscale shower slide or a designer version of hippie shoes, the statement shoe of the season is the objectively…unlovely sandal. We're feeling its clunkiness (and also the way it’s somehow breezy yet protects our feet with its buckles, wide straps or flatform heft). Paired with palazzo pants or loose cargo pants, the look nails the effortless Angeleno stylishness.

Shop the ugly sandal: Freedom Moses ($50); Intentionally Blank ($184); Valentino ($380)

Shop the relaxed trouser: Everlane ($75); Pilcro ($118); Stylein ($215)

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2. Mixed Gold and Silver Chains

Whether they are lucky enough to have a 14K charm necklace from the new Jennifer Fisher boutique in Beverly Hills or collect pieces from the affordable selection at the Gorjana shop in Abbott Kinney, the statement necklace of the moment is a carefully curated mix of gold and silver toned chains and charms.

Shop the chains: Madewell ($48); Gorjana ($108); Missoma ($369)

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3. High Necked Tank Top + Crossbody Bag

The higher the neckline, the better canvas to display your statement chain collection. And the crossbody bag leaves you hands-free, since all you need is a credit card, your sunscreen and your phone.

Shop the tank: Everlane ($18) Madewell ($39) Michael Stars ($62)

Shop the bag: Melie Bianco ($50); J. Crew ($138; $84); Clare V. ($355)

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4. Sweats, elevated

The humble grey sweatshirt looks slouchy-cool when worn over trousers and paired with a nice handbag. And bonus: This piece slides comfortably into fall when layered over a tissue turtleneck or boyfriend buttondown shirt.

Shop the Sweatshirt: Open Edit ($39) Rumours ($53) Alo Yoga ($78)

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5. The Smock Dress

It’s the most breezy way to roll, with a drop waist, tiered construction and at least a short sleeve for coverage. (Because after a year at home on the couch, we’re not really ready to jump into bodycon dressing, thanks.)

Shop the dresses: J. Crew ($49); Topshop ($84); Devotion ($297)

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6. Sneakers + Maxi Dress

With a loose, long smock and a pair of sneakers that are super-padded and fly, we’re working our best Golden Girls style, with a side of swagger.

Shop the dresses: ASOS ($40) Rujuta Sheth ($198; $120); Natalie Martin ($290)

Shop the shoes: Nike ($75); New Balance ($90); Adidas ($130)

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