12 Hot-Weather Outfit Ideas That Aren't a Sundress + Sandals

Classic, but also zzzz.

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There's wearing clothes and then there's putting thought into how you present yourself to the world (and having fun with it). Playing an endless game of sundress musical chairs in the summer is A-okay, but tell the truth—don't you want more? Look no further than these 12 outfit ideas, which take hot-weather dressing up *just* a notch.

<p>Keep it all in the same color family like Alicia Vikander to <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjh4ebrlZnNAhXF2yYKHbnVDmQQFggkMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.marieclaire.com%2Ffashion%2Ftips%2Fg3183%2Fthings-make-you-look-shorter%2F&usg=AFQjCNFeOrZE7uxZWhFZb4RIf_9Bss8avw&bvm=bv.124088155,d.eWE">look like the spaghetti-fied version of yourself</a>/what might happen if you ever had the misfortune of encountering a wormhole.</p>
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Camisole + Culottes

Keep it all in the same color family like Alicia Vikander to look like the spaghetti-fied version of yourself/what might happen if you ever had the misfortune of encountering a wormhole.

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<p>Dream scenario: me in Courregès. But for now, it'll probably have to be denim on denim—not that there's anything wrong with that. </p>
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The New Skirt Suit

Dream scenario: me in Courregès. But for now, it'll probably have to be denim on denim—not that there's anything wrong with that.

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<p>Yeah, kind of regular, but the clever bit is that you don't have to tuck anything in to carve out a waist, thus maximizing airflow. #summerfashionscience</p>
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Boxy Crop Top + Miniskirt

Yeah, kind of regular, but the clever bit is that you don't have to tuck anything in to carve out a waist, thus maximizing airflow. #summerfashionscience

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<p>A sheer layer disrupts the ol' crop-top-and-shorts combo. </p>
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Alt Co-Ords

A sheer layer disrupts the ol' crop-top-and-shorts combo.

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<p>How do you make a denim diaper not festival-y? Pair it with a cute, high-neck top and short-sleeve jacket. </p>
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Cutoffs + Something Ladylike

How do you make a denim diaper not festival-y? Pair it with a cute, high-neck top and short-sleeve jacket.

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<p>Pick a skirt with a slit for walkability; pick <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/g3712/espadrilles-summer/">one of these espadrilles</a> because they're the SOTS (shoe of the summer). </p>
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Pencil Skirt + Espadrilles

Pick a skirt with a slit for walkability; pick one of these espadrilles because they're the SOTS (shoe of the summer).

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<p>No promises you'll look as cool as Liu Wen, but the tuck and mirrored lenses help. </p>
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Breezy Shirt + Cropped Jeans

No promises you'll look as cool as Liu Wen, but the tuck and mirrored lenses help.

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<p>ELLE FANNING. There's nothing to say here, except I hope all of us someday find jumpsuits this well-fitting. </p>
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Bombshell Jumpsuit + Neckerchief

ELLE FANNING. There's nothing to say here, except I hope all of us someday find jumpsuits this well-fitting.

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<p>This too. </p>
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Bombshell Jumpsuit, Pt. II

This too.

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<p>Generally, wearing little to nothing underneath is *the* secret to repurposing all your long jackets and pants for summer. Do it with an of-the-moment-tracksuit, and it's even cooler. </p>
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Tracksuit + Exposed Bra

Generally, wearing little to nothing underneath is *the* secret to repurposing all your long jackets and pants for summer. Do it with an of-the-moment-tracksuit, and it's even cooler.

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<p>Again, you definitely could sub out Elizabeth Olsen's tank here for bare sternum (and fashion tape). </p>
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The Short Suit

Again, you definitely could sub out Elizabeth Olsen's tank here for bare sternum (and fashion tape).

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<p>Steal your brother or man friend's swim trunks, and you've got readymade Rosie Assoulin. </p>
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Sports Bra + Board Shorts

Steal your brother or man friend's swim trunks, and you've got readymade Rosie Assoulin.

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