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Bloom Bounty: Summer's Boldest Looks

Electric colors and flowers with power define summer's best trends. Flaunt your fearless style in easy-to-wear shapes that pack a pretty punch.

By Juli Alvarez

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Purple Haze

For a thoroughly modern, slightly mad mix, juxtapose tiny violets with a graphic bud pattern. Carry your essentials in a playful petal clutch.

Top, Ann Taylor,$78, Pants, $50, H&M, for locations. Wedges, Nine West, $99, Bag, Boden, $128, Bracelet, Sequin, $58, 212-398-7363.

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Rosy Outlook

Pair solid brights with one outstanding floral piece, like this relaxed boyfriend blazer. A pushed-up sleeve exudes extra attitude.

Jacket, WDNY, $78, 212-395-9309 for locations. Tank, Talbots, $69.50, Talbots stores, and 800-TALBOTS. Skirt, Old Navy, $25, Old Navy stores. Necklaces, Sequin, $58 each, 212-398-7363. Bangle (left arm), Dinosaur Designs, $265, 212-680-3523. Bangles (right arm, top to bottom), Dinosaur Designs, $130 and $188, 212-680-3523.

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Island Life

A jersey sheath keeps you feeling cool, calm and fabulous when the heat is on.

Dress, Maggy London, $128, Macy's stores. Bangles (left arm, left to right), Dinosaur Designs, $75, $55 and $130, 212-680-3523. Orange bangle (right arm, second from top), Dinosaur Designs, $115, 212-680-3523. Yellow and red bangles (right arm, top to bottom), R.J. Graziano, $25, $35 and $25, 212-685-1248 for locations.

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Hangin' Out

The new tunic is the perfect wardrobe chameleon—layer it over soft trousers or wear on its own as a breezy dress.

Tunic and pants, WDNY, $98 and $68, 212-395-9309 for locations. Heels, Nine West, $89, Nine West stores. Bag, LeSportsac, $88, Belt, American Eagle Outfitters, $19.50, Bangle, Dinosaur Designs, $180, 212-680-3523.

Originally published in the July 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.

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