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Swap a mango-hued denim jacket for the standard blue to complement a bright striped maxi dress.
Jacket, Forever 21, forever21.com, $25. Dress, Trina Turk, trinaturk.com. Sandals, Nine West, ninewest.com, $49. Bracelet, Sequin, sequin-nyc.com, $98.
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Pattern play is fun—just balance small prints with large ones. Break up the black and white with a vibrant yellow belt and ankle-strap stilettos for an edgy vibe.
Top, BCBG, BCBG stores, $128. Skirt, Zara, Zara stores, $60. Heels, Nine West, ninewest.com, $89. Necklace, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-3737 to purchase, $45. Belt, Mango, mango.com, $25. Bangles, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-3737 to purchase, $45 each.
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For a cool change wear the suit of the season—a jacket with shorts instead of a skirt or long pants. A skinny belt and bud at the waist is a sweet touch.
Jacket, shorts and belt, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $60, $40 and $10. Tank, Converse One Star, Target stores and target.com, $13. Shoes, Hush Puppies, hushpuppies.com, $140.
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An evening sequin tank works overtime during the day with cargoes. White bangles, bag and strappy sandals keep it cool and casual.
Tank, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $40. Pants, DKNY Jeans, Lord & Taylor, $49. Heels, Zara, zara.com, $100. Hat, Hat Attack, hatattack.com, $74. Bag, Dooney & Bourke, dooney.com, $198. Bangles, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-3737 to purchase, $30 each.
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For a quick pick-me-up try a modified version of the classic cat eye. Line eyes as you normally would and flick your liner upward slightly at the outer corners. Keep the rest of your makeup neutral with a swipe of gloss on lips.
Pareo, Chico's, select Chico's boutiques and chicos.com, $59.
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Step up your style with a shot of neon. Try an anorak in a bold shade for a sporty weekend look.
Anorak, H&M, hm.com for store locations $35. Tank, Aéropostale, Aéropostale stores and aeropostale.com, $8.25. Shorts, Roxy, roxy.com, $42. Wedges, n by Nicole Miller, JCPenney stores and jcp.com, $45. Watch, Neff, neffheadwear.com, $25.
Originally published in the August 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.