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Be Hot, Not Sweaty: 5 Ways to Style Your Summer Dresses

Five different ways you can style one particular summer dress, completely changing the piece into something new.

Be Hot, Not Sweaty: 5 Ways to Style Your Summer Dresses
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After weeks and weeks of the same rotation of summer dresses, some of us might be losing our enthusiasm over the flirty, flippy little things. Where in April we couldn't wait to get our hands on the happy July colors and the tumbling prints, now they sort of have lost their charm. It's just another thing to put on in the morning.

The reason for this slump? They've been worn time and time again- the honeymoon stage has gone and passed. But there's still hope! Don't break up with your tried and true pieces and get new ones; instead learn ways how to remix them so they feel fresh and new. Below are 5 different ways you can style one particular summer dress, completely changing the look and feel of it into something new. Inspiration ahead!

1. Go Minimalist & Sleek

Be Hot, Not Sweaty: 5 Ways to Style Your Summer Dresses

Madewell dress/ Old Navy sandals/ Loeffler Randall backpack/ Illesteva sungglasses

Try going unfussy with your dress and instead highlight its clean lines and crisp colors. To do that, go with minimalist but sharp accessories. For example, choose a purse or backpack with crisp lines and immaculate stitching, and sandals that are simple but very polished. Top it off with classic, neutral colored sunglasses and you have yourself a classic, quietly elegant look.

2. Style It Sporty

Be Hot, Not Sweaty: 5 Ways to Style Your Summer Dresses

Madewell dress/ Topshop shorts/ Converse high tops/ Neiman Marcus clutch/ San Diego Hat Company cap

Or go the opposite way with your dress and turn it into a tomboy piece. Pair it with ripped high waist shorts and tuck one corner of the hem into the waistband of the pants, turning it into a tunic shirt. To keep going to with cheeky, boyish theme match it with oatmeal colored high tops (keeping the color scheme light) and a baseball cap. Bonus points if you wear it backwards! Then to add in a splash of contrast, grab a simple envelope clutch to juxtapose against the theme of the look.

3. Layer With Shoes

Be Hot, Not Sweaty: 5 Ways to Style Your Summer Dresses

Madewell dress/ Black.co.uk scarf/ Sigerson Morrison sandals

Sometimes all you need to completely change the feel of a dress is a good pair of shoes. Rather than worrying about layers in the heat, choose statement-making gladiator sandals. They'll anchor your look down and immediately drag the eyes downward, giving the illusion there's more to the dress than a short hem. Add in a neutral colored handkerchief for some flair and your on your way!

4. Add Hardware

Be Hot, Not Sweaty: 5 Ways to Style Your Summer Dresses

Madewell dress/ Dr. Martens sandals/ Sophie Hulme bag/ BCBG sunglasses

Or give your outfit an edgier/sleeker look by focusing on the shoes and bag. For example, pair your feminine dress with heavy, masculine sandals for a playful contrast, and then keep up the theme by choosing a bag with sleek hardware and sunnies in a dark color scheme. This way you've transformed your dress from a light, girly frock to a statement making shift.

5. Style It Bohemian

Be Hot, Not Sweaty: 5 Ways to Style Your Summer Dresses

Madewell dress/ Wearall turtleneck/ Bernardo sandals/ Old Navy bag/ Brixton panama hat

Pick up the southwestern tones of the dress by pairing it with bohemian accessories. But first, add a touch of layering to the look so you're not solely relying on your shoes and bag. Pop a sleeveless turtleneck underneath the dress to bring a little more color and coverage to the outfit, and then choose suede and fringe accessories to give yourself that western vibe. Top it all off with a panama hat, which not only adds in more texture to the look but more color!

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