What are some outfit ideas for a hot summer night out?

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    Warm summer nights are the perfect time to be playful with your outfit. Go ahead and push past your usual blouse-and-jeans look, and dip into everything from short shorts to romantic midi dresses. Here are some suggestions that will keep you cool—in all senses of the word!

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    Must-Try Look #1: Midi Dress

    Cruise past the traditional mini and maxi summer dresses, and find something in the middle. A mid-length dress (think: between your knees and ankles) feels new and summer-worthy. Wear a barely-there sandal to show the maximum amount of sun-kissed skin, and boldly try prints and colors that feel optimistic and celebratory for our favorite time of year.

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    Must-Try Look #2: A Romper

    If you've been circling the one-piece trend with some curiosity, now is the time to finally take it for a test drive. A little playsuit can be profoundly comfortable and sweetly relevant. You can try a super feminine floral option or more of a workwear-inspired coverall; either way, pair with anything from pumps to flat sandals. 

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    PHOTO: Ring My Bell

    Must-Try Look #3: Overalls

    In the continued reverence of the one piece, overalls feel perfectly suited for a warm summer night. Since this looks tends to read casual, opt for a more feminine layer underneath—lace or ruffle anyone?—and touches of metallic or sparkle in your accessories.

    Image via: Ring My Bell

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    PHOTO: We Wore What

    Must-Try Look #4: "His" Shorts

    Try a super baggy menswear-inspired short as a summer alternative to boyfriend jeans. You can sometimes find a knee-length trouser short in the women’s department—note: buy a size or two bigger to achieve a relaxed look—but if you’re feeling daring, try a pair from the men’s section. Wear baggy and low on the hips (with a belt!) and style with an uber-feminine shoe and top for a stylish, boy-meets-girl result.

    Image via: We Wore What

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    Chloe Striped Crepe Dress ($3070)

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    Sunday In Brooklyn Lace Midi Dress ($119)

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    Nina Ricci Paloma Dove Print Romper ($689)

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    Novella Royale Everything Is Rosey Romper ($168)

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    Rag & Bone Box Jumpsuit with Leather ($595)

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    Joe's Jeans Military Shirtall ($198)

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    Band of Outsiders Contrast-Waist Long Shorts ($239)

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    Club Monaco Butcher Stripe Shorts ($70)

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    Nasty Gal Courtshop Overall Shorts ($150)

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Midi Bardot Dress in Floral Print

Midi Bardot Dress in Floral Print

ASOS, $53
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Striped Crepe Dress

Striped Crepe Dress

Chloe, $3070
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Lace Midi Dress

Lace Midi Dress

Sunday In Brooklyn, $119
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Flamingo-Print Skort Romper

Flamingo-Print Skort Romper

Wayne, $379
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Paloma Dove Print Romper

Paloma Dove Print Romper

Nina Ricci, $689
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Everything Is Rosey Romper

Everything Is Rosey Romper

Novella Royale, $168
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Box Jumpsuit with Leather

Box Jumpsuit with Leather

Rag & Bone, $595
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Military Shirtall

Military Shirtall

Joe’s Jeans, $198
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Le Garcon Stretch-Denim Overalls

Le Garcon Stretch-Denim Overalls

Frame Denim, $290
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Contrast-Waist Long Shorts

Contrast-Waist Long Shorts

Band of Outsiders, $239
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Butcher Stripe Shorts

Butcher Stripe Shorts

Club Monaco, $70
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Oxford Striped Shorts

Oxford Striped Shorts

Gap, $45
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Courtshop Overall Shorts

Courtshop Overall Shorts

Nasty Gal, $150
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