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

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!

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.

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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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.

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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.

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