10 Pieces, 2 Full Weeks' Worth Of Outfits

Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet; Styled by Shea Despin; Prop styled by Leigh Gill.
Your inbox, with its folders and tabs and tags, is a work of art. Your workout routine is fine tuned for maximum sweating. And don't even get started with your online dating game — you've perfected a system for separating the dates from the duds in two texts, flat. So, why then, is your closet not a shrine to efficiency, too?
The secret to having a closet that inspires you doesn't necessarily have to lie in owning more clothes. It's about filling it with fewer pieces that go with more things, and can be worn more often — but don't think that you've got to stick with a stable of boring, "classic" pieces in shades of gray. No, some of the most touted pieces this season are also the most versatile. And when you start thinking out of the box, you'll find that there's a near-infinite number of outfits you can make. Dress, meet pants. Top, meet other top. You, meet 14 head-to-toe outfits created with just 10 items.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet; Styled by Shea Despin; Prop styled by Leigh Gill.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
First up, let's introduce the items. The following 10 pieces are what we built all 14 of our looks around.

1. The Crop Top
Worn by itself, over dresses, or under sheer tops, the crop top is the surprising MVP in our summer closet. The most challenging thing about it? Feeling brave enough to pull the trigger — though we think that this is all the convincing you'll need.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
2. The Striped Shirt
In our world, the striped shirt is our version of the plain, white tee. Endlessly versatile, a simple bateau top goes with absolutely everything. We like a slim-fit version with a boatneck for an especially streamlined look.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
3. The Lightweight Button-Down
Slightly oversized, this billowy top is breezy enough for hot summer days, and can be worn in a million-and-a-half ways (even as a bottom — stay tuned to see how).
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
4. The Slinky Dress
Whether you go for a slip dress, a silky shift dress, or something else, every woman needs a frock that shows off her summer shoulders. We like this looser-fit one that's still sexy, despite being all business.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
5. The T-Shirt Dress
Don't be scared of picking a T-shirt dress in a wild print. As long as it incorporates enough colors you typically wear (in our case, beiges, blues, and blacks), you're good to go. Look for a dress that's got a double layer of fabric to avoid awkward sticky situations when it gets too hot out.
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6. The Pleated Skirt
A knee-length or longer pleated skirt is one of favorite pieces of the season. This perforated pair looks like super-thin leather from afar, but is actually an airy crepe.
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7. The Flowy Culottes
With a wide-leg silhouette, a flowy culotte can be worn in the exact way you'd typically wear an A-line skirt — except feel free to sit cross-legged and do somersaults if you feel like it. A pair with a pattern will give you more flexibility with layering, not to mention wards off "Dad On Vacation" vibes.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
8. The Patterned Pump
We like our accessories to pull their own when it comes to our outfits. Like the T-shirt dress, a pair of patterned pumps can actually match with more than you think.
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9. The Minimalist Slide
Even though it's a simple shape, a slide like this is still fresh-feeling. Convenient, comfortable, and classic to boot, this should be your go-to casual shoe this summer.
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10. The Convertible Bag

This purse is a great crossbody that goes for work or play. Unclip the straps, and you've got a clutch that goes with all manners of fancy-occasion outfits.
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And, here are the looks! Click through to see all 14.

Outfit 1:
Wear your T-shirt dress over the knee-length skirt. The exposed ruff at the bottom will look like a kicked-out trim.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet; Styled by Shea Despin; Prop styled by Leigh Gill.
Outfit 2:
A stripe pairs with every other print — including a wild kaleidoscopic one, like the T-shirt dress. We belted the waist with the bag strap to define the shape.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Outfit 3:
Create some shape (and create a DIY train while you're at it) by tying the button down around the T-shirt dress.
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Outfit 4:
You could also wear the button-down on top of the slink dress. Roll the sleeves and knot the ends at your natural waist for an office-appropriate look.
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Outfit 5:
Or, wear your striped shirt on top of the dress and use the button-down to smooth out any lumps.
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Outfit 6:
Of course, this dress is too pretty to not wear by itself.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Outfit 7:
If the fabric is thin enough (like this one is), you can easily wear a pair of culottes on top of it. The baggy bottom will hide any extra fabric from the frock.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Outfit 8:
Or, you could create our version of the lazy girl's T-shirt-and-jeans combo with this season's crop-top-and-culotte.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Outfit 9:

For casual Friday, wear the button-up on top of the culottes and crop top for a femme take on '90s-tomboy style.
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Outfit 10:
How's this for creativity? Step into a partially buttoned-up shirt, and tie the arms around your waist to create a skirt.
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Outfit 11:
It doesn't get more pretty than this. A crop top and floaty skirt is made for date night.
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Outfit 12:
But swap out the crop top for a tee, and it instantly becomes meet-the-parents friendly.
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Outfit 13:
And swap out the skirt for culottes? That's brunch with the girls.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Outfit 14:
Layered under a slinky dress and worn with heels, a bateau tee can go to work with you, too.
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