8 Closet Swaps Your Wardrobe NEEDS

Summer flings need not only apply to your love life. In this case, we’re referring to your closet and the pieces it’ll be flirting hard with this season. The objects of its affection? Clever wardrobe updates like boxy crop tops, billowy culottes, block heels, and more, all of which will make it easy to move on from those sartorial crushes of years past.
If you're wont to grumble and gripe, "I have nothing to wear," this reboot is for you. We're retiring eight hot-weather staples — like bustiers, slouchy handbags, and micro minis — and swapping in heavy hitters guaranteed to spice up your look. Find your new style paramours ahead. Because, why settle for one romance when you can have many? All’s fair in love and war(drobe).

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The Basic, White Tee
Every now and again, Old Faithful could use a reboot. The plain, white tee is not without its virtues, but, sometimes, our closets crave a little more excitement (for instance, on Saturday night). Liven up your tried-and-true, T-shirt-and-denim pairing with graphic tops that are just as cool as those perfectly distressed boyfriend jeans.
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The Micro Mini
The summer heat will inevitably leave you reaching for your shortest hemlines — don't. A breezy, full skirt will still let your body breathe, but you'll feel about 10 times more original than your tube-skirted pals.
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The Slouchy Handbag
Structure is the name of the game this season, from boxy crop tops to block heels to geometric baggage. Join the movement with a well-shaped satchel or crossbody of your own. (Understanding of obtuse angles and Cartesian coordinates not required.)
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The Bustier Crop Top
The bustier has its time and place, but we suggest suggest saving these long-line pieces for your underwear drawer or swimwear stash. The retro style just feels cooler in the bedroom or on the beach. On the other hand, boxy crop tops are super-flattering on most body types and team effortlessly with everything from midi-skirts to wide-legged pants to denim cutoffs.
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The Four-Inch Stiletto
The only thing sexier than sky-high heels? Ones we can actually walk in without spraining our ankles. Swap in mid-heights and block heels for added support and comfort. Don't worry; your legs will still look flawless.
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The Capri Pant
Remember the capri pant? You probably have a few lurking in the depths of your wardrobe. But, as we move away from skinny, tapered legs, resist the urge to bring these bad boys out of retirement. Besides, culottes are more than happy to step in to take their place. And, bonus: The high-waisted, wide-legged, cropped style accentuates your bottom half's best asset.
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The Chandelier Earring
Ah, the statement earring. So pretty, but oh-so-heavy on our lobes. Good thing delicate pieces are reclaiming their It status among the jewelry circuit. Just try to resist the tiny paperclips and staple studs ahead. You can't.
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The Body-Con Dress
Have a general dislike of any and all things formfitting? Don't sweat it. Airy, tent-like cuts and shirtdresses are just a few of the more-relaxed styles dominating store inventories right now. A closet filled with skintight, going-out looks is no longer the standard.

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