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Dressing for Your Body Type Now That It’s Hot Out

Dressing for seventy degrees and up without key pieces that work for your body is like attempting a new recipe without the star ingredients. Simply put, you’ll be a lot happier with the end result when adequately prepared. And summer doesn’t have to be all skimpy this and short shorts that. In fact, the strategic styling maneuvers here are devised to help you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin—showing a little or a lot is entirely up to you.

IF YOU WANT TO…

COVER YOUR SHOULDERS

Puff, flutter, high volume—a statement sleeve is the right choice for obvious reasons. A nipped-in focal point magically guides the eye down toward that sexy waist.

  1. G. Label MENDOZA DROPPED-WAIST SHIRTDRESS
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  2. Victoria Beckham dress
    Victoria Beckham dress goop, $522
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  3. G. Label KACI DRAWSTRING DRESS
    G. Label KACI DRAWSTRING DRESS goop, $695
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  4. G. Label ANJELICA ZIP-FRONT TOP
    G. Label ANJELICA ZIP-FRONT TOP goop, $375
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  5. G. Label HALL COTTON WRAP SKIRT
    G. Label HALL COTTON WRAP SKIRT goop, $450
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HIGHLIGHT THE DÉCOLLETAGE

Few silhouettes steer the attention up north quite as tastefully as strapless dresses, spaghetti-strapped all-in-ones, and inverted-cut tanks. But perhaps the biggest, most underrated benefit (if you want to go for it): no bra necessary.

  1. Three Graces jumpsuit
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  2. G. Label THIRA STRAPLESS DRESS
    G. Label THIRA STRAPLESS DRESS goop, $595
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  3. G. Label SAMANTHA ENGINEERED-RIB TANK
    G. Label SAMANTHA
    ENGINEERED-RIB TANK
    goop, $295
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  4. G. Label NOLAN WIDE-LEG DENIM CULOTTES
    G. Label NOLAN WIDE-LEG
    DENIM CULOTTES
    goop, $325
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PLAY UP A PETITE FRAME

Waist-emphasizing belts and compact builds get on as well as Aperol spritzes and a hot day. Skip the down-to-the-ground dresses and work in a short playsuit or a scanty shirtdress that won’t overwhelm.

  1. G. Label UMBRIA UTILITY SHIRTDRESS
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  2. G. Label CHRISTOPHER PUFF-SLEEVE POPLIN T-SHIRT
    G. Label CHRISTOPHER PUFF-SLEEVE POPLIN T-SHIRT goop, $275
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  3. G. Label ROBINSON DENIM A-LINE MINISKIRT
    G. Label ROBINSON DENIM A-LINE MINISKIRT goop, $295
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  4. Alex Mill jumpsuit
    Alex Mill jumpsuit goop, $170
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  5. G. Label x Tabitha Simmons shirtdress
    G. Label x Tabitha Simmons cusco mini shirtdress goop, $425
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  6. Wear It With

  1. Emme Parsons heels
    Emme Parsons heels goop, $455
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  2. The Row sandals
    The Row sandals Matchesfashion, $760
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  3. ATP Atelier heels
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COVER UP THE LEGS

When you want to give jeans a breather, forgiving floaty skirts and midthigh shorts crush it in the coverage department; slender tanks and snug-fit shirts flatter above.

  1. Co dress
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  2. G. Label SILVEIRA RUFFLE SHIRT
    G. Label SILVEIRA RUFFLE SHIRT goop, $275
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  3. G. Label SIMONE TIERED SKIRT
    G. Label SIMONE TIERED SKIRT goop, $475
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  4. G. Label SAMANTHA ENGINEERED-RIB TANK
    G. Label SAMANTHA
    ENGINEERED-RIB TANK
    goop, $295
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  5. G. Label JUSTIN PLEATED WIDE-LEG SHORTS
    G. Label JUSTIN PLEATED WIDE-LEG SHORTS goop, $295
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SPOTLIGHT THE STEMS

Stick to something oversize, like slouchy shirting or tuckable tees that won’t distract from an irresistible, show-all hemline.

  1. Ephemera dress
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  2. G. Label OZ PUFF-SLEEVE BLOUSE
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  3. Innika Choo miniskirt
    Innika Choo miniskirt goop, $230
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  4. Alex Mill button-down
    Alex Mill button-down goop, $110
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  5. G. Label JOSH WORKWEAR SHORTS
    G. Label JOSH WORKWEAR SHORTS goop, $295
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EMBRACE YOUR HEIGHT

Blessed with inches? Look for long shift dresses, streamlined jumpsuits, or any below-the-knee shapes, really, that’ll stack up well with your stature.

  1. G. Label BLAIR JUMPSUIT
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  2. G. Label ERIC CHUNKY KNIT TANK TOP
    G. Label ERIC CHUNKY KNIT TANK TOP goop, $225
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  3. G. Label BRIAN WRAP PANTS
    G. Label BRIAN WRAP PANTS goop, $495
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  4. G. Label MAIYA HOUSEDRESS
    G. Label MAIYA HOUSEDRESS goop, $495
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  5. G. Label AMANDA BODYSUIT
    G. Label AMANDA BODYSUIT goop, $175
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  6. Tibi skirt
    Tibi skirt goop, $595
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  7. Wear It With

  1. Birkenstock big buckle
    Birkenstock sandals goop, $150
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  2. Common Projects sneakers
    Common Projects sneakers goop, $517
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  3. ATP Atelier sandals
    ATP Atelier sandals goop, $290
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ACCENTUATE YOUR UPPER BODY

The high neckline. The balloon sleeves. The playful zip. While pretty, those elaborate design details have a hidden talent: They cleverly create balance between your upper and lower half.

  1. G. Label x Tabitha Simmons maxidress
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  2. La DoubleJ dress
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  3. Tibi tank
    Tibi tank goop, $295
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  4. G. Label STEWART A-LINE COTTON SKIRT
    G. Label STEWART A-LINE COTTON SKIRT goop, $495
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COMPLEMENT THOSE CURVES (AND CHEST)

Emphasize a voluptuous figure with something fitted through the middle, like a body-hugging Henley or an empire-waist dress that cinches underneath the bust (particularly flattering for the anatomically gifted).

  1. Co dress
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  2. G. Label x Tabitha Simmons dress
    G. Label x Tabitha Simmons capri skinny-strap dress goop, $525
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  3. G. Label PHILLIP PUFF-SLEEVE HENLEY
    G. Label PHILLIP PUFF-SLEEVE HENLEY goop, $375
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  4. Thierry Colson skirt
    Thierry Colson skirt goop, $474
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FLATTER A STRAIGHT FIGURE

Curved silhouettes can hang with anything flared, and a wide-leg jumpsuit plays with proportions, while a clingy column skirt highlights from every angle.

  1. Monrow tank
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  2. Totême skirt
    Totême skirt goop, $520
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  3. Citizens of Humanity jumpsuit
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  4. Totême blouse
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  5. Bassike skirt
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