Breezy, Effortless Summer Essentials

These lightweight pieces -- from unstructured tops to floaty dresses -- are lifesavers on the sweltering days that also call for a put-together, chic look.

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ASOS
We�re loving the ease and groovy-ness (and the price!) of this jersey peg jumpsuit which will take you from day to night with the simple switch of a belt. ASOS multi-twist jumpsuit, $59.18 at ASOS.
2/16
Net-a-Porter
The asymmetric piecing of this vibrant floral print – or rather, prints – is a fun interpretation to a classic shift. And it’s tres Michelle Obama. Thakoon crinkled-silk dress, on sale, $556 at Net-a-Porter.
3/16
Bows + Arrows
Every gal’s got to have a Monday dress. You know, the kind you pull on and don’t have to think about but looks cute no matter what, when you just can’t face the week. This subtly striped cloud blue dress with white bow fits the bill. Lover Abby Shift Dress, on sale $220 at Bos + Arrows.
4/16
La Garçonne
If girly pink florals aren’t your thing, try this oversize abstract floral print in subdued, but not at all dull, palette of cobalt, black, and white. Its Marimekko meets the Grecian gown vibe is equal party sexy and sophisticated. 3.1 Phillip Lim broomstick pleated dress, $625 at La Garçonne.
5/16
La Garçonne
You’re all grown up, but still can’t resist feeling pretty in pink. We love the halter silhouette and braided straps with silver beads on this beauty. Vanessa Bruno Athé watercolor print dress, $409 at La Garçonne.
6/16
Madison Los Angeles
This sand colored silk number is so totally sexy, without showing too much or fitting tightly. We can imagine its swish as we sashay into the room. Kimberly Ovitz wood dress, on sale $434 at Madison.
7/16
ASOS
Another gorgeous multi-hued print, and this one is pure watercolor perfection. Every girl needs a similar piece in her summer wardrobe for work, first dates, and weddings. We love how the ruffle makes us seem so demure. Ted Baker soft focus floral dress, $218.13
8/16
La Garçonne
A thin cotton blouse in a blush tone to pair with shorts or jeans. The brass buttons give the simple design a bit of heft while still keeping it breezy. Rachel Comey breezy top, $311 at La Garçonne.
9/16
Satine
If the A/C in the office requires some cover up, go with this silk chiffon fuschia slip of a top with blouson sleeves; so much cuter than the granny sweater. Thakoon blouse, on sale $310 at Satine.
10/16
Bell Jar
Get ready to romp over the weekend in this adorable dusty purple playsuit, The ruffles add a playful edge to this otherwise loose fitting, casual ensemble. Jonesy ruffled front jumper, $12 at BellJar.
11/16
Arcade
This filmy white tunic is a must-have for weekend getaways. Not only does it look chic paired with leggings, jeans or over a swimsuit, it’s meant to be wrinkled! Elaine Kim button-down with tie, $305 at Arcade.
12/16
Assembly New York
Summer needn’t be all sunshine and flowers. Go dark with this edgy eagle silk top with gathered bottom and removable collar and hand knit cuffs. Risto silk eagle top, on sale $242 at Assembly New York.
13/16
Net-a-Porter
Your due for a leg wax, it’s definitely a pants day. These lightweight silk harem pants with tapered leg and pintuck pleating along the top, is this season’s fashion-forward staple. Adam silk crepe de Chine harem pants, $295 at Net-a-Porter.
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Net-a-Porter
The festive tie-dye print and floaty layers of chiffon scream summer, but ever so elegantly. Zimmermann knotted cutout silk-blend dress, on sale, $472.50 at Net-a-Porter.
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ASOS
We're loving the ease and groovy-ness (and the price!) of this jersey peg jumpsuit which will take you from day to night with the simple switch of a belt. ASOS multi-twist jumpsuit, $59.18 at ASOS.
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Net-a-Porter
A sweet, salmon-colored day dress provides enough cover for the office, but is cute and casual enough for play. And the bow print eliminates the need for accessories, making it easy to just throw on and go. Marc by Marc Jacobs bow-print cotton sundress, on sale, $185 at Net-a-Porter.
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