Heat Wave

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It's been unbearably hot these last couple weeks in NYC, which has made me incredibly lazy and sluggish. And when all your energy goes toward walking to the subway in 90-plus-degree heat and not passing out, there's very little brainpower left for outfit planning. So on a recent weekend outing to Chinatown, I kept things super simple with the perfect lazy-girl-who-wants-to-be-comfortable-but-also-cute piece--a printed romper. 

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I scored this House of Harlow 1960-branded romper (last worn here!) for just under $13 from The Fashion Project, which has since rebranded as Union & Fifth. If you're not familiar with them, they sell donated designer items--a good amount of which are new-with-tags--and give a portion of all sales to charitable causes. 

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I paired the romper with my white Call It Spring sneakers, which I've been wearing non-stop this summer and were just $21 (and they're now on sale for $15, though only a few sizes are left). I added a pair of $10 sunnies and a gifted blue backpack, bringing the whole head-to-toe look to around $44.

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Cool Co-Ord

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I'd been on the hunt for a comfy coordinating set to wear this summer, and decided to take a chance on this $18 shorts and top set from Amazon Fashion. I haven't ordered a ton of clothing from Amazon before, but figured at that price, it was totally worth trying out.

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It's pretty rare that stuff you order online looks even better in person, but that was definitely the case in this instance. The shorts fit perfectly (and as someone with larger hips and legs, that's no small feat!) and, more importantly, they were super comfy and flow-y. Plus, the best part about a co-ord is that you can easily mix and match the individual pieces, so I'm excited to rock the shorts and top separately, paired with other pieces.

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I took the co-ord set for a spin while visiting Los Angeles this past weekend, keeping the look travel ready with this pair of comfy white sneakers (purchased for around $21, and now on sale for $18) from Call It Spring. Adding in a pair of $10 sunnies (purchased from a festival vendor) and a gifted tote bag, the whole look came out to around $49.

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Light + Loose

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It's been outta control muggy here in NYC lately, which means the less you can wear, the better. But since heading to work in barely-there clothing is frowned upon, I've been on the hunt for loose-fit shift dresses that I can keep me cool without showing too much skin.

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I took a chance on this $15 shift dress from Charlotte Russe, and it's the perfect style + length to go from work (just add a light sweater!) to happy hour. (The site actually has a bunch of cute, off-the-shoulder shift dresses currently on sale, including this one, this one, and this one, all priced at $20.)

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I finished off the look with a pair of $10 sunglasses (similar ones for under $15 here), and a pair of white mule, which came c/o Dorothy Perkins. Head to toe, the whole simple, less-is-more summer look came out to around $25.

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