It’s hot out. Meaning: you’ll be hopping from restaurant to bar with nothing but a clutch. But what to pair with said clutch? Something light, simple, and breezy – like these three off-the-clock summer staples.

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Try a one-piece. Sure, it was inspired by baby clothes. Weirder things have happened in fashion. But the romper combines the breeziness of the dress with the comfort of shorts in one simple garment (perfect for humid days where comfort is key). Just pull it on and accessorize.

Embrace the high-low hem. A long-tailed dress melds the most formal element of a gown with a cocktail dress. Wearing this number for rooftop drinks and that end-of-summer wedding? It’s a go.

Channel the 90s. Not that scrunchies and overalls should come speeding back to our closets (just yet), but this glorious decade did get a few things right. The tie-front top is ideal for work (try it with high-waisted pants) or for play – turned into a crop top on extra balmy days.

Our Vintage Havana: Beloved. And back on Rue. Boutique opens Sunday, July 7, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 7, 2013