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Haute Hippie vibe ruled the Spring Summer collections with designers putting the sweet ’70s silhouette du jour back at the forefront. And after seeing the skimming and slimming capabilities of these billowing silhouettes on celebs and street styles stars, we are ready to break-up with our skinny jeans and let loose (for the time being at least).

Though the hug-the-thigh cut, combined with a fuller leg is certainly more flattering, flare silhouettes can still be a tricky beast to tame. Proportion is a key to everything and can be the difference between fashion forward and frumpy. Another styling trick for making the silhouette work is to add some extra inches via sturdy platforms or wedges. As with all your favorite jeans, it's what you wear with them that defines their personality. You can go bohemian and pile on loose, slouchy layers with a pair of mid-wash jeans, or opt for a more polished look with dark rinse bottoms and a silky blouse. We have searched the web for the freshest flares in the market for you:

High Waist Jeans (Rs 1295; Koovs.com):
Dark indigo wash like this one from Koov’s is a great office friendly option especially when teamed with a white button down and a polished black blazer.

Mango Embellished Jeans (Rs. 4590):
If the summer’s flared jeans trend is calling your name then look no further than this embellished version from Mango. Make the 70’s feel fresh by pairing it with a simple crop top and some platform heels.

Zara Distressed Flared Jeans (Rs. 1990):
The extra-wide fit of these Zara denims looks both totally casual and exceptionally on-trend and will go a long way in mastering the 70’s inspired double take on denim. 

Dorothy Perkins Jeans (Rs. 2990; Jabong.com):
Paired with a silk blouse and sexy heels, this slick offering from Dorothy Perkins would be our go-to for after dark drinking and dancing. The great thing about these slim cut flares is that you could easily put a nautical spin on them by adding a striped tee and a panama hat. 

Forever 21 Jeans (Rs. 1250 approx):
If the hip-huggers are not your cup of tea, then a loose and slouchy number in lightweight chambray is a great alternative. Team them with a white tee, sneakers and a floral bomber for a next-level take on tomboy style. 

Gap Flare Jeans (Rs. 4800 approx):
This pair from Gap is perfect for that kick-back approach to a weekend ready look.  Pair it with an off-shoulder blouse for a little flirty festival ensemble or add some structure to your look by breaking out a boxy top.

No matter how much we obsess over the hottest runway trends or the glam street style looks, our core style philosophy is still all about dressed up basics. And if there is one summertime staple that clearly shines above the rest, it is the basic t-shirt.

The beauty of a well fitted tee is that there are an infinite number of ways to style one. Let your 9-5 button downs and your night-out tops rest for a bit and explore the myriad styling tricks you can employ to elevate the simplest of your tees into fashion forward outfits: 

Coca Cola Tee (Rs. 850; Faballey.com):It’s not always about fancy bells and whistles - sometimes less  really is more. Take a simple tee like this and make it look like a million bucks by using it to balance out a dressed-up pencil skirt and pointy pumps outfit.

Forever 21 Tee (Rs. 1500 approx):We love a good slogan tee and this one strikes up the perfect summer sentiment.  Wear this to add personality to everything from cutoffs to printed pants.

Zara Mixed Fabric Tee (Rs. 1290):Think a T-shirt is too boring to wear for a night out? Allow us to change your mind. When it comes to after-dark attire, the right tee can definitely give your silky blouses a run for their money.  To give your look some edge, just add leather pants and caged high-heeled sandals with this suede Zara tee and finish with a swipe of red lip.

Only Bird Print Tee (Rs. 1295; Kooks.com):Instead of stuffy button-downs, the brunch-to-beach lifestyle of summer requires a cool tee that looks equally good dressed up with wedges and a maxi skirt as it does thrown simply over a bikini. This bird print version from Only perfectly fits the bill.

Mango Sequin Tee (Rs. 640):A basic tee might feel inherently casual but with the right styling it can take a seat at the grown-up table and take you from work to after-hours drinks in no time. This chic grey tee from Mango goes with everything and can be a building block for multiple outfits. Spiff it up in no time by adding a sophisticated blazer, a polished satchel, and high-heeled sandals 

Forever New Stripe Tee (Rs. 1675):Tap into some French vibes and opt for a classic striped tee. Hands down the easiest print to wear, this tee is one piece that will never go out of style. Its easy and fun to do a little pattern play by teaming the tee with another striped piece. Use it take the stiffness out of a black pant suit and voila your casual Friday’s just got better. 

If there is one shoe that screams summer and lends us that carefree spirit that we so seek for at this time of the year, it’s the Espadrille. From office ready wedges to beach striped flats, these steppers symbolize sun drenched style to a T. Before you write them off as strictly for the sailing crowd, take a look at our best of the best jute soled options that are fit for every walk of the life. 

Forever 21 Espadrilles (Rs. 1500 approx):
We are always in the market for a shoe that’s as comfortable as it is stylish. This flat-form pair in a standout red color has an effortless almost accidentally cool effect. All you need are a pair of boyfriend jeans and a striped tee to complete the look.

Aldo Slip-ons (Rs. 3600 approx):
Aldo gave the comfy staple a sophisticated makeover with subtle studs and leather trims. With their polished yet slightly more downtown feel, these canvas steppers will be your new warm weather staple. 

Striped Espadrilles (Rs. 999; Koovs.com):
A classic striped pair like this is perfect for all of your shoreside adventures and beyond. Wear them with an all white look for a refreshing take on the preppy classic.

Zara Heels (Rs. 2990):
The rugged suede leather and sculpted heel gives this pair a cool 70’s style clunkiness. Team them with cropped trousers and a sleek blazer for a work appropriate summer look or wear them with your printed culottes to be the coolest girl at the next barbecue. 

Tresmode Wedges (Rs. 2160):
A comfy wedge heel in a cheery citrus hue will have a major impact on every outfit that you partner them with. Wear them with tailored shorts and a breezy blouse to take them to a weekend brunch with the girls or try pairing this pop of yellow with your LWD for a sweet party look. 

Forever 21 Wedges (Rs. 2000 approx):
Nothing beats a great wedge for navigating the tricky terrain of summer soirees. This white pair is  equally great for finishing a work outfit and a flirty party dress. 

I am sure you have noticed that its hot outside - it’s the kind of heat when just thinking about what you are going to wear is enough to make you sweat buckets. On days like these, we are on hunt for pieces that can do double duty from desk to drinks and that means finding ways to put our favorite shorts to work on the 9 to 5 grind and beyond.

To pull off shorts at work without getting HR involved - its best to stick to a conservative length and a roomy fit. Donning a structured blazer and a polished blouse will make your shorts looks just as professional as your modest black sheath. Here’s to feel good weeks that seem just as short as those cool bottoms of yours:

Shorts (Rs. 1450; Amazon.in):
Dressy and polished, these crossover shorts would let you shine at the office when paired with a white textured top think cut-work, overlay. A pair of simple flats and minimalist earrings will help make the outfit office appropriate.

Zara Print Shorts (Rs. 1990):
Get away with wearing a T-shirt at the office with the help of fancy pleated shorts. A simple black tee and a pair of ankle strap flats will get you dressed for both a meeting with the boss and happy hour drinks with friends.

Forever New Shorts (Rs. 1445):
Get matchy-matchy with your shorts at the office by throwing over a similarly striped jacket. Pair it with a simple blouse, some striking accessories and a lady-like bag and you are summer business meeting - appropriate. 

Forever 21 Shorts (Rs. 1500 approx):
Never underestimate the luxe appeal of a pair of tailored black shorts. When paired with eye-catching heels and an asymmetrical top, you will look as sleek as in your go-to office sheath. Take this outfit to the next level with a minimal choker and a hint of color on the lips. 

Kaaryah Shorts (Rs. 1397; Jabong.com):
Neither a short, nor a pant but a perfect replacement for both - culottes offer a refreshing take on  summer dressing for work and everywhere else. This version in a soft peachy hue will look fabulous when paired with a silky white blouse and nude block heels. 

Mango Shorts (Rs. 2490):
Creased and crisp, these tailored shorts from Mango will look uber sophisticated when tempered with a diaphanous blouse and a pastel jacket. Give the whole outfit a boost with a touch of delicate gold jewelry - perfect for a networking happy hour.

As much as we love clothing, it's the shoes that can really make or break an outfit . And though we love a gorgeous towering heel every now and then, it cannot be an everyday thing. So for the sake of our poor tired soles, let us introduce you the hardest working flat in your summer wardrobe. A fancy update on the classic ballerinas, this season is all about edgier style and ankle wrap detailing. These clever kicks manage to be that magical mix of style and practicality that you will want to wear them everywhere. We have scoured the web to bring you our favorite iterations of this trendy silhouette. So slip them on, tie them up and get romping:

New Look Shoes (Rs. 2295; Koovs.com):
Get a little glitzy with these metallic heel shoes. Wear them to polish off distressed denim for a flirty date look. 

Aldo Flats (Rs. 6000 approx):
Look no further than this navy pair for a daytime option that’s versatile and not too sexy for the office. Adjustable ankle straps makes this style easy to customize for all day comfort and cute enough to transition for after-work plans.

 Zara Flats (Rs. 2890):
Plant your feet firmly on the ground with this trendy Zara flats. They will make a basic outfit feel fancy and lend a hipster-vibe to a glam look. 

Charles & Keith Ballerina (Rs. 5299):
This nude pair from Charles and Keith is the working girl’s answer to summer sandals. Tie them around the ankle and partner them with a knee length skirt for a look that is sophisticated for your 9-5 routine. Get them weekend ready by wrapping them around the calf and wearing them with your favorite denim shorts. 

Forever 21 Shoes (Rs. 2000 approx.):
Revaluate your summer shoe game with these Forever 21 lace-ups. With a thick block heel, we suggest going for a full blown dramatic effect in a slinky slip dress.

Mango Platforms (Rs. 7990):
For those who want to try a heel, but feel comfortable while doing it - this is the perfect option. The sandy suede gives this pair a sleek air of cool that will look super cool with a pair of culottes.