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Living in a big city often has its detriments; overcrowded subways, expensive coffee, constant hustle mode, overpriced rent, underpaid work and other such metropolitan woes.  But when you finally push past people on the train and make your way home, it all makes sense. You have an entire city to explore, and it’s yours. There is always a new restaurant to try, a new exhibition to see and a new bar where you can get together with friends. Depending on your interests you can curate your ideal life in a big city, you can take up boxing, axe throwing, ballet, knitting, terrarium making, playwriting or still life painting - although that seems quite drab, all within a few blocks from your house. 

Finding the ultimate city look in the summer heat is nothing short of a challenge. With our lives now filled with Picasso exhibits, brunch dates and late-night patio drinks we need quick-change options to go from one to the next without pulling our hair out.

This weekend, if you’re finally going shopping for the season, or just deciding what to wear for your jam-packed calendar, keep in mind that standout separates will make dressing a breeze. If you buy a printed maxi, like the one featured here, the rest of your outfit becomes a cinch. A basic black blouse, statement necklace and block-heeled shoes is all you need. For an easy lunch-date go-to, a bright-coloured fit-and-flare dress is breathable, comfortable and, of course, super-stylish. Pair with the season’s minimal sandals and a top-handle hand bag for fuss-free style. If you’re looking for standout date-style, layering neutral colours like a white leather pencil skirt and chalky yellow blouse, will compliment your summer glow and will look effortlessly cool. Wear with strappy sandals, a bright-white bag and surreal accessories to really make the look ultra sophisticated. New Markdowns