The Key to Playing It Cool This Summer

Is one modest, beautiful fabric.

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Crisp and fresh and perfect in a button-down or shirtdress silhouette, cotton poplin is nothing less than the foundation to any modern wardrobe. But there's far more to this versatile fabric than utility. This season, labels from Temperley London to Tome are reimagining the potential of the material. They're adding embroidery and pleats, ruffles, and flounces: if there is some embellishment to be done, they've done it.  The result is a whole new range of styles in cotton poplin, ones that are as feminine as they are fashion-forward.

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Here, we present all the cotton poplin pieces you could possibly need to see you through your every summer mood. And when a heat wave does strike, you'll be ready.

Romantic

Explore the feminine side of cotton poplin with a combination of sweetness and freshness.

Top by Bar lll, $60, macys.com.
Poplin Stripe Skirt, $265, intermix.com.

Classic

Nothing says timeless like relaxed pieces that can be dressed up or down. Grab one of these and experiment!

Square Shirt, $58, everlane.com.
Poplin Shirtdress, $85, topshop.com.
Cotton Poplin Skirt by T by Alexander Wang, $310, netaporter.com.

Modern

These cutting-edge looks radiate an air of understated cool. We particularly love the unexpected details and proportions.

Gathered Waist Dress by Tome, $1,195, tomenyc.com.
Ribbon Weave Top by Rhié, $375, rhiestudio.com.

Nautical

OK, so you don't own a boat. Not to worry. Make a nautical splash in breezy sailor blouses and cropped culottes.

Stripe Stretch Dress by Samantha Sung, $625, halsbrook.com.
Sailor Top by Marc Jacobs, $313, matchesfashion.com.
Culotte Pants by Maison Jules, $70, macys.com.
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