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The Styled Side: Be cool in a heatwave

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A woman rides a pink swan floatie in the pool of the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.
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A woman rides a pink swan floatie in the pool of the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.

And what goes IN the pool is just as important as what you wear poolside.

Southern California has been melting under a heatwave the past few weeks, but we have ways to keep you cool this July 4th weekend.

Michelle Dalton Tyree from Fashion Trends Daily has some advice.

For women

The new way to show skin: off-the-shoulder tops. Culottes are still in, too, as well as white sneakers (especially worn with skirts and dresses).

A 90s-style slip dress over a t-shirt is back. Plus, boho-style has given way to more Baja with a lot of Mexican style shirts and gauzy white dresses.

For men

Guys are embracing pattern more than ever before, with Hawaiian prints and bright colors. If you're wearing shorts, aim for a bit shorter and more tailored.

For shoes, the Huarache woven sandal is back for guys

Accessorizing...at your pool

"What goes IN the pool is just as important as what you wear," says Tyree. "One of the hottest trends we've seen this past season is pool floaties – inflatable rafts."

Last year, it was the season of the swan pool floatie.

Tyree says this year, it's about food: donuts, pineapples, watermelons and more.

Poolside, the fashion world has become obsessed with round beach towels.

It's a trend mostly seen on Instagram and Pinterest, two of the quickest ways to find out what's catching the eye of style bloggers and influencers.

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