Are you looking for something other than the usual shorts-and-T-shirt combination this summer? It can be a challenge to find an outfit that makes a statement but is convenient enough to go with the ebb and flow of a Bostonian summer; hot and humid one minute, monsoon the next.

At Crush Boutique (accessible from the Charles/MGH station), you will find light and breezy summer dresses perfect for summer barbecues. With the numerous trends this season ranging from tribal to plaid, you can find a dress style specifically for you. Crush is also a haven for the accessory addict: belts, headbands and jewelry galore. So go ahead and pair an eye-catching Rory Beca Resort 2010 dress with an exotic pair of feather earrings. But let's face it, the current heat wave has made it almost impossible to perform daily functions, let alone attend an outdoor event.  But why not try an evening mixer? And yes, Crush continues to deliver with contemporary asymmetrical cuts and classic wraps in darker shades. I personally like the Lola Lace Dress from the Frock Collection by Tracy Reese. Actually, I love all of their retro inspired pieces! Finish with a clutch and cuffed sandals (opt out of heels this season), and you’re set to spend an evening under the stars.

Another perk of traveling to 131 Charles Street: it is a perfect excuse to beat the heat. They also have fun mini fashion events and giveaways throughout the year. So be sure to check out this refuge in the middle of the concrete jungle…or desert.

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