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Best Bet: Madewell Skinny Ankle Printed Cords

Though it’s the first week of August, stores are already filled with fall merchandise, like these cropped cords. The polka-dot print is a nice surprise on a pair of pants, and it feels fresh after a season filled with bright denims and florals. Pair with strappy sandals now, and once it cools down, play up the fun factor with printed socks peeking out of ankle boots.

Madewell Skinny Skinny Ankle Printed Cords, $98.50 at Madewell.