Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you’ll spend every day basking in the sun! Today’s women are just as busy in the summer as during the rest of the year. So it’s important to have the right wardrobe items on hand to pull together pretty, stylish outfits quickly. Whether it’s running kids to summer camp and a day full of errands or a summer morning of getting ready to head to the office, you can use these summer outfit ideas that can be pulled together in two minutes or less.
Pulling together great summer outfits instantly starts with having a good base of solid summer wardrobe pieces. At the start of each season, go through previous summer items and discard any that are worn, stained, that don’t fit correctly, or that are out of style. If you are buying new pieces, invest in classic looks with a sprinkling of trendy items to keep it fresh. Consider having the following items on hand for easy outfit ideas:
Now that you have your wardrobe basics, it’s time to get down to the fun of putting together your easy, stylish summer outfits.
For a look that’s polished yet casual, pair a classic white T-shirt with khaki shorts in a smart fabric like twill with a tailored cut. This looks great for a number of activities and is relaxed and comfortable without being overly casual. Try it with accessories like a tan or ivory belt, classic hoop earrings, neutral sandals or peep-toe flats, and a simple necklace.
Head to the office, out to lunch, or a meeting in a summer-ready but smart-looking outfit. Pair pretty print women’s short-sleeve blouses with women’s cropped pants, pointed toe flats, and chunky earrings for a pulled-together look. Grab a light summer sweater or cotton blazer in a complementary color for spaces where the air conditioning is on high.
Choose a colored tank in your favorite style, then pair it with a pair of crisp white shorts for a pleasing summer outfit. Try a nude belt, wedge espadrilles, and a chunky necklace to finish it off.
Throw on a swingy summer floral skirt with a simple white tank (look for a slightly loose-fitting style you can tuck in so it’s not overly casual) for a breezy, feminine summer outfit. Wear it with a long necklace and embellished sandals.
Women’s polo shirts with neutral skinny jeans or twill pants could work for the office, depending on your business casual office dress code, but it can work for loads of other activities too, from mommy and me classes to afternoons at the summer library reading program. It’s smart, simple, and pulled together.
The maxi dress, with its loose, flowy feel and beautiful drape has a distinctly summery feel. Pair it with a light wash or white denim vest or jacket, gladiator sandals, and beaded or natural jewelry for a boho-chic look perfect for breezy summer days or evenings.
Looking for a simple, stylish way to hit the beach when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready? Start with your bathing suit as your base, then put on a pair of great denim shorts and a lightweight button-up top in a bright color over it. You can just roll up the sleeves and tie the blouse at the waist, or button it mostly up, tuck it in and then blouse it out for a cool. Casual look. Toss on a wide-brimmed sun hat and flip-flops, and you’re ready to go. Don’t have time for a full outfit? Just throw on your favorite cover-up dress and grab your beach bag.
A straight or A-line mini or midi skirt is a fun, cool summer classic. Pair it with a fun V-neck top or tee in a summer color (or go simple with basic white) for a look that can’t go wrong. Canvas tennis shoes or cute sandals, stud earrings, and a few bangle bracelets finish the outfit.
The eight ideas discussed here are just the beginning. Once you feel comfortable trying out new pieces in your summer wardrobe, expand out and get creative. A summer-y fit-and-flare dress might become your new go-to, or you might find a new pair of print shorts with the right colors that wear with everything in your closet. With a little creativity, you can put together stylish summer looks in a flash.