Summer is all about relaxed, breezy styles that help you look your best with minimal effort. Stock up on summer essentials to help you put together fabulous outfits in a flash to look stylish for any situation the season calls for.
For a polished yet casual summer look, try a pair of chino or other women’s shorts in a neutral color. Wear it with a crisp summer blouse (white, pastels, or subtle summer prints are all good bets) and a slim belt for a look that is pulled-together without being fussy. You can make the look more casual by sporting tank top underneath, or make it more polished by choosing a longer short length and a lightweight long-sleeve summer blouse. Summer flats or cute sandals make good shoe options for this type of outfit.
When you have a day off and need to be ready for a mini water-vacay at a moment’s notice, a simple relaxed outfit will work perfectly. Denim shorts are ideal for a casual summer look—take your pick from classic styles, cuffed options, or even denim cut-off shorts. Top it off with a lightweight, short-sleeved T-shirt or sleeveless summer tank. For a beach-ready look, wear your swimsuit underneath and accessorize with a cute beach bag (which will have all your summer essentials, from beach towels and sunscreen to cover-ups and sunglasses, of course!). Simple flip-flops, open-back sandals, or canvas shoes are perfect with a relaxed outfit like this.
Another essential summer look is a go-to outfit that can take you anywhere, from sightseeing to errands to lunch out with the girls. Consider sleek capri pants or cropped pants in a white or a light summer neutral paired with a crisp, cool summer blouse in a floral, chevron, or other trendy print. Or reverse the look and opt for patterned pants with a crisp white blouse on top. The simple yet polished mix of a solid plus a print adds a splash of summer style. Try subtle jewelry and embellished flats or sling-back sandals with this outfit. A light jacket or summer cardigan can finish the look.
Having a few pieces ready for everyday wear are perfect for putting together your summer outfits. These essentials include well-fitted tanks and tees, lightweight summer blouses, neutral shorts, and summer shoes. Try a combo like a three-quarter sleeve print top with a matching tank underneath, paired with shorts in tan, gray, khaki, or white for an everyday summer look. You can change it up by removing the blouse and wearing the tank or tee you’ve chosen alone, especially if you are outdoors and the temperatures heat up. You can also easily change it up by pairing the top with a pair of lightweight linen or other summer pants for the evening.
Skorts offer the best of both worlds with summer fashion—the stylish look of a skirt with the ease and comfort of your favorite shorts. Skorts are also easy to pair with a variety of shirts. They look especially sharp when partnered with a women’s polo top in a contrasting color. Khaki skorts and pink polo, navy skirt and a white polo, or a patterned skirt with a summer blue or turquoise polo are all great options. Canvas tennis shoes or loafer-style flats will work well with an outfit like this.
Summer nights call for essentials that take it up a notch. Invest in great wrap-style or surplice summer dresses in bright prints or colors that you’ll love to dress up for summer evenings. You can add accessories like lock necklaces, dangling earrings, belts, embellished sandals, and summer jackets or cropped sweaters to really personalize your look.
Not a dress person? You can achieve a similar look with a pair of lightweight summer jeans (dark washes, bright white, or summer colors are all great styles) or a summer midi skirt and a wrap-style or button-up top. For a more dressy look, choose a top that hits just at the waist or that can be tucked in. Pair the outfit with a trendy summer jacket and cool shoes like gladiator sandals for an on-trend but sophisticated style.
For an effortless look that can go from day to night, a fabulous summer sundress is a must-have piece. Choose lightweight materials done with sleeveless, spaghetti straps, or cap or flutter sleeves for a breezy look that will keep you cool. Top it off with a lightweight blouse (tie at the waist for a casual look) or lightly structured summer jacket.
No matter what your summer plans are, chances are you’ll be too busy to stress about what to wear. By having well-fitting summer basics on hand, you can put together styles that work for every occasion, from workwear to date night.