31 Fabulous Outfit Ideas for Every Day in August
The end of the summer is near, and while we’re not quite ready to pack up the rosé and pool floats just yet, we are pretty tired of our same-old-same-old outfits (aka the dreaded summer style rut). The solution: Let these 31 fashionable gals inspire your August wardrobe so you can go back to focusing on that beach-read thriller. Here are the best styling ideas to try every day this month.
Pair Stripes With Fronds
Mix and match summer’s two hottest prints for an “I just got back from vacation” vibe.
Wear Sneakers With Mini Lengths
Go for a surprisingly fresh match-up: tennies and a flouncy romper.
Play With Volume
Go big or go home in an exaggerated ruffled top and wide-leg trousers.
Rock a Tent Dress With Confidence
If ever there were a time for a massive maxi, this is it. Lean into the look with oversize sunglasses and a compact street-style-esque crossbody bag.
Try Three Trends at Once
Millennial pink: check. Ruffled hems: check. Comfy mules: check.
Add at Least One Printed Item
Pairing a black top with black pants? Always sleek. But topping an all-black outfit with a tropical kimono? Much more interesting.
Let Your Favorites Stand Out
Give your punchy new skirt its moment by keeping everything else simple.
Wear Pants to a Wedding
Still got a few receptions to round out the season? Ditch the dresses and scoop up a bright jumpsuit. You're guaranteed to have far more fun on the dance floor.
Reinvent Your Accessories
Give your neckerchief a new purpose by tying it around your ponytail and letting the ends hang loose.
Extend the Life of Your Beach Dress
She's meant for so much more—like being a festive tunic over jeans on a cool night.
Get Matchy-Matchy in a Printed Set
A coordinating set looks just as good as a jumpsuit but is way easier to pee in. Looks like we’ll be having another mimosa after all.
Make Your Scarf the Star
A well-placed or intricately detailed scarf can make even the simplest outfit look fabulous. Take a fringed, tasseled or embroidered number, set it off center (so the corners purposefully don't line up) and loosely drape it around your neck. Statement accessory: achieved.
Pair Opposing Lengths
Add dimension to a shapeless maxi dress with a cropped jacket.
Give Your Workwear a Girly Boost
Flouncy, ruffled or bell sleeves are infinitely more fun than a classic button-up and still work appropriate when tucked into a pencil skirt.
Rock a Shorts Suit Instead of Pants
Casual Friday and one last day of 100-degree weather call for a tailored shorts suit. (If you don’t have a coordinated set, fake it with a blazer and your fanciest bottoms.)
Stick to a Theme
A unique print deserves the spotlight so use it to dictate your accessories and makeup accordingly.
Wear Head-to-Toe White
Who doesn’t love a monochromatic look? But that often leads to all black everything. (Been there; done that.) Switch things up with a seasonal shade. Ahhh.
Embrace the Color of the Year
You don’t have to be a millennial to wear millennial pink.
Layer Basics Under Your Special Pieces
A plain white tee nestled under a party dress helps everything look more casual and cool.
Tie a Scarf Through Your Belt Loops
A brightly printed scarf can double as a statement-making belt like that. Best worn with an otherwise straightforward outfit.
Revamp Your Work Staples for the Weekend
Leave one or two extra buttons undone and let the collar droop off your shoulder to make a stuffy button-up feel evening ready.
Turn Up the Volume With a Funky Print
You might be expected to wear suiting to work, but no one said it had to be navy.
Make Weekend Shorts Office-Appropriate
Now this is how adults wear shorts. A sleek, fitted top balances out volume on the bottom, while neutral colors keep things clean. That last casual Friday before Labor Day is calling this outfit's name.
Wear Your PJs All Day
Throw on some heels (or fancy flats), add a structured bag and voilà! Your best pajamas just became your best brunch look.
Or Just Your Robe
Not quite ready to step out in head-to-toe sleepwear? A silk kimono makes a great warm-weather jacket alternative and is still right on trend.
Break Out Your Hawaiian Shirt
Ignore the urge to pair this vacation staple with cargo shorts and a camera strung around your neck, and opt for sleek skinny jeans and pumps instead.
Tie Up Your T-Shirt
A knot at your waist is the freshest trick for making a plain tee look ultra-flattering.
Dig That Fanny Pack Out of Your Closet
Sick of leather straps sticking to your shoulders? Embrace the power of the fanny pack (or wallet belt, if you want to sound fancy) and become the street-style star you were born to be.
Embrace Your Inner Frenchwoman
Who, moi? Breton stripes, clean-cut denim, two-tone shoes… très Parisienne.
Go Back to the (Sweat-Proof) Basics
Some days we’re just too hot to function. And on those days we wear shorts and a silky tank that won't show our inevitable sweat stains.
Add a Wide-Brim Hat
When all else fails, throw on your favorite basics and top it all off with a chic straw hat.