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 thrilling beach read. Here are the best styling ideas to try every day this month.
31 Fabulous Outfit Ideas to Wear Every Day in August
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1. Embrace All Things Linen
Yes, the lightweight fabric does tend to rumple easily, but with summer’s heat reaching its peak mid-August, we’ll gladly take a few wrinkles in exchange for linen’s superior breathability and sweat-wicking properties. (Pro tip: Flowy linen dresses wrinkle less than slim-fit shorts or trousers.)
3. Carry A Mini Bag
We got so used to carrying the bare minimum around with us during quarantine, and we fully plan to keep that minimalist streak going with petite bags that fit all (and only) the essentials—keys, wallet, mask.
4. Add At Least One Printed Item
Pairing a black top with black pants? Always sleek. But finishing an all-black outfit with a tropical topper? Much more interesting.
5. Ease Your Way Back Into Wearing Heels
Heels are slowly but surely making their way back into our regular shoe rotation, but for now we plan to stick with walkable platforms over stilettos. Plus, they work equally well with casual white jeans and a simple silk tank as they do with a date night frock, so you can wear them twice as often.
6. Swap Pastels For Deeper Hues
Give your warm-weather wardrobe a major color boost by wearing fall's richest shades like marigold, emerald and fuchsia. As long as you stick to summery silhouettes, you'll still look seasonally appropriate.
7. Pair Boho Frocks With Sporty Sandals
Not sure how to wear those chunky, Velcro sandals this summer? Follow Coterie member Babba Canales and play up the idea that opposites attract with a floaty boho maxi in complementary hues.
8. Loosen Up To Beat The Heat
Problem: It's too hot to wear normal clothes but you still have errands you need to run and people you need to see. Solution: Opt for loose, airy pieces in professional cuts to keep cool while still looking totally put together.
9. Go All In On Color
Say buh-bye to neutral hues, and hello to tropical rainbow shades. Summer is the best time of year to rock bold colors, so why not wear them all at once? Start with one vibrant patterned piece, then choose a few solid colors to pull from the batch and try not to repeat so you can pack the maximum amount in.
10. Rock A Billowing Silhouette With Confidence
If there was ever a time for a flowy caftan, it’s peak summer. Make it feel more polished with a puffed-up headband, oversize earrings and a platform sandal, just like Coterie member Katie Sturino.
11. Pair Workwear With Weekend Staples
Break out your old go-to office blazer and layer it over an easy tank or tee and shorts for a fresh transitional ’fit. Stick with sleek and minimalist accessories—simple pearl studs, dainty gold hoops, a chain-link crossbody bag—to keep your ensemble looking elevated.
12. Go Back To The (sweat-proof) Basics
Some days we’re just too hot to function. And on those days we wear tank tops and breezy slip skirts that facilitate air flow while still looking polished and put together.
14. Try A Summer-weight Knit
16. Rock The New French Tuck
Rather than tuck just one side of your button-down shirt into your waistband, simply leave the bottom few buttons undone to show off a little triangle of midriff. So easy, so chic, so what are you waiting for?
18. Update Your Denim Shorts
Swap those raw-hem Daisy Dukes for a more posh pair of jean shorts. Longer hems, looser legs and cleaner washes are all trending this year and, as a bonus, are much easier to make feel grown-up than cheeky, festival-ready styles.
19. Try A Trendy Shirt-and-boxer Set
This menswear-inspired combo is a fabulous summer uniform that’s as easy to wear as it is stylish. Add strappy sandals and or some colorful jewelry to give your ensemble a more feminine edge, or go all in on the sporty vibes with sneakers and a baseball cap.
20. Tie Your Scarf Top In A New Way
Shop similar styles: Jeepers Peppers Oversize Square Sunglasses ($33); Echo Fantastica 36” Silk Square Scarf ($149); Citizens of Humanity Annina Trouser Jeans ($228); M.Gemi The Emma Sandals ($248; $125)
22. Jazz Up Your Joggers
A sneaky way to make your beloved quarantine sweatpants more work appropriate? Swap them for a metallic jogger instead of tailored trousers. Still super comfy, just much more chic.
23. Balance Long Sleeves With Short Hems
If you love a good crewneck or long-sleeve silhouette, balance it out by opting for a shorter hemline to keep your legs cool. On the flip side, if you’d rather sport a midi or maxi, go for a spaghetti strap or deep V-neck.
24. Try A Cropped Suit
Shorts suits were a major trend heading into 2020, but no was was interested in wearing such structured staples while working from home. Now, however, we’re ready to bring these beauties back out of the closet to help ease our way back into regular office vists.
25. Style A Mini To Feel All Grown Up
Be sure to choose a skirt that doesn’t feature school-girl pleats and opt for fabrics with a luxe vibe, like faux suede, silk or embroidered cotton. Add a neat button-down shirt (both short and long sleeves will work), a ladylike bag and some sleek sandals and voilà!
27. Try A Subtle Shine All Over
Give your outfit a summer glow to match your skin by selecting pieces with a hint of shine or sparkle to them. Think satin joggers, silky camis and metallic accessories (bonus points if they’re not the expected shades of gold, silver or bronze).
28. Wear An Autumnal Dress With Summery Accessories
Take inspiration from Coterie member Liz Teich and pair together your new long-sleeve, maxi-length fall dresses with high-summer staples, like a straw tote and strappy white sandals, for a gorgeous transitional look.
29. Break Out Those Old T-shirts
30. Give One Last Cheers To Barbiecore Summer
Truth be told, we expect the Barbiecore trend to continue well into fall, just in more autumnal silhouettes, like jeans, oversize button-ups and cardigan sets. So give your hot pink summer silhouettes one last hurrah, matching cocktail (or mocktail) in hand just like Coterie member Caroline Juen.
31. Make A Boilersuit Feel Fancy
Transform this easy staple from gas station-ready to cocktail hour-approved with the addition of crystal adorned heels, eye-catching jewelry and a fresh blowout.
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