31 Fabulous Outfit Ideas to Wear 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.
2. 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.
4. Carry a Mini Bag
One of the only benefits of working from home and generally being confined to your own neighborhood means you aren’t carrying your entire life with you to and from the office, school or out for errands. Test drive a petite satchel, crossbody or tote that fits the essentials—keys, wallet, your mask—and only those essentials.
5. 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.
8. Make Beige A Bit More Interesting
A simple beige midi could easily look super blah, but you don’t need to pile on lots of bold or colorful accessories to shake things up. Take a cue from Coterie member Grace Atwood and add just a few luxe extras, like gold-tone sandals, a sleek, structured net handbag and a silk metallic face mask (or headband post Covid-19).
10. Make Your Eyes the Stars of the Show
Who says bold makeup should be reserved for nights out or special occasions? A bright blue shadow offers the perfect contrast to a delicate green frock.
12. Try Polished Boho
A pair of tailored wide-leg pants and a simple balloon-sleeve blouse have just enough of that relaxed hippie vibe to feel casual without looking too unkempt.
13. Pair Kitchy Shorts with a Grown-Up Blouse
Tuck a pretty lace top into a pair of brightly-colored or printed shorts to strike a gorgeous balance between dressed up and casual.
14. Embrace Sporty Supportive Sandals
Birkenstocks, Tevas and other chunky-yet-supportive styles may have been considered dorky a few years ago, but right now they’re some of the trendiest footwear styles on the market. Pair them with minimalist silhouettes in bright colors to keep that sporty vibe going.
15. Go Loose 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.
17. 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?
21. Sport ‘70s-Inspired Sunnies
So much of our faces are already covered by protective masks, why not protect your eyes from the sun without covering them entirely? Try a pair of colorful lens that block UV rays and reduce glare without rendering your totally anonymous.
22. Embrace Trendy Animal Prints
23. Try a Summer-weight Knit
Yes, you absolutely can rock a sweater dress mid-August. The key is to look for fabrics that are soft, lightweight and breathable and avoid overly cozy winter materials, like chunky wool.
24. Break Out Those Old T-Shirts
Yep, we're talking about your worn-in college tees and now "vintage" vacation souvenirs. They're an easy, comfortable way to make a crisp midi skirt and heels feel weekend-ready.
25. 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 a T-Shirt with some Extra Oomph
Exaggerated sleeves are one of 2020’s biggest trends. And while the most prominent version is definitely the puff sleeve, but T-shirts with padded shoulders are experiencing their own mini moment in the sun. Take inspiration from Coterie member Monroe Steele and wear yours with elegant staples to balance out any linebacker connotations.
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.