31 Outfit Ideas for Every Day in July
We can practically smell the grill firing up, taste the ice-cold rosé cider and hear the splash of that unicorn float hitting the pool. We’ve reached peak summer and we’re ready to dress like it. We did the work for you and planned out 31 fabulous fresh outfits to wear throughout the month of July.
2. Try Breathable Long-Sleeves and Flowy Pants
Get some extra sun protection without overheating in super-breathable, sweat-wicking materials like linen or lightweight cotton in breezy silhouettes.
3. Balance a Vibrant Dress with White Accessories
Let your rainbow-colored frock be the true star of your outfit by keeping your jewelry to a minimum and selecting sleek white accessories over intricate or multi-hued options.
4. Celebrate the 4th of July in Style
Turns out you can wear all the colors of the flag at once without looking like, well, the flag itself. Pair some mod ’60s boots with an easy shirtdress and you have yourself a supremely chic and festive ensemble.
5. Pile on the Neutrals
An off-the-shoulder top with ruffled sleeves feels less intimidating or fiesta-ready when done in a simple beige and paired with tailored khakis. Yes, you can wear different neutral shades in the same outfit without looking boring.
6. Sport Head-to-Toe Brights
Instead of wilting away in the heat, why not re-energize with a super-bold “look at me” ensemble? Pile on the most vibrant shades you can find and show that white-hot sun who’s boss.
7. Get Comfortable in a Caftan
Equal parts glamorous and easy, your go-to poolside caftan is more versatile than you think. Just add a pair of fabulous oversize earrings, a structured bag and luxe slides, like Coterie member Katie Sturino, and suddenly you’re red-carpet ready. Or at least ready for dinner and drinks with the girls.
8. Give a Throwback Nod to ‘90s Overalls
If you’re still totally buggin’ over the awesome fashion on Clarissa Explains It All, then we have some good news for you: Overalls and oversize headbands are back in style. If it’s too hot for a button down, we suggest a sleeveless blouse, preferably with some ruffles or lace around the arms.
10. Let Loose in a Tent Dress
They’re easy, they’re breezy and surprisingly flattering, too. All you need in terms of accessories are a few gold bangles and some minimalist sandals. And maybe a chic scrunchie as well, in the case of Coterie member Coco Bassey.
11. Embrace Nantucket Staples
Even if you can’t travel to a chic beach town this summer, that shouldn’t stop you from dressing like your weekend plans involve a clam bake and sailing around the Cape. Pair loose tailored trousers with a high-neck tank, both in stark white, then drape a navy-and-white stripe knit over your shoulders. Finish with classic sunnies and minimalist sandals.
12. Upgrade Your Beach Apparel
Give your denim cut-offs or shapeless cover-up a break and try a loose button-down and chic sarong instead. You can even add a cute bucket hat and colorful tote, like Coterie member Babba Canales, to really amp up the fun.
13. Try Summer’s Hottest Shoe Trend
Flatforms are back, baby! They’re a great way to add some height without stressing your poor feet and look great with pretty much all of your summer style favorites—wide-leg pants, denim shorts and floral frocks.
14. Tone Down a Vibrant Tropical Print with Black Accessories
There’s no need to save your wildest tropical prints for vacation. Just wrap a black leather belt around your waist and slip your feet into a pair of black sandals (the chunkier the better, in our opinion) and you’ll no longer look out of place walking around the city instead of a resort.
15. Bring Back the Skort
Sporty skorts are majorly trending for 2021. Keep things simple but sleek by wearing them with easy basics—black or white crewneck tees and chunky white kicks—and accessories with just a hint of glam.
16. Wear Your Nightgown During the Day
Last year’s nap dress trend, aka nightgowns that also work for brunch, is still going strong, so if you’ve yet to hop on board we suggest you do so now. If you’re unsure how to make it work, try adding a pair of strappy neutral sandals and a classic straw tote, while keeping your jewelry to a minimum.
17. Try a Silk Slip Skirt
Ah, the slip skirt—they’re our new favorite go-to when we want to look polished and breezy all in one. Wear yours with a casual tank or button-down shirt and flat sandals and you'll be good to go.
18. Add a Fancy Gold Belt
We love the ease of a simple top with loose jeans, but for those days when you want to add a little something extra to your ensemble take a cue from Coterie member Shanna Battle and slip a foxy gold chain through your belt loops.
19. Embrace the Rainbow Trend Without Being Too Literal
It may be a crossover from Pride Month in June, but rainbow items are still majorly trending. Look to Coterie member Grace Atwood and her gorgeous multi-hued dress for inspiration on how to rock the trend without looking too on the nose.
20. Don’t Assume Shorts Are Casual
Turns out shorts suits are major fashion chameleons, looking adorably cute for a casual Friday then super sexy for date night. Bottom line: You can wear one of these fabulous sets to basically every event on your calendar. Thanks for the inspo, Olivia Jeanette!
21. Dress Up a Simple Frock with Fancy Footwear
We love how Coterie member Ijeoma Kola took a casual white tent dress from beach-ready to date-night approved with the simple addition of some strappy lace-up sandals. Genius.
22. Try a Funky Pair of Sunnies
Which sounds more fun: a pair of classic wayfarers or rectangular frames in neon green? While you’re at it, you might as well add a matching mini handbag and a top in an equally vivid contrasting hue.
24. Wear Your Athletic Gear Outside the Gym
Real talk: When it’s 97 degrees out with 100 percent humidity, you are going to get sweaty. So throw on a sweat-wicking tank with your girly midi skirt and call it a (fashionable) day.
27. Embrace the NYC Style Stereotype
Alternatively, you can wear black-on-black this summer without melting into a sweaty puddle. Just remember to choose breathable fabrics and avoid anything too form-fitting or constricting.
28. Mix Prints with Abandon
Throw all the “rules” you’ve ever read about which prints go with which and just go all out with your current favorite pieces. If you’re feeling a little nervous about how your patterns look right up next to each other, use Tyla-Lauren Gilmore as inspiration and add a neutral, like blue-wash denim or white linen, in between to break things up.
29. Wear a Party Dress with Chunky Sandals
This summer is all about “revenge outfits” or dressing to the nines to make up for the fact that we spent all of 2020 in sweatpants. That said, not everyone wants to wear a full cocktail getup to grab a cup of coffee. Follow Monroe Steele’s example and tone down party dresses with the help of chunky, colorful sandals like Tevas or Birks.
30. Wear Summer's Two Hottest Hues
Why choose between white hot and red hot when they look so darn good together? Pull on the brightest whites you own and add plenty of red-orange accessories.
31. Pile on the Prints
Go big or go home and wear as many loud, oversize and punchy prints as your little heart desires. It’s summer, baby.