18 Summer Outfits to Wear on Repeat from Now Through Labor Day
There’s a lot we’re excited about this summer—going to see a movie with friends, sipping cocktails at a rooftop bar, taking the kids to pet turtles at the zoo—but dressing up in fun new summer outfits (instead of a sweatsuit) is definitely at the top of our list. We’re more than ready to pull out all the floaty frocks, linen trousers, strappy sandals and breezy tanks and enjoy a few joyful months of fun in the sun. Here, you’ll find 18 fabulous summer looks that are easy to recreate and wonderfully chic, so you can mix, match and repeat from now all the way through Labor Day.
1. Short-Sleeve Blouse + Silk Skirt
An easy silk midi always looks effortlessly stylish, no matter what top you wear it with. That said, we love Coterie member Caroline Juen’s combination of a vacation-ready Hawaiian shirt and a slinky skirt. Slip into some flat sandals and you’re ready to stroll through the farmers’ market or picnic in the park, then you can swap them out for heels and statement earrings to head out for a fancier event like dinner or drinks.
2. Printed Top + Loose White Pants
We love a good breezy dad pant, but they’re not always the easiest to style. We’ve found that French tucking a vibrantly patterned tee (or any top with uniue embroidery or beading) and opting for footwear that’s equally detailed is a surefire way to make the trend work for you.
3. Billowing Maxi Dress + Sporty Sandals
Once the temperatures start to hit their max, floaty frocks are the way to go. Even if they have long sleeves and generous hems that brush your ankles, the loose silhouette allows for maximum airflow to keep you cool. No matter what length you choose, try pairing your tent dress with some chunky Teva-inspired sandals (they’re one of this year’s biggest shoe trends) to balance out those nap-dress vibes in modern way.
4. Bright Mini + Classic Clogs
Clogs are another top trend for 2021, but before you go wearing them with other boho ‘70s staples we highly suggest switching things up for a fresher approach. Take inspiration from Coterie member Coco Bassey’s minimalist ensemble and combine your wood-soled kicks with a bright pink minidress. You can add on one statement piece, like a chain-link belt or colorful shoulder bag, but otherwise, embrace the chic simplicity of these solid-colored pieces.
5. Lightweight Summer Whites
Ivy Maurice definitely knows how to beat the heat in style, with her easy combination of simple white separates. We suggest following her lead and sticking to pieces with a looser cut, but otherwise feel free to play around with all sorts of materials. Pair denim with linen or cotton with silk (or maybe even cashmere) to create a look with a beautiful mix textures.
6. Black Clothing + Colorful Accessories
On the flip side, you can always rely on an all-black ensemble. But because summer is typically associated with bright colors, pretty florals and lighter hues, we suggest adding at least one, if not a few, pops of color in the form of accessories. Tie a patterned scarf around your waist (or neck) and swap your trusty black bag for one that’s Kelly green instead.
7. Vibrant Top + Even More Vibrant Skirt
Those willing to go a little bolder, 2021 is the year to turn the volume all the way up with bright shades that pop and printed pieces in unexpected color combinations. Not quite sure you know how to pull off such a bold look? Follow Teni Pascal’s lead and stick to simple silhouettes, like a high-neck tank or straight midi skirt, rather than pieces with complicated ruffles or pleats. And make sure your top and skirt have at least one color in common; it’ll ensure you don’t look like you got dressed in the dark.
8. Shell Top + Tailored Shorts + Sleek Extras
Making shorts look chic as an adult is often pretty challenging, but we know a few tricks to make things a little easier. First, opt for tailored pieces in slightly longer cuts (somewhere between five inches and Bermuda length), and skip skin-tight silhouettes for those with more wiggle room. Next, pair them with other structured favorites, like a classic shell top and blazer (matching or not) or a button-down shirt. Keep your shoes, handbag and other extras on the simpler side to maintain that grown-up feel.
9. Button-down Shirt + Denim Shorts + White Sandals
Even denim shorts can look grown up, as proven by Coterie member Monroe Steele’s fabulous ensemble. A classic white button-down and stark heeled sandals are all you need to rock cut-offs—without looking like you’re on a beach vacation. Pro tip: Button just one shirt button at your bust, like Steele did above, then cross one end over the other as you tuck them into your shorts to create the illusion of a flattering wrap top.
10. Party Dress + Sneakers
One of the biggest trends of 2021 is going to be dressing up, no matter the day of the week, the time of day or the occasion. We’re talking daytime sequins, eye-popping color combos and ruffled party frocks, like Ty Alexander’s gorgeous chartreuse number. But rather than pairing them with the usual strappy heels or glittering jewelry, we’ll be opting for casual sneakers or camp-inspired beaded bracelets to embrace the glorious and happy feeling of this fashion statement.
11. Silky Lounge Set + Sleek Accessories
As much as we’re itching to hit the town (or at least be anywhere other than our own living rooms), we’re not entirely ready to give up on the “sweatpants all day, every day” lifestyle just yet. A breezy silk set, like Coterie member Grace Atwood’s fun orange duo, is an excellent way to ease yourself out of loungewear and back into “real” clothes. Combat the inherent PJ-vibes of a matching set with dressy accessories like pointy-toe flats or pearl earrings.
12. Preppy Dress + Cowboy Boots
Warmer weather doesn’t automatically require you to get a pedicure and pull out the sandals. Summer boots are very much a thing, as evidenced by Katie Sturino’s fun pairing of short white cowboy boots with a flirty gingham frock. Western booties are the easiest style to pull off in the summer, because they have a shorter shaft for better breathability and look great in lighter colors so your feet won’t overheat. Our advice? Make sure there’s ample skin showing between the top of your shoes and the hem of your dress or skirt, to avoid looking like you’re skipping seasons.
13. Wide-Brim Hat + Shirtdress + Wide-Leg Cropped Jeans
Shirtdresses are some of our favorite wardrobe staples (especially while we’re travelling) for their versatility. For instance, if you want to wear yours as a top instead of frock, all you need are some loose jeans to layer underneath. Then unbutton it to the waistline and voilà! Add a wide-brim hat and some flat sandals, and you’ll be ready for a full day of exploration.
14. Head Scarf + Structured T-Shirt + Linen Pants
You don’t need to get too wild or fancy to dress up your favorite pair of cool linen trousers. Simply follow Jeniese’s lead and switch your go-to plain T-shirt for one with a more structured shoulder and knot a scarf around your head for a pop of color that won’t cause you to overheat. You don’t even need much in the way of accessories—just classic gold hoops and a swipe of bold lipstick, and you’ll be good to go.
15. Denim Jacket + Midi Dress
True, you may not want or need a jacket midday, but summer evening’s are often much cooler than we anticipate. Drape a denim trucker over your shoulders for a little extra warmth and to really up your style factor.
16. Lightweight Knit + Tennis Skirt + Sporty Kicks
Who could’ve guessed that pleated tennis skirts would turn out to be a major trend in 2021? While there are definitely other ways to style them, our favorite will always be with other classic tennis staples, just like Jasmine Crockett’s done here. A lightweight cable-knit sweater or loose crewneck T-shirt and white athletic sneakers will do the trick—though an actual tennis racket is totally optional.
17. Over-the-top Frock + Neutral Accessories
There’s nothing subtle about a bright pink maxi dress covered in fringe. And that’s exactly why you should pair it, or another equally standout piece, with neutral-hued accessories that won’t pull focus or leave your outfit looking too busy. Stick to blacks, browns, grays and whites in simple silhouettes and let your all-star pieces have their moment in the sun. Literally.
18. Easy Blouse + Straight-Leg Jeans + Plain White Sneakers
Shanna Battle’s combination of a collared shirt, light-wash jeans and slip-on sneakers isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it is a foolproof ensemble for those days when you just want something easy to throw on and go. Feel free to have some fun with accessories, like a straw bag with a patterned scarf tied around the handle or a stack of colorful beaded bracelets. Or go ahead and keep things simple with a neutral-hued baguette bag and mini gold hoops.
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