10 Chic Summer Outfits To Elevate Your Wardrobe This Season

It's all about making a statement.
Last Updated
May 24, 2022

The hallmarks of a strong summer wardrobe usually entail breathable fabrics, fluid silhouettes, and a palette of cheery brights and patterns. Establishing a versatile repertoire of pieces to work with during the year’s warmest months is the best way to ensure you always have a good summer outfit within arm’s reach; breezy dressesminimalist sandals, woven designer beach bagssleek sunglasses — you get the general idea.

With the official start of summer around the corner, it’s the perfect time to switch your closet over to high-temperature mode. Once you have the right pieces in the foreground, you can start building several outfits that will carry you from Memorial Day all the way to Labor Day (and beyond). 

Ahead, get the download on ten effortlessly chic summer outfits you can start wearing now from a handful of inspiring women in fashion. From comfortable, pared-down ensembles that bode especially well for a work-from-home aesthetic to a handful of polished combinations that will translate to weekend cocktail hour and beyond, there’s a touch of just about everything you’ll need to make 2022 your most stylish summer yet.

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Clean Slate Summer Outfit

An all-white look feels emblematic of the summer outfits and even the simplest of separates — like a tee and jeans — do the trick. Tuck a slouchy t-shirt into a pair of crisp straight-leg jeans for a combination you’ll return to all summer long (tip: if it’s too hot for jeans, swap for a pair of white denim shorts). 

Accessorize the pairing with a straw tote, your favorite gold watch, and a designer pair of flip flops, like Teisbaek’s covetable duo from The Row.

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Minimalist Polish Summer Outfit

For summer days when the temperatures are particularly stifling, reach for a perfectly unfussy look, like a flowy frock and lace-up sandals. A midi length works well for achieving a dressier aesthetic and lace-up sandals give the ensemble a slightly more considered finish than flip flops or pool slides. 

For the final touches, classic sunglasses, dainty jewelry, and a swipe of peachy lip balm.

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Good Sport

If your personal style aesthetic leans toward the sportier side of the spectrum, consider incorporating a collection of high-neck tanks into your wardrobe. You can pair these minimalist tops with everything from wide-leg jeans or cargo pants, like this sleek look on Camille Charrière.

On the accessory front, go for a simple pair of earrings or a choker to complement the neckline and a pair of ‘90s-inspired strappy sandals.

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Elegant Ease

Is there anything better than a breezy white dress that doesn’t touch your body? No summer wardrobe is complete without at least one of these frocks available to wear. Thankfully, because it makes such a statement, all you need to do to finish it off is add a straw bag and your favorite flat sandals.

Fasten your hair back into a topknot or ponytail (if it applies) and toss on a pair of retro oval sunglasses to complete this timeless summer outfit.

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Perfect Pair

The best part of investing in a matching set is that it’s a one-and-done outfit — all that’s left to do to complete the look is accessorize. This summer, go for a duo in a seasonal pattern, like gingham, and bare your midriff a bit so the combination will keep you cool and comfortable.

Try a pair of wire-frame sunglasses for a nostalgic vibe and don’t forget the sunscreen and lip balm!

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Modern Romance Summer Outfit

Perhaps the easiest way to feel fresh and feminine all summer long is my ensuring there’s a pretty floral print top hanging in your closet. Style this must-have piece with your favorite pair of blue jeans, a simple pendant necklace, and an easy shoulder bag for an effortless and relaxed ensemble.

Tip: Mix up the silhouette of your jeans to alter the overall mood of your summer outfit, including baggy denim, crop-flares, straight-leg, and beyond.

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Pop of Print Summer Outfit

Searching for the perfect summer outfit that stylishly toes the line between flirty and put-together? Try a crisp button-down shirt tucked into a tropical-print midi skirt à la Aimee Song.

Give the look a seasonal touch by adding in a straw bag and strappy heeled sandals with a block heel so you can wear them all day long with ease.

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West Coast Effortlessness Summer Outfit

Adding a bodysuit to your wardrobe opens up a world of summer outfit combinations, including this chic weather-appropriate look by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She wore her nude one-piece with a slim denim skirt for an aesthetic that speaks to west coast casual.

Finalize the ensemble with a pillow clutch and mesh heels for days when the itinerary is on the dressier side.

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Feminine Florals

A floral mini dress is an MVP of any woman’s summer wardrobe as it can seamlessly work with heels, flat sandals, and even a pair of sneakers

For an after-pool outfit that feels feminine and fresh, team your frock with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses, a straw tote, and low-heel sandals. If the occasion calls for a more casual aesthetic, swap out the heels for simple slides.

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Bold Proportions

If you’ve grown tired of your everyday blue jeans simply swap them out for a pair of wide-leg white slacks. These minimalist-chic pants go with just about any top, especially if it’s a fitted embroidered crop top, like this Alexis piece. 

Include bright white cat-eye sunglasses for a bold touch and a versatile gold chain necklace to tie everything together for a picture-perfect summer outfit.

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