Summer is the time of year that I feel most inspired style, life, and fitness-wise. It really is the time of year that I tend to notice I have a bit more of a pep in my step, a lot more energy in the morning, and a ton more creativity when it comes to my style. It’s my favourite time of year for many reasons, but mainly I love it because it just makes my life feel so much easier. Rather than spending time worrying whether I am dressed properly for the weather, I am able to focus on what I want to wear rather than what the weather forces me to. I simply love it.
But, summer for many can also mean always feeling hot, struggling with possible sun burns, and trying to find pieces that will be both comfortable and stylish in the intense summer heat. While I adore this time of year, I also can relate to the struggles of having Mr. Sun around! Today though, to help you on your merry way this summer, I am sharing 10 stylish, comfortable, practical summer outfits to carry you through events, dates, and simple every day life feeling and looking your best. Scroll through to read more!
10 Summer Outfits
We all need a easy, simple, go-to lazy day style. The fact is, we all have lazy days. Typically, my lazy days land on Sundays and all I want to do is stay in my pajamas.
My favourite looks on days like these are simple pairings like the one above, or comfy athleisure outfits. Chinos have become one of my favourite go-to pieces, and I wore them all the time while travelling France and Italy. Best of all, there are many chino-style shorts available as well. Since the summer tends to be hot and sunny, having a few shorts hanging in your closet that are comfortable and easy to wear is essential to creating a useful and wearable summer wardrobe.
Summer outfit details: Forever 21 Crop Top, GAP Girlfriend Chino, Emu Ibis Sandals
Another easy style to recreate this summer is the classic everyday nautical look. You don’t need to be dressed in sailor-wear head to toe to achieve a nautical vibe, all you need is a striped white and navy shirt. Nautical styles are easy to wear, the vibe is easy to achieve, and the look is perfect for the summer season.
Sailor-esque pieces really do come back in style summer after summer, so investing in an item or two that can lend itself to creating this easy laid-back summer outfit is a great idea. Who knew a casual summer outfit could look so chic?
Summer outfit details: Ever New Isabella Striped Tank Top , Ever New Rosie Low Rise Skinner Jean Ever New Fringe Crossbody, Ever New Ashley Ghille Low Block Heels
One way to step up the romance level of your style is with dainty off-the-shoulder pieces. Bold colours and eyelet pieces always lend to creating a fun summer style, but add in an off-the-shoulder dress or blouse and suddenly that bright summer look also has a element of romance to it.
This sort of look is perfect for a date night out, or a fun night with your girlfriends. Since it has an upscale vibe to it, it also could be a great dress to wear for an event, or a dressy brunch.
A little white dress is something that you’ll wear time and time again during the summer months. It’s one of those fashion trends that never really seems to go out of style, yet it always looks so fresh during the spring and summer seasons.
We’ve all heard that fashion is a cycle. Things coming in style, going out, being revamped, and coming back in style again. For me, there is no greater example of this than the Suede Skirt. When I was young, I can remember seeing a photo of my mum sporting a button up dark brown suede skirt. I remember thinking it looked incredibly chic, but no matter how much I looked and scoured the racks of my favourite stores – I could never find one like hers.
This year though, suede skirts have made it back into mainstream style – and they are readily available for all of us looking to add that effortless retro vibe to our summer style. If you’re looking to step up your style this summer, and are looking for a great piece to transition into your fall style (I mean, how cute would this skirt look with a knit sweater, tights, and ankle boots?) than you’re going to want to grab a suede skirt.
It’s officially wedding season, and that means it’s high time to begin planning our wedding guest outfits. When you’re heading to a wedding you want to be sure your outfit is appropriate, fun, and suites the overall theme of the wedding. For example, if you’re told that a wedding is 1920’s themed, or garden themed, take that into consideration when you’re planning your look. You also want to consider the weather. If you’re somewhere that is scorching hot than you’re likely not going to be comfortable in a long sleeve midi dress. Choose what makes you look and feel your best for the theme, and for the temperature.
Summer outfit details: Chicwish Beyond Your Rose Dreams Prom Dress
Crop tops have been all the rage over the last few years, and it’s been easy to get our hands on different colours, styles, and looks of them. I know that my wardrobe is overflowing with different crops that I mix and match with my high waist skirts, jeans, and shorts. This summer, mix and match your prim skirts with a crop top to create a look that is sunshine ready, comfortable, and stylishly on-trend.
Florals are beautiful year round. They are bright, feminine, fun, and add a playfully bold element to even the most basic of outfits. A pretty floral skirt seems like a non-essential at first glance, but after sporting florals so much throughout this spring and now also through the summer, I can say with confidence that floral skirts and dresses are a total summer style essential. They add a pretty pop of colour to every outfit, and that they are an easy go-to as they don’t take a lot of thought or consideration when it comes to pairing and matching in an outfit.
If you haven’t tried them already, this is the year to dip your toes into midi and maxi length skirts and dresses. Midi lengths have been my favourite hem length over the last few years as they are so comfortable to wear, and yet so ladylike and polished looking. While shorter skirts can make you feel nervous to bend or move, midi lengths have all the comfort and ease that pants do while also having that elevated level of femininity. If you’re not sure how to wear a midi skirt, than click here to read my full guide on how to style a midi skirt.
This summer, when you have meetings or an interview, try wearing a crisp fit and flare striped dress like this All Day Blue Delight Striped Dress from Chicwish. The button-up detailing makes it look professional, but the exaggerated flared out skirt makes this dress playful and fun for summer.
Interview outfit ideas used to be something I had gotten stuck on. I used to have a “don’t plan so you don’t over think it” mentality on my interview and meeting outfits, but I quickly learned that this usually resulted in me wearing something that didn’t give me that confidence that I so needed in those high pressure situations. Now, I keep a professional few dresses and looks on hand so I that I know that no matter how much time I have that I will be able to walk into my interview feeling my best.
Summer outfit details: All Day Blue Delight Striped Dress
What about you? What are your favorite summer outfits? Let me know in the comments below!