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5 summer outfit ideas that will keep you looking cool but feeling chic

Summer outfit ideas from Karen Millen, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Uniqlo, H&M
(Image credit: Karen Millen, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Uniqlo, H&M)

Summer outfit ideas are often trickier than their cooler weather counter parts, as it's harder to add interest without layers. As the temperatures rise, we get that you don't want to sacrifice your style to keep cool, so we've pulled together seasonal outfits that will work for a host of occasions in the coming months.

If you're looking to up your summer outfit ideas this season, you've come to the right place. With a host of new summer fashion trends, as well as key summer capsule wardrobe items, there is the opportunity to pull together some easy, but directional looks. The key thing to remember for summer outfits is that you can't take advantage of textural layering, in the way we do for fall and winter, however, we can still play with proportions, and chic color palettes for elegant AM to PM looks.

Summer outfit ideas to try this season

Whether it's what to wear in the heat or summer outfits for work, getting dressed in warmer weather offers up its own sartorial challenges. For a dose of Quiet Luxury summer staples, look for light layers in neutral colorways as these will also offer maximum versatility. But don't forget, it is summer, so throw in a hint of dopamine dressing to reflect the sunnier climes.

Summer outfit idea: Midi dress

The midi dress is the frock of the summer. Airy enough to keep those summer outfits cool, but long enough to stay smart and polished for occasionwear, a wardrobe of pretty dresses is a great fall back option for everything from weddings to birthday parties this summer. 

2. Summer Outfit Idea: Pants

Perfect pants for warm weather, opt for wider leg iterations as these will help to keep your look easy-breezy when it comes to summer outfit ideas. Opt for natural fabrics such as cotton, silk-blends or linens for added breathability that will be much need when the temperatures rise. 

3. Summer outfit idea: Skirt

For those that prefer separates or are a different size on the top and bottom, but still want the look of a dress, a skirt outfit for summer is great option. To get the most out of your wardrobe, opt for neutral skirts and add color to your top half for interest. And remember to keep on-top of proportions. Wide hem lines need to highlight your waist or be more fitted on your top half. 

4. Summer outfit idea: Shorts

Tailored shorts tend to be slightly longer than designs intended for the beach, making them the perfect option for warm days where you need to look smart too. Look for fastened shorts, with pleated front to help elongate your pins.

5. Summer Outfit Idea: Jumpsuit

A jumpsuit makes for a brilliant summer outfit idea, thanks to its one-and-done aesthetic. As with pants, wider legs will keep you feeling cooler, but look for waist defining styles to keep your shape. 

Rivkie Baum
Fashion channel editor

Rivkie is a fashion editor, writer and stylist with twenty years' experience in the industry. Rivkie studied design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, and fell in love with styling and journalism, and has covered fashion weeks in London, Paris and New York, as well as shooting editorial all over the world.

Specialising in plus size fashion, Rivkie has long championed that style is for everyBODY and has appeared on a host of radio stations and television shows, pushing for greater representation for plus size women and fashion throughout her career.