30 Cute Outfit Ideas to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe Right Now

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What does summer 2024 have in store for you? A gorgeous vacation, afternoon brunches, rooftop soirees, a summer romance perhaps? Whatever the season brings, be sure to have a weather-appropriate outfit prepared. From sweating in the city to sparkling in the sea, we might not have your itinerary handled for the summer, but we’ll surely do our best to make sure you look good doing it (whatever it may be) in a cute summer outfit.

In the age of character dressing—clean girl, office siren, rocker girlfriend, etc.—choosing your aesthetic for the summer can seem overwhelmingly compartmentalized. Not to knock the aesthetics of the moment, but your personal style is an ever more important way to stand out from the other mob wives. This summer, try out different characters for different activities or, better yet, create your own complex and nuanced character: you. To help you get started writing your summer story, we’ve analyzed street style, social media, and runway trends to help build out your warm-weather wardrobe. Whether you’re nautical or nice, Wild West or heading east, or anything in-between, scroll on for your dose of summertime fit-spiration:


Pop of Red

a woman wearing sunglasses

Jeremy Moeller

You might’ve seen this phenomenon on the streets of New York or all over your Instagram feed. Red accents are nothing new, but the pop of red has become synonymous with a sleek, on-trend aesthetic in recent months. To meet the requirements of this trend, just a pop is all you need. Nothing more, nothing less!

Cowgirl Straight Cut-Out Knee Jeans

Still Here Cowgirl Straight Cut-Out Knee Jeans

Blink Metallic Knot Slide Sandals

Bottega Veneta Blink Metallic Knot Slide Sandals

Mediterranean Summer

a person in a dress

Edward Berthelot

Whether you’re living it up in the Greek Islands, Mallorca, or St. Tropez, or you’re just trying to make it to work every day, you can still manifest the Mediterranean lifestyle. Dress for the life (or at least the vacation) you want!

The Nautilus Hair Clip

Mosquito The Nautilus Hair Clip

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Lands' End Womens Supima Cotton Camisole White Plus 2X

Lands’ End Lands’ End Womens Supima Cotton Camisole White Plus 2X

Now 15% Off

Solid Kerry Long Skirt

Vix Solid Kerry Long Skirt

Hot Pants

a woman walking down a street

Claudio Lavenia

A trend we’ve seen season after season, the appropriate season for hot pants is finally here. You won’t have to freeze your butt off (literally) anymore for this summer ’fit. Pair with boots or loafers and an oversized blazer or moto jacket.

Cropped Embroidered Tank

Loewe Cropped Embroidered Tank

Leather Harness Buckle Biker Boots

Miu Miu Leather Harness Buckle Biker Boots

Scarf Tops

a person wearing sunglasses and a jacket

Jeremy Moeller

Nothing says summer like a flirty printed scarf worn as a top. Scarf tops can go with anything, from loose jeans to mini skirts, and look perfectly cool and casual. They’re also a great way to even out (or show off) your summer tan lines.

Poppy Eco Jeans

Icon Denim Poppy Eco Jeans

Kitten Heels Thong Sandal

Zszszsu Kitten Heels Thong Sandal

Boho Chic

a woman in a white dress

Edward Berthelot

If you paid attention at all during the recent fall/winter 2024 runway shows, you’ll know that boho is back and better than ever. That means fringe bags, flowy dresses, and slouchy boots will dominate the summer and last well into fall.

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Ruffled Mini Dress

Dokotoo Ruffled Mini Dress

Now 21% Off

Miyako Two-Tone Denim Ankle Boots

Isabel Marant Miyako Two-Tone Denim Ankle Boots

Fringe Messenger Bag

Hoce Fringe Messenger Bag

Animal Prints

a person wearing a dress

Jeremy Moeller

Animal prints are, in some fashion tribes, a neutral. Glamorous winter prints aside, summer is the best time to have fun with prints, from zebra to snakeskin. Mix and match or wear your print of choice as a single statement piece with true (a.k.a. other) neutrals.

Zebra Mesh Minidress

Natori Zebra Mesh Minidress

Suzanne Baguette Bag

Saint Laurent Suzanne Baguette Bag

The Marion Strappy Wedge Sandal

Khaite The Marion Strappy Wedge Sandal

Brunch-Ready

a woman in a dress

Christian Vierig

This one goes out to the Sofia Richie Grainge wannabes of the world (so…most of us). For an elegant summer look that you can wear from brunch to boat (read: yacht), go for more skin coverage, minimalist colorways and patterns, and ultra-flattering silhouettes. Hamptons home not included.

Halter Knit Maxi Dress

Esse Studios Halter Knit Maxi Dress

Luna Sheer Mesh Ballerina Flats

Le Monde Beryl Luna Sheer Mesh Ballerina Flats

Small Andiamo

Bottega Veneta Small Andiamo

Nautical or Nice

street style

Michael Campanella

We should all be around some form of water this summer, whether it’s a beach, lake, pool, sailboat, you name it. For this particular outfit trend, a port town is recommended but not required. We know boat shoes are making a big comeback thanks to Miu Miu, but stripes are fair game here, too.

Colorblock One Piece

Same Los Angeles Colorblock One Piece

Striped Mini Dress

Victoria Beckham Striped Mini Dress

Fresh Off the Beach

a woman wearing sunglasses

Edward Berthelot

Even if you live nowhere near a beach, why not look like you do? Go for a carefree, California vibe with a beach-to-outdoor-dinner look: bikini top, denim shorts, and easy sandals, bonus points if you have gorgeous, glimmering jewelry to elevate the ’fit. In summer, the rules are what you make them! (Disclaimer: If you’re actually going from the beach to dinner, do make sure to bring dry bottoms to change into post-swim!)

Barbados Bandeau Top

Melissa Odabash Barbados Bandeau Top

Ayla Denim Shorts

Citizens of Humanity Ayla Denim Shorts

Going West

a person in a white dress

Melodie Jeng

Thanks to Beyoncé (and Lana del Rey’s upcoming country album, lest we forget), it’ll be a cowboy kind of summer. Get your cowboy boots and oversized belt buckles ready. Even if the Western look isn’t exactly your style, you can go with subtle nods to the trend, like the horse print bikini top from Solid & Striped. Yee haw!

The Miranda Bikini Top

Solid & Striped The Miranda Bikini Top

Parker Long Frayed Shorts

Agolde Parker Long Frayed Shorts

Howdy Y'all Boot

Lucchese Howdy Y’all Boot

Office-Appropriate

vest and trousers summer outfit idea

Edward Berthelot

Although you might dream of vacationing all summer long, you still have bills to pay, which means you’ll be taking frequent trips into the office. This simple, sophisticated tailored set is ideal for workdays.

Irena Tailored Fitted Vest

Shona Joy Irena Tailored Fitted Vest

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Irena High Waisted Tailored Pant

Shona Joy Irena High Waisted Tailored Pant

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Miranda Semi Patent Leather Top Handle Bag

By Far Miranda Semi Patent Leather Top Handle Bag

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A Blazer Set

blazer skirt summer outfit idea

Daniel Zuchnik

Many fashion lovers like to pair blazers with lengthy bottoms, but during the warmer months, swapping a long pair of pants for shorts or a skirt offers a cooler alternative.

New Agency Blazer

Babaton New Agency Blazer

Contour Muscle Tank

Babaton Contour Muscle Tank

Crochet Cover-Up

crochet summer outfit idea

Raimonda Kulikauskiene

If you’re traveling to the beach this summer, packing a crochet cover-up is essential. I’d suggest pairing this colorful look with a white bikini set and a pair of comfy flip-flops that will carry you through the day. By the time the sun sets and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad to have something to keep you warm.

Multicolor Open-Knit Halter Maxi Dress

Missoni Multicolor Open-Knit Halter Maxi Dress

Crochet Swim Triangle Bikini Top

Skims Crochet Swim Triangle Bikini Top

Now 61% Off

Crochet Swim Bikini Bottom

Skims Crochet Swim Bikini Bottom

Now 57% Off

Public Pajamas

button down and boxers summer outfit ideas

Jeremy Moeller

A simple pajama-inspired set is arguably the easiest summer outfit idea to exist. If you don’t feel like putting a lot of energy into assembling an outfit, you’ll want to have one of these tucked away in your closet.

Garçon Cotton-blend Voile Shirt in Tidewater Stripe

J.Crew Garçon Cotton-blend Voile Shirt in Tidewater Stripe

Pull-on Short in Tidewater Stripe

J.Crew Pull-on Short in Tidewater Stripe

Ully Lo Nappa Leather Sandal

Schutz Ully Lo Nappa Leather Sandal

The Button-Down Shirt

white button down shirt and boxers with white sneakers outfit idea

Jeremy Moeller

Button-down shirts have been around for ages, and they’re never going out of style. Why would they? The sharp seam lines and crisp collars exhibit a sense of elegance that is so appealing. To dress it down a bit, we recommend matching this outfit with a pair of white sneakers.

Linen Oversized Shirt

Mango Linen Oversized Shirt

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Marchello Pleated Linen Shorts

Posse Marchello Pleated Linen Shorts

Flow Retro Runner Sneakers

Loewe Flow Retro Runner Sneakers

The Shirtdress

pink shirtdress with white sandals summer outfit idea

Christian Vierig

Summer is all about shedding clothing, so leave the pants behind. Of course, if you want to jazz things up, add a pair of classy mules.

Mary Classic Shirtdress

Frank & Eileen Mary Classic Shirtdress

Candy Mini Knotted Intrecciato Leather Tote

Bottega Veneta Candy Mini Knotted Intrecciato Leather Tote

Summer Corsetry

corset summer outfit idea

Christian Vierig

Since the corset is the main attraction here, additional statement pieces aren’t necessary. Instead, a plain black skirt will suffice.

Strapless Corset Top

Victoria Beckham Strapless Corset Top

Opening Pencil Skirt

Mango Opening Pencil Skirt

Now 30% Off

Houramu Light Blue Patent Leather Mules

Manolo Blahnik Houramu Light Blue Patent Leather Mules

The Micro Mini

mini skirt outfit idea

Christian Vierig

If you were paying attention during Fashion Week last fall, chances are you witnessed the takeover of Miu Miu micro miniskirts—which are very much still en vogue. Mix up the proportions by styling micro-minis with oversized T-shirts.

Fitted Crew Marcy Tee

Mott & Bow Fitted Crew Marcy Tee

Mia Low Waist Linen Skort

Reformation Mia Low Waist Linen Skort

9060 Sneaker in Turtledove

New Balance 9060 Sneaker in Turtledove

Baby Blues

bue shirtdress and air force ones summer outfit idea

Christian Vierig

We can’t get enough of baby blue this summer, especially in the form of a flowy maxi dress. You can even dress it down during the day with sneakers and up at night with heels.

Chambray Callahan Shirt Dress

Tuckernuck Chambray Callahan Shirt Dress

Xt-6 Expanse Low Top Sneakers

Salomon Xt-6 Expanse Low Top Sneakers

Easy Neutrals

neutral top and trousers summer outfit idea

Edward Berthelot

While vibrant colors certainly dominate summertime fashion, neutrals deserve to shine too. This outfit is functional for a night out on the town or a casual summertime date night.

 Audette Structured Cotton Twill Corset Top

House of CB Audette Structured Cotton Twill Corset Top

High Rise Stride Jeans with Washwell

Gap High Rise Stride Jeans with Washwell

Now 11% Off

Dunk Low Retro Sneakers

Nike Dunk Low Retro Sneakers

Double Denim

denim corset and jeans summer outfit idea

Christian Vierig

The denim-on-denim look is such an early 2000s trend. How can anyone forget that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s double-denim look? Well, this trend has definitely made a comeback, but in 2023, we’re opting for denim corsets paired with baggy jeans.

Corset Style Denim Top TRF

Zara Corset Style Denim Top TRF

Tinsley Baggy High-Rise Jeans

Free People Tinsley Baggy High-Rise Jeans

Leather Croissant 90 Heel

Studio Amelia Leather Croissant 90 Heel

The Silk Slip

polka dot slip skirt summer outfit idea

Christian Vierig

Slip into a silky skirt for a leisurely day in the sun. Satin slip skirts are so versatile, and one of our favorite ways to style this look is with a white tank top.

Sense of Shine Midi Skirt

Dorothee Schumacher Sense of Shine Midi Skirt

Linden Patent Leather Sandals

Khaite Linden Patent Leather Sandals

On the Down-Low

scarf top and trousers summer outfit

Christian Vierig

You may have thought the end of low-rise pants had happened years ago, but the style has seemingly resurfaced among the street style set. If you’re wondering how to style low-rise pants during the summer, a scarf or satin top might just be your answer.

Elise Silk Crop Camisole

Doen Elise Silk Crop Camisole

The Harlow Wide-Leg Pant

Madewell The Harlow Wide-Leg Pant

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Daya Slide Sandal

Paige Daya Slide Sandal

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Unexpected Necklines

halter dress summer outfit idea

Edward Berthelot

An unexpected neckline immediately transforms any outfit from simple to spellbinding. For a chocolate brown shade like this, beige accessories are your best bet.

Tribute Mules in Smooth Leather

Saint Laurent Tribute Mules in Smooth Leather

VLOGO Small Raffia Top-Handle Bag

Valentino Garavani VLOGO Small Raffia Top-Handle Bag

Now 30% Off

The Tailored Vest

suiting summer outfit idea

Edward Berthelot

There are certain pieces of clothing that are worthy of investment, and vests are one of them. During colder months, style them with a long sleeve garment underneath, and when temperatures warm up you can wear them solo. No matter the weather, vests are always there to save your wardrobe.

Baby Got Back Linen Vest

Urban Outfitters Baby Got Back Linen Vest

Wide-leg Linen-blend Pants

H&M Wide-leg Linen-blend Pants

Joy Shoulder Bag

JW PEI Joy Shoulder Bag

Now 50% Off

Black & White

black and white summer outfit idea

Christian Vierig

At first glance, this outfit might appear dull, but I’d argue that it’s actually a flattering formula. The black-and-white combination will never go out of style, and its ageless quality is what makes it so special.

Fitted Ribbed Tank

Banana Republic Fitted Ribbed Tank

Maxed Out

maxi dress and flip flops summer outfit idea

Edward Berthelot

Every summer wardrobe calls for a white maxi dress. And this season, crewneck styles are having quite a moment.

Asymmetric Draped Maxi Dress

St. Agni Asymmetric Draped Maxi Dress

Platform Strap Sandals

Mango Platform Strap Sandals

Now 22% Off

La Vague Shoulder Bag

Jacquemus La Vague Shoulder Bag

Easy Co-ords

coordinated top and bottom summer outfit idea

Jeremy Moeller

The coordinated look is simultaneously polished and casual. Take this look for example—we love how the sophisticated nature of the top balances the relaxed quality of the cargo pants.

Wide Strap Crop Top

Susana Monaco Wide Strap Crop Top

The Oversized Poplin Shirt

Everlane The Oversized Poplin Shirt

Now 28% Off

Drop-Waist Wide-Leg Cargo Pant

Vince Drop-Waist Wide-Leg Cargo Pant

Summer Brights

lime green dress summer outfit idea

Edward Berthelot

Weekend brunches have always been a beloved summertime activity, and aside from the bottomless mimosas and delicious food, dressing up for the occasion is the best part. To really serve a look, style a vibrant dress paired with toned-down accessories.

Tie-detail Shirt Dress

H&M Tie-detail Shirt Dress

Now 56% Off

Linley Sandal

Franco Sarto Linley Sandal

Now 30% Off

White Baguette Swipe Bag

Coperni White Baguette Swipe Bag

A Go-To Formula

vest jeans and birkenstock outfit idea for summer

Daniel Zuchnik

You know those days when you’d prefer to keep it lowkey, and the thought of piecing together a look is simply a nuisance? If you’re having trouble styling an outfit that doesn’t require a lot of effort, this outfit recipe comes to your rescue: one sleeveless top, wide-leg jeans, and sandals. What more could you need?

Halter Vest

Krisa Halter Vest

Now 29% Off

Celia Bootcut Jeans

Nili Lotan Celia Bootcut Jeans

Ollie Zip Leather Shoulder Bag

Staud Ollie Zip Leather Shoulder Bag

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