Summer Style Outfit Ideas
Summer is here and your closet has likely transformed into cute casual dressers, stylish rompers, denim shorts, and swimsuits! Button details, paperbag shorts, off-the-shoulder shirts, kimono robes, and a step back into the 90’s are where it’s at for this summer fashion. Style is arbitrary and really what you make of it after all, so find what works for you and own it! Make the most of mix-and-match pieces to create endless stylish looks! Enjoy some favorite summer trends and basics for outfit creation and inspiration that make any summer wardrobe complete and can also transition into fall!
Before we get started, a little behind-the-scenes... I was on the fence debating if I should even attempt to create a style post. As a new mom, I’ll be the first to tell you, your priorities and the way you spend your time and money changes drastically when you have a baby. In the rare occasion you go shopping, 99% of it is for the baby, and if the idea of bringing a baby or kids to the mall instantly skyrockets your anxiety level, then I can relate, and I’m here to help! After one too many attempts to shop with baby resulting in elevated stress levels from baby meltdowns and non-air conditioned dressing rooms with 0 purchases to show for the day, I threw in the towel and resorted to the internet. Enter online shopping, my new best friend.
My original plan was to photograph my stylish friends for a fun summer fashion post, but after realizing how difficult it was to coordinate schedules with others (many of whom also have kids), add in unpredictable nap schedules, spontaneous bouts of sickness, and finding babysitters, well... you get the picture. #goalfornextseason To ensure this post would make it up before summer's end, I had to bite the bullet, and embrace being comfortable in front of the camera (which can be challenging for a photographer who prefers being on the other side of the lens). Add to the fact that as a new mom, I am still learning to get used to my new post-pregnancy body, which is still far from fitting into my pre-preggo clothes. Instead of letting my insecurities hold me back though, I've decided to focus on the amazing fact that my body developed and delivered a tiny, healthy human who is the joy of my life, and that in itself is something to celebrate!
Props to my amazing husband as he did his darnedest in the scorching sun to find decent lighting and capture semi-flattering angles during baby's nap time (with monitor in his back pocket) or while wearing baby as she insisted on being part of the fun... I have to say, for having a 5-minute crash session tutorial, my hubs proved to be a natural.
I’ll also be the first to admit I normally am wearing workout clothes (because they’re comfy, not because I actually made it to the gym), but chasing babies is a workout so that counts as something right?!
No matter how much we moms prefer our athletic wear, we all need some fun outfits whether it's for a date night, girls' outing, or vacation. Below I will mix and match some of my favorite summer trends and essential pieces to create standout outfits that will help you feel anything but basic and keep you feeling fresh and fancy!
Now let's get to the good stuff before autumn leaves start falling...
Along with tie-front tops and dresses, button details are all the rage this summer - featured on skirts, shorts, shirts, and dresses. The options are endless!
This adorable pastel-striped dress makes for the perfect summer dress as it's lightweight, comfortable, and super cute! Pair it with a fun statement hat, sunglasses, and woven straw purse to add another pop of color. Add a lace kimono to dress it up a notch.
This amazing statement lace top is your new go-to summer find that will be a crowd winner for sure. Add the classic black kimono with black fringe earrings, and tie it all together with the Rebecca Minkoff straw envelope clutch! Throw a sunhat in the mix to switch it up even more! My new favorite summer outfit!
Shop this look at Altar'd State (shirt, skirt), H&M (black kimono), Dillard's (purse, hat, earrings, sunglasses, shoes). If the white blouse is sold out online, check in the store or this similar version at Anthropologie!
Switch it up slightly by adding a pop of color with emerald fringe earrings and this adorable Cleobella white woven basket bag to keep the focus on the shirt. Not too much, just enough... You don't need much going on when you have a top that makes this big of a statement. These TOMS wedges are so comfy I can wear them to run errands! And contributing to a good cause is yet another reason to support TOMS shoes!
If I could wear a hat with every outfit, I would! Not only are hats super fun and a way to add your own personal style to any outfit, but they also double as a bad hair day’s best friend!
Loose billowing blouses are paired perfectly with form-fitting shorts, skirts, and even paper-bag shorts. You really can’t go wrong with flirty off-the-shoulder tops for summer.
This adorable off-the-shoulder shirt nails the button-up trend and looks perfect with striped paper-bag linen shorts, a macrame purse, and fun summer sandals or wedges.
The flowy sleeves in this bold colored and floral patterned smocked off-the-shoulder top are paired perfectly with a denim skirt to create balance. Add the macrame purse and coordinating wedges and you've got one fun summer outfit that can also transition into fall!
If you are in the market for a pair of sunglasses that you won't regret buying, these classic foldable Ray Ban wayfarers not only look great on any face but fold into a compact style that is not only functional but helps to avoid broken sunglasses!
Find them at many Ray-Ban authorized sellers and even on Amazon!
Another floral top that is too cute for words! Pair it with a fitted denim skirt or denim shorts and wedges with blue and white hoops. The rattan woven purse with honey suede TOMS works nicely or for another option, try out this shell-lined tote with cream wedges.
If you're looking for a show-stopper luxe beach ensemble, this one is for you! The delicate dusky blue smocked off-the-shoulder blouse looks amazing paired with a classic white skirt, white floppy sunhat, neutral sandals, and accented with rose gold jewelry and shades.
Kimonos are still the rage and are the perfect addition to almost any outfit. Pair them with shorts, skirts, dresses, they even double as swimsuit cover-ups. This classic shift dress has a fun facelift with this beautiful white lace kimono (from Altar'd State) and layered necklaces. Add a white circular woven bag and you've got an outfit that will turn heads.
This kimono is so versatile, it literally goes with almost everything. This adorable striped linen dress is perfect for the beach or practically anywhere and looks like a match made in heaven with the kimono! Pair it with a fun statement necklace, sunhat, and neutral shoes for a simple yet put-together look.
This black kimono with pom pom trim is another one of my go-to pieces. It dresses up any outfit and adds a bit of warmth for evenings or restaurants where the A/C level approaches freezer status. Pair this kimono with a basic black and white striped top, fun fringe earrings, woven purse with black stitching, and a fun sunhat to complete the look. These cat eye sunglasses are also my new favorite accessory and add a bit of glamour to any look. TOMS "Majorca Cutout" sandals or statement striped flats complete the look.
Oh wait, another kimono?! Yes because they are fabulous! This floral kimono with fringe detail is the perfect balance of feminine and FUN! Add a simple turquoise necklace with a white or neutral handbag and you're ready to take on the town.
Keep the focus on this button-up trend by pairing it with a basic top and add a jean jacket for another layer. Silver hoops tie in the button and snap details. Paired with cream woven wedges (or flats) and a statement monogramed necklace, this look is simple yet understated.
Keeping the top simple again with a basic black and white striped tank keeps the focus on the fun button-up details of the skirt. Add the kimono or a jean jacket for another dimension.
For one more outfit combo with this skirt staple, try a cream tank with lace detail, muted pink jacket, and tie it together with a statement necklace incorporating the colors.
Switch it up from the basic straight line edge and upgrade to scalloped edging. See this trend on skirts, shirts, and more. This denim skirt looks amazing with this fitted lace top. This is your new favorite go-to white summer top as it looks perfect with anything! Add some turquoise and a circular woven rattan bag, and you've just scored a look that screams summer with the perfect touch of country.
Another example of this extremely chic and versatile scalloped edged denim skirt! This red and white striped off-the-shoulder top looks great with it! Throw in some white or denim shorts for another outfit combination. Perfect for 4th of July or any day! Adding the white kimono and sunhat adds another layer of fun to this All-American inspired outfit.
Along with the typical white shorts and distressed jean shorts, another staple this summer is the paper-bag or drawstring shorts that cinch at the waist. We all know the quintessential summer fabric is hands down, linen, so it only makes sense to incorporate it with this new trend! Linen paper-bag shorts are light-weight, classy, and perfect for summer. Pair it with a fitted top and sunhat for daytime and add a kimono for nighttime.
If you can't tell, paperbag shorts are my new favorite summer shorts. Here are a few more mix-and-match examples of how to style them with their signature high-waist drawstring or adorable buttons.
Summer is the best time to try out bold and bright colors - mustard yellow is a must have this summer and can carry well into fall as well. This look is perfectly classy along with my new favorite woven bag by Rebecca Minkoff and Quay sunglasses. Don't forget the leopard style hoops or black fringe earrings for a polished look!
Mustard yellow, black and white are one of my favorite color combinations so mix and match to make it work for you!
Yet another look, this time combined with the feminine floral off-the-shoulder blouse with perfectly detailed buttons and just the right pop of color.
One more pairing with my go-to mustard yellow shorts - you can't go wrong with the timeless blue and yellow combination.
These "banana split" shorts are another fan favorite. Pair it with a pastel yellow, pink, or cream top to create endless fun summer looks. Add rose gold hoops and a classic bar necklace to keep it simple or a layered fringe necklace.
One of my all-time favorite gifts is this rose gold engraved bar necklace from Borsheims that is customized with our wedding date in Roman numerals on one side and the coordinates of our wedding ceremony location on the other. I loved it so much hubs gave me a second one in silver with my daughter's name on one side and her birthdate in Roman numerals on the back. Both of them have become staples in my wardrobe.
Add this to your gift wishlist at Borsheim's!
Let's talk about shoes! Here are just a few of my favorite go-to pairs. Neutral colors are so stylish and easy as it takes the guesswork out of outfit and shoe coordination! You can't go wrong with a good pair of neutral wedges!
Snag these stylish "Genna Wedge Sandals" by 1.State before they're gone as they are not only elegant but also super comfortable! Find them here at Nordstrom - and bonus they're on sale right now too!
The statement bow flats from Altar'd State are my go-to sandals for everyday to add a little something extra to outfits while still managing to tote around a baby all day. And when you're feeling like lounging in yoga pants, the black and white striped flats do just the trick to take your cozy home wear up a notch. These tassel-adorned chunky heels are another go-to that can carry into fall as well, also found at Altar'd State.
Two words: TOMS wedges. It's safe to say I'm smitten. Not only are you giving to a good cause when you buy a pair of TOMS, but they are equally comfy and cute which is a must in my mom book. Gone are the days of high stilettos and statement shoes as chasing a baby around demands something much more functional. In order of appearance...
The Ibiza Platform Slingback Sandals come in a pearlescent natural color (shown), honey suede camel color (shown) and a black suede. And they're on sale right now at Nordstrom! So comfy I can wear these running errands!
The Majorca Cutout Sandals come in this black denim color as well as a beautiful natural or champagne color, find them at TOMS.
The Beachgold "Ronnie Straw Circle Crossbody" canteen style bag is a staple and calling your name! It transforms even the most basic jeans and white T look into a classic polished look. Find it at Dillard's!
My all-time go-to bag is hands down, my Hammit bag. I've been a Hammit fan for over 6 years as they are not only super cute but so functional, and they go with everything! The buttery soft leather, functional zippered pockets, and stud details, not to mention their lifetime guarantee... Perfect for the minimalist or anyone who wants to avoid switching out purses! You'll have to experience one of your own before you may agree, but I keep coming back.
The two gorgeous white and pink Cleobella "Circular Wicker Top Handle Basket Bags" add a unique touch to your wardrobe and are now on sale at Dillard's. You'll be surprised what all one can fit into a basket bag while still looking very stylish!
Handcrafted by artisans from Indonesia, this Beachgold shell-lined tote is perfect for a beach day date!
The Rebecca Minkoff "Straw Striped Envelope Clutch Bag" with beautiful stitching detail upgrades any look and gives your LBD the extra wow factor. This sleek, structured, and timeless bag with clean lines is classic and one you'll be reaching for often.
Last but not least, when in doubt, check your Grandma's purse collection, and I'm sure throughout the years, if she's anything like my Grandma, she will have a purse for every trend, occasion, and season. It's true what they say, "If you wait long enough, fashion repeats itself..." While Grams is 95 years young, you better believe this sassy fashionista has quite the collection from over the years. When she saw the latest rattan woven trending bags in a magazine, she sent me the article with her adorable straw basket bag! How charming would it be with a fresh bouquet of flowers in it?! Not only is it super cute, but comes with an even better story!