As someone who tends to put comfort first whenever getting dressed—for any occasion—I’ve found that of all the seasons, dressing comfortably in the summer is probably the most difficult. I blame it on the weather which not only rules out a lot of options due to the potential for overheating, but also tends to limit you in terms of what just looks right for a warm day or night.
The good news, however, is that while it’s admittedly not easy, it’s definitely not impossible either. All it takes is a little research, effort, and the occasional learn-from-your-mistakes moment. And, since I’ve been through all of the above (and more), I figured that today I’d share some of the outfit ideas I think are not just comfortable for the season at hand, but are actually cool, too. To see, read about, and shop all nine of the looks, just keep scrolling.
1. Midi Dress + Sandals
This timeless duo will never fail you.
Song of Style Marianne Midi Dress (£207)
Topshop Dixie White Strap Mules (£23)
2. Button-Down + Tank + Shorts
As you'll continue to see throughout this post, an oversized button-down is the perfect light layer for throwing on and taking off in summer.
Emma Willis + NET SUSTAIN Sky Brushed-Cotton Shirt (£152)
Ninety Percent Campside Shorts (£45)
3. Scarf Top + Jeans + Sneakers
I'm so glad the easy (and breezy) scarf top trend re-emerged this season.
Gucci GG-Floral Print Silk-Faille Scarf (£315)
Still Here '90s High Waist Loose Fit Jeans (£300)
Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneaker (£70)
4. Tank + Tennis Skirt + Sneakers
Tennis-inspired style doesn't just look cool, it's conveniently comfortable, too.
The Line by K Jersey Tank (£55)
L'Etoile Sport Nikecourt Dri-FIT Women's Tennis Skirt (£165)
Nike Blazer Low SE Sneaker (£170)
5. Mini Dress + Mules
Low-heeled mules are the ideal shoe to complement a mini silhouette.
Faithfull the Brand Floral Print Puff Sleeve Minidress (£180)
Proenza Schouler Simon Slides (£330)
6. Tank + Tailored Shorts + Sandals
Dress down your tailored shorts by styling them with a one-shoulder tank and strappy sandals.
Goldsign Ribbed One-Shoulder Tank Top (£190)
Tibi Belted Cotton-Twill Shorts (£365)
Emme Parsons Eel Heel Sandals (£375)
7. Tank + Trousers + Slides
If non-stretchy pants are still in your repertoire—no judgment if they're not—pair them with a ribbed tank and simple slides for a comfortable-yet-polished look.
Arket Ribbed Racer Tank (£22)
Tove Remi Silk-Twill Tapered Pants (£212)
Saint Laurent Ericka Sandal (£440)
8. Mini Dress + Button-Down + Sandals
An around-the-waist button-down doesn't just look cute. It also gives you a back-up layer in case temperatures drop throughout the day.
The Line by K Rori Dress (£145)
L.F.Markey Preston Top (£115)
9. Button-Down + Tank + Jeans
Last, but not least, we're ending with a look you'll not just want to wear now, but well into autumn too.
Tekla Striped Organic-Cotton Pyjama Shirt (£135)
Still Here Classic Straight Jeans (£290)
Next, see our guide to the key trends for spring summer 2020.
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