This Is How the Coolest Minimalists Dress for Summer

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Some of the most stylish women we know are the ones who cast aside the trends and instead fill their wardrobes with timeless basics. That said, being a minimalist isn't easy, particularly in the summer months. Spring and autumn are the ideal months for those with pared-back aesthetics since that's when brands tend to invest heavily in essentials like blazers, knits, jeans and simple dresses. In summer, when fashion becomes more frivolous with statement prints and exaggerated silhouettes, it can be hard to maintain your penchant for austere outfits.

To help you keep your minimalistic look year-round, we turned to some of our favourite influencers to find the best simple warm-weather ensembles. From Brittany Bathgate's navy midi dress to Sylvie Mus's denim cycling shorts, keep scrolling to see and shop eight minimalist summer outfits.


Style Notes: Minimalism isn't all about trousers and shirting; midi dresses with clean silhouettes in block colours are the ideal addition to your summertime wardrobe. Just add espadrilles and metal earrings.

Shop the look:

Mejuri Bold Pearl Drop Earrings (£60)

COS Low-Cut Back Dress (£69)

M&S Collection Leather Flat Espadrilles (£35)


Style Notes: Pleated skirts are a minimalist must-have. Make like Eriksberger, and give it a summery overhaul with a yellow iteration and a plain white T-shirt and strappy sandals.

Shop the look:

Arket Crew T-Shirt (£15)

Reiss Pleated Midi Skirt (£80)

Warehouse Strappy Heeled Sandal (£36)


Style Notes: Backless dresses are trending big time this summer and look their best with chunky necklaces, just as Pierre proves.

Shop the look:

Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Chunky Chain Necklace (£70)

SIR the Label Alena Crossover-Back Dress (£340)


Style Notes: If you're still on the fence when it comes to the cycling-shorts trend, perhaps Mus's double-denim take will convince you. Keep your shirt oversized and your accessories sleek.

Shop the look:

H&M+ Lyocell Denim Shirt (£25)

Curry & Paxton Marilyn Sunglasses (£145)

Agolde 90's Blue Distressed Longline Denim Shorts (£170)

L.K. Bennett Harriet Black Suede Mules (£195)


Style Notes: The only thing comfier than a shirt dress is the flip-flops you'll be wearing with it. Add a shoulder-strap bag to emulate Dale's '90s homage.

Shop the look:

COS T-Shirt Sleeve Dress (£45)

& Other Stories Soft Leather Crossbody Bag (£120)

FitFlop Tia Leather Back-Strap-Sandals (£75)


Style Notes: On days when it's too hot for jeans, take cues from Ume by wearing cotton chinos with a breezy shirt. A woven bag is all you need to complete the look.

Shop the look:

ASOS Curve White Shirt (£20)

Next Natural Circle Across Body Bag (£26)

Chloé Milly Pleat Trousers (£810)

FitFlop Allegro Soft Leather Ballet Pumps (£80)


Style Notes: Blush pink is becoming an integral part of the minimalist colour palette. Just be sure to give it a downtime spin with a pair of tennis shoes and a crossbody bag, just like Hadfield.

Shop the look:

Aje Psychedelia Cutout Linen-Blend Mini Dress (£405)

Mulberry Small Darley Satchel (£495)

Superga Cotu Classic (£59)


Knitted co-ords are all the rage right now, owing to their comfortable fabrication whilst looking so incredibly chic.

Shop the look:

Free People Corset Detail Swit Cami (£24)

Mansur Gavriel Mini Cloud Bag (£405)

& Other Stories Fitted Knitted Pencil Midi Skirt (£75)

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