Coming up with style inspiration and outfit ideas for those long summer days is a lot of fun, but it also presents its own set of challenges, especially when you’re looking to combine comfort with style for those particularly warm days. Keeping cool whilst battling the summer sun and trying to follow the latest trends can be a tricky challenge.
As well as this, if you’re used to wearing a monochrome wardrobe during the winter months, then the bright and colorful outfits that come with the summer season can be a shock. So, how do you combine all of these considerations into one cool, yet stylish, summer outfit? Let’s take a look at some outfit and style ideas for those warm days.
If you’re spending the day in the office on one of the warmest days of the year, then comfort is essential, but so too is style. After all, you want to ensure that your outfit is work-appropriate. Midi dresses are a summer wardrobe must-have and can be dressed up, or styled down, depending on the occasion, meaning that they lend themselves perfectly to workwear.
Pair a midi dress (avoiding anything short or low-cut) with a pair of white trainers for the ultimate cool commuter look, or style up with a pair of chunky heels to go from day to night, because after all, nothing is better than an after-work drink on those warm days!
It might be warm during the day, but if you’re heading out on a date night, then it’s likely going to get a little cool once the sun starts to set. Pairing a crop top with midi or ankle-cut gingham pants means that you not only have a stunning summer outfit, but once the temperature starts to cool, you won’t feel the chill.
Pastel pinks and light green hues are the perfect summer color combination, even more so in a charming check or gingham. You can dress up with heels and layering jewelry, such as necklaces and huggie hoop earrings, and finish the look off with a cute cross-body bag.
Two-piece skirt coord sets are a must for summer – they are the perfect “no-think” outfit that you can throw on and look instantly stylish, making them perfect for those bottomless brunch afternoons with the girls! They’re easy to take from day to night if you’re planning a full-day outing and are comfortable and cool to wear if your plans fall on a particularly warm day.
Whether you’re pairing a mini skirt with a cute crop top, or a longer midi-length skirt with a cute tank top, the key to making matching coords your own is through accessories! Think cute sunglasses, hair accessories, or chunky necklaces for the ultimate summer style.
If you’re lucky enough to be spending a hot day on the beach, then you want something that not only keeps you cool but also protects your skin from sun exposure during the afternoon. Pairing loose and relaxed trousers with a chic bikini provides the perfect summer beach outfit, all whilst keeping you feeling cool.
Choose trousers in a light material, such as cotton or linen, as this will not only keep you cool when that sea breeze hits but is much easier to brush any loose sand off. Pair with comfy sandals or espadrilles so that you can pick up lunch or grab a drink from a nearby bar or restaurant. Don’t forget your suncream!
If you’re heading out for an evening meal or to grab a few drinks at the end of a long week with friends, then have fun with the different colors and prints that summer fashion brings by mixing prints and colors and layering pieces over one another to create a look that’s perfect for warm days, but cool evenings too.
Pairing a plain colored short sleeve resort shirt with a summery print slip dress is the perfect way to show off your summer style, but also for transitioning from warm afternoons to cooler evenings. Finish the look with a pair of statement shades, layering necklaces, or a cute earring stack!
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.