The temperatures rise, the sun beats down and everything suddenly seems a lot more fun and relaxed. Yes, it is definitely time to break out those cute summer outfits! There is nothing that says “laid-back” and “casual” quite like lightweight summer garments. It is as easy to be glamorous as it is to relax in your shorts and tanks.
Cute summer outfits: Options
Depending on what you have lined up, you may not always be able to get away with throwing a t-shirt on with a denim mini skirt or pairing a tank top with those ultra-short shorts. With various occasions and events in mind, these options make it easy to break down your wardrobe into manageable, comfortable outfits.
Professional cute summer outfits
The office is sweltering, you are ready to faint, and the weatherman promises that tomorrow will be even hotter. You will not lose your cool though. Skip stifling suits if you can and try any of these chic, adorable daytime pieces:
Shirtdresses and tank dresses are genius nine-to-five options. The former looks smart without any extra details (but feel free to wear a belt if you would like a bit more shape), while the latter looks sweet with a necklace and a blazer or light cardigan. This Topshop Crepe Wrap Dress retails for around $80 and comes in gray, light blue, or nude. The dress is done in soft stretch crepe, making it a summer office classic.
Pencil skirts are your best friends. Professional and smart, they pair beautifully with light, airy blouses or a camisole and tissue-weight cardigan. They always come in a lightweight cotton fabric, perfect for warmer weather.
Camisoles are ideal layering pieces. You will slip them on beneath your light cardigans during the day, and then show them off in the evening. Worn with skirts or pants, they instantly polish your look. If your camisole is slightly longer, wear a slim belt around your waist to keep it cinched during the day. Uniqlo’s AlRism Bra Camisole is a great option for an inner layer — it is made from a sweat-wicking and lightweight fabric and even comes with a built-in bra for ultimate comfort.
Cute summer outfits for play
Whether you are on a lunch date, walking around the park, or doing some shopping in an air-conditioned mall, you will feel best in cute summer outfits that are weightless and airy.
Wide cut pants are ideal if you prefer to keep your legs covered. They are so insubstantial, you may be startled at first, but you will love walking around in them. Pair with a fitted tank to provide balance to the loose, “floaty” fit of the pants. Slip into a pair of light wedges or flip-flops with heels to finish the look.
Cute summer outfits for dates
Dates definitely fall into the “play” category, but they stand alone because they usually demand a slightly well-planned ensemble.
Wrap dresses are cute summers outfits that are a staple, translating well from work to play. They are especially smart to wear on dates. They are figure flattering, are available in an array of styles and colors, and look wonderful paired with minimal accessories and heels. Thalia Sodi Ruffle Wrap Dress ($55, sizes 4-16) is perfect even for women concerned about weight around the tummy. The ruffle details down the side draws the eye away from the tummy and highlights the waist.