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Summer Outfit Formulas

These Easy Summer Outfit Formulas All Revolve Around Just 5 Key Pieces

Your Summer style is about to get a refresh with the addition of these key pieces. We've teamed up with Kohl's to share how you can style these warm-weather staples for easy-to-follow outfit formulas.

How do you know if you’re stuck in a summertime-style rut? Well, if you find yourself reaching for the same head-to-toe look at least three times a week, it’s probably time to start incorporating some variety into your wardrobe. Here’s how you can refresh your entire closet and make it feel filled with new options with just five key pieces. The basis of your newly refreshed wardrobe? Some must-have denim items with flattering fits. From there, it's all about incorporating trendy items into your wardrobe that will extend the life of your current clothes rotation, making the transition from Summer to Fall seamless.

A leopard shift, faded denim jacket, striped tee, cropped pants, and denim dress are all timeless and versatile pieces. There are numerous ways to mix and match with pieces currently in your closet so that your Summer wardrobe works no matter the occasion. From casual weekend hangs to after-work drinks, here’s how we suggest styling everyday looks that are fashionable and functional.


Combining two ride-or-die pieces for 2019, an animal-print dress and a denim jacket are the perfect duo. While you probably have a jean jacket in your wardrobe, this light-washed version make this option an updated essential. The shift dress silhouette will provide endless inspiration in your closet due to its flattering fit and versatility. Dress it up with a pair of chunky black heels and a chic crossbody for a nighttime look or throw it on with sneakers for a quick errand.


No closet is complete without a classic striped tee. Why? Because it literally goes with everything! One look we’re loving for the Summer is mixed patterns. Try pairing your striped tee with your floral print skirt for an on-trend #ootd. Throw on your new go-to denim jacket and grab your croc-effect bag and you'll be styled to perfection.


FYI, your striped tee is also totally acceptable for the office. Style it with a pair of must-have wide-leg pants, mule slides, and your favorite blazer for a work-approved look. Bonus points if you rock it with a red lip for the ultimate power move.


Nothing gives off chic Summer vibes more than a denim dress. Easy to style and wrinkle-resistant, the midi-length and lightweight material will make this the dress you always reach for when you want to look casual, but still cool. Plus, you can get even more wear out of this seasonal essential when you layer it over your striped tee. That extra layer makes it the perfect look for cooler evenings and Fall days with your on-trend crossbody.


Your flattering wide-leg pants will be a piece you turn to again and again. While they’re great for work, they’re also a go-to for weekend jaunts around town. Pair them with white sneakers and a light-washed denim jacket for some chic contrast, and you can roll from brunch to the movies and still be totally comfortable.

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Credits: Photographer: Matthew Zach; Art Director: Samara Grossman; Prop Stylist: Kristin St. Clair; Producer: Andi Nash