Over Sundresses? These 4 Adorable Summer Outfit Ideas Are Here For You
If you're tired of feeling like the only wardrobe option during the summer is some variation of a sundress, you're definitely not alone. Mini or maxi, printed or solid, bright or neutral — it is impossible to deny that dresses have the monopoly on warm-weather fashion. Don't get us wrong; we love dresses. But they're not for everyone, and even if you do sometimes reach for that linen shift dress in your closet, it's totally reasonable to want some other cute choices, too.
We decided to take the stress out of putting together non-sundress summer 'fits for you. Keep reading to check out four different outfit ideas that do NOT involve dresses. The looks are broken down according to style, so whether you are sporty, preppy, classic, or into streetwear, you will find plenty of inspo ahead.
Are you the type of person who lives in your favorite pair of joggers? Luckily, athleisure is more stylish than ever right now. During the summer, swap full-length leggings for sleek bike shorts, like the Banana Republic On the Go 7" Shorts ($18, originally $45). Keep it casual on top with a loose-fitting tee or tank bearing a fun slogan, like this Spiritual Gangster Muscle Tank ($48). With such a simple outfit, you can have fun with the accessories. How cute is this hot-pink Alo Yoga Solar Visor ($38)?
A pleated tennis miniskirt is the key to a preppy-chic outfit. We adore this Superdown option ($62) because it's actually a skort, so you don't have to worry about a wind-induced wardrobe malfunction. A collared top, like the Out From Under Break Point Collared Bra Top ($29), is also a must. For the shoes, these Suzanne Rae mules ($315, originally $525) combine preppy and playful with the yellow gingham print and gold horsebit buckle. Finally, throw your keys and wallet into a prim leather shoulder bag, such as the Michael Kors Convertible Bradshaw Bag ($298).
Let's get one thing straight: classic does not mean boring. A patterned blouse tucked into jeans is a foolproof — and fashionable — summer outfit. Start with the Banana Republic Ramie Camisole ($70) in Neutral Floral. Next, we suggest keeping the color palette light with a pair of white wide-leg jeans, like these ones ($99), also from Banana Republic. The beautifully understated and comfortable Tkees Gemma Sandals ($50) complete the outfit.
If you get all of your style inspiration from Instagram, your idea of a fun Saturday afternoon is combing your local thrift store, and you've contemplated buying a skateboard in the past, you're probably into streetwear. An oversize T-shirt, like this McQ mesh top ($250), is a streetwear staple. Layer the tee over a sports bra, and tuck the front into the Sacai Belted Track Pants ($395). As for accessories, sling this bright-blue Athleta fannypack ($30, originally $55) across your chest and finish the look with your coolest sneakers.