Whether you're jetting off to somewhere exotic or having a picnic in the city park, dressing for the hot weather should be both effortless and fabulous. Summer is best time of year to experiment with your style, so we've called upon some of our favorite fashion influencers to share their top summer outfit ideas.
'My ideal summer outfit is a printed cotton dress that’s light and breathable, in a bright color. I love floral prints and feminine hues that show off a summer tan. I wear my white fedora all summer long, especially after long afternoons at the beach when I don’t have time to wash my hair. A structured bag and neutral shoes finish the look and add some unique texture.'
'There is something about the warm summer months that make me want to dress more feminine and romantic than usual. I love a pretty pleated skirt that can be dressed up or down in an instant. Teamed with a flattering off the shoulder top in a soft jersey fabric and the most comfortable block heels, ready for any summer adventure. To give the look a little edge, I always carry my number one must-have, the Gucci Marmont cross-body bag, its a perfect size for all the essentials and makes any outfit look more luxe.'
'A silky trench coat is a summer must have. It allows you to layer outfits in the summer and takes casual jeans/shorts with a t-shirt to a new level. As a busy wife and mother, I need something fast and easy to throw on for a quick upgrade between balancing errands and meetings. The airy silk keeps me cool and did I mention it's really soft? I'll take one in every color!'
'This summer look is perfect for long days turned into nights at the beach! A classic white bikini accessorized with a body chain for basking in the sun, and vintage distressed denim to throw on after sunset.'
'When I think of summer, I think of laid back, casual outfits that are great for hot days and lots of running around. Lately, my go-to look has been a t-shirt, skirt and sneakers with some kind of bag and sunnies. I love choosing a few statement pieces for my casual days to keep them a little more interesting – you can’t go wrong with Gucci!'
'One of things I love to look for in beach cover ups are if they can also be rocked as a normal outfit like this gorgeous one. As soon as I saw it online, I knew I needed it! I like to get multi-use out of things! These cover ups can easily be worn over your bathing suit or even with a slip underneath as a dress to dinner.'
'When summer hits, I always rock my denim cut-off shorts. They are a hot weather essential and are always on heavy rotation in my summer wardrobe. I love to style them with a flowy top (or lace bralette and loose tank), high-top glitter sneakers and of course a chic pair of aviators. The model off duty look is trending and is not going anywhere this season. I'm all about anything that will keep you looking hot while staying cool this summer!'
'This look features two of my favorite things to wear—a midi skirt and wide brim hat. The color palette and light weight fabrics are so right for summer in the city. My warm weather wardrobe trick is to build a collection of neutrals in breezy fabrics and then mix and match them all season long.'
'Without question my go-to summer staple is a maxi dress! I love wearing maxi dresses when it’s warm outside because they are loose fitting and breezy. The last thing I want to wear when it’s hot outside is a tight fitting garment (comfort is key). I also love wearing maxi dresses because they are super versatile and can easily be styled for day or night. For a more relaxed feel, opt for sandals or sneakers. To dress it up, choose a pair of pumps or sandals with a heel and you’re all set!'
'To me, summer is all about ease and comfort. I like to have a couple of go-to sundresses to throw on that can transition easily from day to night. I am currently loving dresses in muted pastel colors, like sky blue and blush pink. This floral dress is the perfect summer staple, I can throw it on with sneakers and a hat for the daytime, or strappy nude sandals for the evening.'
‘I love a 70's vibe. This look is so easy to achieve with a great pair of flare jeans, graphic t-shirt, and a pair of summery heels for some height. Show off those legs girl! Top it off with a pop of color on your lips, fun pair of sunnies, and a small cross body bag. Light, easy, and not too much fuss - perfect for a summer day out in the city.’
'While my cold season wardrobe is more classic and neutral, sunshine inspires me to experiment with bright colors. When I found this dress by Mara Hoffman, I loved the abundance of colors it features while still maintaining an elegant and feminine silhouette. I paired it with ankle wrap espadrilles by Soludos which is my go-to shoe style for both the City and the Hamptons. To reflect my cultural background, I added a floral crown to the mix—so this already colorful ensemble features just a tiny hint of a Russian accent.'
'For summertime, I love white jeans, chambray top, white heels and a fedora. It’s such a fresh and easy look for both day and night. I always elevate the ensemble with an 'it bag' in a fun, punchy color. I’ll clip on statement earrings, too, to take it to the next level.'
"Summer means off the shoulder anything, which is why I'm loving this two piece off the shoulder set that can be worn separately in so many ways."
'This summer I’m channeling retro resort vibes. Think Amalfi Coast in the 50’s. Knotted tops, wide leg trousers, lot’s of linen and high waisted bikini bottoms. In the summer I’m all about easy outfits, pieces that breath and keep you cool but that are also fun to play around with.'
'I split my time between Washington DC and Barcelona, two very different cities in many aspects, from it’s climate to architecture to everyday pace. But Barcelona is usually where you will find me in the summer because it is just ideal, and so my style is very influenced by the city and it’s essence. Very easy going, casual, with a touch of chic! I love the simplicity of denim and a white top, paired with the perfect accessories.'
'I am constantly inspired by Los Angeles laid back lifestyle. Printed mid length dresses are definitely a must have for the summer season. You can dress them up or down with some trendy heels or even for the day time with some cute white sneakers! Effortlessly chic.'
'I’m completely and utterly obsessed with statement tops so my ultimate summer look features bell sleeves! I paired my crop with a metallic asymmetrical skirt for an effortlessly cool everyday look and finished things off with fierce ankle strap heels. To tie it all together, I carried my black and gold crossbody.'
'I'm all about a great printed dress this summer and this one is the perfect go-to for vacations and those summer nights. I love the palm print and with the off shoulder look, ruffle top, and side slit the dress is easy, pretty and great for day to night.'
'Summer is a magical time in San Francisco. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and everyone is in a great mood. As spring transitions into summer, I find myself gravitating towards effortless designs and silhouettes. Thanks to their ease, dresses are by far my favorite go-to item during the warmer summer months. For me, finding the perfect summer dress is all about comfort so this beautiful swingy dress was the perfect find, especially since I have been very drawn to various shades of red and blue this season. Lucky for me, this dress blends both of these colors in the most perfect way making it a summer wardrobe staple. Bring on the backyard BBQs, picnics and sunset strolls with this summer-ready piece!'
'I always love monochromatic looks, but right now white feels crisp and fresh especially in slightly heavier fabrics (like my jeans and denim top), perfect for when the indecisive weather catches you off guard.'
'Dressing for summer is all about staying cool and comfortable. A silk dress is both effortless and refined, for a look that extrudes confidence and understated luxury. I love a slightly cinched waist for a touch of femininity. The look is also super versatile. By itself, silk speaks volumes through the material's natural sheen and movement. Adding a bold statement piece like this Chanel vintage pendant transforms the look from everyday to occasion wear, ready for an afternoon uptown or a night out with the girls.'
'Summer is all about feeling good in what you wear and of course, run around in shorts or your favorite tank to feel good in the sun. Dressing up for a night out with the girls is my ultimate favorite thing to do in the summer time. It's fun to dress up a sassy dress or shorts and a dressy shirt to get the night out vibe in the perfect attire. Summer is all about having fun and loving your OOTD.'
'My go-to summer style consists of a statement top, my favorite jeans and a classic handbag. I love how effortless this combination feels and it can be easily mixed and matched to create totally different looks. Feminine tops with an interesting touch like this tie-shoulder top add a little interest to even the most basic outfit. I tend to stick with classic designer pieces like these nude heels, Saint Laurent sunglasses and Chanel bag because they instantly elevate a look.'
'This is my ultimate summer ensemble because it combines so many of my favorite trends this season! I'm obsessed with all things embroidered so this top was a must, raw hem denim is such a fun twist for a cropped pant, and the silver mules are so comfy and perfect for any summer outing.'
'When the heat kicks in, there is nothing I love more than wearing a loose, light skirt that keeps me fresh but also maintains that bohemian luxe style I’m so fond of. This skirt is the perfect match to embrace the maximalist and ethnic trend that is so strong this summer, not to mention the flattering design that cinches my waist and visually elongates my legs. Another clothing item I adore are bodysuits, they’re so versatile and go with so many casual or elegant outfits. Wear your favourite summer bodysuit and a printed silk maxi skirt, add some bracelets, sunnies, a cool boho bag, and flip flops or wedges, and you’re ready to rock that bohemian goddess look!'