Whenever a new season rolls around, most of us feel like we need a complete overhaul of our wardrobe. However, that may not always be the case, as those classic items that make up the building blocks of our summer wardrobe can be reinvented and re-worn in new and creative ways. If you’ve already looked through your closet and felt like you have nothing to wear for the upcoming season, it’s time to get inspired by your existing staple pieces.
Here are some ways you can style your summer essentials into endless fashionable outfits:
1. Must-have basic tees
A wardrobe staple all year round, especially during the summer, plain, neutral tees are something everyone has in their closet. But they can quickly become too boring and too repetitive, if all you pair them with are jeans and denim shorts. This season, don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit, as you can truly wear this essential piece a million different ways. Easily worn under overalls or combined with a midi skirt and basic white trainers, the right tee can be the perfect foundation of any casual look. Depending on your workplace, a plain t-shirt can also be worn to the office with tailored shorts and a staple blazer, or combined with a statement two-piece suit. If you are feeling especially bold, you can even give some of the hottest trends of the season a try, and wear your plain t-shirt under a sexy and daring bustier.
2. Chic printed swimsuits
As summer gets closer, our collection of beautiful swimwear pieces we spend most of the season in slowly gets bigger. However, your favourite printed swimsuit doesn’t only make a bold statement when it’s flaunted on the beach; it can also be incorporated into endless fashionable outfits. Colourful one-piece swimsuits are ideal for combining with neutral wide-leg summer trousers or even airy maxi skirts, for a cute, casual outfit you can easily wear every day. When it comes to bikini tops, as long as you choose a unique cut and an interesting print, you can pair them with almost anything in your closet. From miniskirts and high heels for a fun night out look, to denim shorts or even dungarees for a charming daytime outfit, the right bikini can always be a great option, as long you know how to style it appropriately.
3. Flowing maxi dresses
Although feminine summer dresses are an absolute warm weather staple, they can often look too monotonous when you only wear them with a wide-brimmed hat and your favourite strappy sandals. And while these dresses might look great with basic trainers and a backpack for a sporty look, or even a pair of high heels and a glittery clutch for a night out with the girls, don’t be afraid to change up your personal style this summer. Whether you prefer a neutral look or a polka dot print, wear your beautiful summer maxi dresses this season with one of the biggest fashion trends for the upcoming months – grungy combat boots. A maxi dress cinched in at the waist is a simple way of showing off your feminine side. Pair it with bold, chunky boots, and you will be ready for anything.
4. Lightweight slip skirts
When it’s simply too hot and humid to bear the feeling of denim on your skin, a lightweight slip skirt becomes your new best friend. If you’re going for a walk, or even a brunch with your girlfriends, slip skirts are ideal for pairing with basic or band tees, in combination with your favourite summer trainers, or even trendy puff-sleeve blouses and cute flat sandals. Even if you’re planning an outfit for the office, a slip skirt can be pulled off effortlessly. Simply wear it with a classic button-down or a plain blouse combined with a linen blazer, and finish the look off with a pair of sleek pumps or pointed-toe flats. For more elegant occasions, you can easily pair a midi slip skirt with a dressier top, such as a lace or satin camisole, and complete the look with a pair of strappy high heels, as well as a few statement jewellery pieces.
5. Sleek tailored shorts
When summer comes around, you simply need a pair of short trousers that keep you cool, while still giving off a dressed-up and polished vibe. That is exactly why tailored shorts should become your new best friend during the upcoming months. If you’re going for a more laid-back look, pair these sleek shorts with a printed t-shirt or a neutral crop top, along with comfortable slip-ons or chic leather slides. For chillier summer nights, this look even pairs perfectly with cool denim jackets. If you’re going to a dressier occasion, however, tailored shorts look beautiful when combined with printed button-down shirts and silk camisoles, and paired with trendy square-toed heels. No matter what outfit combination you opt for, this elegant pair of shorts is the ideal substitute for the cut-off denim look.
Summer wardrobe staples are classic for a good reason – they’re functional and versatile items of clothing you can style into endless fashionable outfits, with just a bit of creativity and imagination. And with these incredible outfit ideas, there’s no denying you’ll be able to take the season by storm with your chic and trendy looks.