What is it about easy outfit ideas that are just so hard to come by? Perhaps it's when we get swayed by trends or simply have too many options in a bursting wardrobe to think clearly (see our ways to clear out a wardrobe if you're really struggling on this point). Either way, we all have those days where getting dressed is a chore. And summer calls for the easiest outfits to avoid a sweat-inducing panic before the day even begins to heat up. You know, the low-maintenance dresses that only require a sandal to be complete. Or the throw-on two-piece that is light, comfortable and effortlessly versatile with an accessory switch. Although these pieces need little introduction, each summer there are new recipes for success when it comes to creating the perfect look.
So rather than get in a tizzy, our team has decided to compile a list of easy outfit ideas for us to all reference in the future—and we'd very much like to share them with you. They are the foolproof looks that work without being too much of a challenge or causing morning hysteria.
So the next time you're entirely bored of your closet, just revisit the looks below and see what you've got to play with. Should your rails be lacking in a particular area and you'd like to remedy it, we've also found the perfect shopping options to re-create these influencer-approved outfits.
1. CUTE BLOUSE + JEANS + HEELS
Style Notes: Sometimes, there's nought better than a pretty top worn with plain jeans and a trusty pair of heels. Works for day or night.
2. SLIP DRESS + SLIDES
Style Notes: It's the ultimate in "looking sophisticated but feeling entirely comfortable": a slinky silk slip dress and easy-to-slide into mules.
3. MIDI SKIRT + TANK TOP + SANDALS
Style Notes: This is the kind of trusty look you can pull out on a summer's day during any given year and feel timeless in.
4. OVERSIZED SHIRT + SHORTS
Style Notes: A classic striped shirt with shorts is a foolproof way to beat the heat. Keep it laid-back with a vest top and white kicks. You'll also wear it over swimwear, too.
5. SIMPLE CO-ORDS
Style Notes: Co-ords, the instant outfit you should never be without. In the winter, they're great in knitted fabrics, but in summer, it's fun to play with pastel shades and lighter fabrics. Retro accessories optional, but desirable.
6. DRESS WITH COLLAR + SANDALS
Style Notes: Love dressing to a theme? Then take your cue from Paula in this adorable vintage-esque look you can wear to every upcoming occasion.
7. JEANS + TEE + BASKET BAG
Style Notes: I know it's obvious, but sometimes the plainest and most understated outfits really are the best. Look for the perfect fit in your jeans and tee, then you can accessorise however you want.
8. STRAPLESS DRESS + SHIRT + SANDALS
Style Notes: Especially effective when you need to get ready in a hurry, pull on a strapless dress and make it daytime-ready with a classic white shirt. Of course a pair of stomper sandals will complete the ensemble, and keep you comfy.
9. JAZZY TOP + ARTY EARRINGS
Style Notes: Look like you've put all the effort into styling your outfit by wearing a pair of bold earrings with your most directional top, just like Elif.
10. SHIRT DRESS + TRAINERS
Style Notes: It's the kind of simple combination you could easily overlook, but you'll never be let down by a smart shirt dress and city-ready sneaks.
11. FULL SKIRT + SIMPLE EXTRAS
Style Notes: This skirt shape is always fun to wear but does veer into '50s dress-up territory, so fashion girls tend to steer away from anything to retro to wear it with.
12. LADYLIKE DRESS + COWBOY BOOTS
Style Notes: If dresses make up the majority of your wardrobe, make them feel all the more laid-back by simply adding a pair of cowboy boots. Yes, boots in summer is definitely a thing.
13. MINIDRESS + LONG-LINE BLAZER
Style Notes: Want to wear that short hemline but may want to wear it to work? Add a longer-line blazer in and you'll feel instantly more demure.
14. WHITE JEANS + GRAPHIC TEE
Style Notes: Again, if you find yourself wearing the same pair of jeans on rotation, mix things up with some white denim, much like Karina has done.
15. ALL THE BEIGE TONES + PEARL JEWELLERY
tyle Notes: Last year was dominated by beige, and this year has followed suit. Seek out every possible shade you can, wear them together and add a smattering of gold and pearl jewellery. Done.
16. OVERSIZE DENIM JACKET + LEOPARD PRINT
Style Notes: Marissa knows that a surefire way to give every outfit a cool edge is by layering an oversize denim jacket over the top. Particularly when you're layering it over leopard print.
17. SHORT SUIT + MID HEELS
Style Notes: As we predicted, the tailored short suit is high up on the shopping list for many girls this season. Just add strappy sandals, and go.
18. SECOND-SKIN TOP + JOGGERS
Style Notes: One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a fun printed top, and a thin second-skin style is ideal for when the weather is on our side.