10 Styling Ideas We Have Saved on Instagram to Copy This Summer

Every day, with just one click of a button and a quick scroll, we can find a healthy dose of fashion inspiration and new outfit ideas to give our wardrobe a new lease of life. Instagram has become a smorgasbord of stylishly clad people documenting their latest styling tricks, and it's the perfect resource if we’re ever lacking in style inspiration.

There’s no denying that this year’s trends have been unapologetically bold. Between the micro mini, the Y2K revival, stitched knits and perforated silk, there is most definitely an explorative play on cuts and fabrics. As much as they’re adored, they’re not the easiest styles for day-to-day wear. Thankfully, our favourite influencers are showcasing myriad ways to style the runway’s best-loved trends this season.

Take the micro mini, for example, a piece universally adored but undeniably a little daunting after years in midi lengths. Pictured on the streets of Paris with a fine-knit top and suede slip-on shoes, it becomes more effortless and approachable to try ourselves. Or the crochet knit, which at first glance looks like its wear is exclusive to the balmy Caribbean climate. With creative (and strategic) styling, you can wear this for a sunset dinner. Paired with an oversized shirt with a dipped hem, it turns a predominately resort-wear look into a pared-back ensemble. If you’re looking for some readily styled outfits incorporating this year’s summer trends, then look no further than these 10 ensembles.

1. Green Dress and Ankle-Strap Sandals

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@monikh

Style Notes: Green is having quite the moment. It pairs wonderfully with the plethora of brown and tan sandals on offer this summer. This pair by The Row is particularly special, as it features wooden detail.

It's hard to pick, but this may be my favourite Matteau dress this season.

The classic ankle-strap sandal with wooden embellishments—subtle but statement. 

2. Micro Miniskirt and Slip-On Heels

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@sylviemus_

Style Notes: The most classic way to wear a micro mini is with a pared-back look. The flute-neck top and closed-toe shoes balance the proportions of a short style.

Slip-ons are back and quirkier than ever.

It may be micro-mini season, but this Reformation style has been around for years, proving it never dates.

The skirt you'll wear for years and pass on to loved ones.

3. Wrap-Around Co-ord

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@louisahatt

Style Notes: Christopher Esber's wrap-around pieces deserve acclaim. Many others are following in the footsteps of his designs with this twist on an otherwise classic co-ord. Either tie it around your bared midriff, or wear the skirt higher.

Christopher Esber fashioned ties on a number of his designs to accentuate natural curves.

A full skirt with a discreet side split.

4. Waistcoat Co-Ord

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@lizzyhadfield

Style Notes: The waistcoat co-ord can be dressed up or down. As the weather gets warmer, swap the trousers for shorts. Influencers are wearing them with everything from trainers to stilettos.

Waistcoats are selling fast. Here's Mango's new chic offering!

I love the composition of these trousers—airy enough for summer days.

One of the most popular COS pieces to date. It needs no introduction.

A lengthier tailored option for those of us (myself included) who aren't into short shorts.

5. Side Cut-Outs

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@smythsisters

Style Notes: Modestly placed cut-outs feature on midi and maxi styles frequently this season. In one fell swoop, you're dressed.

A classic style with shape-enhancing cut-outs.

A breezy style and fabric you can wear to and from the beach.

6. Floral-Print Co-Ords

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@lucywilliams

Style Notes: A transitional piece in any wardrobe. Florals shine year-round and so do co-ords.

A cropped puff-sleeve always makes a good top half in a co-ord. 

7. Candy-Coloured Smock Dress

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@chrissyford

Style Notes: This season's trend forecast has spoken, and it screamed colour. Pink, orange, green and blue are amongst those most seen, often with big sleeves to boot.

Olivia Rubin creates beautiful pieces in whimsical colourways available in UK sizes 4 to 24.

8. Crochet Knits With an Oversized Shirt

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@emmahoareau

Style Notes: Crochet may be see-through, but there are ample styling opportunities with pieces like this. Wear with a slip, as a cover-up, or with a very oversized shirt.

Cenote Blue is the best descriptor for this gorgeous ocean hue.

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@marina_torres

Style Notes: Longer lengths and earthy colours nod to a slightly bohemian feel. Thong platform flip-flops modernise this outfit a tad.

Good-quality basics are the unsung heroes of fashion.

This skirt can easily be mistaken for high-end.

Simplicity with an added bit of height.

10. Sexy Back

Influencers wearing summer trends:

Photo:

@thatsaleaf

Style Notes: Sexy backs return just in time for the change of seasons. This time, they're wider than ever.

At first glance, it's unassuming, but turn around for this playful tie detail.

I tried this in-store and adored the shaping.

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