9 Anti-Jeans Outfits I Plan on Wearing on Repeat This Summer

We're a few weeks into summer weather, and if you're anything like me, a sartorial refresh is due. Since the temperatures climbed past 20 degrees at the start of June, I've been trying to stay cool by living in the breeziest pieces in my wardrobe. If an item I own is made of linen or features short sleeves, you bet it's become my go-to. But as someone who has a low tolerance for the heat (not that I'm complaining—keep the sun coming!), I've definitely been prioritising comfort over style lately, and I want to achieve both as we head into July.

So, I'm throwing myself in the deep end and trying out something pretty new to me: skirts. While wide-leg trousers and jeans populate the bulk of our bottoms-focused stories, we're also keenly aware that skirts have become a fashion crowd favourite over the past year. Personally, I've been hesitant to jump on board with the various skirt trends—most recently, denim maxis and crochet midis have swarmed our Instagram feeds—because I associate this clothing category with my teens, which I spent pulling down too-short H&M tube skirts on the regular. At this point, though, I've spotted so many chic skirt outfits that I can no longer resist.

They're also a sophisticated solution to the challenges of heatwave dressing. That's why influencers like Monikh Dale, Lucy Williams and Who What Wear editor Aniyah Morina (among many, many others) are all turning to skirts to keep them looking polished despite the humid climes. See their effortless looks below, then shop the key pieces you'll need to re-create them.

1. Baby Tee + Linen Skirt + Loafers

Style Notes: Use a shrunken tee to balance out the proportions of a longline skirt, then go the unexpected route with a pair of chunky loafers (though sandals will also work).

2. Bright Tank Top + Denim Skirt + Chunky Sandals

Summer skirt outfits: @taffymsipa wears a bright tank top, denim skirt and chunky sandals



Style Notes: We fell back in love with denim skirts in 2022, and our feelings are just as strong one year on. As this is a heavy fabrication, keep things light and bright on the top half with a colour-pop tank.

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The splash of colour your summer wardrobe needs.

BRB, I'm off to add this entire look to my basket.

The braided sole sets these sandals apart.

3. Linen Co-Ord + Flip-Flops

Summer skirt outfits: @monikh wears a linen co-ord and flip-flops



Style Notes: My current wish list is predominantly made up of linen co-ords, and yes, this Reformation set is on there. A complete skirt outfit, ready to go.

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Frankly, I can't believe this hasn't sold out yet.

These will work with every outfit you wear this summer.

4. Basic Tank Top + Printed Mini + Ankle-Tie Sandals

Style Notes: For super hot days, there's no better option than a mini skirt. Choose one with a summery print and style it simply with a tank top.

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This colour makes a nice change from white and black tank tops.

Faithfull the Brand creates the dreamiest prints.

These look just like designer sandals I've seen.

5. Relaxed Shirt + Crochet Skirt + Flat Sandals

Summer skirt outfits: @emmahoareau wears a relaxed shirt, crochet skirt and sandals



Style Notes: Whether you're camping at a festival or jetting off to a tropical paradise, a crochet skirt definitely deserves a place in your summer roster.

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I'd also style this over a white tank, tucked into denim shorts.

The festival set you've been searchign for.

This is basically a work of art, if you ask me.

Proof that sandals can be stylish and comfortable.

6. Bandeau Top + Maxi Skirt

Style Notes: When trying out the maxi skirt trend, juxtapose the voluminous shape with a fitted bandeau top. Take note from Jeannine and pull your hair up to let the outfit shine.

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This basic is incredibly versatile and easy to take from day to night.

Make sure you pack this flowy maxi for your next holiday.

7. Cotton Blouse + Silk Slip Skirt

Summer skirt outfits: @raeannlangas wears a cotton blouse and split-thigh skirt



Style Notes: A slip skirt is a year-round essential, but for summer, show some skin with a thigh-split iteration. The milkmaid-style cotton blouse adds a touch of romance.

This colour will really pop in the sunshine.

8. Short-Sleeve Shirt + Bikini Top + Sarong Skirt

Style Notes: For a beach day, a sarong skirt is the ultimate bikini cover-up. We'll be teaming ours with a billowy short-sleeved shirt, like Lucy.

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This handy layer comes in seven shades.

The thick straps make this bikini top more supportive.

This is a really reasonable price for a handmade accessory.

9. Silk Shirt + Pleated Skirt + Trainers

Summer skirt outfits: @deborabrosa wears a silk shirt, pleated skirt and trainers



Style Notes: This ensemble gives me "summer in the Hamptons" / tenniscore vibes, and I'm here for it. By pairing pieces in similar tones, you'll achieve a more expensive and cohesive look.

Sambas don't tend to hang around for long, so snap these up if you want them.