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July Outfits Ideas: What to wear in July, maxi dress



Assembling chic outfits for the month ahead just got easier. 

Even though we've been blessed with several weeks of glorious temperatures here in the UK, there's no denying the unpredictability of British weather. We're embracing summer with open arms—particularly where our wardrobes are concerned—while being conscious that things could take a (hopefully not too dramatic) turn at any moment. So, what exactly are we supposed to wear in July when it's scorching sunshine one minute and then grey skies the next?

After trawling through the Instagram accounts of our favourite influencers, we managed to come up with eight looks that are ideal for any sort of weather July might throw at us. From the ultimate cool cover-up for chilly evenings to the It dress that'll serve you well in the park and at the bar, there are plenty of ideas you'll want to copy immediately. Consider the following your July style lookbook.

1. Cardigan + Crop Top + Jeans

July Outfits Ideas: Crop Top + Cardigan



Style Notes: In the UK, you need to be prepared for the weather to turn at any moment, which is why we love the practicality of Claire Most's outfit here. There's a cardigan option for a sudden drop in temperature but a crop top underneath for when the sun decides to shine. 

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A bright cardigan will become your go-to summer layer. 

Never before has the tank top been so pivotal to your outfits. 

2. Maxi Dress + Flat Sandals

July Outfit Ideas: Maxi Dress + Basket Bag



Style Notes: An oversized maxi dress is as much a summer staple as sunglasses or swimwear. The item is so easy to throw on as an all-in-one outfit. Increase the summer vibes with flat sandals and a beach bag, just like Anna Sarlvit has done here. 

These look way more expensive than they are. 

3. Bright Trousers + Floral Top

Style Notes: July isn't all about skirts and dresses. Make like Lucy Williams and style a pair of trousers in a bright hue with a retro floral-print blouse. Finish with strappy sandals and your favourite basket bag.

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Ankle-straps with tie details are trending right now. 

4. Shorts Co-Ord + Birkenstocks

Style Notes: If there's ever a time for shorts, it's July. Matching sets featuring this high-summer staple have made quite the impression on Instagram's most stylish—it's now hard to scroll through without spotting at least one co-ord like Francesca's.

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The bright shade makes this set feel so joyful. 

But if you prefer neutrals, you can also pick the co-ord up in black and beige.

5. Fringed Jacket + Trainers

What to Wear in July: Monikh Dale wears a fringed jacket and trainers



Style Notes: Every Brit knows you always need to be in arm's length of a jacket regardless of the time of year, and we've just found the coolest option out there. Monikh Dale's fringed jacket will give every ensemble edge, especially when worn over a linen dress and finished with chunky trainers.

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I’m obsessed with C. Nicol handbags. 

Retro-style kicks keep cropping up in the best outfits this summer. 

6. Jumpsuit + Matching Shoes

Style Notes: Jumpsuits take all the effort out of getting dressed, which is paramount when you want to maximise your time in the sunshine. Make your look even more seamless by matching your shoes to the colour of your jumpsuit, much like Charlotte Kuhrt did here.

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In my opinion, no outfit is complete without a pair of gold hoops. 

7. Denim + Denim

What to Wear in July: Sylvie Mus wears a denim shirt and skirt



Style Notes: It might be time to trade in your jeans, but that doesn't mean you need to completely forgo denim. Instead, take cues from Sylvie Mus and pair a denim midi skirt with a relaxed-fit shirt.

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Use this as a cool alternative to a jacket this month.  

The fade on this denim midi skirt makes it look as if it could be vintage. 

If you buy one heel this summer, make it Dear Frances’ Pepper mules. 

8. Gingham + Basket Bag

Style Notes: No July wardrobe would be complete without some gingham. Make it even more quintessential by pairing it with a basket bag, just like Slip Into Style's Ellie Delphine did.

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Cut-outs are another massive dress trend for 2022. 

I own these sandals, and have worn them endlessly over the past three summers. 

9. Wide-Leg Trousers + One-Shoulder Top + Crochet Tote

What to Wear in July: Javi wears a bra top, wide-leg trousers and a crochet tote bag



Style Notes: Wide-leg trousers are a staple this season, and it makes sense to pair them with another key item from the summer 2023 runways—a bra top. Just add crochet tote to complete the look. 

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Asymmetric straps are key on dresses and tops right now. 

I love Castañer’s wedge espadrilles, so I can’t wait to try its new flats. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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