Summer is (finally) here, and I for one am so excited to finally wear the season’s fashion must-haves like shorts, dresses, and tank tops. I’m just as thrilled to NEVER layer again! But hot temperatures can really impact your energy levels, and sometimes you just want to rock a really simple look when you decide to venture outside and hit the park, rooftop bar, the beach, whatever your plans. This is where we come in, my friends. We’ve rounded up 20 casual outfit ideas that are still cute enough to wear, but they don’t require a lot of pre-planning or effort. How is that sound?
There’s also a set for every type of person, from fans of light maxi dresses to those who love a classic tee and denim shorts combo. Important note, though: you can also turn off a “casual” vibe even if you’re wearing an outfit traditionally considered “dressy.” It’s like 50% dress and 50% attitude to complete an understated ensemble. Keep scrolling to soak up some effortless outfit inspiration, then browse our favorite short biker outfits, tennis outfits and evening outfits for even more brilliant summer outfit ideas.
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a striped t-shirt and shorts
Universal Standard Joni High Rise Curve Slim Leg Shorts
Who doesn’t love a striped shirt? It’s a rhetorical question, of course. Pair it with long shorts and cream slides for the perfect laid-back yet polished recipe.
a sporty look
Nike Sportswear Women’s Circa 72 High-Rise Fleece Shorts
A blue Nike set with logos on the sleeves and bottom is easy to throw on with a pair of Nike sneakers, you guessed it. These terrycloth shorts will also be very comfortable. I’m just saying.
a holiday tee
Madewell x Made Some Souvenirs Tulum Tourist T-Shirt
Made Some Souvenirs designs cool, touristy t-shirts, each embroidered with the name of a dream location. Pair this “Tulum” t-shirt with white jeans and sandals for a summer beach vibe.
a t-shirt and skirt combo
Long trapeze skirt PRETTYGARDEN
A simple white t-shirt is a summer staple, but when paired with a tiered floral midi skirt, it’s so chic. Wear this great outfit with white sneakers or woven sandals, and you have a perfect fit for summer.
a shorts and sandal look
ASOS Curve chino shorts
Pleats are here to stay! These pleated shorts will be more airy in hot weather. Wear them with a must-have orange top and platform slides to run errands or walk the dog in style.
a beach romper
MIKOH Mekia Romper
Wear it over a swimsuit or a bra top, it works both ways! Accessorize it with a pretty straw bag, flat sandals and hoop earrings to tie it all together.
a maxi print
Abacaxi long dress with tied straps
This soft cotton dress has so many pretty hues, and it also ties in the back and has ruffled straps. Extra seductive details! Slip on matching flip flops, sandals or sneakers for a casual yet colorful look.
Levi’s Vintage Shorts
You can’t go wrong with overalls for a cute yet understated outfit! This Levi’s pair is designed for a loose fit, and it looks great with two-strap slides and a bikini or t-shirt underneath.
a mixed print point
Italian Summer Lisa Says Gah Alessandra Top
Lisa Says Gah just released a delicious new Italian-inspired print that goes quick. Embrace the summer look with this fun camisole and mix it up with a gingham skirt for a pattern play.
a matching set
Striped Fringed Gauze Shorts With Belt Lemlem Neela
Slip on these cotton-blend gauze shorts and matching top with sandals for an easy outfit you can wear poolside or just outside.
a backless tank top with wide leg pants
Openwork backless top Victor Glemaud
A cut-out tank top with wide, airy pants will get you all the compliments without looking or feeling like you’ve tried too hard.
a stretchy tank dress
Good American Good Touch Cut in Tank Midi
Tank tops are basically *summer essentials*, so why not opt for one in dress form? This good USA number will turn heads, but you’ll feel so comfortable thanks to the stretchy material and pairing it with your favorite sneakers, obv.
an all white outfit
June Eyelet Slip Skirt Alex Mill
Eyelet fabrics scream summer. Keep things cool with a head-to-toe white look with a crisp midi skirt and tee. Add contrast with black sandals and maybe a colorful bag, and There you go! A relaxed but cute fit.
a knit tank top with jeans
Tach Clothing Loreza Knit Top
A knit top with a slit for extra airflow looks so chic with jeans or shorts. Slip into chunky loafers, Converse or block heel sandals to keep things casual.
a skirt (anti-perspiration) and a tank top
Daily Paper Green Granite Pump
Yes, we all know and love sweatpants, but how about a sweatshirt…skirt? It’s the same soft, comfortable material you love, but in skirt form. That means way more airflow than pants when temperatures get extremely hot! Wear this mint one with a white tank top or graphic tee, sneakers and a baguette bag to epitomize the athleisure aesthetic.
a printed midi skirt
Meow Moni skirt
Like I said, sometimes a “casual” look comes down to the vibe you give off – heels can be laid back if you say so! But, you can always swap the shoes with that cool printed midi skirt and corset look for cute yet comfy sneakers too.
a pink set
USA gauze top
Coordinating ensembles, like this gorgeous pink skirt and top, can look dressy. But they’re actually the easiest things to wear and style, because there’s no need to strategize or mix and match! Just put on ballet flats, add a trendy necklace and you’re done.
an all-purpose dress
Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress
For a functional yet tight outfit, opt for a sports dress from Outdoor Voices. You can dress these babies just by changing your shoes, and you don’t have to worry about a strong breeze causing you a wardrobe malfunction because of the built-in shorts.
a pair of shorts and clogs
Warp + Weft Short Pants
A neutral top-to-bottom outfit like this beige tank top, subtly yellow shorts and beige clogs will give you an instantly stylish look with minimal effort. Because that’s always the goal, right?
crop top and shorts
Lulus Stay Easy Green Knit High Waisted Shorts
Slip on this bold color for a must-have look. If it’s a bit chilly at night, put on a chore jacket.
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