The end of the summer is near, and while we’re not quite ready to pack up the rosé and pool floats just yet, we are pretty tired of our same-old, same-old outfits (aka the dreaded summer style rut). The solution: Let these 31 fashionable gals inspire your August wardrobe so you can go back to focusing on that beach-read thriller. Here are the best styling ideas to try every day this month.
1. Rock a Tent Dress With Confidence
If there was ever a time for a massive maxi, it’s peak summer. Make it feel more polished with a ladylike crossbody and kitten heels.
2. Swap Pastels for Deeper Hues
Give your warm-weather wardrobe a major color boost by wearing fall's richest shades like marigold, emerald and fuchsia. As long as you stick to summery silhouettes, you'll still look seasonally appropriate.
3. Wear Sneakers With Mini Lengths
Test out this surprisingly fresh match-up: tennies and a flouncy romper.
4. Carry a Mini Bag
One of the only benefits of working from home and generally being confined to your own neighborhood means you aren’t carrying your entire life with you to and from the office, school or out for errands. Test drive a petite satchel, crossbody or tote that fits the essentials—keys, wallet, your mask—and only those essentials.
5. Add at Least One Printed Item
Pairing a black top with black pants? Always sleek. But finishing an all-black outfit with a tropical topper? Much more interesting.
6. Play With Volume
Go big or go home in a top with super-exaggerated sleeves styled with wide-leg trousers, like Coterie member Olivia Jeanette.
7. Mix Prints of the Same Color Family
Make a mashup of patterns look totally cohesive by selecting just one color family (i.e., varying shades of blue).
8. Make Beige A Bit More Interesting
A simple beige midi could easily look super blah, but you don’t need to pile on lots of bold or colorful accessories to shake things up. Take a cue from Coterie member Grace Atwood and add just a few luxe extras, like gold-tone sandals, a sleek, structured net handbag and a silk metallic face mask (or headband post Covid-19).
9. Replace Your White Tee with a Lace Version
Just as versatile as your favorite wardrobe staple, but with a bit of a fancier vibe.
10. Make Your Eyes the Stars of the Show
Who says bold makeup should be reserved for nights out or special occasions? A bright blue shadow offers the perfect contrast to a delicate green frock.
11. Go Backless
Open back dresses are majorly trending right now, both because they’re subtly sexy and great for beating the heat.
12. Try Polished Boho
A pair of tailored wide-leg pants and a simple balloon-sleeve blouse have just enough of that relaxed hippie vibe to feel casual without looking too unkempt.
13. Pair Kitchy Shorts with a Grown-Up Blouse
Tuck a pretty lace top into a pair of brightly-colored or printed shorts to strike a gorgeous balance between dressed up and casual.
14. Embrace Sporty Supportive Sandals
Birkenstocks, Tevas and other chunky-yet-supportive styles may have been considered dorky a few years ago, but right now they’re some of the trendiest footwear styles on the market. Pair them with minimalist silhouettes in bright colors to keep that sporty vibe going.
15. Go Loose to Beat the Heat
Problem: It's too hot to wear normal clothes but you still have errands you need to run and people you need to see. Solution: Opt for loose, airy pieces in professional cuts to keep cool while still looking totally put together.
16. Stick to a Theme
So you like pink, huh? * Pulls out every pink item from the closet* Fabulous.
17. Rock the New French Tuck
Rather than tuck just one side of your button-down shirt into your waistband, simply leave the bottom few buttons undone to show off a little triangle of midriff. So easy, so chic, so what are you waiting for?
18. Supersize Your Earrings
We're not just talking big, we're talking shoulder-grazing ginormous. The trick is to find a pair that is light enough to wear all day.
19. Jazz Up Your Joggers
Gray sweatpants but make them metallic.
20. GIVE A TRICKY COLOR A TRY
Yellow gets a bad rap, but a marigold shade is rich enough to be universally flattering, no matter what skin tone you're working with.
21. Sport ‘70s-Inspired Sunnies
So much of our faces are already covered by protective masks, why not protect your eyes from the sun without covering them entirely? Try a pair of colorful lens that block UV rays and reduce glare without rendering your totally anonymous.
22. Embrace Trendy Animal Prints
23. Try a Summer-weight Knit
Yes, you absolutely can rock a sweater dress mid-August. The key is to look for fabrics that are soft, lightweight and breathable and avoid overly cozy winter materials, like chunky wool.
24. Break Out Those Old T-Shirts
Yep, we're talking about your worn-in college tees and now "vintage" vacation souvenirs. They're an easy, comfortable way to make a crisp midi skirt and heels feel weekend-ready.
25. Try a Subtle Shine All Over
Give your outfit a summer glow to match your skin by selecting pieces with a hint of shine or sparkle to them. Think satin joggers, silky camis and metallic accessories (bonus points if they’re not the expected shades of gold, silver or bronze.)
26. Keep on SPORTING that Cropped Suit
We've said it before and we'll say it again: The shorts suit is our favorite summer outfit (and we love it in any color).
27. Go Back to the (Sweat-Proof) Basics
Some days we’re just too hot to function. And on those days we wear shorts and a silky tank that won't show our inevitable sweat stains.
28. Wear a T-Shirt with some Extra Oomph
Exaggerated sleeves are one of 2020’s biggest trends. And while the most prominent version is definitely the puff sleeve, but T-shirts with padded shoulders are experiencing their own mini moment in the sun. Take inspiration from Coterie member Monroe Steele and wear yours with elegant staples to balance out any linebacker connotations.
29. Embrace Your Inner Frenchwoman
Who, moi? Breton stripes, clean-cut denim, two-tone shoes… très Parisienne.
30. Break out your fall blazer
Pair it with a bright marigold minidress and ankle booties. You've got yourself a transitional look that will look fabulous all the way through October.
31. Make a Boilersuit Feel Fancy
Transform this easy staple from gas station-ready to cocktail hour-approved with the addition of crystal adorned heels, eye-catching jewelry and a fresh blowout.