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. Embrace All Things Linen
Yes, the lightweight fabric does tend to rumple easily, but with summer’s heat reaching its peak mid-August we’ll gladly take a few wrinkles in exchange for linen’s superior breathability and sweat-wicking properties. (Pro tip: Flowy linen dresses wrinkle less than slim-fit shorts or trousers.)
2. Wear Sneakers With Mini Lengths
Test out this surprisingly fresh match-up: plain white kicks and a flouncy romper.
3. Carry a Mini Bag
We got so used to carrying the bare minimum around with us during quarantine, and we fully plan to keep that minimalist streak going with petite bags that fit all (and only) the essentials—keys, wallet, mask.
4. 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.
5. Ease Your Way Back Into Wearing Heels
Heels are slowly but surely making their way back into our regular shoe rotation, but for now we plan to stick with walkable platforms over stilettos. Plus, they work equally well with casual white jeans and a simple silk tank as they do with a date night frock so you can wear them twice as often.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Try a Sporty Skort
Skorts are an unexpected summer trend we’re majorly excited about. Follow in Coterie member Coco Bassy’s very chic footsteps and try pairing a traditional tennis skort with a graphic tee and sneakers for your next weekend excursion.
10. Rock a Billowing Silhouette 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.
11. Pair Workwear with Weekend Staples
Break out your old go-to office blazer and layer it over an easy tank or tee and shorts for a fresh transitional ’fit. Stick with sleek and minimalist accessories—simple pearl studs, dainty gold hoops, a chain-link crossbody bag—to keep your ensemble looking elevated.
12. Go Back to the (Sweat-Proof) Basics
Some days we’re just too hot to function. And on those days we wear tank tops and breezy slip skirts that facilitate air flow while still looking polished and put together.
13. 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?
14. 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, like Coterie member Katie Sturino’s beige polo dress, and avoid overly cozy winter materials, like chunky wool.
15. Go Backless
Open back dresses are majorly trending right now, both because they’re subtly sexy and great for beating the heat.
16. Stick to a Theme
So you like pink, huh? * Pulls out every pink item from the closet* Fabulous.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Try a Trendy Shirt-and-Boxer Set
This menswear-inspired combo is a fabulous summer uniform that’s as easy to wear as it is stylish. Add strappy sandals and or some colorful jewelry to give your ensemble a more feminine edge, or go all in on the sporty vibes with sneakers and a baseball cap.
20. 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).
21. Replace Your White Tee with a Lace Version
Just as versatile as your favorite wardrobe staple, but with a fancier vibe.
22. Jazz Up Your Joggers
A sneaky way to make your beloved quarantine sweatpants more work appropriate? Swap them for a metallic jogger instead of tailored trousers. Still super comfy, just much more chic.
23. SPORT AN OVERSIZE T-SHIRT AS A DRESS
Or, if you’re worried about a scandelously short hemline, look for a T-shirt dress instead, like Jasmine Crockett’s. Add some easy kicks and a denim jacket, then finish with a handbag that really pops, just for fun.
24. Bring Your Pre-Quarantine Cropped Suit Back Out of Storage
Shorts suits were a major trend heading into 2020, but no was was interested in wearing such structured staples while working from home. Now, however, we’re ready to bring these beauties back out of the closet to help ease our way back into regular office vists.
25. Style a Mini to Feel All Grown Up
Be sure to choose a skirt that doesn’t feature school-girl pleats and opt for fabrics with a luxe vibe, like faux suede, silk or embroidered cotton. Add a neat button-down shirt (both short and long sleeves will work), a ladylike bag, heels and some block-heel sandals and voilà!
26. 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.)
27. Wear an Autumnal Dress with Summery Accessories
Take inspiration from Coterie member Liz Teich and pair together your new long-sleeve, maxi-length fall dresses with high-summer staples, like a straw tote and strappy white sandals, for a gorgeous transitional look.
28. 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.
29. Take Your Tropical Florals for One Last Spin
Now’s the time to sport your Hawaiian prints, hibiscus flowers and palm fronds once more before the end of the season, when they’ll swiftly be replaced with autumnal plaids and moodier blooms.
30. Embrace Your Inner Frenchwoman
Who, moi? Breton stripes, clean-cut denim, two-tone shoes… très Parisienne.
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.
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