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.
Rock a Tent Dress With Confidence
If there was ever a time for a massive maxi, this is it. Make it feel more polished with a ladylike mini handbag and kitten heels.
Wear Sneakers With Mini Lengths
Test out this surprisingly fresh match-up: tennies and a flouncy romper.
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).
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.
Add at Least One Printed Item
Pairing a black top with black pants? Always sleek. But topping an all-black outfit with a tropical robe? Much more interesting.
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.
Knot Your Shirt
Sexier (and easier) than tucking in your shirt.
Top it off with a fun throwback
The bucket hat is having a moment once again. This time around we suggest opting for more polished versions in solid colors rather than the grungy camping styles of yore.
Wear Pants to a Wedding
Still got a few receptions to round out the season? Ditch the dresses and scoop up a sleek jumpsuit like Coterie member Grace Atwood's navy number. You're guaranteed to have far more fun on the dance floor.
Replace Your White Tee with a Lace Version
Just as versatile, but with a bit of a fancier vibe.
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.
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.
Add the smallest touch of neon
It may be one of the hottest trends of the summer, but that doesn't mean your whole look needs to be brighter than the sun. A sleek-highlighter green hair tie is all you need to stand out from the crowd.
Try a Chain Belt
Swap the usual brown leather belt for one with a bit more charm (pun intended). A chain belt, complete with baubles and coins, has a perfect casual vintage feel that we just can't get enough of.
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: Take a page from Coterie member Monroe Steele's book and opt for loose, airy pieces in professional cuts to keep cool while still looking totally put together.
Stick to a Theme
So you like pink, huh? * Pulls out every pink item from the closet*
ROCK METALLIC BOOTIES WITH A SUMMER DRESS
The trick to pairing a summery frock with fall-ready ankle boots? Choose a dress in a jewel tone, like bold ruby red or emerald green, to keep your look classy (and never cheap).
Embrace Trendy Animal Prints
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?
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, like Coterie member Taye Hansberry's stunners.
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.
Jazz Up Your Joggers
Gray sweatpants but make them metallic.
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.
DIY a Headband
Both headbands and barrettes are currently trending, so why not combine them both into one super-cool DIY look? Use a row of clips to pin back your hair in place of a traditional Kate Middleton-approved headband.
Add a Few Bright Pops of White
The stark shade stands out in an otherwise muted ensemble of beige, brown and tan.
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.
Carry a Clear Handbag
Pro tip: Keep your belongings in brightly colored pouches within the PVC tote to maintain some level of privacy.
Keep on Rocking that Cropped Suit
We've said it before and we'll say it again: The shorts suit is the biggest trend of summer 2019 (and it's not too late to get on board).
Embrace Your Inner Frenchwoman
Who, moi? Breton stripes, clean-cut denim, two-tone shoes… très Parisienne.
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 to October.
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.