7 Strikingly Simple Summer Outfits I'm Trying When I Have Nothing to Wear

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A closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been staring blankly at my closet with complete disinterest. Perhaps it’s because after months of staying home wearing the same sweatpant outfits on repeat, my ability to get sartorially motivated has dipped to an all-time low. Plus, half of my closet suddenly feels way too “dressed up” for a day at home on the computer.

In order to resolve this, I’ve been scrolling, searching, and saving a myriad of cool summer outfit ideas that are quick, easy, and strikingly simple—many of which are made up of similar pieces that I already have hanging in my closet. If you too find yourself in a style rut, scroll below as I share some of my favorite easy and chic summer outfit formulas that will take your basics to a new level of chic and will be your saviora on those days when you’re staring in bewilderment into the abyss of your closet.

Long tailored shorts are trending, and they add the perfect elevated touch to your basics. Style a high-waisted pair with a neutral tee and sporty sandals. Bonus if you add a chic belt at the waist. To smarten up the look, throw on a longline blazer.


Topshop Clean Crepe Shorts ($55)

BP. Crewneck T-Shirt ($15)

ASOS Fable Premium Sporty Leather Sandals ($64)

H&M Straight Cut Jacket ($50)

If you've got a floral minidress hanging in your closet, pair it with an oversize button-down for a chic French girl–inspired look.

Realisation Par The Devon ($180)

H&M Cotton Shirt ($25)

Tube tops were trending on the S/S 20 runways, and a chic black option contrasts beautifully with white high-waisted linen pants. Luckily, the look is super affordable if you don't own either piece.


H&M Jersey Top ($3)

Forever 21 Linen-Blend Wide-Leg Pants ($23)

A chic no-think option (that you can easily wear in and out of the house) is a billowy white poplin dress. Pair with comfy Birkenstock-style sandals and add a bandana as a hair scarf for a simple yet striking summertime look.


ASOS Tiered Cotton Poplin Smock Dress ($51)

Mango Flowers Printed Scarf ($13)

Birkenstock Arizona Birkenstock Sandals ($125)

For an uncomplicated and comfortable look, give your basic black bike shorts an effortlessly sophisticated touch by pairing them with a classic oversize blue button-down. Add retro sneakers to complete the cool look.


Gap The Big Shirt ($33)

BP. High Waist Bike Shorts ($15)

New Balance 990 v5 Sneaker ($175)

We've spotted matching knit short sets all over Instagram lately that make for a seriously cozy and chic look. Not a look we'd ever wear to the office in summer, but for working at home, it's simply perfect.


Zulu & Zephyr High Waist Knitted Beach Shorts ($133)

Shop the matching Knitted Beach Sweater ($193).

Flowy linen shorts (or boxer shorts!) will be your go-to piece this summer. Pair them with a staple ribbed knit tank top in creamy tonal hues. Add some extra oomph to your look with an oversize straw hat.


Weekday Ribbed Singlet Top ($13)

Forever 21 High-Rise Linen Shorts ($18)

COS Borderie Anglais Patterned Hat ($59)

It's amazing how a pair of printed pants can uplift your entire look (and mood). Wear them with this season's must-have white muscle tee.


Mango Shoulder Cotton Pad T-Shirt ($30)

Mango Printed Straight Pants ($60)

Up next, I just wore my button-down five days in a row—here's how I styled it.

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