How to Dress for Summer If You Have Classic Style

Anna LaPlaca

As over the moon as I am about all the fun summer style inspiration I'm seeing now that the sun is out in full force, there's a bit of a storm cloud that inevitably rustles its way to the fore this time of year. It's not always easy for me to dress for warm months without sacrificing my classic style. I like clean, structured pieces and timeless silhouettes, pieces that, say, could take me from the beach to brunch. This time of year, however, a lot of the tank tops, lightweight dresses, and skirts on offer tend to be designed with different trends in mind, a more free-flowing, beachy vibe. While many vacationers may be in heaven with all these options, I struggle to find breezy, summer-friendly clothes that still fit my classic aesthetic.

I'm not alone. One of Who What Wear's readers recently shared this same style struggle in our Insiders Facebook group. (If you haven't joined already, what are you waiting for?) "Over the past year I've really developed my personal style," Claudia Anne posted. "I love classic looks like skinny jeans, loafers, and a turtleneck. As spring rolls around, I am at a loss for what to wear. When I search 'classic spring style' on Pinterest, I find the photos to be outdated styles or just not my taste."

We hear you, Claudia, which is why we set out to bring anyone who shares this struggle our guide to classic, summer-friendly staples. Armed with the following eight items, you'll keep cool all summer while staying true to your style.

H&M Linen Shirt ($35)

Rails Ellis Cotton Shirt ($95)

Mango Linen Shirt ($42)

Who What Wear Flare Pants ($25)

& Other Stories Cotton Linen Flared Trousers ($89)

Caslon New Belted Linen Pants ($30)

H&M Cotton Poplin Dress ($35)

Reformation Britt Dress ($218)

Topshop Animal Frill V-Neck Midi Dress ($28)

Agolde Rib Tank Bodysuit ($68)

BP. Square Neck Bodysuit ($6)

Leith Sweetheart Neck Bodysuit ($15)

H&M Paper-Bag Pants ($25)

Madewell Linen-Blend Paperbag Pants ($75)

Amo Relaxed Straight Leg Paperbag Pants ($285)

Levi's Deconstructed Midi Skirt in Broken Hearted ($90)

Agolde Reworked 90's Skirt in Revival ($188)

Mango Paper Bag Denim Skirt ($32)

Who What Wear Whitney Slide Sandal ($90)

Mango Heel Leather Mules ($56)

Madewell The Meg Slide Sandals ($98)

Reformation Hope Organic Cotton Cardigan ($77)

Intimately Little Cutie Cardigan ($38)

Kendall + Kylie Ripped Knit Cropped Cardigan ($79)

Now you'll never have to sacrifice your classic style when the temperatures rise.

This was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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