23 Summer Outfits To Beat The Heat

Ever stand in front of your jam-packed closet, staring at more than enough clothing options, and think: I have nothing to wear? Same. But perhaps the issue isn’t that you’re out of viable outfit choices. You just need a fresh dose of inspiration — say: summer outfit ideas — to help you see your wardrobe in a new way. That’s where Outfit Dump comes in. We supply you with enough ideas to fuel your style until the next drop comes along. 

Summer is here, which means so is the time for dressing for sweltering heat, carefree nights out, and beach vacations. Figuring out what to wear in a new season — and one that can often leave you feeling sweaty and sticky — is no easy feat, but it’s a task we’re up for. Luckily, it’s also a challenge that the people who fill our Instagram feeds aren’t shying away from, and they’ve been styling warm-weather-ready outfits full of the season’s latest trends for weeks now. From timeless summer dresses to mesh footwear and the revival of bygone styles like jorts and capri pants, there’s plenty of fashion inspo to be found. Scroll on to discover 23 outfits to get you through this summer.

Summer Outfit Idea: Jorts 

Yes, jorts — like most things Y2K style — are back again. And, honestly? We’re not mad about it.

Summer Outfit Idea: Dainty Bows 

If the spring/summer runways were correct, we’re about to see a lot of delicate, ultra-femme motifs and details emblazoned across outfits, which makes sense as a natural extension of the balletcore and coquette aesthetic trends. We love the super long yet not overwhelming pair of bows on this summer-ready dress.

Summer Outfit Idea: Bow-Tied Top

If you’d like a little more functionality out of your bows, try a fun and flirty on-trend top that ties at the front.

Summer Outfit Idea: Big Bows

Not one for subtlety? Make your top one big bow instead.

Summer Outfit Idea: Gingham 

Whether you opt for cutesy accessories or full-on maxi dress, we promise you that there is a way to wear gingham without looking like a picnic blanket this summer.

Summer Outfit Idea: Summer Cowgirl 

Whether you’re heading to a music festival or just looking to get dressed up, now is the time to embrace the western trend — just ask your new favorite artist, Chappell Roan.

Summer Outfit Idea: Interesting Skirts

Go beyond a basic slip or mini skirt (though there’s nothing wrong with either if that’s your preference) and build your outfit around a skirt with more dynamic silhouettes — think: asymmetrical hemlines, tiered styles, bubble skirts, and more.

Summer Outfit Idea: Halter-Neck Styles 

Halter-neck styles are a warm-weather wardrobe essential for their flattering fit and open-back silhouette. They’re versatile, too — try it as a top or in a colorful maxi dress like this one.

Summer Outfit Idea: Scarf Top

Take your halter-neck one step further with a pretty scarf top, either tied behind your neck or back (like the one pictured here).

Summer Outfit Idea: Crocheted Whites 

White + crochet = the perfect summer outfit.

Summer Outfit Idea: Butter Yellow

Butter yellow is the biggest color trend of the season, and we can’t think of a more effortless, stylish way to wear it than an oversized button-up shirt with a pair of shorts.

Summer Outfit Idea: Tiered Maxi Dress

Summer is the season of breezy, elegant, comfortable maxi dresses, whether you’re running errands or going to brunch.

Summer Outfit Idea: Vibrant Dresses

Don’t be afraid to go outside your neutral-hued comfort zone with a summer dress in a bold, vibrant shade of your choosing.

Summer Outfit Idea: Linen Jumpsuit 

For when a summer dress feels too obvious, try a summer jumpsuit — in breathable linen, of course.

Summer Outfit Idea: Sweater Vest + Shorts

Warmer weather doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your fashion-forward layering pieces, like a sweater vest. Style your favorite with a pair of shorts (bonus points for the leopard print here), and you’re good to go.

Summer Outfit Idea: Mesh Flats 

Mesh shoes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. If you want to switch things up from the on-trend ballet flats, opt for mesh slides, like the color-coordinated pair pictured here.

Summer Outfit Idea: Lightweight Cargo Pants 

Are you loving the cargo pants revival? Wear the style year-round by adding a pair to your closet in a lightweight, seasonally appropriate fabric.

Summer Outfit Idea: Animal Print Coverup

If you aren’t spending at least some of this season in a swimsuit and beachy coverup, are you even doing summer right? We love the vibes of this eclectic animal print option.

Summer Outfit Idea: Straw Accessories 

Add summer-ready texture to any outfit with accessories — handbags, shoes, hats, and more — in raffia and other straw-like fabrications.

Summer Outfit Idea: Off-Shoulder Silhouettes 

Summer tops and dresses become a lot more playful with a shoulder-baring silhouette — just don’t forget your SPF.

Summer Outfit Idea: Waistcoat + Shorts 

Structured waistcoats are a must-try style piece this season — and are the perfect match for a pair of dressed-up shorts.

Summer Outfit Idea: Waistcoat + Trousers

If the occasion calls for a bit more formality, try a waistcoat with pants in matching linen.

Summer Outfit Idea: Capri Pants

Like it or not, capri pants are back. Try styling them with a blazer and a pair of kitten heels for a work-ready look.

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