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These Anti-Trend Summer Outfits May Be Simple, But They’re Dripping in Elegance

Sometimes we tend to overcomplicate fashion. (I’m including myself in this statement!) While there’s always room for a statement piece or head-to-toe colorful outfit, sometimes the best outfits are the simplest. And when temperatures are high in the summer, the last thing you want to be doing is overcomplicating your wardrobe.

To prepare you for the season ahead, I pulled outfits that require minimal styling yet are still dripping in elegance. Think linen vests with white airy skirts, black tank tops with jeans, and poplin shirts with comfortable dresses—all pieces that act as key buys for your closet but when styled correctly can have you earning compliments this summer. It all comes down to honing in on the correct outfit formulas. Keep scrolling for more, and be prepared to add these looks to your Pinterest board.

(Image credit: @hannamw)

What you’ll need: white poplin shirt + black fitted maxi dress + mesh flats

@sasha.mei taking a mirror selfie wearing black tank top, blue jeans, and silver necklace

What you’ll need: black tank top + wide-leg jeans + black-and-silver belt + silver necklace

@abimarvel wearing yellow satin dress and tan sandals leaning against a bookshelf

(Image credit: @abimarvel)

What you’ll need: satin maxi dress + tan flats

@dawn.tan wearing black vest, white poplin skirt, and black ballet flats

What you’ll need: black vest + white maxi skirt + black ballet flats

(Image credit: @tktktktktk)

@nlmarilyn wearing white button-down, denim shorts, and black slingbacks

What you’ll need: white poplin shirt + denim shorts + black slingback heels