15 Perfect Summer Outfits for Women Inspired by Street Style
Summer means summer dresses, yay! If you’re all about looking stylish—and getting dressed without too much fuss—the dress is your go-to fashion piece for summer. This season’s top frocks are not only trendy—they’re versatile and easy to dress up or down, so you can wear them everywhere summer takes you, from the office to casual days and weekends, and fancy evenings out. We’ve rounded up the best summer outfits for women, as worn by some of today’s street style fashion influencers. Plus, get fashion tips on how to make your outfit feel fresh when you wear a summer dress.
The Little White Dress
The little white dress is just as essential for summer as your go-to little black dress. There’s something so fresh about a pretty white dress when the temperature is soaring. You’ll find plenty of cute variations on this dress at retailers, from the sweet, white pleated mini dress seen here, to crisp sheaths that would be perfect for the office, and long white maxi dresses.
Styling tip: Carry a structured purse to instantly dress up a little white dress this summer.
The Summer Essential Maxi Dress
If you don’t have a simple, strappy maxi dress in your summer wardrobe yet, what are you waiting for? The maxi dress is not only flattering to every shape, it’s a super versatile, wearable piece of clothing that you can style for loads of different occcasions and events. Wear it to work with a blazer and pumps, with bare shoulders and sneakers for casual summer weekends, or with a leather jacket for evening events and date nights.
We recommend stocking your closet with at least one solid colored maxi dress, and another in a pleasing print, to get you through the warmer seasons stylishly.
Styling tip: The length of a maxi dress matters. When you’re wearing a maxi dress for daytime, you can choose a style that hits a few inches above the ankle, as pictured, to show off fabulous sandals. Dressing up for evening? A super long hem that skims the floor looks fanciest.
Get more awesome ideas for wearing a maxi dress.
The One Shoulder Dress
Bare shoulders are as sure a sign of summer as the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street. While off-the-shoulder dresses and tops are still in style, this summer you can make a style statement in a trendy one-shoulder dress.
Look for a dress that fits well through your shoulders and chest, so there’s no pulling or gapping. You can go fitted or flowy, short or long, solid or printed in this dress, to suit your style and the occasion.
Styling tip: Accessorizing a one shoulder dress doesn’t have to be tricky. A bold cuff bracelet and dangling earrings will always look right with this summer dress style.
The Floral Mini Dress
Floral prints are a summer fashion mainstay, and this season is no exception. We’re huge fans of a floral mini dress for summer, which can be styled to look cute for summer dates, shopping days, or lounging on the deck or patio.
Wear it with your favorite sneakers for casual days and weekends, with strappy high heel sandals for a sexy look, or with black ankle boots as seen here, for an effortlessly stylish vibe that’s great for days walking around any city or town.
Styling tip: A cross body bag in a solid color that complements your dress, is a great way to add more color to your outfit.
The Ruffled Dress
The spring/summer fashion runways were a profusion of ruffles this year, and the fashion girls have jumped on this trend. You can’t go wrong this season in a pretty ruffled dress, whether it’s cut above the knee, or a floor-grazing maxi dress. We love the sweet mini dress in a pink floral print worn by this street style star, which would make a great summer date outfit.
Styling tip: White accessories give you a fresh and modern look for summer, that adds chic to a girlish dress style, as seen here.
The Go Everywhere Dress
One of the best things about a summer dress is that you can just pull it on and be ready for your day. So when you find that one, perfect summer dress that you can style in different ways to wear from casual days to work and dressy events, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Of course, there’s no one size fits all dress that works for every shape and personality, but we think this easy style comes pretty close. A classic solid color, simple silhouette that flows over curves, short sleeves with pretty detailing, and a not-too-short hem, make this style easy to dress up or down, so you can wear it everywhere.
Styling tip: What will make this dress feel appropriate for dressed up and casual occasions, is all about your accessories. Experiment with different jewelry, footwear, sunglasses, scarves, and head wraps, to see how many outfits ou can create with just one great dress.
The Bohemian Maxi Dress
Boho style originally started in California, where summer fashion is all about soft, natural patterns and colors, easy, breezy silhouettes, and a cool, hippie vibe. A flowy, bohemian maxi dress in a soft, vintage-inspired floral print, as seen here, is a fabulous addition to your closet that you will wear for years to come.
Styling tip: Wear platform sandals with this dress style, to balance a wider, flowing hem.
The Striped Dress
Every woman’s closet needs a great striped summer dress. Whether it’s short and sweet, or long and lean as shown here, the striped dress is a classic summer wardrobe piece that will never go out of style.
Wear it with a navy blazer and white loafers for a preppy style that works for the summer office, or with a denim jacket and flip flops, for a perfect weekend or travel outfit this season.
Styling tip: Wear sunglasses and a purse that pick up on one of the colors of your dress, to tie your outfit together beautifully.
The Black Floral Dress
Do you want to give floral print a try this summer, but want to avoid an overly girlish vibe? The black floral dress is a classic summer option that’s gotten even more popular in recent seasons, because it lets you do just that. We love this modest version with long sleeeves and a long, flowing shape, that can be dressed up or down so easily for wearing from work to weekend.
Styling tip: Wear this dress to work and look cool this summer, with a lightweight black blazer, ankle boots, and a structured tote. Then for weekends, pair it with open toe heels or strappy sandals in black or nude, for a more elegant look.
The Polka Dot Dress
You’ll be seeing dots in front of your eyes all summer, on the streets and in the fashion blogosphere. Polka dots are mad fashionable now, from clothing pieces to accessories, and the polka dot dress is having a major moment this year.
We love the way this street style fashion star has styled her polka dot maxi dress, with a skinny belt and deep red sandals.
Styling tip: When wearing a polka dot dress, you may be tempted to wear red lipstick — but don’t, unless you’re trying to look retro. Instead, go for bold eyeshadow and a nude lip, which is more unexpected and modern.
The Denim Dress
What would an American summer be, without the essential denim dress? This summer favorite item is right up there with denim shorts, as a made in America closet staple that’s a favorite of fashion girls everywhere.
Versatile, easy to layer, and trendy for this season, you can wear a little denim dress for casual daytime dates, to backyard parties, or for hanging with your girls. It’s the perfect mix of 70’s fashion, and modern casual style.
Styling tip: Denim always looks great with a pop of red, so don’t hesitate to wear red accessories, from sunglasses to shoes, with this cute summer staple.
The Animal Print Dress
Animal print dresses are not only trendy for summer this year — they’re also a fabulous way to stand out from the crowd. You can find so many styles of this dress to suit your fashion vibe, from sexy and strappy, to chic and cool. As seen here, a leopard print dress can even go bohemian, when it’s cut in a midi length and detailed with rickrack fabric.
Styling tip: You’ll never go wrong wearing black ankle boots with a leopard print dress.
The Culotte Dress
When is a summer dress not a summer dress? When it’s actually a jumpsuit. This year, we’re seeing more one-piece jumpsuits that are designed to look like a long summer dress, but give you the freedom of pants. We can’t argue wih that!
Styling tip: When you’re dressed in a piece that widens out toward the bottom, accessories near your face draw attention upward on your body, which helps balance your figure. Big hoop earrings and multi-strand necklaces are trendy jewelry pieces that fit the bill nicely.
The Graphic Dress
Whether you’re the artsy type, a rocker, or something different, just about every woman has a perfect graphic dress. The appeal of this style is not just that it’s eye-catching, but you can choose a dress that tells people something about your personality. (Love cats? Obsessed with Andy Warhol? There’s a dress out there for you!)
This is a go-to summer dress style that we think every woman should have in her closet, for those days when she wants her outfit to speak for her.
Styling tip: We love the look of a cheeky graphic summer dress worn under a crisp white blazer or a white moto jacket, as pictured here.
The Sexy Summer Dress
Summer date nights can be hot in more ways than one, when you add this sexy dress style to the mix. A little black dress in a summer weight fabric, and a fit that hugs your curves and shows off your legs, makes a body confident statement.
Styling tip: Look effortlessly sexy when you rock a form-fitting dress, by not going overboard with your styling. Wearing natural hair and and lighter makeup look adds a low maintenance vibe to your sexy outfit, that’s universally appealing.