If you had to pick one word to describe your style, what would it be? If you opt for wardrobe essentials that will always be in style, chances are that word is classic. Since fashion trends are ever-changing, you prefer to stick with timeless pieces that look polished and sophisticated. By renting a few key pieces that fit within the classic style aesthetic, you’ll keep cool all season while also staying true to your personal style. Ahead, we outline 9 classic outfit ideas that are perfect for the summer.
1. White Button Down Top + Midi Skirt + Cropped Jacket
TOP: CAARA, SKIRT: BAGATELLE, JACKET: NICOLE MILLER
Nothing exudes classic style better than a crisp white button down and a trench coat. Add some interest to an otherwise plain button down by finding a version that ties in the front. Pair it with a high waisted skirt that hits mid-calf for a polished summertime look, and throw on a cropped jacket like this one to stay comfortable when the air conditioning is blasting.
2. Neutral Top + Striped Trousers + Circle Bag
TOP: DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY, PANTS: SOLACE LONDON, BAG: CLARE V. LODEN
Stripes are a classic print that should be in everyone’s closet. For summertime, try a stripe in a bold colorway, like this red and navy trouser. The wide leg silhouette is also trending right now, so it’s a win-win. Pair yours with a neutral top and a timeless circle bag to finish off the outfit. This look is so versatile it can take you from the office to happy hour with no additional accessories required.
3. Wrap Dress + Structured Bag + Gold Hoop Earrings
DRESS: HABITUAL, BAG: ZAC ZAC POSEN, EARRINGS: GORJANA CHLOE
Gingham is another print that is essential to any classic style outfit. Nothing says summer better than a breezy gingham wrap dress. Perfect for a romantic date night or a festive backyard gathering, add a pop of color in your accessories to elevate your look. A structured bag keeps the outfit looking polished, and a pair gold hoops will never go out of style.
4. Denim Top + White Pants + Fitted Blazer
TOP: M.I.H JEANS, PANTS: FREE PEOPLE, BLAZER: BADGLEY MISCHKA
Classic style is all about simple cuts and fitted silhouettes, meaning nothing too oversized or baggy. A nicely fitting blazer is a wardrobe essential because it effortlessly completes any outfit. This striped one is perfect for summer since it’s made of lightweight cotton, and when paired with crisp white pants and a dark denim top, you’ll be ready to take on brunch with your friends.
5. Striped Shirt + Denim Skirt + Sleek Silver Necklace
TOP: EQUIPMENT, SKIRT: BB DAKOTA, NECKLACE: KENDRA SCOTT
Want an easy way to look pulled together? Try a striped button up shirt tucked into a high waisted denim skirt for an easy look that can take you anywhere. Keep your accessories to a minimum and opt for a sleek necklace to top off the look. Pair with your own summer espadrilles for a quintessential summer weekend look.
6. Crop Top + Paper Bag Pants + Leather Jacket
TOP: A.L.C., PANTS: WAVERLY GREY, JACKET: CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE
Ruffles? Check. Flattering (and comfy) pants? Check. A classic leather jacket? Check. This outfit has it all. Feel as cool as you look in a flirty crop top and paper bag pants. The thin vertical stripes on the pants will instantly elongate your legs, and the crop top will balance out the outfit. Experiment with your look by renting a leather jacket in an unexpected color for added interest.
7. Little Black Dress + Envelope Clutch + Stud Earrings
DRESS: SACHIN & BABI, BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF ACCESSORIES, EARRINGS: ELISE M.
A LBD will never go out of style, so it’s an obvious choice for any formal event. For a modern take on this classic silhouette, opt for a modern detail like dramatic white contrast stitching, sheer lace inserts and romantic ruffles. Since this dress is a statement itself, finish off the look with a simple white clutch and stud earrings.
8. V-neck Top + Wrap Skirt + Round Sunglasses
TOP: TRINA TURK, SKIRT: REBECCA TAYLOR, SUNGLASSES: GUCCI
Keep things easy breezy this summer with a lightweight wrap skirt and a flattering V-neck top. The wrap skirt highlights your waist and the V-neck top will draw the eye in, balancing out broad shoulders and lengthening torsos. Your summer wardrobe is also not complete without a chic pair of sunglasses, and black round frames will never go out of style.
9. Eyelet Top + Culottes + Watch
TOP: SAYLOR, BOTTOM: DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, WATCH: SHINOLA
Summertime is all about experimenting with bright, bold colors, and this embroidered top will help you do just that. Ground the color with a pair of sleek black culottes that hit mid-calf and complete the look with your favorite pair of heels for a chic night out look. Don’t forget to top your outfit off with a classic wrap watch.
Classic clothing doesn’t mean stiff and boring. Try these outfit combos out this summer for an effortlessly pulled together look.