Although summer inspires a sense of romantic style, there’s always the undeniable appeal of a more casual, comfortable, and understated way of dressing. Sure, we’ll always have a place in our wardrobes for a flirty sundress, but sometimes, we love the nonchalance of more low-key picks—oversized shirts, cargo pants, black unitards, and other pared-down pieces. There’s just something so unmistakably “cool girl” about the way they make you look and feel.
To help you out, today we’re rounding up ten summer outfits that can be alternatives to your favorite sundress, as seen on these stylish influencers.
10 Cool Summer-Ready Outfits, As Seen on Influencers:
1. Ida Anduyan
One-step dressing doesn’t start and end with dresses—you can get the same convenience with a full-length bodysuit. Unitards like this all-black number worn by Ida Anduyan are as easy as it gets. Pair them with a chunky shoe, high socks (very ‘90s Princess Di), a statement-making bag, and you’re good to go!
2. Toni Sia
Nowadays, there’s no item as ubiquitous on Gen Z style stars’ social feeds as a pair of cargo pants. They’re especially perfect for the summer, what with their breathable fit. Do it like Toni Sia and wear it with a cropped baby tee for a touch of cheeky fun.
3. Rhea Bue
Go straight into the borrowed-from-the-boys look by getting both your tee and your jeans in two sizes larger. It’s a certified cool-girl look (see Rhea Bue’s seal of approval), and a practical one too because the bagginess makes for great ventilation—perfect for when you don’t want to show a lot of skin but need to keep cool.
4. Angelique Manto
When you’re back from the beach and barring odd tan lines, throw on this look. Thanks to the Y2K style movement, tube tops are back on trend. Angelique Manto pairs hers with low-rise jeans and chunky dad sneakers, building a look with a sexy model-off-duty edge.
5. Rei Germar
It doesn’t get more casual than something that can pass off as a pajama set. Rei Germar wears a pair of satin coordinates that are comfortable enough to sleep in, but polished enough to be worn out. When paired with the right accessories, you’ve got yourself a fun, funky, errand-ready look.
6. Tricia Gosingtian
On days when the summer showers are pouring, you need something that gives just the right amount of warmth to keep you comfortably cozy. We’re obsessed with lightweight knits for this, which feel like the perfect transitional piece to survive sporadic weather changes. See how Tricia Gosingtian styles hers with a fitted mini skirt for perfect balance.
7. Vern Enciso
In case you haven’t heard: waistcoats are making a roaring comeback. You can find them in many different iterations, and for the season, we’re looking to those made in summer-friendly textiles. Vern Enciso wears one in crisp linen, making for a look that’s on-trend and heat-friendly.
8. Vina Guerrero
Sometimes, good outfits require only a simple formula. See Vina Guerrero’s ensemble: a look that can be broken down to the big-top-plus-small-bottom equation. The next time you’re getting dressed for a hot day out, keep this easy recipe in mind.
9. Bella Racelis
All-white looks always look crisp, but adding a sunny pantone on top? Now that’s “summer freshness” defined. Bella Racelis wears a pair of white denim shorts and a cropped shirt as her base, then adds a bright yellow blazer on top. You can apply the same formula with any favorite color of yours, from a citrusy lime to an electric pink.
10. Aika Agustin
If you prefer keeping to that soft and romantic sensibility, try your hand in styling a lightweight skirt. It has that unmistakable feminine touch but in a way that’s more youthful, flirty, and fun. A floral number like Aika Agustin's is easy to style with just a plain white tee and the chunky shoes of your choice.
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