Summer is all about having fun with fashion—choosing bright, bold-hued, or printed pieces in relaxed shapes and styles. Because after having been bundled up in cozy layers for six-plus months, it's really time to get creative and expressive with your attire, right? Right. That's not to say, however, that a more refined, timeless, and classy summer outfit shouldn't be in your wardrobe rotation. It most certainly should, because you'll likely find yourself in a situation, at least once, that requires more formal dressing. And while a pantsuit is a no-fail option, sometimes you want to spice up your look a bit, without losing that air of sophistication.
Ahead we've compiled a lookbook of smart, classy summer outfits that you can most certainly wear on repeat. From a fresh way to style your go-to wide-leg trousers to the timeless staple piece everyone should have in their closets, turn to these 10 ensembles the next time you're having a hard time picking a sophisticated, seasonally appropriate look.
If you haven't already done so, invest in a pair of wide-leg white trousers for summer—they're the perfect base for any classic, sophisticated ensemble.
A polka-dot blouse is the perfect mix of fun and sophistication.
What's classier than an LBD? Not much. This staple is a must-have in everyone's wardrobe.
Amp up the sophistication of an LBD by tossing a blazer over it. For a chillier summer evening, put on a pair of sheer black tights paired with strappy black heels.
We love this cropped blazer and printed pants.
A minidress worn over a long-sleeve shirt is fashion-forward and classy.
Black and white will forever be a classic, sophisticated color combination.
Go neutral on top and then add an unexpected pop of color with your shoes. Side note: Magenta and beige is a cool new color combo to test out for summer.
Simple, refined, and yet easy to dress up or down with a few added accessories.
A slightly more casual outfit that's still classy and sophisticated? White denim paired with a striped top.
Up next, shop some classic tops you can wear with everything this summer.