I'm Already Planning My Summer Outfits—3 Zero-Effort Formulas I'm Repeating


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I'll admit it: My personal style can be a bit chaotic at times. I've always enjoyed testing out every trend under the sun, so my daily outfits tend to run the gamut. If I were to document each one, they'd be an amuse-bouche of trending aesthetics—minimalist tailoring one day and slinky cutouts the next. But no matter how many different styles I rotate through, summer is the time when I really pare things back. When it's hot out, the simpler the better. And with warmer weather on the horizon, I'm already planning out the fallback formulas I know I'll lean on throughout the season.

Ahead, I'm highlighting the three effortless summer outfit ideas I'm putting into rotation. They're each brainless and cool and require three or fewer items, but just in case you're a visual learner, I went ahead and sourced plenty of styling examples for each one to really prove how repeatable they are. I'll be taking notes from these fashion people on how to turn something as simple as a tank and trousers or a matching shorts set into a bona fide 'fit, and if you want to do the same, then I suggest you keep reading.

Formula One: Tank Top + Tailored Trousers


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A simple tank and trousers are really what you make of them. Here, heeled sandals and an elevated shoulder bag ensure a polished finish.


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For a more casual vibe, embrace the oversize look with slouchy-fit trousers. A leather belt and "dad" hat complete the low-key, cool aesthetic.


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The classics, like flat slides and a straw bag, never fail with this combo.


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A tank and trousers are the perfect base for funkier accessories.

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Formula Two: Breezy Shorts Set


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Boxer-and-button-down sets were huge last summer, and much to my delight, they're coming back again this year.


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Perfect for hot and humid days in the dead of summer.


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For lounging, travel, or the beach, these easy sets are incredibly versatile.


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Name a cooler swimwear cover-up. I'll wait.

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Formula Three: Fitted Top + Column Skirt


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French girls are already fans of this simple combo for their vacations.


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Maxi hemlines are trending hard right now, and this Elsa Hosk ensemble is immediately going on my mood board.


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Amp up the '90s vibes with the addition of a bucket hat.


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Heeled sandals and chunky jewelry immediately take this from day to night.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.