I'm Bored of My Jeans—8 Fresh and Simple Skirt Outfits I'm Trying Instead This Summer

When it comes to summer dressing, skirts are the item that I find myself trying to conquer every year. They look so easy—and comfortable for those sticky summer days—and yet somehow I always feel like I'm just not doing them quite right. The proportions seem off, the fit isn't quite fitting and try as I might, I just can't tie them together with accompanying pieces to create a cohesive look. This year, I've decided to finally crack the skirt code, and as it turns out, I've been massively overcomplicating the issue.

The beauty of skirts is their simplicity. If you pick the right style, it can seamlessly integrate into your daily dressing, pairing just as beautifully with the tops and accessories you'd normally style with your jeans or tailored trousers. It all comes down to picking the right skirt.

@brittanybathgate wearing a white skirt and t-shirt

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Helpfully, this year there are a number of skirt styles that are very on trend, and also happen to feel especially timeless. This is largely thanks to the fabrics—linen and crisp cotton are blissfully lightweight and breathable but also exude the kind of effortless sophistication that we all strive to achieve, even on the stickiest days. This season, voluminous cotton skirts are going to be everywhere—white versions are a great option for sleek minimalists, but you could also embrace bold colours if you're looking for a sunny dopamine hit. If you like to show off your legs, a mini should be your go-to—understatedly cool, a black miniskirt can easily be dressed up or down with a few styling switches.

So if, like me, you're determined to finally embrace skirts this summer, I've found eight effortlessly stylish outfits to help inspire you.

1. Black Linen Skirt + White Shirt + Slides

@monikh wearing a black skirt and white shirt

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Style Notes: This is the kind of skirt outfit that could work just as well at the office as it would for weekend meet-ups. A black skirt is so versatile, and a linen option ensures it's lightweight and breathable enough for summer wear.

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2. Miniskirt + Long-Sleeved Top + Square-Toe Shoes

@lucywilliams02 wearing a brown midi skirt and long sleeved top

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Style Notes: Miniskirts aren't going anywhere this summer, meaning now is the time to show off those pins. I love how Lucy Williams makes her mini seem more casual and effortless by styling hers with the slouchy long-sleeved T-shirt, but gives it a fashionable oomph with those lime green Prada shoes.

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3. White Voluminous Skirt + Tailored Vest + Mary Janes

@dawn.tan wearing white skirt and black tailored vest

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Style Notes: This look is so classic but also so on-trend as it features two key items for the season: the tailored waistcoat and the voluminous white skirt. And just in case that wasn't timely enough for you, Dawn Tan finished off her look with flat Mary Janes. Perfection.

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4. Matching Set + Strappy Heels

@aimeesong wearing a purple cardigan and skirt set

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Style Notes: A matching set is arguably the easiest skirt outfit, and it always looks so polished. Be inspired by Aimee Song's look and opt for a button-down shirt or cardigan paired with matching mini and strappy sandals for a fresh take on the classic outfit combination.

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5. Colourful Skirt + Cardigan + Sandals

@oliviamarcus wearing a red skirt and purple cardigan

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Style Notes: Why not embrace bold colours this summer and blend rich hues like Olivia Marcus? This is the kind of outfit that would be a highlight of a holiday wardrobe but could work equally well for summer lunches with friends.

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6. Miniskirt + T-Shirt + Ballet Flats

@symphonyofsilk wearing a black mini skirt and t-shirt with ballet pumps

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Style Notes: Keep things super simple by opting for a monochromatic look—and yes, you can wear black in summer, especially when you're working with a miniskirt. The ballet flats and top-handle bag really upgrade this otherwise understated outfit.

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7. Flowing Black Maxi + Tied Button-Down + Mesh Flats

@_jeanettemadsen_ wearing a black maxi skirt and tied shirt

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Style Notes: In another take on the button-down-and-long-skirt combo, here, Jeanette Madsen pairs a flowing slip skirt with an oversized button-down tied at the waist to create the kind of "Oh, I just threw this on" look we all aspire to.

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8. Sparklly Skirt + White Tank

@livvperez wearing a sequin skirt and white tank

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Style Notes: Add a touch of sparkle to summer party dressing with a sequinned skirt. Styling it with a simple fitted white tank keeps the look pared back, although you could easily amp up the glamour with some statement accessories.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Jess Kelham-Hohler is a freelance writer, editor and content strategist. She has been a contributor for Who What Wear UK since 2023. Currently based in London following six years in Washington D.C. and New York, she was previously the Digital Editor for Soho House & Co, an international group of private members’ clubs for creatives. She has interviewed a range of artists, creators and more, including Alighieri founder Rosh Mahtani, photographer Misan Harriman and fashion editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner. Today, she writes primarily about fashion, travel and culture for various publications, and has worked as a copywriter and content strategist for brands such as Belstaff, Olivela and Equinox.