The Effortless 3-Piece Outfit Formula the Fashion Set Swears By for Summer

Fashion collage featuring style influencers Orlaith Melia and Jessica Skye wearing an easy summer outfit formula with white tank tops and ivory slip skirts.

(Image credit: @orlaithmelia_; @_jessicaskye)

With one look at my stories on Who What Wear, you will quickly learn that there is nothing I love more than a easy look that doesn't sacrifice style. It's always a pleasure to find an effortless ensemble that can have me out the door in less than 10 minutes, so it's no wonder that a certain three-piece outfit formula recently caught my eye on a variety of my favorite fashion follows on Instagram. All you need are three key pieces: a basic white T-shirt or tank top, a white or ivory slip skirt, and a pair of stylish sandals in any color of your choosing.

To prove just how effortless and chic this summer outfit formula truly is, I rounded up seven examples straight from my personal outfit inspiration folder on Instagram. It's clear that the pieces come together to create an elevated look that can easily be dressed up or down throughout the warmer months. Keep scrolling to check out and shop each inspiring take. I still can't decide which is my favorite—they're all so chic.


Female style influencer Taffy Msipa sits smiling on a large stone rock bench wearing a white t-shirt, white slip skirt, basket tote bag, and gray Birkenstock slide sandals.

(Image credit: @taffymsipa)

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British style influencer Orlaith Melia poses for a mirror selfie in front of a staircase wearing a white tank top with a high neck, an ivory slip skirt, and black flip-flop sandals.

(Image credit: @orlaithmelia_)

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Atlanta-based style influencer Sarah Wisted poses outside next to bushes wearing oversize black sunglasses, an oversize white t-shirt, white silk slip skirt, two-tone tote bag, and black Hermès sandals.

(Image credit: @sarahwisted)

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British female fashion influencer Jessica Skye sits in a trendy modern white textured arm chair wearing a white racerback tank top, ivory midi slip skirt, and black ankle-wrap lace-up flat sandals.

(Image credit: @_jessicaskye)

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Swedish fashion influencer Lovisa Barkman walks outside on a neutral stone path wearing black cat-eye sunglasses, a white T-shirt, white maxi slip skirt, white top-handle bag, and white Hermès slide sandals.

(Image credit: @lovisabarkman)

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French fashion influencer Sara Loura poses on a Paris sidewalk wearing black round sunglasses, a fitted white tee, white midi slip skirt, and strappy neutral flat sandals.

(Image credit: @saraloura)

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French British fashion influencer Emma Hoareau poses on a street corner in Berlin wearing a white racerback tank top, white maxi slip skirt, woven tote bag, and rhinestone-embellished clear heeled sandals.

(Image credit: @emmahoareau)

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This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently an editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.