8 Timeless Summer Celeb Outfits to Re-Create When You Don't Know What to Wear


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At some point in your life, you’ve probably had one of those mornings where you wake up and dread the prospect of getting dressed. Maybe it’s because it’s already scorching hot outside or because you feel like you’re missing some summer staples. Either way, the conscious is clear that you are over it. Even as an editor, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen into my states of turmoil and frustration over what to wear (especially when it’s hot outside). I’ve found that when you don’t know what to wear, the best thing to do is return to the fundamentals. Having a few timeless outfit formulas in the back of your pocket always takes the fuss out of the whole process. 

So, in that vein, I’ve scoured to find eight timeless summer outfit ideas approved by the celeb set. Whether you need something just to throw on after you roll out of bed or need a simple date-night look that you won’t sweat profusely in, these looks are easy to replicate.


Minidress + Wedges + Handbag
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WHO: Gabrielle Union

WEAR: Prada dress and bag; Gia Borghini wedges

I’m convinced that Gabrielle Union is our generation’s unsung style hero as her looks are always impossibly chic (and easy to replicate). While she’s wearing a vintage Prada dress in this image above, you can definitely create the same look by pairing a minidress with wedges and a colorful handbag for a balmy summer evening look that requires little effort.

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Blazer + Skirt + Loafers
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WHO: Hailey Bieber

WEAR: Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Sevillana Earrings ($2275); Balenciaga Neo Sunglasses; Aggi Isabella Designer Blazer ($485); Bottega Veneta Bounce Loafers 

Nothing is worse than looking at the weather forecast before heading to work and wondering what to wear when it’s sweltering. But finding an apropos office outfit doesn’t have to be a struggle—if you recreate this look from Hailey Bieber. Pair a blazer with a skirt and loafers for an outfit that’s weather and office-friendly.

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Sunglasses + Tank Top + Maxi Slip Skirt + Flip-Flops
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WHO: Zoë Kravitz 

WEAR: Oliver Peoples sunglasses; The Row skirt and thongs; Telfar tote

Simplicity is key when it comes to dressing for the summer, but if you still want to look cute, then take a cue from Zoë Kravitz’s look above. Pair your flip-flops and a go-to tank top with a slip skirt, and you’ll have the perfect outfit to run errands in.

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White Midi Dress + Woven Bag + Flat Sandals
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WHO: Kaia Gerber

WEAR: Celine Triomphe Sunglasses, Clear Triomphe Gladiator Chunky Sandals, and Raffia Bag

Whether you’re traveling through Europe or to your local farmer’s market, having a simple yet stylish outfit you can rely on is essential. We recommend re-creating this look from Kaia Gerber. A great white or eyelet dress styled with sunglasses, a raffia bag, and flat sandals will always look good.

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Oversize Button-Down Dress + Platform Heels + Mini Bag
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WHO: Lori Harvey

WEAR: Dior Mini Lady Bag; Bottega Veneta Tower Square-Toe Ankle Strap Pumps

Summer is all about going out and enjoying yourself, but if it’s uncomfortably hot outside, the idea of dressing up can invoke dread. Enter this cute outfit from Lori Harvey. For date night, you can opt for an oversize button-down worn as a dress (in a bright color or minimal hue) styled with platforms for an evening look or ballet flats for a day look.

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Tube Dress + Shoulder Bag + Sneakers + Sunglasses
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WHO: Emily Ratajkowski

WEAR: Versace by Fendi Sunglasses; The Row Half Moon Small Leather Shoulder Bag ($1290); Wolford Fatal Strapless Stretch-Jersey Maxi Dress ($215); Vans sneakers 

Another simple outfit you can rely on when it’s hot out? The look above from Emily Ratajkowski. A tube dress paired with sunglasses, a shoulder bag, and sneakers is a surefire way to look stylish no matter where the day takes you.

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Layered Jewelry + Slip Dress + Sheer Socks + Mary Janes
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WHO: Olivia Rodrigo

WEAR: Twelve Jewelry; Justine Clenquet Hari Choker ($90); Réalisation The Roxy Black Dragon Dress ($195); T.U.K. Black & White Double Decker Mary Jane ($110)

When it’s brutal outside, you need a simple outfit you can throw on. Enter this ensemble from Olivia Rodrigo. A slip dress may feel a bit simple, but if you layer on some chains and chunky Mary Janes, it will feel a lot edgier. 

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Sunglasses + Shoulder Bag + T-Shirt + Shorts + Cowboy Boots
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WHO: Bella Hadid

WEAR: Louis Vuitton Bag

Leave it to Bella Hadid to provide us with the perfect outfit idea to replicate on a hot summer day. There's nothing better than throwing on a cropped T-shirt, shorts, and cowboy boots—it's the perfect ensemble for a warm day and a reminder that the best outfits are the easiest. 

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Jasmine Fox-Suliaman

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman is a fashion editor living in New York City. What began as a hobby (blogging on Tumblr) transformed into a career dedicated to storytelling through various forms of digital media. She started her career at the print publication 303 Magazine, where she wrote stories, helped produce photo shoots, and planned Denver Fashion Week. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as MyDomaine's social media editor until she was promoted to work across all of Clique's publications (MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Who What Wear) as the community manager. Over the past few years, Jasmine has worked on Who What Wear's editorial team, using her extensive background to champion rising BIPOC designers, weigh in on viral trends, and profile stars such as Janet Mock and Victoria Monét. She is especially interested in exploring how art, fashion, and pop culture intersect online and IRL.