While we certainly appreciate the makings of a complex, multi-piece look, sometimes we'd prefer a throw-on-and-go ensemble, especially come summertime. With beach visits, brunches, and picnics filling up our social calendars, it's high time to perfect the anatomy of a simple summer outfit because—let's be honest—we'd much rather spend our time outside soaking up the sun than standing in front of our closets picking out what to wear.
In short, a no-brainer, uncomplicated summer ensemble consists of easy, breezy pieces that stand on their own and don't require much additional styling—think a go-to pair of white denim, a classic floral-print maxi dress, or an LBD. And just because it's dubbed "simple" does not make the outfit any less stylish. Ahead, we've rounded up 16 of our favorite easy-to-copy summer looks that you can piece together in minutes and wear on repeat.
Our Favorite Simple Summer Outfits
A gingham button-down and a pair of crisp white pants is a no-fail option for those steamy summer days.
Or swap the printed blouse for an easy summer tee.
Pair an off-the-shoulder white blouse with gingham-print bottoms. Eye-catching earrings are optional, though very encouraged.
We love the idea of an easy, breezy floral maxi with simple sandals.
Pair cutoffs with a fun, floaty dress top. Heels, sandals, and sneakers woudl all go well with this ensemble.
What's easier than an LBD? Not much. And don't forget to have fun with your accessories.
All-white is always fresh for summer.
A jumpsuit is a one-and-done outfit that's easy to dress up or down.
Style an oversize blazer over a neutral-hued jumpsuit for a simple summer look to wear to the office.
Prefer something über-comfortable? Team sweatpants with a cropped tank top and sneakers.
A pairing we always love? A midi dress and sleek leather slides.
Mix a flirty pastel dress with a pair of combat boots.
Or trade the boots for a pair of canvas sneakers.
Test out a floor-grazing polka-dot maxi dress.
Style your favorite wrap top with a pair of cropped flares, and throw on a leather jacket when the summer sun sets.
Keep the wrap top, and switch out the jeans for loose-fitting linen pants.
Next up, check out the top items to own for summer 2018—because we know you're curious.