I'm a Modest Dresser, and I'll Certainly Be Copying These 10 Summer Outfits

To many, modest dressing in the summer may seem like an oxymoron. I get it—when the temperatures have surpassed 30°, no amount of clothing feels right. But those of us who adhere to a modest lifestyle have learned how to feel cool and simultaneously look chic, even in the middle of the summer. But sometimes, I have days when I struggle a bit to put outfits together, which is why I have an ongoing mood board where I'm always adding looks I want to re-create.

Summer dressing is hard for many, so I've shared my favourite looks below so you can join in with these fresh outfits. Even if you aren't a modest dresser, the ideas below are worth considering.

10 Modest Summer Outfits You Should Copy Immediately

1. T-Shirt Dress + Chunky Sandals

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I've always found comfort in a T-shirt dress and sandals during the warmer months, the ease of it means I can go about my day without feeling hot and flustered—the fact it looks so chic is a bonus.

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2: Oversized Shirt + Waistcoat + Oversized Trousers


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Despite never considering myself a preppy person, I can't get enough of polished ensembles like this one. From the crisp poplin shirt to the coordinating vest and trousers, what is there not to love about this?

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3: Printed Blouse + Skirt


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I'm always reluctant to clash prints, but this outfit has me ready to take the plunge. Printed maxi dresses can get repetitive, so I love this take on mixing prints with a maxi skirt.

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4: Oversized Blazer + Linen Trousers + Chunky Trainers


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Even in the summertime, I can't resist a blazer. To keep cool, opt for one that's light in colour and fabric.

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5: Cropped Blazer + Wide-Leg Trousers


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Yes, another blazer look because one is just never enough. A full-on suiting look may come off too autumnal, but this cropped version seems perfect for this season. The strappy sandals and loose tank just seal the deal.

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6: Pleated Top + Trousers


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There's been an influx of plissé pieces on the market, and I'm not mad about it. While I only own a black plissé set, this outfit has convinced me to add a light-coloured one to my wardrobe for summer. The colourful satin scarf adds the finishing touch.

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7: Linen Shirt + Cargo Skirt


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Button-downs are my saviour in the summer, so I'm always looking for new ways to style them. This camp-style shirt over a maxi skirt just makes complete sense, and I'm surprised I've never put the two modest pieces together.

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8: Linen Shirt + Trousers


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I don't have my next holiday planned yet, but I know this will be one of the looks I pack.

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9: Stripped T-shirt + Linen Trousers


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Loose trousers look great with fitted tops, but I think they look even better with comfy T-shirts. Comfortable, classic, and chic—this look has the trifecta.

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10: Oversized Shirt + Boyfriend Jeans


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While many of my saved looks are neutral, I'm not afraid of a pop of colour. Everyone owns a pair of straight-leg denim, and a fun-coloured shirt is an easy addition that looks so good.

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Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.
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