I Thought I Had No Clothes, But I Own Everything I Need for These Easy Summer Looks

I know firsthand that there's nothing more annoying than being challenged after saying (or yelling) "I have nothing to wear," but I'm sorry—I must tell you that I'm here today to do just that. But the truth is we all have countless cute pieces in our wardrobes or, at the very least, enough basics to put together outfit after outfit. What I realised can be lacking at times is the creativity or inspiration to do so.

With that in mind, I went looking—on Instagram, of course—for outfit ideas that I knew could be replicated with clothes I already own, and honestly, it was pretty easy. After finding a plethora of looks, I narrowed down my nine favourites to share with you here today because, as always, I've got your back. To see which made the cut and, of course, shop them if you so please—because, after all, this is Who What Wear—just keep scrolling.

1. Bright Button-Down + Jorts + Strappy Sandals

Summer outfits for women UK: @lindseyholland_

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Style Notes: Jeans and a crisp shirt is a year-round formula that never lets you down. Come summer, opt for denim shorts and a button-down in an uplifting hue.

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2. Silk Scarf + White Dress

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Style Notes: Apparently, the simple addition of a silk scarf around your head makes your white-dress outfit 10 times chicer.

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3. White Tank + Slip Skirt

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Style Notes: Tank top? Check. Slip skirt? Check. Great outfit? Check.

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4. Black Dress + Gold Earrings + Sandals

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Style Notes: Black dresses as just as handy for summer as their white counterparts; in fact, I'd argue they look even chicer, especially paired with co-ordinating black accessories and gold earrings.

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5. Embroidered Top + Linen Trousers 

Summer outfits for women UK: @emswells

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Style Notes: This look can take you anywhere, from work to dinner to brunch.

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6. Full Skirt + Crop Knit

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Style Notes: Skirts are the moment this year, and Olivia perfectly demonstrates how to style a full midi in a low-key way; with a cropped knit, tote, and velcro sandals.

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7. Cardigan + Strappy Dress + Ballet Flats

Summer outfits for women UK: @tamaramory

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Style Notes: Make any simple sundress feel French by layering a cute cardigan over it and adding ballet flats.

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8. Silk Shirt + Long Shorts + Slingbacks

Summer outfits for women UK: @sylviemus

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Style Notes: Yes, summer evening outfits can be that simple, and boy doesn't it work!

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This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.