10 Outfits That Are Perfect for a Day at the Museum

Dressing for a day at the museum might not seem daunting… until you try to put together an outfit. Or, worse yet, when you think you’ve nailed your art-appreciation look, only to find out that your shoes give you blisters and your silk camisole isn’t sufficient for the high-blast AC of the building. As summer is filled with world travel and hometown heat waves that have you seeking cooler indoor activities, ’tis the season for a schedule packed with museum visits. As such, it’s officially time to start planning your wardrobe.

What to wear to a museum this summer? Think layers and comfortable footwear, but stick to elevated classics. While you might be tempted to hit the cultural institution in shorts and flip-flops, it’s worth it to pay a little respect to the greats you’ve gone to visit, dressing as you imagine might pay proper homage to the artwork you see on the walls. While that doesn’t mean you need a Victorian-inspired blouse that would make the most famous of portrait painters proud, or a 1950s glamour look of Richard Avedon’s prints, it’s a time to channel your most elegant self—even if you’re just wearing blue jeans.

In keeping with the elevated take on comfort, we’re gravitating toward flat shoes, tailored denim, and jackets designed for transitional weather. We’re fashioning high-low looks of shorts and blouses, midi skirts and T-shirts, and other youthful combinations that make us feel like we’re on a weekend stroll but truly fit to be photographed. Put it all together as shown on the 10 stylish women below. You’ll soon have found your go-to looks, whether you’re headed for an afternoon at the museum or beyond this summer!

Whether you're headed to the museum or simply looking for some comfortable and chic summer outfit ideas, look no further than the above.