Warm and sunny days are here at last, and while the prospect of ditching the sweats and winter bulk is certainly exciting, so begins our collective seasonal dilemma: What to wear? This year, the pressure is especially high, what with most of the world finally being able to resume a semblance of a social life after 15 months. A solid rotation of go-to dresses, stylish loungewear, and shorts that are comfortable—but not too casual—is obviously a must. But for days when the well of outfit inspiration feels particularly dry, T&C has curated six foolproof outfit combinations to turn to all summer long.
Refresh your closet with a new patterned dress for an easy, all-in-one choice. Our current favorites include: gingham, plaid, stripes, and florals. Then pair with rich tones—there is no such thing as clashing colors in the summertime.
The Upgraded White Button-Down
A classic white button-down is an indispensable wardrobe staple. Update it for summer with breathable fabric and a silhouette that can be easily dressed up or down. With white jeans and simple jewels, the whole ensemble becomes an instant classic.
All it takes is one good dress in a bold hue (or two) to master a truly effortless summer look. As for the accessories? Don’t skimp on the seasonal must: anything straw.
The Easy, Breezy Jumpsuit
Like dresses, jumpsuits are a great “one and done” outfit, but in the summer heat we prefer the jumpsuit’s younger cousin: the romper. To keep it from looking too… Gen-Z, pair with polished accessories.
The Wear-Everywhere Long-Line Shorts
Shorts can be very divisive. For those who typically avoid shorter hemlines, try long-line shorts instead—the wider leg is breezy, even on the hottest of days. A billowy blouse elevates the entire look while also making sure your clothes won’t be sticking to you by lunchtime.
Go Dark—then Layer on the Gold
There is no rule against wearing a darker palette in the summer. A sleek navy or black dress is minimalist, chic, flattering, and pretty much de rigueur especially for summers in the city. Plus, it creates a perfect foundation over which to layer on plenty of gold jewelry.
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