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10 Breezy summer outfits for women

Summer is well upon us. If you’re dealing with the heat (I think we all are), then be sure to read this guest post for some summer outfit inspiration. These ideas help you stay cool and comfortable while looking cute, and still allows you to partake in summer activities.

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Nordstrom is one of my favorite places to shop! Join the Nordy club, earn points and save on future purchases! Plus, joining gets you early access to some of their best deals. Summer is such a fun time of year. From planning trips to the beach to picnics in the park, it’s a season to enjoy life outside. When shopping for the perfect summer outfits to pair with your summer activities, the options are endless. Cute and comfy boho dresses and chic tank tops all deserve a spot in your wardrobe this season.

The ability to keep you cool while looking cute is a valuable trait for any hot-weather style. Enjoy the sunshine this summer with these 10 cute summer outfit ideas and breezy styles to add to your collection.

10 Breezy Summer Outfits

1 -High-Waisted Shorts

Summer is the season to show off your legs. High-waisted shorts are the perfect fashion piece to cinch in your waist while making your legs look long and lean. Shorts made from denim are classic, but the thick material can be too much on the hottest days of the year. An excellent breathable fabric like cotton will keep you cool while offering endless color choices to match your outfit. Pair high-waisted shorts with a cute flowy top or a form-fitting tank. They are one fashion staple that looks good no matter how you dress them up or down.

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2 – Maxi Dresses

A long, flowy maxi dress will have you looking chic and feeling comfortable while spending the day out in the sun. These styles keep clothing away from your body, allowing your skin to breathe. Even though the dress has a lot of fabric, your body heat can easily escape, preventing sweat and restricted blood flow that can occur if you wear a tight-fitting shirt and shorts.

Colorful boho clothing and summer maxi dresses are an ideal coupling. Solid cotton or linen dresses are fun options as well. Pair your dress with strappy sandals or wedges for an effortlessly chic look.

3 – Wide-Brimmed Hats

Protect your skin and stay cool by adding a wide-brimmed hat to your summer outfits; the floppier, the better. These stylish hats level up any summer outfit. Plus, they protect your face, ears and neck from the damaging rays of the sun. Too much sun exposure can lead to age spots, wrinkles and even skin cancer.

You want to choose a hat that is sturdy yet comfortable on your head. Woven straw hats are a classic choice you can pair with virtually any outfit. They come in a wide variety of colors, so you can find the perfect match for your style.

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4 – Chambray Tops

The light weave of the chambray makes it the perfect choice for stylish summer outfits. Long-sleeve chambray button-ups give you an outfit that transitions from hot summer days to cool summer nights. While it may seem like sleeves are the last thing you want to wear in the heat, the material reflects the sun instead of letting it reach your skin. This helps keep your core body temperature down, allowing you to stay cooler longer. You can pair your chambray top with a maxi dress for a classic look. A chambray dress or romper is a fun and breezy option. The material looks great when paired with woven belts and nude ankle booties. 

5 – Athleisure

Leggings and athletic tops might keep you cozy during the winter months, but they can also keep you cool in the summer. You’ll love how breathable the material is, and the moisture-wicking features of clothing designed for sweating will keep you dry all day long.

Try an elegant tennis dress with built-in shorts to keep your thighs from chafing. You can pair an open-backed tank top with high-waisted shorts for a combination that highlights your best assets. The options are endless and perfect for mixing and matching.

6 – Slide Sandals

Sandals have always been a staple with summer outfits. Slide sandals keep your feet from roasting in the heat. Their minimalist look goes well with any outfit. At the beach, they are the perfect footwear choice. You can quickly slide them on and off, letting you enjoy the ocean and remove annoying sand with ease. Nude or white slide sandals are versatile options that pair well with any outfit. Black can also be a great choice but will quickly heat up if left in the sun for a prolonged period.

7 – Kimonos

Add intrigue to any outfit with the addition of a flowy kimono. The lightweight material is perfect for staying comfortable in the summer heat. The sleeves offer protection from damaging sun rays without trapping warmth.

A Kimono can provide extra coverage over a strappy tank top and shorts. It also looks great when paired with a summer dress that is just slightly shorter than the kimono. When paired with a solid maxi dress, it acts as a stylish accessory. 

8 – Wide-Legged Pants

Not everyone wants to spend their entire summer wearing shorts. Wide-legged pants offer a way to stay cool, stylish and covered. When made from a breathable material like cotton or linen, wide-legged pants prevent you from overheating.

Opt for lighter colors like white, gray and beige to prevent the pants from picking up too much heat from the sun. Your wide-legged pants will look great with a crop top and flats. They also look great when matched with a feminine blouse and wedge sandals. You can appear casual and cute when you pair a graphic tee with flowy pants. 

9 – One-Shoulder Tank Tops

Stay trendy this summer with a one-shoulder tank top. It’s a fun look that’s ideal for a hot day since it eliminates unnecessary fabric. Classic and adorable, one-shoulder tank tops complement nearly everything. If you’re feeling flirty, pair your top with a floral A-line skirt. Create a sophisticated look by pairing your tank with high-waisted shorts. Just keep in mind, with the extra skin exposure, you’ll need to apply more sunscreen.

10 – Wrap Dress

This super breezy style is the perfect way to beat the heat while looking fabulous this summer. The dress drapes elegantly while optimizing airflow. It can also perform double duty as a beach cover-up offering quick change opportunities between sunbathing and strolling the boardwalk.  Keep your look casual for daytime by pairing a fun printed wrap dress with low-rise sneakers. Glam up for summer weddings with a deep plunge midi-length wrap dress and wedge heels.

Effortless, Cool Summer Style

There are so many great breezy summer styles to try this year. Always opt for natural materials like cotton and linen, which are breathable. Choosing light colors can help reflect the sun and prevent you from overheating. From maxi dresses to high-waisted shorts, you can look cute and stylish while remaining comfortable and cool.

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Final Thoughts

Fashion doesn’t have be difficult, uncomfortable or expensive. Many of us already have these items in our wardrobe! We just need a little guidance on styling and use. Hopefully, the ideas above help you with your summer style and still give you the comfortable, cool you need.