8 Easy Summer Outfit Ideas

by - June 16, 2022

real outfit roundup

It's time for our twice-weekly Real Outfit Roundup, now officially on a new rotation thanks to some scheduling difficulties that happened last month. In case you missed the news somehow, we've recently moved into a new home, and unpacking has been slow going because, well, life, ya know? But all of my clothes are finally put away so I've got access to my full range of outfits. I can't say the same for my shoes, which are still being stored in three giant storage tubs in my office until my husband can get me some permanent storage built.

In other news, it is unbearably hot. We're in the midst of a heat wave. Our actual temperatures have been in the upper 90s with feels-like temps hovering around 110 most days. Over the next ten days, I'm sad to say, our highs are over 100. So suffice it to say that my strategy for getting dressed most days is staying cool. For me, that means a lot of dresses, skirts, and shorts, as you'll see in this collection of outfits I've worn over the last couple of weeks.

For those of you who are new to the blog, each Real Outfit Roundup post features outfits I've actually worn in my day-to-day life with links to shop the same or similar items.

Sizing Info: I'm 5'2" and weigh about 145 lbs. I typically wear size small or 6 in clothes and size 7 in shoes.

Dress (same, similar)

You've seen this dress before, but it really is one of my favorites. I love blue gingham, and this one has the cutest bow detail on the back. Sadly, because I got this back in February, this pattern is no longer available, but there are limited sizes in the same style.

When it comes to simple dresses, Sonoma Goods for Life is hard to beat. I am in love with this sleeveless tiered dress. The buttons are functional, and it has pockets. The material is a good weight, it was comfortable and loose. It's hard to tell from my picture but it hits me right around the knees. It comes in three other colors (I'm seriously considering getting all three of them). I paired it with my triple banded knotted slides from Target. I got these to replace my favorite two-toned braided slides that finally wore out, and I have not regretted my decision.

Tank / Vest (similar) / SkirtSandals

You might recognize this outfit from a post earlier this week showing three ways to wear a tank top in the summer. Well, I wore all three outfits featured in that post for an entire day, so they make this post, as well.

I had a couple of appointments on this particular day, so I wanted to be dressed nicely but still pretty casual. I love this smocked waist skirt. It's technically a midi skirt, but those almost always end up being maxi length on me so take that for what it's worth. The skirt is mostly blue but there is some yellow and green mixed into the floral pattern. I decided to keep everything kind of monotone though with shades of blue. The vest added a bit of structure to the tank, which I thought it needed, and I finished it out with those neutral knotted slides.

Looking at my schedule, I don't really know what I did this day, but I was really excited to pair this yellow-gold tank with my green Time & Tru utility shorts and these awesome tassel earrings. They came in a pack of nine, and I've been wearing them non-stop. The green ones, surprisingly, go with a lot! And if you're looking for a good pair of non-denim shorts, I highly recommend these ones. I've got them in three colors and wear them all the time.

Tank / Pants (similar) / Sandals (similar)

When I bought this pink tank, I immediately envisioned this outfit in my mind. I have a hard time styling linen pants, especially this khaki-colored pair. I struggle to strike the right balance between casual and put together, but I like the way this turned out. I ended up wearing this to get some magazine distribution done and then to Alexis's VBS presentation. I rarely wear pants in the summer because it's so hot, but these were okay for the day.

On Me: T-shirt / Skirt / Sandals (similarEarrings
On Alexis: T-shirt / Skirt / Sandals

This was a pretty busy day for us. I had to get a majority of my distribution done, so Alexis was forced to go along for the ride. This skirt is so, so pretty in person. It's fully lined so it's not see through. However, the overlay material is very delicate. Full disclosure, I ended up having to sew up a couple of places where the tiers in the skirt separated, probably from getting in and out of the car so many times. I paired it with this simple white t-shirt to keep things on the casual side. For most of the day I wore these sandals, but then I changed into the ones pictured here to take the dog for a walk and didn't change back.

As a bonus, I wanted to share Alexis's cute-as-pie outfit. Kohl's has some really cute things for little girls right now. We bought this skirt in two other patterns and picked up several more graphic tees. Her sandals are a few months old from Target, but they're still available and have been a really good pair.

Would you believe I've never owned a red sundress before now? It's true! I've always stayed away from red because somewhere along the way I convinced myself that redheads can't wear red. How silly, right? This dress is absolutely amazing. So flattering and comfortable. I felt so pretty in it! I paired it with my clear strap wedges, but I clearly had ditched them by this point. This dress comes in several different patterns. The green is particularly pretty.

This photo is from the end of the day, after making a mad dash from the car to the house in a thunderstorm. Oh man, what a busy day this was. I had an early-morning appointment that ended up taking two hours. By the time we got back home, there was only an hour and a half before we had to leave for gymnastics. This pretty shirt dress was perfect for all the running around we did. It was polished and professional, but the material was pretty thin so I didn't get too overheated. I wore my Time & Tru neutral platform sandals to keep things more casual. It's hard to tell in this picture but I wore a pair of blue tassel drop earrings, linked above, and a pretty gold and sapphire bracelet (no link available, sorry). And this large shoulder bag, while larger than I typically prefer, was perfect for all the things I ended up carrying.

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