Three Outfit Ideas for Summer Evenings
At the time of writing this post, we're in the process of coming out of a pretty brutal lockdown over the British winter and getting well into the summer months. And with this new-found freedom comes the dilemma of what to wear when you're heading out for the evening, possibly dining al-fresco.
Here's three easy outfit formulas for summer evening outfit ideas, as well as tips on how to style them.
Slip Dress + Loose Blazer + Sandals
The slip dress + loosely tailored blazer + sandals outfit is great for a smart-casual dinner out with friends or your partner.
Important that the blazer is loosely fitting, and not a corporate style for this to work in a social setting. And keep the sandals flat for a more effortless look.
Ideally keep the dress and blazer in similar or the same tone - much more elegant and stylish that way.
Midi Skirt + vest top + Cashmere Sweater
This combination will work equally well with a maxi skirt or midi skirt. Wear your vest top, and then tie a lightweight cashmere sweater around your shoulders when it gets chilly. And if it gets really cold (I see you, London), you can always put it on with a stylish french tuck.
Flat sandals and a basket-style bag will keep the look summery and casual.
Trousers + Vest Top + Shirt
Another answer to your smart-casual dilemmas, this outfit combination involves loose-fitting or wide leg trousers (something with a bit of a difference to them if you have them), with a tight-fitting vest top and an over-size button down shirt worn open over the top.
Keep the vest top and shirt in the same or similar tones (a light blue one would work equally well with the white vest top above).
Accessories like a bold necklace will keep the look more feminine, and a basket bag lends a summery and casual finish. And make sure you wear sandals that show some skin. Nothing too closed-up or chunky for this look.
These looks most likely can be re-created with pieces you already have in your wardrobe. I work with my clients to edit their wardrobes before we do a shop together. It's so important to shop your wardrobe first, so that you make the most of what you already have. I can then identify what's missing and plan a focussed shopping trip so that you only buy what you need - the pieces that will maximise the number of outfits you can create.
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