15 Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Summer

Maggie Griswold
15 Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Summer
Photo: Unsplash.

In my own personal style journey (Yes, it’s a thing!) I’ve floated between wanting every wild item of clothing on the planet and trying to pare down to just the essentials. While I definitely tend to lean toward the maximalist side in how I dress, oftentimes I like to dress up in cute and simple ensembles as well. When it comes to finding my simple side, though, I felt I was lacking in minimalist summer outfit ideas. I mean, how many times could I wear my favorite cropped jeans and a plain black tee? Luckily, the street style gods and Instagram influencers have smiled down upon me, and I found so many minimalist outfit ideas to try and recreate myself this summer—plus ways to shop! Them! All!

Minimalism is definitely a concept I’ve never really been good at understanding, but when it comes to fashion, there’s no denying how sleek a simple, minimalist outfit can look. Whether you were all-white everything or mix neutrals to create a stylish ensemble, you really can’t go wrong with a minimalist outfit. When the weather is hot, though, it can be harder to find options that will keep you cool without looking like you’re wearing the exact same thing every day. (Maybe true minimalists don’t care about this, but I’m weak, I guess.) I wanted a full arsenal of minimalist outfit ideas to try this summer. So, I went out a found it.

Below are 15 different minimalist summer outfit ideas sure to inspire you to keep things simple this season—without sacrificing any style. And, if you’re feeling like spicing things up, most of these ensembles can be easily maximized with some bright and fun summer accessories. Consider this your baseline for all things summer outfits.

 

1. Neutral Tee + Black Overalls

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

The Pleb Life.

Black Linen Overalls

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | black overalls

Torrid.

Try these cute black linen overalls with a plain white tee or other neutral tee for a chic minimalist look. You can always add statement pieces, too, if you decide to go maximalist one day.

 

2. White Shirtdress + Neutral Bag

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

Fashion Jackson.

White Shirtdress

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | white shirt dress

Auxo.

A white shirtdress is the perfect minimalist look for warm weather. Pair it with booties, a neutral bag and some fun lipstick, and you’ve got the ideal outfit.

 

3. Cream Blouse + Jeans

83511019 234951017522585 2393927701108762517 n 15 Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Summer

Credit: Instagram | @styleidealist

Chlo Wasted Jeans

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | jeans

Ksubi.

Everyone needs a cute pair of cropped jeans to wear during any season. When it’s warm, try a pair of cute sandals. When it’s cold, wear your favorite booties. You can’t go wrong.

 

4. White Crop Top + White Flare Jeans

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

The Girl From Panama.

Le Bardot Crop Flare Jeans

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | white jeans

FRAME.

Create your cutest all-white outfit with these crop flare jeans. Of course, with white jeans, you can wear basically any top your heart desires, so these are sure to get a lot of use this summer.

 

5. White Shirtdress + Black Slide Sandals

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

Pinterest/Buzzfeed.

Two Band Slides

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | black slides

Freedom Moses.

If you’ve snagged a white shirtdress already, now’s the time to also treat yourself to some classic black slide sandals as well. This pair from Freedom Moses is perfectly chunky.

6. Black Tee + Black Shorts + Neutral Mule

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

MODE.

Luca Twill Shorts

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | black shorts

Rag & Bone.

Every wardrobe needs a good pair of pleated black shorts. You can wear them with a black tee for an all-black ensemble, or pair these shorts with any other top in your arsenal.

 

7. Gray Tunic + Jeans

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

Hackwith Design House.

Lightweight Flannel Oversized Shirt

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | gray tunic

Everlane.

There’s nothing quite like an oversized top. In a neutral color, it can help created the most comfortable minimalist outfit you’ve ever worn.

 

8. White Tank + Black Pants + Black Hat

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

The Pleb Life.

Crop Wide Pants

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | black pants

Vince.

Cropped wide-leg pants in black are as versatile as they are cute. Perfect for beach days and shopping trips alike, you’ll want to wear them every single day.

 

9. Black Bralette + White Shorts + White Top

94184707 928174054304186 5429999276818790107 n 15 Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Summer

Credit: Instagram | @itsmekellieb

Microfiber and Lace Bralette

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | black bralette

Addition Elle.

A black bralette should be in everyone’s wardrobe—whether or not you consider yourself a minimalist dresser. It pairs well with open button downs and see-through tops for summer.

 

10. Black Tank + Cream Pants

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

My Chic Obsession.

Cropped Wide-Leg Pants

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | cream pants

Stateside.

A cream pant is an often underrated addition to a minimalist capsule wardrobe. A bit lighter than khaki but not quite white, cream pants play an important role in so many cute minimalist outfits.

 

11. White Top + Cream Pants + Cream Jacket

75554037 148241316533557 5438979485615790242 n 15 Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Summer

Credit: Instagram | @curvily

Imelda Perforated Moto Jacket

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | cream moto jacket

BLANKNYC.

This cream moto jacket is perforated, making it perfect for warmer weather. Or, it can serve as an extra layer for chilly summer nights on the beach.

 

12. White Button Down + Jeans

79295800 519744315295590 7518729087683323229 n 15 Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Summer

Credit: Instagram | @styleidealist

Wedgie Icon Jeans

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | levis jeans

Levi’s.

White button down and jeans is classic minimalist look—but one that never gets old. You can never have too many pairs of cute jeans, either.

 

13. Unstructured White Top + Black Pants

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

The Pleb Life.

Tidal Shirt

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | short sleeve white top

Madewell.

If there’s one top you definitely need in your closet, it’s a boxy short-sleeve button down in white. It goes with everything, and will last for years.

 

14. White Midi Shirtdress + Black Mules

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

The Every Girl.

Women’s Shai Mule

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | black mules

Sam Edelman.

A pair of black mules is perfect for any season—including summer. Especially if you live where it’s warm most of the year, you’ll get so much use out of these cute shoes.

15. Black Jumpsuit + Black Bag + Black Heels

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Outfit Ideas Perfect for Every Summer Adventure

Findlay Co.

Ivy Jumpsuit

STYLECASTER | Summer Minimalist Outfits | black jumpsuit

Knot Sisters.

A simple black jumpsuit is both a minimalist staple and a statement piece in one. Paired with black heels and a black bag, you’ll chic AF all summer long.

STYLECASTER | minimalist summer outfits | minimalist outfit ideas | summer outfits | cute summer outfits | casual summer outfits | women summer outfits | plus size summer outfits | summer outfit 2020 | summer fashion | summer aesthetic

StyleCaster Banner Newsletter

 

Our mission at STYLECASTER is to bring style to the people, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

share