There’s no article of clothing I love more than a cute AF sweater, folks. Unfortunately, it always seems to take forever for the weather to cool off enough for me to wear these glorious and cozy pieces—along with all my other fall garb—comfortably. But, I’ve discovered there are actually ways to to work around the sweltering heat. All it takes is a few summer sweater outfit ideas that’ll keep you cozy, but won’t cause you to get heat exhaustion in the middle of the road. I’ll take what I can get until the leaves start falling and the chill rolls in, K?
Wearing a sweater during the summer seems a little contradictory, but there are so many cute outfits you can recreate to transition yourself from the heat into the (eventual) cool days of autumn. Whether it’s pairing your favorite knit pullover with a midi skirt or throwing a huge sweater on over bike shorts, there are myriad ways to wear sweaters when it’s hot outside. I won’t get into how scary climate change is (Although, please do your research! We should all try to stay informed.) but I’m sure we all can’t help but notice how much longer the heat lasts—even into the beginning of fall.
And, because fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22, there are still plenty of warm days ahead of us. Before you put all your sweaters into storage until October, try out some of these easy summer sweater outfit ideas. You might be surprised just how easy it is to repurpose your fall wardrobe for days when it’s hot outside.
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1. Maxi Dress + Cable-Knit Cardigan + Boho Sandals
Try pairing your favorite summery maxi dress (We love a tie-dye look!) with a chunky cable-knit cardigan this summer. Not only will it transition you effortlessly into fall, but you’ll get use out of both your summer favorites and autumnal cozy pieces. Just add some boho sandals and a cute pair of sunnies, and you’re set.
It’s no secret the tie-dye trend is going strong, so you should definitely lean in. This tie-dye maxi dress is an easy way to get the look—even at the end of summer.
There’s just something about a chunky cable-knit cardigan that makes it feel like fall—even if the temperatures outside are higher than ever.
A classic lace-up sandal in a neutral brown hue will get plenty of use this summer. Plus, you can continue to wear this pair into fall, so long as the weather permits.
These Gemma Styles x Baxter and Bonny sunglasses will instantly elevate any summer ensemble—and the color is ideal for wearing into fall with browns and mustards, too.
2. Denim Cutoffs + Pullover Sweater + Western Boots
One way to stay cool while wearing your favorite sweater is with an iconic pair of cut-off denim shorts. Wear your cutest pair with an oversized pullover sweater for an easy transitional look that leave you feeling cozy—but not overheated. If you want to spice it up a bit, add some western-inspired booties, too.
Every wardrobe needs a pair of cut-off denim shorts, so go ahead make sure you’ve got a cute pair—like these Levi’s beauts—in your closet.
The colors in this v-neck pullover sweater are perfect for transitional dressing. They work well with summery bottoms, but seamlessly pair with your fall pants and skirts, too.
Can we get a yeehaw? These western-inspired booties are honestly just too cute to pass up. You’ll be wearing them all summer and fall long.
3. Slip Skirt + Cardigan As A Top + Sneakers
Make good use of your favorite cardigan sweater this season by pairing it with a midi slip skirt and a cute pair of sneakers. If your cardigan is a solid color—like the black one above—try adding an animal print to give your ensemble a little life. Of course, you can always go for a monochrome look. The choice is yours, but you’re sure to look adorable either way.
Tired: the classic leopard print slip skirt. Wired: a colorful leopard print slip skirt. This Torrid midi skirt is a fun take on a classic style, and I’m obsessed.
Madewell’s fall collections are always amazing, and this year is no different. This black cardigan sweater is sure to become a staple in your closet.
Your wardrobe definitely needs a good pair of white sneakers, and these from Reebok are some of the best you can score right now.
No outfit is complete without a pair of sunglasses, and this Bold Dots pair of sunnies is bound to be the perfect addition to any of your looks—no matter the season.
4. Tank & Cardigan Set + Denim Skirt + Sandals
We love a matching set! This season, try wearing a matching tank and cardigan set with your favorite denim skirt for a look that’s perfect for lazy days—but actually looks like you tried. We love the idea of adding a pair of brightly-colored heels to top it all off, too.
This classic denim skirt is a must-have for any season. Wear it now with sandals, and then add some OTK boots when the temperatures drop.
This tank and cardigan set is a game-changer. Wear both pieces together, or separate them to create infinite cute looks.
Use these Sam Edelman heeled sandals to give your look a pop of color. Don’t be afraid to boast bright hues even as we head into fall!
5. Short Dress + Long Cardigan
Grab your shortest mini dress and longest cardigan sweater—then put them together to create the ultimate late-summer ensemble. This combination will allow you to get more use out of your most summer frocks while easing your wardrobe into the next season. Just add a gorgeous purse, and voila! You’re ready to rumble.
This pink mini dress is too cute to pass up. It practically screams summer, but with the addition of a cardigan, can be taken easily into fall.
Mustard and pink: a match made in heaven. Try this loose-knit cardigan in a classic fall hue with a pink dress—or any of your other summery favorites—and watch as it magically creates the perfect color combination.
If you’re searching for your new go-to bag this season, allow us to introduce you to the Sheila Travel Bag from HOBO. It comes in plenty of other colors, too, so you might as well stock up on them all.