You've been waiting for this moment all of 2019 — the moment when you can finally declare that summer is here. Ok, so technically the seasons swap on Jun. 21 but school is out and so is the sun, so don't sweat such a small formality. June is a month of anticipation: Your first barbecue, first trip to the beach, and first sunburn are all on the horizon. Also ahead is a month where you can finally break out your brights, boldest, and most energizing ensembles. In fact, pulling together cute summer outfits this June, whether for work or play, can be as easy as throwing together a top, skirt, sandals — et voila!
Now, if you're looking for a few key trends to invest in to kickstart your summer, consider sticking to ones that will translate all the way through to fall: zebra print, flouncy blouses, and square-toe shoes are all solid contenders. But, your style update doesn't have to stop there. This summer is all about finding ways to get creative with colors and prints, mixing and matching both the staples already in your closet and a slew of fun new pieces you've cherry-picked into your collection. Below, find a month's worth of ensembles to test out, along with key items to help you pull it all off.
Nothing leans into the feeling of summer quite like a picnic print. Try this polo top for a fun and summery look.
Slime green isn't as intimidating as it might first lead you to think. Style a cool top with jeans and you're good to go.
To add edge to a floaty babydoll dress, try adding cool accessories like a pair of platforms and a bucket hat.
Colorful Matching Set
Throwing on a matching set is one of the easiest ways to create a polished look with next to no effort. This sunny yellow duo is right on point for summer.
Yes, you can wear leather (or faux) when it's warm outside. Just be sure to keep to cropped, short sleeve styles that help keep sweat at bay.
If you're ready to switch up your go-to leopard print skirt, consider a related alternative: one in zebra instead.
Don't just reserve your sport sandals for a day outdoors, a bright pair makes for a fun alternative to your usual sneakers.
Dress up your denim cutoffs by styling your favorite light wash pair with a classic button-down and straw hat.
A square-toe mule is the next great evening shoe to have on your radar. In need of a fresh style for your upcoming weddings? This is the one.
Yes, you can wear black during the summer. Just opt for breezy linen or cotton to ensure you keep cool.
Don't be afraid to mix prints and clash bright hues. Try layering a striped tee under a floral dress for a cool combo.
Take a break from chunky dad sneakers and try finishing a polished blazer and skirt combo with a pair of platform sneakers instead.
Shorts can be a surprisingly polished choice. Opt for a high-waisted trouser style and wear with flats.
All White Everything
The time of year has arrived when you style white on white with abandon. Try styling a classic tee with high-waisted pants or your favorite crisp jeans.
A Touch Of Sheer
Try those same polished silhouettes you love (like a pussy-bow top) in sheer iterations for a chic and breezy summer vibe.
Denim isn't just about sporting a brand new pair of blue jeans. Try ankle boots in a blue hue for a summery alternative to black leather.
Going For Clear
A fun way to mix things up if a tote is totally neccessary: try swapping your standard canvas for something clear.
Add a little extra punch to a monochromatic look by finishing things off with a colorful bag or pair of shoes. The ensemble will still feel streamlined but with a little bit of surprise.
Dramatic sleeves are all the rage this season, so sport something floaty with abandon. Add a statement necklace into the mix for a pop of color.
Embrace summer weather by opting for a colorful look made of mixed materials. Contrast the high saturation with a simple sandal and monochromatic bag.
If you're headed somewhere near the ocean, consider a fresh take on the swim coverup. Instead of a caftan or sheer skirt, try a pair of linen pants.
All hail the oversized denim jacket! A relaxed topper is an easy way to add a laid-back feel to a more structured ensemble.
Break Out The Socks
For a preppy-cool summer styling trick, try pairing loafers with a pair of tall socks.
Bucket Hat Redux
A bucket hat doesn't have to feel particularly sporty. Styled with a floaty floral dress, it feels a bit more sophisticated.
Embrace the energy of summer and try mixing and matching two hues you wouldn't normally be obliged to pair. Lilac and pink are a killer combination.
Try swapping out a classic button-down for new and fresh fabrications. A bold orange silk is a fun contrast to wear with jeans.
A Little Off-Kilter
Not ready to give up on long sleeves just yet? Try a style that's something of a hybrid between a dress and top for a cool twist.
Break out the bold suiting for summer. A pointed boot makes for an eye-catching finishing touch.
The New Classics
To make a pair of shorts feel instantly dressed up, try styling a black pair with a simple trench.
Add a punch to classic black trousers by styling them with a bold top tucked in.