You've been waiting for this moment all of 2020 — the moment when you can finally declare that summer is here. Ok, so technically the seasons swap on Jun. 20 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 backyard barbecue, first (socially distanced) 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.
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Cute Summer Outfits: Punchy Gingham
Nothing leans into the feeling of summer quite like a picnic print. Try a polo top for a fun and summery look.
Cute Summer Outfits: Bold Neon
Slime green isn't as intimidating as it might first lead you to think. Style a cool one-piece bathing suit with high-waisted pants and you're good to go.
Cute Summer Outfits: Edgy Accessories
To add edge to a ladylike maxi dress, try adding cool accessories like a pair of platforms sneakers and a zebra print bag.
Cute Summer Outfits: 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 vivid green duo is right on point for summer.
Cute Summer Outfits: Summer Leather
Yes, you can wear leather (or faux) when it's warm outside. Just be sure to keep it a shorts style that helps keep sweat at bay.
Cute Summer Outfits: Wild Prints
If you're ready to switch up your go-to leopard print skirt, consider a related alternative: one in zebra instead.
Cute Summer Outfits: Summer Sandals
Don't just reserve your sport sandals for a day outdoors, a bright pair makes for a fun alternative to your usual sneakers.
Cute Summer Outfits: Cool Cutoffs
Dress up your denim cutoffs by styling your favorite dark wash pair with a classic cardigan and snazzy sunglass chain.
Cute Summer Outfits: Square-Toe Chic
A square-toe sandal 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.
Cute Summer Outfits: Balmy Black
Yes, you can wear black during the summer. Just opt for breezy linen or cotton to ensure you keep cool.
Cute Summer Outfits: Mixed Prints
Don't be afraid to mix prints and clash bright hues. Try coupling a paisley skirt with a zebra bag for a cool combo.
Cute Summer Outfits: Slick Sneakers
Take a break from chunky dad sneakers and try finishing a graphic tee and jean combo with a pair of platform sneakers instead.
Cute Summer Outfits: Polished Shorts
Shorts can be a surprisingly polished choice. Opt for a high-waisted trouser style and wear with flats.
Cute Summer Outfits: 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.
Cute Summer Outfits: A Touch Of Sheer
Try those same polished silhouettes you love (like ruffled trim) in sheer iterations for a chic and breezy summer vibe.
Cute Summer Outfits: Unexpected Denim
Denim isn't just about sporting a brand new pair of blue jeans. Try a clog in a blue hue for a summery alternative to black leather.
Cute Summer Outfits: Going For Clear
A fun way to mix things up if a tote is totally necessary: try swapping your standard canvas for something clear.
Cute Summer Outfits: Monochromatic
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.
Cute Summer Outfits: Dreamy Sleeves
Dramatic sleeves are all the rage this season, so sport something floaty with abandon. Add a cute mini bag into the mix and you're ready to go.
Cute Summer Outfits: Bold Colors
Embrace summer weather by opting for a colorful look made of mixed materials. Contrast the high saturation with a simple black clog and minimal jewelry.
Cute Summer Outfits: Beach Vibes
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.
Cute Summer Outfits: Fresh Denim
All hail the oversized denim jacket! A relaxed topper is an easy way to add a laid-back feel to a more structured ensemble.
Cute Summer Outfits: Break Out The Socks
For a preppy-cool summer styling trick, try pairing loafers with a pair of tall socks.
Cute Summer Outfits: Bucket Hat Redux
A bucket hat doesn't have to feel particularly sporty. Styled with a summery yellow dress, it feels a bit more sophisticated.
Cute Summer Outfits: Sherbert Shades
Embrace the energy of summer and try mixing and matching two hues you wouldn't normally be obliged to pair. Lilac and blue are a killer combination.
Cute Summer Outfits: Bright Button-Down
Try swapping out a classic button-down for new and fresh fabrications. A bold orange polyester is a fun contrast to wear with jeans.
Cute Summer Outfits: 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.
Cute Summer Outfits: New Suiting
Break out the bold suiting for summer. A sleek strappy heel makes for an eye-catching finishing touch.
Cute Summer Outfits: The New Classics
To make a pair of shorts feel instantly dressed up, try styling a gray pair with a trench coat.
Cute Summer Outfits: Modern Trousers
Add a punch to classic black trousers by styling them with a bold top tucked in.