25 Ways to Style Your Favorite Basics for Summer

Style your favorite basics in a fresh new way this summer to give your outfits a boost. Learn easy tricks, like tucking your white t-shirt in, to be on top of the trends this season. See how a blazer can easily be used for a day and night outfit, and how to restyle your maxi dress so it doesn’t look like you live in it.

You will even make workout pants look chic after you check out the 25 Ways to Style Your Favorite Basics for Summer…

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    25 Ways to Style Your Favorite Summer Basics

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  • Jersey and Scarf 2 of 26
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    Put a summer scarf over your jersey dress with a set of matching bracelets and sandals for a styled casual look.
    Find out more at Ino Fashion.

  • Jersey Dress and Blazer 3 of 26
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    Dress up a simple jersey dress with a printed blazer, colorful heels, and a chunky necklace.
    Spotted at Skirt the Rules.

  • White T-Shirt and Summer Scarf 4 of 26
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    An easy way to dress up a white t-shirt is by adding a pattern to the outfit with a summer scarf.
    Spotted at Obaz.

  • White T-Shirt and Jeans 5 of 26
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    This classic look can be styled by tucking in the t-shirt and wearing a thick belt.
    Find out more at Celebrity Style.

  • Shorts and Light Sweater 6 of 26
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    This look is great because it looks completely effortless but still very stylish. Wear a lightweight sweater or top with a pair of jean shorts. Make the outfit more interested by wearing printed shoes or sandals. Accessorize with big sunglasses, bracelets, and a cute purse.
    Spotted at Obaz.

  • Jean Shorts and Button-Down Top 7 of 26
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    The thing that really works with this comfy look is that you still look dressed up in jean shorts. Find the perfect lightweight blouse with thin brown belt.
    Find out more at Kendi Everyday.

  • Long Cardigan & Jeans 8 of 26
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    Wear your cardigan with a pair of rolled up jeans and a loose button-down blouse with flat sandals.
    Spotted at Refinery 29.

  • Long Cardigan and Shorts 9 of 26
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    Wear a cute pair of jean shorts and tank for a day at the beach and put a long cardigan over it when the sun starts to set.
    Find out more at ASOS.

  • Ankle Boots & Dress 10 of 26
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    Whether you're wearing ankle boots or high boots, they both go great with a summer dress.
    Find out more at The Fresh Exchange.

  • Ankle Boots & Jeans 11 of 26
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    Ankle boots look great with jeans and a button-down tucked in the front with a cute summer hat. If it gets too hot, roll your jeans up into a messy cuff about the boot.
    Find out more at My Face Hunter.

  • Black Dress and Nude Heels 12 of 26
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    For date night, wear your favorite black dress with nude heels for a clean and classic look.
    Find out more at Bloomingdales.

  • Black Dress and Blazer 13 of 26
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    Don't get bored with your black dress, but change it up with a colored blazer and a very simple necklace.
    Find out more at Cute Diary.

  • Workout Pants and T-shirt 14 of 26
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    There are just days when you don't want to wear jeans. Throw on workout pants or capris with a fitted t-shirt and big sunglasses with an oversized purse.
    Spotted at Wine Taste Girl.

  • Workout Pants and Oversized Sweater 15 of 26
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    Throw on a pair of flip flops with your workout pants and a summer colored large sweater for a chic afternoon style.
    Find out more at Victoria's Secret.

  • Maxi and Crop Top 16 of 26
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    Make your maxi dress more interesting by putting a crop top or tank over it with a fun necklace.
    Find out more at LookBook.

  • Maxi and Jean Jacket 17 of 26
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    Put a long flowing maxi dress with a cute denim jacket to change it up.
    Find out more at ElfSacks.

  • Dark Jeans and Loose Tank 18 of 26
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    It's hot enough outside when you're wearing jeans so wear a loose tank top on top with a chunky necklace and sandal flats or heels.
    Spotted at No Guru.

  • Rolled Jeans with Striped Top 19 of 26
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    Go nautical by rolling up the bottoms of your jeans and wearing a striped top. You can wear sandals or sneakers with this comfy outfit.
    Find out more at ASOS.

  • Skirt with Tank 20 of 26
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    Make a skirt and tank top more interesting by mixing up patterns, but staying within the same color scheme.
    Find out more at Skirt the Rules.

  • Skirt with Chambray Top 21 of 26
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    You can't really go wrong with pairing a chambray button-down with practically any type of skirt this summer.
    Find out more at Anthropologie.

  • Blazer and Jeans 22 of 26
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    For a night out, wear a pair of dark denim jeans, heeled sandals, a patterned blouse and your favorite blazer. This is also a great professional look that also reflects your personality.
    Find out more at Pretty Plain Janes.

  • Blazer and Dress 23 of 26
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    This outfit is great because you can wear it all day with a pair of flats or sandals and then dress it up at night with a necklace and heels. If it gets too hot you can always take the blazer off and then you have a sweet summer look.
    Find out more at Pinksole.

  • Capris and Pattern Top 24 of 26
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    Dress up a pair of colorful capris with a patterned top and flats.
    Spotted at Anthropologie.

  • Capris and Button-Down Tank 25 of 26
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    For an elegant daytime look, wear your capris with a tucked in button-down tank and a simple necklace.
    Check it out at Shining Trends.

  • Linen Pants and Colored Top 26 of 26
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    To avoid looking frumpy in a pair of linen pants, wear a colorful tank top and don't forget your favorite jewelry.
    Check it out at The Pleated Poppy.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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