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My Top 5 Summer Looks of 2021 by Cindy Gu

My Top 5 Summer Looks of 2021

Here in the States, we’re in the middle of summer – in fact, the temperature outside right now is at a high 91°F (which is around 33°C). As restrictions are being lifted and more and more people are getting their COVID vaccines, I can finally dust off my summer closet and put together some cute outfits for get-togethers. Here are some of my favorite go-to looks that’ll hopefully help inspire you this summer:

Before we dive into each individual look, many of the pieces are from YesStyle or Amazon, or are thrifted or hand-me-downs. I linked all the pieces I bought online for you to check out!

Look 1: Girly

Summer Look 1

This first outfit is a rather girly look. I’m wearing a blue cropped cardigan over a plaid tank top and a white skirt. I channeled the monochrome trend as inspiration for the top portion of my outfit and highlighted that blue by keeping the rest of the outfit a neutral white. If you take a closer look at the skirt, you’ll find that it has a subtle moon and star pattern as a fun detail. I accessorized with pearl hair clips, matching pearl earrings, and a pair of white kitten-heel sandals.

Get the look:

Cardigan –

Tank Top –

Pearl hair clips –

Pearl earrings –

Summer Look 2

Look 2: Cottagecore

The second look pulls inspiration from the “Cottagecore” aesthetic. It consists of a flowy, floral dress that’s perfect for hot days layered over a black t-shirt. I’m a big fan of layering shirts under spaghetti strap dresses, as it allows you to wear the dress without showing off too much skin. To accessorize, I wore some flower earrings to match the floral dress, a silver heart locket necklace, and a bandana scarf to add to the “Cottagecore” feel of the outfit. The final touch for my look was to put on some black heeled boots.

Get the look:

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Bandana –

Boots –

Look 3: Classic

Summer Look 3

This next outfit is for when you want a cute, but slightly more dressed-up outfit. I paired a black cropped cardigan with some tan, high-waisted dress pants. I love that the end of the cropped cardigan perfectly hits the top of the pants because then I don’t have to go through the hassle of making sure my top is properly tucked in. I’m also wearing some rectangular black sunglasses and put my hair up into a twist updo with a tortoiseshell claw clip to give this look a 90s vibe. I added some simple thread earrings and finished off the look with some classic black loafers.

Get the look:

Cardigan –

Dress pants –

Sunglasses –

Claw clip –

Thread earrings –

Summer Look 4

Look 4: Soft

My fourth look is a light, neutral-colored ensemble that keeps your entire body covered while still allowing you to stay cool on hot summer days. I put on cream slacks and a crochet, almond cardigan with a white tank top underneath. The crochet top contains a lot of holes, making it very breathable despite being a long-sleeve. The slacks are thin and loose but give enough coverage to not be see-through. I tied a scarf to my half-up, half-down hairstyle to add interest, added some gold heart earrings, and put on the same cream sandals I wore in the first look.

Get the look:

Cardigan –

Slacks –

Earrings –

Look 5: Trendy

Summer Look 5

So far, my outfits have consisted of mainly neutral colors, such as whites, blacks, blues, and tans. My final look adds a fun pop-of-color to the mix. I’m wearing a bright green top and some denim shorts with a denim bucket hat to match. I love the ruffles on the top and the ribbing creates a flattering look on my body. Since the bucket hat contains colorful lettering, I decided to continue the theme with some rainbow rings and a bracelet. Fun fact: I actually made the rings myself! I added some bold silver earrings and some chunky white sneakers to finish off this trendy look.

Get the look:

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Shorts –

Bracelet –

Sneakers –

There you have it! Those were some of my favorite, go-to summer looks. I hope they helped you visualize some outfits to create from your own closet!

Cindy Gu

Hi, I'm Cindy.