Summer is in full swing, and reemergence has made for a very stylish start to summer. As we look at what this season has in store–Weddings! Travel! Social gatherings!—we expect plenty of exciting reasons and occasions to get dressed up. For a little bit of summer outfit inspiration, we’re feeling inspired by archival Vogue images that perfectly balance classic style with staying power and fun seasonal trends. All these photos feel just as relevant and of the moment now as they did when they were captured.

It isn’t a surprise that some of our favorite looks have the summer wardrobe pairings we love: a striped tee with a tiered midi-skirt; a breezy maxi dress and lace-up sandals; or a cardigan and a jean short. They’re summer outfit ideas that are incredibly simple but not lacking personality. There are casual, everyday separates that can take you from breakfast to the beach. Think lightweight fabrics and relaxed silhouettes, beautifully embroidered skirts, shell necklaces, and intricately woven sun hats you’ll want to lock in now ahead of your August holiday.

From beachwear and blouses to canvas carryalls and poolside chapeaus, we’ve broken down 15 summer outfit ideas into easy and re-creatable three- or four-step formulas. Shop all of them here, and repeat them all summer long.

Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, April 2020

Knit Dress + Woven Bag + Jute Platforms = Crochet All Day

A.L.C. Carolyn crochet dress

Oscar de la Renta gold-tone, woven faux-raffia, and wood clip earrings

Schutz Byana espadrille platform sandals

15 Easy Summer Outfit Ideas for Women
Photographed Hugo Comte, Vogue, June/July 2021

Crochet Bucket + Checkered Top + Micro Mini = Summer 2021

Emily Levine Lollipop swirl hat

The Lobby colorblock vest

Tankair Studio Lotus miniskirt

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Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, April 1993

Knit Top + Printed Pants + Camp Jewelry = Getaway Girl

Mango printed cotton pants

15 Easy Summer Outfit Ideas for Women
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, June 2004

Printed Blouse + Beaded Shoulder Bag + Shield Sunnies = Too Hot to Handle

Mango printed oversized shirt

Westward Leaning Volt 07 sunglasses

Bottega Veneta the Jodie small chevron-beaded wooden shoulder bag

15 Easy Summer Outfit Ideas for Women
Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, December 1992

Maxi Dress + Top-Handle Tote + Strappy Sandals = Summer Romance

Lee Matthews Georgina checked cotton-poplin shirtdress

Completedworks Parade of Possibilities pearl & gold bracelet

Hereu Cala small leather and canvas shoulder bag

Porte & Paire metallic leather sandals

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Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, March 2019

Crochet Dress + Tie-Dye Scarf + Slide Sandals = Haute Hippie

Isabel Marant Nassau tie-dye cotton scarf

Proenza Schouler pipe stretch-knit slides

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Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, December 2002

String Bikini + Shrunken Cardigan + Jean Shorts = Beach Chic

J.Crew cotton-blend Jackie cardigan sweater

Akoia Swim Humba Algarve bikini

Everlane the Relaxed ’90s short

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Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, May 2020

Printed Dress + Shell Necklace + Flat Sandals = Meadow Sweet

Rixo Marilyn crepe halterneck midi dress

Tory Burch Robinson embroidered straw convertible shoulder bag

A. Emery Beau flat ankle-wrap sandals

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Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, March 2017

Puff-Sleeve Blouse + Paper-Bag Trousers + Canvas Tote + Suede Sandals = Summer Feel

Jonathan Simkhai standard Thea Oxford smocked puff-sleeve Top

Rue de Verneuil Parcours S leather-trim canvas tote bag

Zara paperbag baggy pants

Rainbow suede T-bar sandals in red

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Photographed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch, Vogue, June 2019

Raffia Hat + Bikini Top + Embroidered Skirt = A Touch of Wanderlust

Sensi Studio ribbon Calado hat

Leslie Amon Caro metallic gingham bikini top

Carrie Forbes salon raffia slide sandals

Le Sirenuse, Positano Livia palm-embroidered linen-blend midi skirt

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Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, December 1992

Breton Tee + Midiskirt + Cat-Eye Sunnies = Retro Rewind

Bottega Veneta acetate cat eye sunglasses

Lisa Says Gah Sun Jellies Betty basket

Staud Lucca drawstring maxi skirt

15 Easy Summer Outfit Ideas for Women
Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, June 2015

Striped Set + Espadrilles + Beach Hat = Happier at Sea

Closed viscose and linen tunic

Closed striped linen mix shorts

J.Crew canvas espadrille flats

Janessa Leone Lynda straw hat

15 Easy Summer Outfit Ideas for Women
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, June 2004

Bucket Hat + Oxford Shirting + Sandals = California Dreaming

Faithfull the Brand Frederikke floral linen sun hat

Solid & Striped the Oxford oversized striped cotton-blend shirt

Emily Levine persephone pearl necklace

Tamara Mellon Solstice sandals

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Photographed by Chris Militscher, Vogue, March 2003

Striped Sweater + White Trousers + Colorful Accessories = All-American Ease

Minquiers Moderne authentic Breton stripe shirt

Vibi Venezia whipstitched velvet furlane slippers

Rag & Bone Logan high-waist wide-leg linen blend jeans

15 Easy Summer Outfit Ideas for Women
Photographed by Camilla Akrans, Vogue, June 2013

Pajama Set + Bikini + Basket Bag = Bringing the Beach to Your Backyard

Helen Kamainski packable raffia cloche

Eberjey Gisele printed short PJ set

Mark Cross Murphy raffia and leather bucket bag

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