With summer upon us, you might find yourself wanting to get out of the heat and relax in your air-conditioned house. That’s perfectly fine! It’s important to cool down and rest when you can; however, it can also be fun to spend time outside when the weather permits. If you’re looking for some outfit ideas perfect for an outdoor summer party or barbecue, try one of these easy-to-wear long skirt outfits.
1) Long Skirt Outfit with White Shirt
A long skirt is a must-have for summer fashion. It’s flowy, flattering, and can be dressed up or down. Plus, it keeps you cool when the temperatures start to rise. To get the look, start with a white shirt. Then, add a long skirt in a lightweight fabric. Finish off the outfit with sandals or espadrilles. Add a straw hat and sunglasses for a touch of glamour. If you’re planning on staying inside, swap the sandals for wedges to keep your feet from getting tired. Another fun way to style this look is by pairing it with an oversized sweater and lace-up flats. You’ll stay warm but still feel fashionable!
2) Long Skirt Outfit with Striped Top
A breezy long skirt is a summertime staple, and when paired with a playful striped top, it makes for a chic and easy warm-weather look. To get this particular look, start with a fitted striped tee or tank (this one has just the right amount of stretch) and tuck it into a full, A-line skirt. Add some espadrille wedges and a few delicate gold bracelets to finish things off. Voila! You’re ready for anything summer throws your way, whether it’s a rooftop happy hour or an impromptu picnic in the park.
Just remember that no matter what you wear, keeping skin covered is key—whether it’s with SPF-friendly sunblock or opaque hosiery. And don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat, as well as sunglasses with UV protection. And don’t forget either sunscreen or opaque hosiery–both are crucial to protecting your skin from harmful rays–or at least a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
3) Dark Denim Skirt Look
A denim skirt is a summertime staple, and this dark-wash look keeps things feeling fresh. To start, pair your skirt with a white button-down shirt. Then, add a denim jacket for a bit of layering (and to keep you warm in case the weather gets cooler at night). Next, accessorize with some dainty jewelry and strappy sandals. Finally, throw on a red lip for a pop of color. This outfit is perfect for running errands or meeting up with friends for brunch. Or, if you’re headed out to an outdoor concert, bring along a lightweight cardigan just in case it starts getting chilly later in the evening.
Denim skirts also make excellent beach coverups, so take one with you when packing for vacation! Keep it simple by pairing your skirt with a t-shirt and flip flops, or dress it up by adding layers like lace bralette, maxi dress and belt. You can even wear the same outfit over again by pairing your long denim skirt with another top–think off-the-shoulder sweater or short sleeve blouse–to create two different looks that are totally versatile for any occasion.
4) Loose and Lightweight Looks: Cotton Skirt
A long skirt is a summer staple that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. To beat the heat, look for skirts made from lightweight fabrics like linen or cotton. These natural fibers will help keep you cool and comfortable all day long. For a casual weekend look, pair your skirt with a tank top or denim shirt. Add some sandals or sneakers and you’re good to go. If you’re looking to dress things up a bit, try pairing your skirt with a flowy blouse and some strappy heels. Throw on some jewelry and you’re ready for a summer party or wedding. No matter how you style it, a long skirt is a great way to stay cool and stylish all summer long.
Check out our guide below for some more ideas of ways to wear this essential piece!
Keep in mind that a cotton skirt works best when paired with loose tops in medium weights to allow air to circulate freely around your legs. Be sure to leave ample room between tops and skirts so nothing feels too tight against your skin. Loose shirts also let you show off your fabulous new pumps without worrying about accidentally flashing anyone at the park or beach.
5) Work-Appropriate Looks
A maxi skirt is a versatile piece that can take you from desk to dinner with ease. To keep it work-appropriate, look for skirts with a modest hemline and pair with a tailored top or blouse. For a more casual look, try a denim skirt or printed maxi. Just add a cute tank or tee and you’re good to go! Maxi skirts are also great for layering because they’re long enough to wear over jeans or leggings on chilly days. No matter what style of skirt you choose, always be sure it’s comfortable and suits your shape.
Here are some tips for buying a flattering maxi skirt:
1) Find one in your size. If you’re petite, stay away from anything too full or voluminous in the fabric so that it doesn’t overwhelm your frame. Tall girls should find one with a slightly longer length so as not to shrink their height.
2) Try on different styles to see which silhouette best compliments your figure. A straight skirt might suit someone who has an hourglass figure while a fuller cut might be better suited for someone who carries their weight in their hips and thighs.
3) Make sure there’s room in the fabric around your waistband—nothing worse than a tight belt digging into those love handles!