Summer is an exciting time for fashionable women who want to show off their wardrobe while letting their skin absorb all that sun. While this season is usually associated with swimsuits, shorter skirts, and cropped tops, it’s not at all a necessity. Take your cue from Somali-American supermodel Halima Aden, who received a lot of praise as the first Muslim model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated in a “burkini” — a sign that people are definitely embracing all kinds of self-expression, cultures, and styles. Here, we list some of the best summer outfit ideas for modest girls who want to look cute but stay covered up.
Maxi skirt and a tee
A full-length maxi skirt covers below your knees, and helps keep you cool, looking amazing at the same time. It’s one of the hottest picks this summer for women who want to look modest and chic. It’s also something that can instantly elevate an outfit, adding a nice touch of elegance.
Button up shirt and a tank top
In place of a warm jacket, you can use a button up shirt to provide coverage over a tank top. It’s a classic outfit that’ll feel and look comfortable. The range of breathable button-ups on J.Crew are perfect for the summer, but work just as well for when you need something a notch higher than casual wear.
Little white dress
You really can’t go wrong with a basic white dress during the summer. Fortunately, it has become such a staple that you can find a ton of different styles available. You can go down the dainty path and try lace, or look like a tropical princess in linen. Pair with a few accessories, strappy sandals, and you’re all set.
Scarf as an accessory
Nope, they’re not just for winter. Scarves are versatile and can add a dash of femininity to any ensemble. Depending on the color and design, a scarf can be a subtle addition or the center-piece of your entire outfit. Pick one with a unique pattern or a bright, summery color to liven up the most basic of clothes. Bonus: scarves are great for protection from the heat too.
Leggings and a sweatshirt
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On a previous post on Outfit Trends, we posted a list of modest gym outfits, like pairing leggings with a cute sports shirt, or a hoodie and loose jogging pants. Thankfully, the athleisure trend is still very much in full swing, which means you’re free to wear your activewear out during the summer too. It’s effortless and the level of comfort is hard to beat.
While normally a staple during springtime, there’s no reason you can’t keep using your flow-y, flower-filled dresses all through summer. The variety of dresses on Woman Within feature a great selection of floral pieces. Since the designs pretty much speak for themselves, they require little to no styling on your end. Nonetheless, you’re sure to deliver a dose of freshness wherever you go.
If you’re feeling especially daring, you can join in on the season’s most popular garment: the leopard midi skirt. This particular trend has garnered such a cult following that lifestyle writer Samantha Sutton reports that it has its own Instagram account with the username “@leopardmidiskirt.” It’s one statement piece that can make any outfit.
A jumpsuit is still a classic, easy, and breathable choice for ladies who don’t mind the tricky bathroom trips. Because it is already a head-turner in its own right, sticking to neutral shades gives you a dash contemporary flair and sophistication despite the temperature.