Summer days are longer—but let's be honest, they're never long enough. Here's a simple strategy to save you time: stock your closet with a few foundational outfits that can adapt to any plans. It's amazing how one more (or less) layer and a quick swap of shoes or accessories can transform your whole look. Our personal stylists are experts at low-effort outfit changes. Here are a few of their favorites.
A swimsuit and sunnies are the stars of this show. Pack your towel and necessities in an oversized tote, slip on some sandals and you're set. For maximum versatility, pick a bikini top with something extra, like an allover print or dainty tie detail. It'll make a statement on its own or as a base layer.
… to barbecue
Keep the shades and bikini, then layer on a bold, breezy top and sun-faded denim. Your favorite jeans are always an option, but a midi-length skirt is an easy way to dress up the look a little. Swap your beach bag for something smaller and your sandals for some sneaks.
The perfect picnic outfit comes down to one piece: the sundress. It's comfy and cool—and with a silhouette this simple, you can go as wild as you want with the print. A leather backpack is a seriously chic way to tote your snacks, and sneakers keep things low-key.
… to pub
If your next stop isn't quite so casual, there's no need to head home for an outfit change. Just add a cropped topper and a pair of polished hoops. A sleek bag brings in more color, and wedge sandals elevate the whole look in an instant.
Farmers' market …
Why "run" errands when you can take a leisurely stroll instead? Do it in style, with a close-cut, shoulder-baring top balanced by perfectly slouchy shorts. A sweatshirt and sneakers nail the downtime vibe, and the woven carryall is calling for a fresh baguette.
… to first date
The goal is to make a good impression without trying too hard, and you're already halfway there. Trade the sweatshirt for an unstructured blazer, level up your accessories and finish with a flirty sandal.