20 of the Classiest + Simple Modest Summer Outfits Of All Time

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Looking for inspo on modest summer outfits? I’ve got you covered, Sister!

I’ve teamed up with two of my favorite fashion influencers, Kedesha + Nipa, to inspire you with cute modest outfits for summer.

Together we’ve curated 20 timeless looks, but first-

A quick introduction:

Kedesha is a wife, homeschooling mom of three + the beautiful fashionista behind Prim + Proper (one of my favorite Instagram accounts). Kedesha is a beach-loving girl from Florida + loves featuring coastal-inspired outfit ideas that are modest, feminine + absolutely chic.

Nipa inspires us from upstate New York via her blog, FashioNipa.com, + Instagram. A former fashion designer, Nipa is a wife, mom of three + avid fashionista. Her goal is to help women curate outfits that are timeless + versatile.

And then there’s Yours Truly (Kristy). I’m a pastor’s wife + mom of five who believes every woman can create a wardrobe she loves. I bend toward tailored, vintage-inspired outfits that are timeless, feminine + completely classic. My personal fashion icon is Kate Middleton.

20 of the Best Modest Summer Outfits

Kedesha, Nipa + I curated twenty of our best classic summer looks to share with you today.

Most of the pieces are still available online; check the “shop the look” links for each outfit to find exact or similar styles from our favorite online shops.

Speaking of online shops, here are our top brands for finding modest, classy wardrobe staples (you’ll find lots of these brands featured throughout this post):

We also shop Target + Amazon for inexpensive but timeless looks.

I (Kristy) can’t neglect to mention my personal wardrobe staple: the Halftee. You’ll find this little cami as a foundational piece in many of my outfits.

Now on to the summer fashion show!

White Summer Outfit Inspo

Here in the south, summer is officially in full swing after Memorial Day. But here’s a secret: I wear white year-round if I feel like it. xoxo

There is something extra fun about wearing white in the summer, however. Kedesha + I have two white summer outfit ideas below.

#1: White Balloon-Sleeve Dress from Target

Dress: Target | Bag: Gap | Shoes: Sarah Flint
Dress: Target | Bag: Gap | Shoes: Sarah Flint

Kedesha styled the Balloon-Sleeve dress (from Target) beautifully with newly released “Grear” sandals (in Navy + Ocean) by Sarah Flint.

For a short-sleeve style that’s similar, check my links below.

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#2: White Puff-Sleeve Top + Pencil Skirt

Top: boutique | Skirt: Ann Taylor | Shoes: Pashion Footwear
Top: boutique | Skirt: Ann Taylor | Shoes: Pashion Footwear

I love styling a pretty top with a pencil skirt! The volume in this puff-sleeve blouse (a boutique find) gives some shape to my otherwise narrow shoulders.

The sandals by Pashion Footwear convert to heels. Sweet!

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Summer Maxi Skirts

Summer maxi skirts + dresses (we’ll get to those in a minute) have been trending for a while now, and I’m so glad! They are typically feminine, modest, versatile + surprisingly cool to wear during warm months.

Below, Nipa + Kedesha show us some of their favorite ways to style iconic summer maxi skirts.

#3: Maxi Skirt + Button Down Shirt

Kedesha is happiest when she’s at the beach! The bright + breezy vibes of this outfit make you want to take off your shoes + run in the sand!

Top: Old Navy | Maxi skirt + Wedges: J. Crew
Top: Old Navy | Maxi skirt + Wedges: JCrew

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#4: Maxi Skirt + Tee Shirt

When Nipa wants to dress up a little more, she reaches for a maxi skirt. She styled this pink floral maxi with a chic white tee + strappy sandals. The options below create a similar look.  

T-shirt + Maxi: Banana Republic | Sandals: Ann Taylor | Bag: Staud
T-shirt + Maxi: Banana Republic | Sandals: Ann Taylor | Bag: Staud

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Knee-Length Summer Skirts

I ran across an article recently at Em Henderson’s blog about creating a “summer uniform,” or basically a summer capsule wardrobe. The idea is to have 3 to 5 staple pieces you can mix-and-match at a moment’s notice for a cute outfit.

I’m totally into this + the kneelength summer skirt is my jam! (I personally opt for this wardrobe piece over the maxi skirt.)

Below are three ways I mix up my casual summer look with my favorite wardrobe staple: a knee-length denim skirt.

#5: Knee-Length Denim Skirt + Flutter-Sleeve Blouse

Top: Ann Taylor | Skirt: Titiana | Slides: Antonio Melani
Top: Ann Taylor | Skirt: Titiana | Slides: Antonio Melani

This outfit is from my casual summer capsule wardrobe: flutter-sleeve top + knee-length skirt + leather slides.

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#6: Knee-Length Denim Skirt + Peplum Top

If I want to dress-up my casual look a bit, I opt for a pretty peplum top.

It’s an especially flattering style for us girls with a “rectangle” body shape (small shoulders + hips).

Skirt: Target | Top: Ross Dress for Less
Skirt: Target | Top: Ross Dress for Less

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More Summer Skirts for Women

#7: A-Line “Corinne” Skirt by Boden

I’m a loyal fan of Boden, a preppy British clothing brand. I own several of their “Corinne” skirts in various lengths. These skirts are fully-lined, have pockets + a hidden zipper, and are incredibly well-made.

Below is an outfit I styled with one of Boden’s island-inspired, knee-length prints.

Skirt: "Corinne" by Boden
Skirt: “Corinne” by Boden
I'm a loyal fan of Boden, a preppy British clothing brand.
Italian leather slides: Sarah Flint
Italian leather slides: Sarah Flint

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Summer Athleisure Outfits

#8: Athleta Trousers + Tee

Nipa works from home, so most days she wears pants + a t-shirt with a cardigan or wrap.  Athleta is one of her favorite brands.  Nipa shares,

Their clothing is high-quality, comfortable, and affordable.  They are also a B-Corp which means that they have high standards for ethical and environmentally conscious manufacturing practices.  

T-shirt, trousers + wrap: Athleta by Gap | Leather slides: Ann Taylor
T-shirt, trousers + wrap: Athleta by Gap | Leather slides: Ann Taylor

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#9: Jeans + a Tee

Nipa says,

For running errands, I usually wear my loose fitting J.Crew crop-flare jeans with a t-shirt and sandals. I almost always carry a snack and water bottle so I like to have a tote bag as well as my handbag.

Crop-flare jeans: JCrew | T-shirt:  Banana Republic
Crop-flare jeans: JCrew | T-shirt: Banana Republic

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Modest Summer Dresses

#10: Tank Dress

When Nipa wants to ‘dress up’ but stay as comfortable as she feels in athleisure outfits, she wears this Amazon tank dress.

Probably the most affordable dress I’ve ever purchased, but it washes well and fits like a dream!

Navy tank dress from Amazon.
Navy tank dress from Amazon.

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#11: Midi T-Shirt Dress

This T-shirt dress ticks all the boxes for casual summer wear: no ironing or layering required; it’s comfy + flattering; and STRIPES!

Striped T-shirt dress: Ross Dress for Less | Leather slides: Antonio Melani
Striped T-shirt dress: Ross Dress for Less | Leather slides: Antonio Melani

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#12: The Oxford Shirtdress

Stepping out for the day? Nipa recommends the polish and ease of a shirtdress!  She styled this Oxford shirtdress (by JCrew) with a skinny belt, wedges + a chic wicker handbag.

Shirt dress + ankle wrap edges: JCrew
Shirt dress + ankle wrap edges: JCrew

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#13: The Vintage-Inspired Dress

I love a vintage-inspired dress! This one had me a green + polka dots.

Dress: Ross Dress for Less | Italian leather slides: Sarah Flint
Dress: Ross Dress for Less | Italian leather slides: Sarah Flint

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#14: The Popover Dress

Kedesha looks a vision in this summery blue popover dress by Draper James. She completed the look with classic white sandals + a wicker crossbody bag.

Dress: Draper James | Sandals: Rack Room Shoes
Dress: Draper James | Sandals: Rack Room Shoes

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#15: The Classic Black-and-white Dress

Nothing speaks class like a well-fitting black-and-white dress!

Classic black-and-white dress by Talbots.
Dress: Talbots | Sunglasses: Kate Spade

I’m a fan of Talbots brand and own several of their black (or black-and-white) dresses. The dress featured in the photo above is out-of-stock, but below are several summer-worthy options for this season:

B&W summer dresses from Talbots:

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#16: The Maxi Wrap Dress

Kedesha’s dreamy look is simple but classicaly feminine. She paired this “fairy floral” maxi wrap dress (JCrew) her favorite leather sandals, this time in brown.

Maxi wrap dress: JCrew | Brown sandals: Rack Room Shoes
Maxi wrap dress: JCrew | Brown sandals: Rack Room Shoes

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#17: The Midi Wrap Dress

Midis are delightfully feminine + perfect for summertime! Kedesha is wearing the Miranda midi wrap (in cherry blossom) by Draper James.

Midi wrap dress: Draper James | Wedges: JCrew Factory
Midi wrap dress: Draper James | Wedges: JCrew Factory

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#18: The Casual Maxi Dress

I’m a fan of casual summer maxi dresses. They’re easy to wash, wear + style!

Below are some of my handpicked favorites.

Casual maxi dress + slides, shades + a tote. xoxo
Casual maxi dress + slides, shades + a tote. xoxo

Casual summer maxi dresses:

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Modest Summer Tops

If you’re looking for modest summer tops, let me show you a few of my favorites. The looks below are feminine + preppy, and will keep you covered without extra layers or heat.

#19: Nautical-inspired Summer Tops

Navy-and-white stripes give a festive nod to the beach and are especially iconic for a preppy summer time wardrobe.

Tie-front modest summer top.
Tie-front nautical top

Here are a few of my handpicked favorites:

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#20: Flutter-sleeve Summer Tops

Flutter-sleeve tops are a huge part of my summer capsule wardrobe. They’re incredibly comfortable + feminine.

When I need a little more coverage, I simply wear a cap sleeve Halftee underneath.

Feminine, modest summer top.
One of my favorite Swiss dot, flutter-sleeve summer tops
Casual summer outfit.
Another favorite: animal-print flutter sleeve blouse
Another favorite: animal-print flutter sleeve blouse

A few of my personal favorite flutter-sleeve tops

from Amazon:

Designer brands:

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So these are a few of our favorite modest summer outfits.

If you love the looks featured in this post, be sure + follow Kedesha, Nipa + me online!

Your turn.

Do you have a favorite summer outfit? Tell me about it!

1 thought on “20 of the Classiest + Simple Modest Summer Outfits Of All Time”

  1. How fun!! Thanks for putting this together! Do you post modest fashion pics on Pinterest? I’ve been looking for modest business attire inspiration!

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