The Best Summer Outfits for Every Activity on Your Calendar

By: Rebecca Carhart

With the first day of summer right around the corner, now is the time to give your warm-weather wardrobe a much-needed refresh. Thankfully, there’s no need to start from scratch and drop tons of cash on a full summer closet revamp. Instead, you can rent sleek, on-trend pieces to mix and match with the summer staples you already own, to create simple yet cute summer outfits. Whether you are throwing a backyard BBQ, headed to a weekend getaway or just grabbing brunch with the girls, these summer outfits will keep you looking stylish for every every summer activity on your calendar.

1. Cheerful & Easy Summer Outfits:


Reach for Easy Breezy Summer Pieces When Attending Backyard BBQ’s

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Top: Nicole Miller, Skirt: Draper James x Eloquii, Earrings: Marni

Nothing says summer quite like a backyard BBQ, so why not dress for the occasion by wearing two warm-weather staples like an off-the-shoulder blouse and a cute gingham skirt for a fun summery look. Just be sure to rent a cold shoulder top that features smocking at the neckline so the shirt doesn’t slip as you mingle with guests and chow down on the yummy food. Complete the cheerful look with statement earrings and your favorite pair of sandals.

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Jumpsuit: Rebecca Taylor, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace: Gorjana

A jumpsuit is a quick and easy way to look polished and pulled together without really trying. For a laid-back BBQ, rent a jumpsuit in a breathable material that is roomy enough to move with you. Bonus points if you find one in a fun summery print. Pair the one-and-done piece with a straw woven bag and delicate jewelry. If you want to add height, reach for a pair of chunky wedges so you don’t sink in the grass.

2. Off-Duty Summer Outfits:


Cool Casual Outfits to Wear to Upcoming Summer Concerts

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Top: Cinq à Sept, Dress: Citizens of Humanity, Bag: Dannijo

Summer concerts are the perfect place to show off your cool off-duty style. Ditch the band’s tee and instead elevate your favorite pair of blue jeans by pairing them with a flowy feminine top. For a touch of extra glamour, throw on a pair of chandelier earrings. Since you’ll want to dance the night away, slip into a pair of slides or flat gladiator sandals.

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Shirt: Equipment, Dress: Vince., Bag: See by Chloe

If you are headed to a rock concert or an indie band’s gig, try a modern take on classic grunge summer outfit and wrap a plaid button up around the waist of a slinky slip dress. Opt for a lightweight plaid top, as it is much more seasonally appropriate than it’s flannel counterpart and will keep you cool in the summer heat. Keep your hands free during the concert with a vintage-looking crossbody bag and finish off the ensemble with a pair of Converse sneakers or lace-up combat boots.

3. Poolside Summer Outfits:


Make a Splash at Pool Parties In Cute Summer Staples

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Dress: Nicholas, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James, Tote: Loeffler

While your swimsuit should be the focal point of your pool party look, what you wear over it is just as important. A summery frock in an eye-catching print is the perfect piece to rent as it will easily transition from coverup to party dress if the festivities keep going throughout the night. Top your look off with a pair of sleek sunglasses and tote around all your poolside essentials in a cute straw bag.

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Top: Rachel Zoe, Shorts: Lily Pulitzer, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

If dresses aren’t your thing, standout in a crowd with a pair of brightly colored printed shorts. Since the bold bottoms make a statement on their own, balance them out with a classic white tank, and solid colored bathing suit. If you want to add an extra bit of flair, rent a pair of sunnies in one of the same colors seen in the printed shorts. Finish off the look with sleek flip flops from your at-home wardrobe and don’t forget the sunscreen.

4. Trendy Summer Outfits:


Comfy but Cute Summer Outfits for Weekend Brunch

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Top: M.i.h Jeans, Shorts: Josie Natori, Earrings: Elizabeth & James

A trendy puff sleeve blouse and high-waisted shorts make the perfect pairing for a fancy brunch with the girls. The cool combo looks sleek but is relaxed enough for a meal with friends when paired with flat mules. Create a polished look with a gold choker or a pair of bold metallic earrings. Since you never know where the day may take you, stash a pair of heels in your bag to easily take this look from day to night.

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Sweatshirt: Rebecca Minkoff, Backpack: Loeffler Randall, Sunglasses: Stella McCartney

Worried about heading to brunch straight from a yoga class? Don’t fret, the athleisure look is in! Dress up your leggings with a cute yet casual slogan sweatshirt. Be sure to leave your gym bag at home and carry your belongings in a chic leather backpack instead. Up the glam factor with a pair of oversized sunnies and get ready to enjoy bottomless mimosas.

5. Nautical Summer Outfits:


Hit the High Seas in Summer Style During Your Next Boat Outing

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Top: J.O.A, Jeans: J Brand, Hat: Echo

Take to the seas in a traditional nautical ensemble featuring a blue and white striped shirt. For a modern take on the classic style, try a top with a wrap detail. The silhouette is much more flattering and on-trend than a basic striped tee and will help show off your waist. Pair the blouse with summery white jeans and stay shaded from the sun in a floppy straw hat.

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Sweatshirt: Kate Spade New York, Skirt: Joie, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

For an unexpected twist, rent a blue and white striped skirt instead. Since temperatures can quickly drop on the water, pair the feminine bottom with a cozy sweatshirt for a cool modern look. Throw on a pair of stylish sunnies and avoid slipping on the deck with a pair of sneakers with rubber soles.

6. Versatile Summer Outfits:


For A Summer Weekend Getaway, Reach for Versatile Pieces

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Top: Moon River, Bottoms: Moon River, Bag: Nina Ricci

Quick weekend getaways are one of our favorite parts of summer. Make packing a breeze and rent items that can be re-worn in different ways. A sleek two-piece coordinated set is one of our favorite versatile options. You can wear the set together for a chic cohesive look, or mix and match the top and bottoms with other separates for a variety of summer outfits.

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Dress: Cynthia Rowley, Tank: Cooper & Ella, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity

A wrap dress is another great multi-purpose piece to pack for upcoming trips. Wear the frock with heels and a clutch for a night out, or leave the dress undone and sport it as a trendy duster coat over a silk tank and jeans. By doubling the versatile frock as outerwear, you will leave plenty of space in your suitcase for souvenir shopping.

Summer is all about going out and enjoying the warm weather. Whatever your plans are, these outfits will take you there. What are you waiting for? Rent now.