10 Cute Summer Outfit Ideas Inspired by the Runways

This dose of high fashion is reinterpreted for real life.

A model walks the runway at the Gucci fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 on September 22, 2023 in Milan, Italy.
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As much as the runways lean into fashion fantasies, they can also provide some real-life outfit inspiration. Spring 2024 had plenty of looks with a "Hey, I can wear that! "appeal, particularly the cute summer outfits designers sent out in droves. These warm-weather looks are equal parts approachable and aspirational—a mood board full of outfits to wear on a picture-perfect day in June.

In Sabato de Sarno's Gucci debut, the creative director embellished on the standard jeans-and-a-tank combo, sending out front-pleat denim trousers and a sleeveless top piped with colorful gemstones. Mathieu Blazy for Bottega Veneta offered a solution for the calendar conundrum of having a workout class at 11 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m.: a stretchy singlet styled with a leather tote bag and a statement necklace. Other summer outfit standouts included Saint Laurent's utility jumpsuit teamed with an arsenal of golden accessories and Dries Van Noten layering a bikini top under relaxed summer suiting.

Familiar yet fresh, these summer stylings aren't huge leaps out of your usual sartorial comfort zone. They're summer staples—just a little more dressed up. Keep scrolling to see and shop 10 outfits from the runways that work for various warm-weather occasions, from the office to the beach to al fresco dining.

Hot on the Commute, Cold in the Cubicle

Model on the runway at Gabriela Hearst Spring 2024 Ready To Wear Runway Show at the Agger Fish Building on September 12, 2023 in Brooklyn, New York.

Whether you carry it with you or keep it in your cubicle, a cozy cashmere wrap is a smart addition to your summer work outfit.

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As much as central air is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, it can make the summer office look a challenge in layering. You may leave the house in a sleeveless blouse, dressed for a blisteringly hot July day, but when you arrive at work, the AC is set to near-Arctic temps. As a workaround, per Gabriela Hearst, you can still keep cool in a sleeveless tailored waistcoat and trousers, but keep a luxurious shawl on hand—in a fabric like cashmere or mohair— just in case.

Carefree on a Coastal Vacation

Model wearing a crochet tank top and track pants by Diotima

Rachel Scott has made relaxed but intentional resort wear her signature. Diotima's Spring 2024 capsule was the Caribbean designer at her best.

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Allow Diotima to introduce you to your new easy, breezy vacation outfit: a hand-crafted, beaded tank top, loose-fitting trousers, and a floppy bucket hat. A sculptural cuff bracelet and a Mai Tai in hand make for the perfect finishing touches. Now, all you need is a destination.

Aperitivo Hour

A model in Proenza Schouler Spring 2024 wearing a sheer skirt and white top.

It was the skirt heard around the world—quite literally, as Proenza Schouler's sequined style jingled its way down the runway.

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Proenza Schouler's sheer skirt, covered in crystalized and broken-glass paillettes, is a piece so good that it commands a cocktail. Text the group chat to make happy hour plans, and then style a similar sequined style—like J. Crew's lavender number—with an everyday white long-sleeve and strappy sandals.

Casual Fridays

A model wears a white shirt, pencil skirt, red baseball hat, mary jane shoes, and a red bag in Bally Spring 2024.

Contrasting pops of red brighten up an otherwise monochrome outfit at Bally,

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Bally offered a breezy, relaxed, yet put-together outfit to add to your summer workwear rotation. This white button-down shirt, pencil skirt, and sporty baseball cap combo is one to try on a day when dress codes are lax. A handbag with coordinating or complimentary hues and sweet Mary Jane flats adds enough polish to keep human resources off your back.

Party-Ready at Any Time

A model walks the runway during the Gucci Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2024 show as part of the Milan Fashion Week on September 22, 2023 in Milan, Italy.

Thoughtful accessories like slim rectangular sunnies, a thin leather belt, and pointed-toe pumps perfectly complement Gucci's high-fashion tweak on a tank and jeans.

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Even your ubiquitous tank top and jeans uniform deserve some flash and fun. Take point from Gucci and style your favorite pair of relaxed denim with a crystal-studded tank. The touch of sparkle adds exciting pizzazz to a menial, everyday task like a quick pick-up at the pharmacy.

Beach First, Then Business

A model walks the runway during the Dries Van Noten Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2024 fashion show as part of the Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2023

Dries Van Noten styled swimwear under baggy blazers in a delightful collection that put a tongue-in-cheek twist on preppy codes.

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When you're heading into work but have the beach on the brain, mix a playful spirit with professionalism (though you'll probably want to button up before you walk into the office). Do as Dries Van Noten does: Layer a swimsuit, like a one-piece subbed in for a bodysuit, underneath a super baggy blazer for a quirky styling that encapsulates the spirit of summer.

Farmer's Market Fun Run

Model wearing a white dress, white pants, tote bag by The Row

Wearing all white around fresh produce is a risk—but it's one absolutely worth taking. Take if from The Row.

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Of course, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, a design duo known for their quiet luxury Midas touch, can turn a farmer's market trip into an occasion that calls for elegance. Instead of a canvas tote bag and earthy-crunchy overalls, The Row designers encourage styling a supersized leather shopper with summery whites. Recreate the look with a crisp bubble-hem midi dress (styled as a tunic), matching trousers, and loafers. Just be careful around the garden-fresh tomatoes and berries—they might stain.

Last-Minute, Late-Night Dinner

A model walks the runway during the Saint Laurent Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 26, 2023 in Paris, France.

When in doubt, rely on an all-black—ideally a one-and-done jumpsuit—and a smattering of accessories.

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With its warm weather and inherent laissez-faire spirit, summer encourages spontaneity. So, the next time a friend invites you to last-minute dinner plans, say yes and look to Saint Laurent's runway for some inspiration to master that chic, nonchalant aesthetic. You'll need a black jumpsuit and a few add-on accessories, like a leather belt, mixed-metallic earrings, and a statement bangle.

Thursday Date Night

Model on the runway at Valentino Ready To Wear Spring 2024 held at École des Beaux Arts on October 1, 2023 in Paris, France.

In a pinch, the color red always exudes romance, which makes it a fool-proof option for date nights.

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When the scheduling gods grant both you and your significant other a night off, even if it's a two-hour window on a weeknight, it's worth stepping out for a date night. Valentino's Spring 2024 runway offers easy-to-recreate outfit inspiration: a ruby red maxi dress, a matching handbag, laidback slip-on slides, and a golden pendant necklace.

Post-Pilates Lunch

A model walks the runway at the Bottega Veneta fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2024 on September 23, 2023 in Milan, Italy.

Here is a prime example of how the right accessories can elevate a simple onesie.

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Call it the Blazy at Bottega effect—with a few strategic accessories, a workout onesie becomes suitable for lunch at the buzzy downtown cafe. Styling-wise, you'll need a large leather tote bag, a crafty-chic choker necklace, and shiny patent leather mules.

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, who writes everything from trend reports to fashion featurettes and long-form profiles. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, writing shopping e-commerce guides, assisting with market for fashion photo shoots, and assigning and editing fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center. When she's not writing fashion deep-dives, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking in her tiny NYC kitchen.