5 Easy Tips for Updating Summer Outfits

Easy Tips for Updating Summer Outfits: Stylish, Affordable, and Comfortable!

Huge thanks to Nordstrom Rack and Collective Voice for sponsoring this post

I know a lot of you want to feel stylish AND comfortable this summer, so let’s talk! I want to share some tips for updating summer outfits, and I’m partnering with Nordstrom Rack and Collective Voice to do it! We’ll talk through three standard summer outfits and how you can update them to feel more stylish and confident!

I LOVE shopping at Nordstrom Rack and highly suggest you do, too! They carry some of my favorite brands for quality and COMFORT, but for way, way less! You can also shop conveniently with Nordstrom Rack’s curbside and in-store pickup options.

Here are some tips for updating summer outfits that you can focus on to feel good this summer, along with some great summer finds that are COMFORTABLE, affordable, and stylish!

SIZING: I’m 5’6” and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

casual summer outfit: graphic tee + denim shorts + white sneakers tips for updating summer outfits + Nordstrom Rack graphic tee + denim shorts + white slip on sneakers easy tips for updating summer outfits + red graphic tee + Kut from the Kloth denim shorts + white slip on shoes

1. Graphic Tees with Good Drape
Step up your t-shirt + denim shorts game with a graphic print tee and COMFY, STRETCHY denim shorts!

One important thing that makes t-shirts look way more stylish is how they drape. T-shirts with a good drape automatically look better and more stylish—without you having to do anything extra! On top of that, a t-shirt with a graphic print adds visual interest. This tee has both of those elements, and it helps to create an interesting outfit even when it’s just paired with denim shorts! It’s only $19.97, and you can find it HERE. I’ll round up a few more at the bottom of this post. I’m wearing this one in size S.

2. Comfy Denim Shorts
Another way to step up your summer style is with COMFY denim shorts! Denim shorts are a summer staple, but comfort is a MUST, and it’s one of the most important tips for updating summer outfits! This pair is really STRETCHY and made of soft denim. It’s by the brand KUT From the Kloth, which is known for super comfortable denim. It’s originally $79 but is just $34.97 at Nordstrom Rack! (Gotta LOVE how you can find comfortable clothes by great brands at awesome prices!) Grab this pair, HERE. I’m wearing size 6.

Also, BTW, these shoes have been my go-to sneakers ever since I got them a while back. They are SO comfortable, and they make every casual outfit look stylish and modern! And, Nordstrom Rack has the BEST price on them! Check them out, HERE. I wear size 8.5.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact–wearing size S; similar)
Shorts: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact–wearing size 6)

Shoes: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact–wearing size 8.5)

Shop Graphic Tees:


easy tips for updating summer outfits + olive green dress + metallic sandals Nordstrom Rack olive green dress + metallic sandals tips for updating summer outfits + comfy olive dress + metallic sandals + gray crossbody

3. Comfy Dresses with Built-In Shape
Dresses are such easy options for summer! If you have a hard time with comfy, casual summer dresses making you feel frumpy because they’re shapeless, then aim for comfy dresses that have shape built in. It’s one of the easiest and best tips for updating summer outfits! Comfort and structure are not mutually exclusive!

A dress like this is made of lightweight, stretchy material. But, rather than being shapeless, it has a built-in waistband that provides shape and structure and defines your waist so you don’t feel frumpy. It’s both flattering AND comfortable! Unfortunately, this dress is limited in sizes in this color, but it is available in other colors. Check them out HERE! I’m wearing size 6.

Shop the Outfit:
Dress: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact–wearing size 6)
Shoes: (similar; similar)
Bag: (similar)

Shop Dresses with Shape:


work outfit: black striped blouse + Nordstrom Rack black work pants + black shoes easy tips for updating summer outfits for work + striped flowy blouse + comfy black pants + black heels + black handbag

4. Flowy Blouses 
One of the easiest ways to update workwear is by trading stiff button-up shirts for flowy blouses. Bonus points if the blouses have prints or special details! Flowy blouses add movement to outfits and help you look both professional and modern. They are also more comfortable, especially in the summer, because they allow airflow!

Nordstrom Rack has a lot of blouses for work that are really affordable. It’s one of my favorite places to look for workwear, and I encourage you to make it one of your go-to places as well! I rounded up several more blouses for work in the widget below.

This top is a great, classic top that you can wear in the summer, spring, and warmer parts of fall. And, it’s only $24.97! It comes in 2 colors, HERE.

5. Stretchy Work Pants
Also, if you don’t have a pair of SUPER COMFORTABLE, STRETCHY pants for work, that needs to be on the top of your list! They are a total game-changer! The pair I’m wearing here is really soft and stretchy. Very comfortable! And, they’re AFFORDABLE at just $29.97! They feel similar to other pants that cost three times that much(!!), so these are definitely a great find to check out! See them HERE. I’m wearing size S.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact–wearing size S)
Pants: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact–wearing size S)
Shoes: (similar)
Bag: (similar)

Shop Flowy Blouses for Work:

These are some tips for updating summer outfits! Feeling stylish, confident, and comfortable this summer is possible when you pay attention to details like the ones we’ve talked about here. Step up your summer style and check out some of these items! Nordstrom Rack has plenty of great pieces that will help you look stylish easily without breaking the bank!


Organize & plan your wardrobe, and get dressed with ease.

Want that easygoing summer style? Feel cute and styled for all your summer activities with the help of the PMT Summer Wardrobe & Outfit Guides!

With them, you’ll be able to organize and plan with clarity and ease, shop to fill wardrobe holes, and have outfit ideas galore at your fingertips so that you can get dressed confidently and quickly!

Each guide comes with:

  • Customizable Step-by-Step Wardrobe-Building Guidance for building a great, easy-to-use, and insanely versatile wardrobe with pieces from your existing wardrobe. You’ll learn how to use your favorite items, fill the holes in your closet, and build your best wardrobe yet. We do the thinking and strategizing so that you don’t have to!
  • Wardrobe Checklist & List of Items with key building blocks for a great wardrobe and details about what to consider adding to your wardrobe. Planning your wardrobe has never been smoother!
  • Outfit Calendar with 8 weeks of weekday outfits planned for you so that you don’t have to think about what to wear! Get out of the style rut, stop wearing the same outfits over and over, and make better use of your clothes. All with less time and energy!
  • Outfit Catalog with 90 outfit ideas that you can create with your small but mighty wardrobe. It includes Casual and Elevated Casual Outfits as well as Weekend and Date looks.
  • BONUS: Access to a complimentary Shopping Link Database with links to exact or similar pieces for straight, plus sizes, and petite so that you can just add to cart!

Summer Wardrobe & Outfit Guides are available for casual and work styles. Check them out HERE to get all the details, including peeks inside!

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