Dressy Summer Outfits for 2018 – OOTDs

Friday, August 31, 2018
While summer 2018 is nearly over as I compose this post, it is never too late to get some dress-up time inspiration with 10 new dressy summer outfits for 2018. We might as well milk this summer for all that we can get from it, and I am sure there will be more opportunities where you need to look and feel your best. As is my usual style, my outfits cover a range of tastes, from pretty in pink, attitude, boho, and just plain having fun with colors, prints, and cuts. I also tried to include outfits suitable for smoking hot days and cooler temps alike. These outfits are perfect for special events, hanging out with friends or coworkers, or even for a day at work. If you do recreate any of my outfits, please share them in the comments!

dressy summer outfits for 2018

1) Mauve + Rose gold + Taupe (Summertime Princess)

My first dressy summer outfit for 2018 curbs my craving for all things mauve. This outfit demands a special occasion. I cannot get over how the sweetheart neckline and lace details flow into a tapered dress. I enjoy how the various rose gold accents that I added work with the mauvy hue.

strapless mauve dress dressy summer outfit for 2018
Dress: rue21
Necklace and earrings: rue21
Sandals: Walgreens
Crossbody: No Boundaries from Walmart

strapless mauve dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

strapless mauve dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

2) Pink + Gold + Shimmer (Flirty, Free, & Fabulous)

There may not be many pieces to this outfit, but it is proof that less is more when it comes to being dressed up yet staying comfortable. This lampshade dress flows in the breeze and adds a touch of feminine delicacy with it's baby pink tone. I added some dainty gold accents to not overdo the situation.

pink lampshade dress dressy summer outfit for 2018
Dress: Adam Levine from Kmart
Shoes: Faded Glory from Walmart
Crossbody: Delias
Necklace: Walmart

pink lampshade dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

pink lampshade dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

3) Neon florals + Black + Leather (Night Life Bright)

When I see bright colors in an outfit that calls for me going all out. I love to use my Urban Decay Electric palette at times like this to play with colors. Do not let this sleek dress fool you- it is ultra comfortable while packing an edgy punch. I kept the details simple with black as the colors in the dress are busy enough.

bright floral dress dressy summer outfit for 2018
Dress: Decree from JCPenney
Shoes: rue21
Crossbody: Madden Girl from rue21
Choker: rue21

bright floral dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

bright floral dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

4) Coral + Tropical print + Black (Always on Vacay)

How cute is this scuba tropical skirt from Decree?! The material enables it to keep some structure and shape as you wear it. I selected a coral necklace because it is one of the colors in the skirt, and the necklace really pulled it out. When working with skirts I try to pick a "basic" top that is anything but basic. Why go plain when you can get cut out sections for the same price as a t-shirt?

tropical scuba skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018
Shirt: rue21
Skirt: Decree from JCPenney
Handbag: Kmart
Shoes: rue21
Necklace: rue21

rue21 coral fringe bib necklace

tropical scuba skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

tropical scuba skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

5) Floral + Cold Shoulder + Leather (Anytime, Anywhere)

This dress reminds me of a toned down version of the Decree dress. I still opted to keep the accessories simple to balance with the busy floral print. This outfit may be a safer option if you prefer to not dress "loud."

floral cold shoulder dress dressy summer outfit for 2018
Dress: No Boundaries from Walmart
Shoes: rue21
Crossbody: Madden Girl from rue21
Necklace: rue21

floral cold shoulder dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

floral cold shoulder dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

floral cold shoulder dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

6) Skater skirt + Floral + Shimmer (Garden Stompin')

I was attracted to this skirt because of the design in the fabric. It is much more interesting than a solid skirt. Form-fitting tops are super easy to tuck into skirts, and they stay in all day. I added back the missing sparkle in gentle ways with my shoes, clutch, and bracelet.

floral shirt and skater skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018
Shirt: Bongo from Kmart
Skirt: No Boundaries from Walmart
Shoes: New York Transit from Peebles
Bracelet: Walmart
Clutch: unknown

floral shirt and skater skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

floral shirt and skater skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

floral shirt and skater skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

7) Mauve + Burgundy + Boho (Bohemian Dreams)

I was really digging how mauve looks with burgundy when I paired this outfit up. I felt like the wrap skirt in conjunction with a fringe handbag was so boho and free. I sealed the deal by adding coin earrings and keeping the gold accents consistent.

floral wrap skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018
Shirt: rue21
Skirt: rue21
Earrings: rue21
Purse: Metaphor from Sears
Sandals: Walgreens

floral wrap skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

floral wrap skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

floral wrap skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

 8) Leather + Tropical + Bright hues (Tropical Paradise)

I admire the fact that this dress is slightly high low, without being over-the-top dramatic. The print gives off so many summer vibes. I played off of the faux leather rope belt and kept the theme going with my shoes and crossbody. The earrings match the colors in the dress while not making the look more complex than it is.

tropical print dress dressy summer outfit for 2018
Dress: Walmart
Sandals: rue21
Crossbody: Madden Girl from rue21
Earrings: Claire's

tropical print dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

tropical print dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

tropical print dress dressy summer outfit for 2018

9) Leopard + Gold + Leather (The Wild Child)

This tank top is ultra unique with it's high low detail and tapered sheer panel. It begs to be paired with some attitude pieces, and I served it right up with some faux leather. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with gold and leopard, so I added a healthy dose of gold accents.

leopard high low tank dressy summer outfit for 2018
Tank top: Deb
Faux leather pants: Bongo from Kmart
Booties: Attention from Kmart
Handbag: Kmart
Earrings: Decree from JCPenney

leopard high low tank dressy summer outfit for 2018

leopard high low tank dressy summer outfit for 2018

leopard high low tank dressy summer outfit for 2018

10) Navy blue + White + Cognac (The Basics Reinvented)

My final dressy summer outfit for 2018 mixes neutral tones for an everyday appropriate formal look. From head to toe there are crochet accents, and the cognac belt and purse compliments both the navy blue and off-white. Neutrals always work best with navy blue, as evidenced by this pairing.

navy blue sharkbite hem skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018
Shirt: Merona from Target
Skirt: No Boundaries from Walmart
Sandals: Route 66 from Kmart
Crossbody: Walmart
Earrings: handmade by myself

navy blue sharkbite hem skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

navy blue sharkbite hem skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

navy blue sharkbite hem skirt dressy summer outfit for 2018

This concludes my dressy summer outfits for 2018, but you can be sure that I will be back next year with a fresh lineup! What did you think about this look book? Which outfits are your favorites, and which are not your style? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I get so much joy out of making look books for you all and I hope that radiates through each and every outfit of the day post. If you at least picked up one piece of fashion inspiration, then I did my job for the day. Until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

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