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Foolproof, Vintage-Inspired Summer Outfit Ideas

The past is resonating in fashion, too; look no further than Vogue Runway’s “Past/Present” series for proof. Revisiting fashion from decades ago reminds us of a time before the pandemic, before our lives were so dependent on technology and when fashion was a much smaller, slower industry. As we look ahead to summer—though many of us will still be in quarantine—we’re feeling inspired by vintage Vogue photos and outfits that seem to have more staying power than flashy, disposable trends.

It isn’t a surprise that some of our favorite looks are quite simple, too: Christy Turlington in a sundress and sandals, Claudia Schiffer in a tank, trousers, and sneakers. They’re the kinds of summer outfit ideas we’d like to recreate on warmer days: simple, but not lacking personality. Below, we’ve broken them down into easy, three- or four-step “formulas,” edited by Vogue’s market editor Madeline Fass. Shop all of her foolproof summer outfit ideas below.

String Bikini + Shrunken Cardigan + Jean Shorts = Beach Chic

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Crochet Nonsmoking Halter Straps Bikini White Polyester Swimsuit For Women
Tie-Front Vee Neck Cardigan
Women’s Distressed Short Denim Shorts

Sundress + Woven Tote + Strappy Sandals = Summer Romance

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Casual Plaid Spaghetti Strap High Street V Neck Sundress
Block Heel Open Toe Sandals
Women Tassel Large Capacity Tote Handbags Shoulder Bags

Striped Sweater + White Jeans + Colorful Flats = All-American Ease

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Rainbow Striped Pullover Sweater
Woman Casual Mid Waist White Jeans Stretchy Solid Ladies Crop Denim Pants

Crop Top + Pedal Pushers + Kitten Heels = ’90s Nostalgia

Anti-sweat Y-Type Yoga Fitness Bra Crop Top
High Waist Quick Drying Tight Sports Leggings
Crystal Strips High Heels Sandals
Fashion Hit Color Casual Soft Leather Simple Zipper Large Capacity Shoulder Bags

Breton Tee + Midi Skirt + Cat Eye Sunnies = Retro Rewind

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Slash Neck Striped Color Stretch Knitting Sexy Sweater
Lady Casual A-Line Mid Waist Midi Skirt
Shoulder High Quality Crocodile Pattern Leather Handbags

Knit Tank + White Shorts + Gladiator Sandals = Refined Comfort

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Cat print crew neck tank tops women
High Waist Sport Fitness Slim Shorts
Chic Gladiator PU Sandals

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