When you dream about your ideal summer wardrobe, do you think about the fabrics of your clothes, or just the styles? Do you ponder the colors you’ll wear, the fit and flow, and the specific outfits for each summertime activity? If you’ve never given a second thought to these questions, your summer fashion may be in trouble.
If you’re a person who never knows what to wear, or throws on the first thing you see in the morning, I’m here to tell you that looking good and feeling great doesn’t mean agonizing over your outfit. With a few quick tricks and wardrobe hacks, you’ll be prepared to go out this summer in style.
District is here to fill you in on all of our cute summer clothes for women—tons of outfits and individual pieces that are ready to help you impress at a moment’s notice.
Fabric, Fibers, and Flow
Every season comes with its own set of fashion rules that help to ensure comfort and style. During the summer, those rules emphasize keeping you cool and stylish. When creating the perfect summer wardrobe, think about your summer outfit staples. It’s the perfect time to play with bright patterns and bold designs.
Having your favorite colorful basics is great, but if your shorts, blouses, and shoes are made of thick, heavy fabrics, you may be in trouble. Consider finding cute summer clothes for women made of natural fibers with flowing lines. Wearing skin tight clothes prevents makes it hard for you to keep cool during the warmest days. Essential summer fabrics include cotton, chambray, rayon, and poly-blends.
With its soft, fluffy fibers, cotton is the ideal fabric for the summer. You can wear it in humid climates or in exceedingly dry heat because this natural fiber allows for breathability. Wearing cotton will definitely help make bearing the heat possible.
The District Made choice to help you beat the summer heat is the Dip Dye Rounded Deep V-Neck Tee, made of 100% spun cotton. It’s an essential piece of cute summer clothes for women because it helps to maximize style and keep you cool in the sun.
Whether you are out at the county fair, hiking your favorite trail, or spending the day at the boardwalk, the Dip Dye Rounded Deep V-Neck Tee is super cute and can be combined with a pair of denim shorts for an irresistible summer outfit. You’ll have eyes trailing you throughout the day, and compliments flying in between sessions of carnival games.
An important care tip to remember is that cotton tends to shrink in the dryer. After a wash, hang your V-neck tee outside to dry, if possible—this will keep it in ideal condition for considerably longer. Take advantage of the summer sun—it will have your clothes dry in no time!
While chambray is made from the same natural fiber as many cotton clothes, it differs in its weaving style. Though many cotton clothes are knitted, chambray is woven, meaning it looks and feels different. This also creates a higher thread count in the fabric, leading to a more breathable feel. Chambray has a similar look to denim, so you can get the all-American look without being weighed down by heavy jean material. Try the chambray Long Sleeve Wash Woven Shirt for cool summer nights. It’s the perfect addition to your summertime wardrobe, and is sure to keep you looking fresh and cool!
Rayon is a man-made fiber extracted from trees that can mimic the texture of silk, wool, cotton, or linen. Since rayon is not a natural fiber, it is best for dry heat, as it wicks away any moisture. The benefit of choosing rayon is the lightness of the fabric that is perfect for a flowing draped piece. In District’s Ladies Modal Blend Gathered Shoulder Tee, we emphasize great shoulder detail to give this basic tee a distinguished style. It’s perfect for lounging poolside with your girlfriends, shopping at the outdoor market, and nighttime drives through the city.
Blends are fabrics that have been created by using two or more textile fibers. There are blends made specifically for the summer heat, like those in the studded Ladies 60/40 Bling Tee. These fibers are a mixture of poly and cotton, a moisture wicking combination that requires little maintenance and is ideal in humid climates. It can keep you battling the summer heat while looking effortlessly cool.
Any of these fabrics are a great choice for a summer day or night—find them featured in the District and District Made summer collections! Choose your favorite pieces of cute summer clothes for women, and wear them all year if you like!
Hit The Road
Traveling is another fun aspect of summertime. It seems everyone is on vacation, and looking to explore a new destination. Whether you’re going on a road trip with your friends, or visiting your family in another state, you can typically expect to be on the road for at least a few days at a time. However, since you won’t be able to haul around your entire wardrobe, you’ll have to pack right for the occasion. Keep your wardrobe versatile and accommodating for all kinds of events by creating outfits centered around essential basics, classic pieces, and comfortable athleisure wear.
With enough basic tees and tanks, you’ll be able to make several outfits that are cute and flattering. Choosing grey, white, and other neutral tones ensures that your tops will match anything else you choose to wear. While the Ladies Tri-blend Scoop Neck Tee is a great choice, basics don’t just mean clothes. You should also pack basic shoes, including comfy sandals, athletic shoes, and slippers.
Neutral colors make mixing and matching easy, but you’ll still need more cute summer clothes for women to keep your outfits from getting boring. A little black dress, a sporty tee, and a nautical themed top are essential pieces to pack. Mix in something special when getting dressed each day, whether you choose to add a unique hat or flirty jewelry.
While most of your clothes are chosen for versatility, you still have to pack for comfort. Spending hours in a car or a plane makes comfortable clothing a necessity. Choose easy clothes like board shorts and crop tops to stay cool and flexible.
Using this method, you can create a diverse variety of outfits that will keep you looking both sharp and relaxed. If your trip is longer than a few days, consider adding more tops without adding additional bottoms. That way, you can always have a fresh top ready to go! For even more versatility, consider adding a light summer scarf, a sunhat, and a few accessories that you can fit into your retro backpack.
Looking Fly in the Sky
Getting through airport security can be a slow start to an exciting trip ahead. Removing your shoes, emptying your pockets, and taking off bulky outerwear can make a two minute security check turn into a 30 minute acrobatic effort. To avoid security pitfalls, wear closed toe ballet flats, a flowy sundress, and a small carry-on bag. Dressing in preparation for certain events can make travel easier and more enjoyable, all the while making you look effortlessly chic.
At District, we like to travel in comfort, so we wear basics that feel like loungewear. The Core Fleece Pant is our official outfit for comfort. Create a polished look with fashionable flats, a white tee, a jean jacket, and a cute purse. These are all essentials for cute summer clothes for women!
If you find yourself under-dressed and cold in the air conditioned lobby of the airport or in the plane, layering is an easy solution to keep you comfy. Top a simple tee with the ¾ sleeve Microburn V-Neck Raglan Tee. It’s perfect for putting on when you need a little warmth, and can complement the travel-ready outfit you already have on.
Don’t let summer travel intimidate you from being fashionable. With basics, athletic wear, and other cute summer clothes for women, you’ll be prepared for any summer activity, no matter where you are!
Summertime means camping, swimming, picnicking, visiting the beach, and so much more. Since each day is full of fun activities, you’ll need the right outfits to transition from one occasion to the next.
Our favorite outfit is perfect for outdoor gatherings and rollercoasters. The District Junior Strappy Dress can keep you comfy and cool, while a cute pair of white tennis shoes will support your feet through the entire day.
Other summer basics that can be worn all day long include the Reverse Striped Scrunched Back Tank, a shirt covered in colorful bars that can be worn with shorts for action-packed days or elevated with a skirt for an evening look. You can also wear a looped back tank for simplicity and style. Wear this top with a colorful, patterned maxi skirt and you’ll feel elegant and breezy!
When it’s time for camping, functionality should always be a priority. Remember to pack double pocket polos, hats, and jeans to protect your skin from bug bites, sharp shrubs, and the sun. Depending on your camping location, you may also need to pack thermal tops and leggings for cool mornings.
While many might think that summer fashion is all about bold and colorful clothes, at District, we know that it’s really about mixing and matching basics and leisurewear to keep the summer heat from bringing you down. Avoid heavy accessories, lined clothing, and dark colors to ensure that your summer is light and fun.
Accessories, especially large beads, studs, and metal embellishments, weigh down your clothes and trap the heat inside. Added decorations also create another layer between your skin and the cool summer breeze. Although it might seem like a good idea to wear a bedazzled shirt in the sun, you wouldn’t want beads of sweat glistening as well!
Lined clothing—from bras to jackets—can be too structured for the summer. Extra padding, lining, and embroidery can make you sweat even more! Choose a lacy bralette to feel cool, or natural fiber crop tops that welcome generous breathability. These are both cute summer clothes for women that can complement your flirty and fun outfit.
When you’re not traveling, avoid carrying around a backpack. It not only keeps your back from airing out, it causes you to sweat more and feel less comfortable. Instead, a crossbody messenger bag or purse will help you carry just the basics, avoiding extra exertion.
Most people know that light colors reflect heat while dark colors absorb it. Yet when it comes to summer, people are swept away by bold colors and patterns. The best colors for the heat are grey, pastels, and white. Avoid navy, indigo, and black during the summer season.
When creating your wardrobe, keep these summer smarts in mind for a cool and chic vacation season!
Time to Go
Whatever your summer style, certain basics are essential for cute summer clothes for women. No matter which activities you have planned, travel and enjoy in comfort and style. Ensure your wardrobe is colorful, versatile, and relaxed with basic tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories from District.
You woke up the morning of the vernal equinox (it’s a thing) and you’re proud of yourself for surviving the winter. It’s now spring: flowers are blooming, animals are waking up from a long hibernation, and we stylish types start shedding our winter coats. Now we just need some fashion inspiration to march into spring with confidence and verve. The team here at District understands which spring wardrobe essentials will get you out of your shell this season.
While reading, keep in mind the District mentality when it comes to fashion. We believe clothes should be freeing, effortless, and vibrant. We love merging trends with what we consider to be staple pieces like skinny jeans and hoodies. Now that you know a little about our carefree beliefs on style, here are our 5, must-have, spring wardrobe essentials:
1. A Lightweight Hoodie
Sounds silly to say, but spring’s not summer and that means it’s the perfect time to buy a new hoodie, especially if you wore yours non-stop during the winter. Now that the days will finally be warm you can wear tank tops and t-shirts, but because the nights will still be chilly, you’ll need to have a long sleeve on hand. Hoodies are great because they let you add easy, light layers. This makes them true spring wardrobe essentials. This Lightweight Jersey Full-Zip Hoodie, for example, makes it cool to stay warm.
Available in white, black, dark heather grey, and dark fuchsia heather, this hoodie gives you plenty of options for how to easily bundle up for a chilly evening. We’re partial to the fuchsia pictured here because we believe spring wardrobe essentials should have a little color. If fuchsia or pink aren’t your style, you can rock a white hoodie, which has a neutral tone, but adds plenty of brightness to an ensemble.
Little details like dyed-to-match drawstrings and cute pockets make this hoodie more than a basic jacket. Best of all, it’s light enough to keep in a bag or purse for when you need it most. This jersey, full-zip hoodie also makes a great jogging or post workout look. Spring is the time to start getting active. Consider the black or dark grey options as best bets for working out.
2. A Loose Tank Top
You’ve got your hoodie for night time—check. Now you need something to wear underneath. Consider a loose-fitting tank top. It’s very versatile, can be worn above or below clothes, and helps you escape your winter funk by exposing your skin to the sun. Nothing makes you feel better than a strong dose of vitamin D.
Nice, solid tank tops will always be spring wardrobe essentials. They’re comfortable, yet fashionable and form-flattering for most body types.
Our Juniors Festival Tank stands out amongst spring wardrobe essentials for their inspired colors (mint, true violet, deep royal, dark fuchsia) and basics (black, white, charcoal). Made of cotton with a tear-away tag, this relaxed fit tank is as incredibly comfortable to wear as it looks.
As the V.I.T. Festival Tank’s name implies, spring also brings us outdoor concerts. A tank top lets you stay cool and mobile when surrounded by hundreds of inebriated music fans. Plus, the longer length and scalloped hem adds a subtle feminine touch, difficult to find when it comes to great casual wear and athleisure.
3. A Raglan Tee
Sometimes classics are the most important spring wardrobe essentials. Whether it reminds you of your days playing JV sports, buying your favorite band’s merch, or the most flattering boyfriend tee around, a comfortable raglan tee reminds us of the smell of grass and the feel of wind flowing through our hair.
Our twist on this style is the relaxed fit Microburn Long Sleeve Raglan Tee. A tiny keyhole in the back makes this tee a feminine piece, showing a hint of skin and making the cotton microburn material feel even cooler. It’s comfortable and flattering due to the unique raglan cut. We make sure the sleeves hang off your arms and get tighter near the wrist for a slim, complimentary look.
Not to bore you by telling you once again how much we LOVE color, but even the top fashionistas among us tend to forget that spring is about color. Let go of the dreary drabness of winter and remember that bright colors are a key part of spring wardrobe essentials. We’ve got seven stunning color combinations that bring a dazzling touch to your closet and help you brighten your basics. We love the bold orange and black pictured above. Orange is one of this season’s hottest colors and it’s nice to wear it without immediately thinking of Halloween.
4. A Worn-In Tee
The epitome of casual style is rocking a comfortable, nearly worn down to the threads t-shirt that looks like it’s been in your closet since middle school. Think of a starlet wearing a faded, soft, thin-fabric t-shirt under a leather jacket if you’re not sure what we mean. If you don’t have a supply of worn-in, nearly worn out t-shirts, then pick up something slightly distressed and add it to your spring wardrobe essentials.
From the District collection, we recommend our Ladies Game V-Neck Tee. A crossover v-neck with distressed printed stripes on the sleeves reminds us of fashion eras past without looking outdated. Avoiding an old fashioned look is easy—especially with our favorite heathered true royal and charcoal color combination. We use clean lines and color blocking to add vibrancy and modernity to a vintage look.
Perhaps the best part of this v-neck is how comfortable it makes most women feel. A just deep-enough v-neck and a loose, short sleeve are pretty universally complementary to any woman’s body type. The confidence and ease that comes from a comfortable, worn-in t-shirt lets us District citizens live in the moment and interact with the world with self-confidence.
5. A Form-Fitting Tank Top
Last but not least, your spring wardrobe essentials will need a little help from their friends. What we mean is that a form-fitting tank top can support your other essentials. Having these tanks on hand, in many colors and styles, lets you make creative new combinations through layering.
Take this District Ladies Mini Rib Racerback Tank in classic red. It’s a perfect pair with a V.I.T. Festival Tank in black, letting a hint of color peek through the laid-back look and exaggerated open sleeves. Put it on underneath a cardigan to dress it up or wear it underneath a pullover hoodie in case you get too hot. We know for a fact that you’ll be using this comfortable, form-fitting tank top a lot this spring.
The Mini Rib style also features one of our favorite designs: a racerback. We can’t recommend it enough as part of your spring wardrobe essentials. If you hate the look of a visible bra or if you’re not always confident showing your upper back, a racerback tank provides the coverage you’re looking for. Upper back coverage provides confidence when you wear this as your main piece and comfort as a layer beneath a loose shirt. Even better, it’s made of cotton, always be soft and gentle on your skin.
These five items should give you a strong head start moving into the spring. You probably have what you need to complement these spring wardrobe essentials, but we’ll give you some more suggestions just in case. Add a pair of skinny jeans, a light down or jean vest, and a hat that you absolutely adore to extend the life of your spring essentials and give you new and original ways to wear each item. A classic pair of simple sunglasses, a busy black and white patterned short, and a bright, geometric necklace can also be added to your wardrobe for when you want something that pops. Mix and match these with our athleisure shirts and tops for a never ending array of spring outfits.
If you’re looking for trends in head wear, you can look forward to an interesting year. Accessories that we at District love, include fashion forward visors and a fresh take on the classic baseball cap. The Pantone color of the year, soft Rose Quartz and cool Serenity, are perfect spring colors to add to your wardrobe as well.
District wants you to keep it vibrant and bold this spring. Make our pieces yours by infusing them with your sense of style. We don’t always believe that an outfit needs a busy print or logo to be fashionable. In the District clothing store, we love offering bright clothes so you can have fun with fashion. No matter your choice, your spring wardrobe essentials from District are made with high quality materials designed to last all year and stay boldly colorful for many seasons.
There are few things in life more important than our personal health and fitness. These days, there are a multitude of different ways to get in shape, each suited to our individual tastes and preferences and each with its own type of women’s gym attire to match. Whether you prefer to work out through fun yoga and boxing classes or more traditional solo exercise routines like running and swimming, there’s fitness fashion to suit your favorite routine.
No matter which workout routine you pick, however, it’s important to have the appropriate women’s gym attire for your activity of choice. For instance, if you’re running, you’ll need a pair of supportive shoes. If you’re getting down and dirty in the ring, you’ll need boxing gloves. And no zen trip to the yoga studio is complete without a good quality mat to sink your poses into. Whatever your workout preference, District is here to provide women’s gym attire and fitness fashion ideas for all your favorite athletic activities.
Take it to the Mat with Great Boxing Gear
Boxing is an amazing workout because of its incredibly high intensity, but that level of intensity means it is especially important to dress appropriately and find the right shirt to meet your level of activity. When you engage in such a taxing activity, you’re bound to find yourself dripping with sweat, which you might be surprised to learn is much more than a minor annoyance. In addition to weighing you down, sweat soaked clothes can pose a variety of minor health risks, from skin irritation to breakouts. What’s the solution? Women’s gym attire with moisture wicking material.
When you’re choosing gear for your boxing adventures—or for any other intense, sweat-prone exercise routine—avoid women’s gym attire made from 100% cotton materials. Pure cotton is a great wardrobe choice in many scenarios, but it holds onto sweat in the gym, causing all kinds of problem. Instead, look for gym clothes made from synthetics or blends, which dry much more quickly than natural fibers and are often designed specifically to pull moisture away from your skin. District’s 50/50 cotton/poly blend t-shirts are a great choice for the gym. In addition to their great fit, these tees dry much more quickly than their traditional cotton cousins and don’t get heavy as you sweat.
Hit the Road in Your Favorite Running Gear
It’s easy to see why running is a go-to exercise activity for so many people. You can do it anytime, anywhere, and it’s easy to enjoy the sites of the city or natural world around you without the boredom that might set in on a treadmill. Still, working out outdoors comes with its own set of requirements where women’s gym attire is concerned. If you’re going to be committed to running as the base of your workout routine, you have to be ready to roll in many kinds of weather conditions.
In warmer weather, a loose fitting t-shirt is ideal for running. A relaxed fit tee provides all the flexibility of movement you need when hitting the pavement, without any risk of underarm chafing or other irritation.
In cooler weather, you’ll often need to layer. However, you want to make sure that you don’t over-do it, since you’ll still be working up a sweat even in colder conditions. Lightweight blend pullovers, like District’s raglan hoodie or long-sleeve v-neck, are some of the best cool weather running gear because they add warmth without creating too much bulk, keeping you comfortable without letting you overheat.
In fact, a pullover like this can be an essential fitness accessory even for those of us who prefer indoor workouts. While we’re often used to trying to stay cool at the gym, long sleeves keep your muscles and joints warmed up throughout your workout, which actually reduces the risk of injury. In warmer weather, a loose fitting t-shirt is ideal for running.
Focus on Footwear
While all of your women’s gym attire choices can lead to a more productive workout, there’s no aspect of your running gear that’s more important than your shoes. Many avid runners make the mistake of failing to replace their running shoes as often as they should, which can pose long-term problems. Old running shoes create a variety of issues, most often because deteriorating arch support and bad soles can lead to pain and swelling. Here’s a few must-follow tips for proper care of your feet.
Replace Shoes Every 500 Miles: Running shoes wear out a lot faster than we want to admit. Most pairs are designed to last about 500 miles. While your exact running habits determine how often you should replace your kicks, a good rule of thumb is to replace them once a year if you run about twice a week, but every three months if you run almost every day. Whatever your activity level, make sure that you’re paying attention to the wear and tear on your shoes—the long term foot and knee pain just isn’t worth the money you save by putting off buying a replacement.
Get the Right Shoe Style for Your Activity: While they may appear relatively similar, a lot of complex engineering goes into the creation of different types of athletic shoes, so choose the right pair for your workout of choice. Running shoes, cross-trainers, and boxing shoes support the feet differently in subtle but significant ways.
Try Professional Foot Analysis: If you run frequently, it can be quite taxing on your feet. Having someone analyze the particular features of your feet can be extremely useful for your long term health, since individual differences in feet aren’t totally suited to the relatively one-size fits all design of most footwear. With proper foot analysis, you can find the ideal support for you with solutions like specialty insoles.
Anyone for Tennis?
Depending on your athletic style, tennis is another activity that can really ramp up your fitness routine. For many people, tennis is an appealing sport because it is both extremely high intensity—featuring lots of running, jumping, and lunging—and inherently social, since you can’t really do it on your own. While most women’s gym attire uses pants or shorts, tennis gear typically features dresses and shorts for added mobility and style. With so much style to choose from, tennis is a favorite sport of fashionistas everywhere.
Finding the Right Sports Bra
When engaging in a workout as fast-paced and high-activity as tennis, a quality sports bra is key to getting the most out of your sessions. No matter what type of physical activity you’re engaged in, good chest support is essential to making the most of your physical health. Your choice of sports bra is the foundational element of any women’s gym attire. In addition to helping your mobility by taming excess motion, sports bras protect your chest from injury and excessive stretching you may be subject to during periods of intense physical activity.
High Impact vs. Low Impact: Different sports bras are designed for different types of activities. If your favorite workouts are low impact, like walking or yoga, your needs will be covered by a less intense bra, but if you’re regularly running, boxing, or engaging in other workouts that put a lot of strain on the body, you’ll need a higher impact bra.
Choosing the Right Material: As with the rest of your women’s gym attire, you’ll want to find moisture wicking materials that will reduce trapped sweat, chafing, and irritation of the skin. Flat and covered seams serve the same function, so the best sports bras will feature both.
Replace Your Bras Often: The strain of your favorite workout can break down the support in your favorite bras whether you’re aware of it or not. When your bras are worn out, it’s important to regularly replace your sports bras. Some of the key signs that your bras may be on their last leg include distorted cups, loose elastic, and protruding wires but if you need a handy rule of thumb, most sports bras are designed to last through 6-9 months of regular activity.
What to Wear for Strength Training
Though lower impact than many other activities, strength training, including activities like weightlifting and pilates, is a key part of any exercise regimen. The most important thing to consider with women’s gym attire for strength training is the way it affects your range of motion.
You often won’t be moving at an incredibly fast pace when doing strength training, and what is more important is getting the most out of each movement. Proper fit is essential to making this work correctly, as it takes gym clothes that are neither too loose nor too tight.
If your gym clothes are too loose, they can catch on the weights and machines, which creates a risk of injury. Additionally, since position and posture are key to both the safety and the effectiveness of strength training workouts, baggy clothes can hamper your ability to observe the nuances of your body’s positioning, making your workouts riskier and less effective. Wearing excessively loose fitting women’s gym attire also makes it more likely that you’ll accidentally reveal more than you meant to when attempting certain tricky moves.
That said, workout clothes that are too tight are also a big no-no for strength training activities. Clothes that are too tight reduce your range of motion, which reduces the effectiveness of your weight lifting moves. While form-fitting spandex can be some of the best material to wear to the gym, you might also run the risk of cutting off your circulation if it fits too tightly. For best results, look for clothes that strike a happy medium in terms of fit, like District’s Core Fleece Shorts.
How to Care for Your Favorite Gym Clothes
Once you’ve found the perfect clothes to wear to the gym, you want to keep them looking, feeling, and smelling fresh for as long as possible. Our gym clothes endure a lot as they accompany us on our fitness journeys, so they require a certain amount of special care. Below are some key tips for caring for your gym clothes.
Wash Inside Out: You should always wash your gym clothes inside-out, for two reasons. First, this keeps colors safe. The second reason is obvious if you think about it: much more gross stuff ends up on the inside of your gym clothes than the outside.
Minimize Cleaning Products: Detergent and fabric softener can actually wreak havoc on synthetic and blended fabrics. When washing gym clothes use slightly less detergent than you would for a typical load of similar size, and avoid fabric softener entirely, as it can actually trap unpleasant smells in the fabric. White vinegar can be used as an alternative, if you desire.
Get Fit With District
At District, we’re all about functional fashion that supports a healthy lifestyle. If you’re looking for essentials that will serve as excellent women’s gym attire, our selection of basics made from quick-drying blends has all the answers you need. Just pair your favorite District essentials with quality athletic shoes and a great sports bra, and you’ll be ready to hit the gym no matter what your favorite approach to fitness is. Shop our online store today to find everything you need to get dressed for fitness success.