How to Style a Sexy, Silk Cami 3 Super Easy Ways

By Laura Lajiness

Summer is all about carefree style and easy pieces. And while we strive for an effortless look year-round, rising temps make it extra important that your ensemble doesn’t feel contrived, or worse, suffocating. That’s where the simple camisole comes in. Silky and sleek, this unfussy top is endlessly versatile with workwear, denim, and date-night attire and cool to the touch for a comfortably slinky look. This hero piece is totally nostalgic á la the 90s—will the decade’s resurgence ever quit?

While originally an undergarment, camisoles are more polished than you may expect—it’s all about styling them in juxtaposition: add structure with a tailored blazer and trouser set, grunge with lightly distressed jeans, or edge tucked into a graphic skirt with heels. As you prepare your rotation of easy outfits for summer hours at the office, alfresco dining, and weekend jaunts, we’ve laid out three ensembles that feature the fail-safe camisole. From sunset cocktails to weekend brunches and beyond, you can lean on these looks repeatedly throughout summer.

For Evening

GET THE LOOK: O-Ring Handle Circle Crossbody Bag, Bar Front Downtown Cami, Mid Rise Ripped Jeans, Snake Print Heeled Sandal

It doesn’t get easier than a camisole with jeans for cocktails, a dinner date, or outdoor concert. A distressed pair will offset the slinkiness of the top while snake print heels ensure a spicy effect. A geometric bag offers a bit of intrigue to the pared-back look. For more polish, swap denim for a low-slung trouser and sneakers—a formula the street style set loves for casual cool.

At Work

GET THE LOOK: Cropped Sleeve Blazer, Downtown Cami, High Waisted Side Stripe Pant, Heeled Mules

Smarten up a camisole for the office by layering with a checked blazer and trouser set. A silky fabric will bring a feminine feel to the menswear-inspired suit while optic white heels keep the look sophisticated but fashion forward. If you’re into checks and stripes but prefer a skirt, try a graphic pencil silhouette with a knit jacket over top—in a light palette, you’ll feel perfectly refined for summer.

On The Weekend

GET THE LOOK: (Minus The) Leather Moto Jacket, Downtown Cami, Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses, Thin Heeled Faux Suede Sandals

A colorful cami is punchy for the weekend whether you’re meeting friends for brunch and shopping, strolling through the park on a date or having dinner al fresco. A graphic mini skirt and neutral heels dress up the basic just enough to still feel effortless. A white faux-leather moto jacket is the perfect piece to drape over your shoulders after sundown. If you prefer jeans, go for a white pair—a seasonal trend in the denim department.