Fashion Clothing The Summer-3 Fashion Rule Is the Easy Yet Smart Outfit Trick You Have to Try It'll get you through the steamiest days, all season long. By Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on July 25, 2022 @ 01:36PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images At this point in life, we've experienced our fair share of summers, but no matter how many steamy, sweaty months we've spend on this earth, we still encounter the same old style dilemmas when dressing for the season. We're constantly in search of easy summer outfit ideas — things we can pull together in flash that also will also feel comfortable, versatile, and fashion-forward. That's why year, we're breaking out our favorite trick whenever we're stumped: the Summer-3 rule, which is key for finding a fresh, fun look you can wear to a business meeting and drinks with your friends. 10 Beach Outfits to Wear for Summer 2022 In order to nail the Summer-3 fashion formula, all you need are three key items: a dress of your choice, statement earrings, and a pair of sandals. Although it sounds super simple, that's exactly why it works. There's no overthinking or fussing, and depending on which items you use, you'll be able to incorporate your personal style and make the combination more formal or casual. Ahead, we're rounding up photographic proof that the Summer-3 is a favorite among well-dressed women, as well as a few tips for how to keep things feeling fresh. White Tank Tops Have Randomly Become Summer 2022's Must-Have Item Reach for Puff Sleeves or Ruffles Getty Images With a fun dress as the focus, you won't have to stress about the other two items. Classic hoops or drop earrings along with a chunky pair of sandals will be more than enough. Try a Maxi Getty Images A solid-colored slip dress paired with large earrings and sleek, strappy shoes will help you nail the Clean Girl Aesthetic. Make It Bright Getty Images Go ahead and pile on all the colors for a whimsical summer look. A printed dress and jeweled earrings will ensure this combination is far from boring. So Many Shades of Pink Are Trending Right Now Take Your Pick Getty Images It's fine to focus on just one statement piece — be it the earrings, the dress, or the sandals — and balance it out with subtle designs. Go With Long Sleeves Getty Images The Summer-3 fashion rule is especially helpful on days and nights when temperatures take a dip. Instead of spaghetti straps or one-shouldered options, slip on a breezy, long-sleeved shirtdress before adding extras to spice it up. I'm Going to Europe for a Month and Only Wearing This Foolproof, 2-Part Outfit Formula Switch Up Your Shoes Getty Images If strappy sandals aren't for you, trade those babies for platforms, boots, or sneakers. Oftentimes, the smallest of details, such as embellishments, end up being the most powerful. A fun footwear choice will instantly give sweet, timeless dresses a fashion-forward boost. Make Adjustments Getty Images The Summer-3 fashion rule can be altered to suit your personal style. If you'd rather skip the statement earrings, go with a bucket hat instead. Trade your sandals for boots or your dress for a romper. The key is to have three main pieces, but what those pieces are is really up to you. Add an Extra Step Getty Images If your outfit is missing a little something, play around with proportions. Cinch your waist with a belt or add a relaxed, oversized blazer that will pull your look together.