What To Wear In 70-Degree Weather

Ease into slowly warming weather with these fabulous outfit styling ideas.

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It is time to have some serious talk about what to wear in 70-degree weather. Indeed, it is a confusing time of the year. The mornings are hot, the sun is brighter in the afternoons, and the nights are chilly. Yes, it is a privileged problem, but a problem anyway. So, people in Florida and California pay attention. We are here with a detailed style guide to help you plan your outfits for the day. It will help you experiment with your clothes as the temperature starts to hit 70-degree and ensure that you remain comfortable all day. Swipe up for details!

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  • Fabrics: Go for comfortable fabrics like cotton, linen, and polyester during the day and thicker fabrics like jersey knit and wool would in the evening to keep yourself warm.
  • Hairstyles: Opt for comfortable hairstyles like braided updos or ponytails during the day and loose curls or waves in the evening to keep your neck warm.
  • Makeup: Use long-lasting and sweatproof makeup during the day in light shades like nude or peach. Opt for a bold red or pink lip shade if you are wearing a neutral outfit at night.
  • Colors: Go for white, nude, light tan, or light yellows to match the feel of the weather.

How To Dress For 70-Degree Weather

1. Casual Wear

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If you want to step out for an early coffee on a Sunday or spend the day at the mall, wear something that is more than just a summer dress. A hoodie dress (yes, that’s a thing now) – thanks to Ariana Grande for swearing by it – and white shoes or pumps will be perfect. If you hang out a little bit, the hoodie will keep you slightly warm without being all muggy or heavy. Or go for a flattering ruffle dress with a flattering jacket that go with those white shoes. A side body bag and shades round off those casual vibes perfectly.

Tatita Uriel, a blogger, likes to pair a white blouse with her polka-dot overall skirt, a white cardigan with black trims, and brown rain boots for a rainy day. This is both stylish and comfortable, especially in 70-degree weather. She says, “My cardigan has a V-neckline and is rather warm. When I wore this outfit, it was about 70 degrees, but the rain made the weather a little chilly. This cardigan is perfect for days like that because it is warm enough to keep me dry from the rain and still light enough to be worn in 70 degree weather (i).”

2. Semi-Formal

Semi-formal wear in 70-degree weather
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Office wear is getting more relaxed, and most companies don’t expect you to be suited up. The solution? Semi-formal. Go for faded skinnies and a shirt that suits your fancy trench – not too thick, not too thin. Now is the time for you to take out those airy trousers that swing both ways to pair them with a plain T-shirt or printed blouse and shoes of your choice.

Carry a stole, put your hair up in a bun, and finish the look with a tan bag. Told you that 70-degree kind of weathers bring out the best, didn’t we?

3. Partywear

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A little black dress can never go wrong – but go for something that gives you good coverage and keeps you warm. So here’s a black dress that does all of that for you. You may also spin it around with a suave lace dress that suits the weather just right. You can layer these dresses with a long trench coat or a leather jacket. Ankle-strap heels and hoops should be the way to accessorize it.

4. Boat Attire

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Are you going on a cruise lunch with your special someone? Or, a private boat party to end Spring? Go for a polished wraparound skirt and blazer look if it’s a day out with office folks. Or choose the easy fix, which is a jumpsuit. Both the outfits go with almost any footwear, makeup, accessories, and – not to forget – the layering. You can also opt for an oversized white graphic tee with fun over-the-knee boots and a bright-colored bag for a fun and unique look.

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A jumpsuit with a V-neck usually looks good on short people as it helps accentuate their curves and makes them look taller.

5. School Outfits

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A skinny camo jumpsuit, anyone? Yes, ditch the regular jumpsuits and take the love of camouflage to the next level with this casual but uber chic attair. Start by adding denim or a plain white shirt in the morning, and take it off as it gets warm. Or choose a cami, skinny jeans, and a plaid shirt that never goes out of style. I hope you have converse, Vans, or white sneakers in your shoe closet because they ace your game effortlessly.

6. Running Outfits

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Now is the time you can start drifting into shorts and mesh leggings if you are an outdoor or running kind of a person. Carry a flimsy hoodie or a zipper jacket and get rid of it as you start breaking a sweat. If shorts are your thing, choose mesh tops that look stylish and are breathable. Activewear tights over shorts are also a good option. Braid your hair in two and slay your outdoor workouts while they last.

7. Beach Outfits

Beach outfits in 70-degree weather
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Beach vacation on your mind? Keywest islands in Florida or someplace else in California? You don’t need to worry much about layering in tropical areas, because even the 70-degree kind of weathers are just perfect for beach clothing – it doesn’t get too chilly in the night or unbearable in the morning. Dressing up in shirt dresses will be great – you can use them as a cover-up after your morning swim and head straight to lunch or walk around the town square. For dinner and drinks, go for a ruffle skirt or tops that add definition to your outfit naturally.

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You can pair ruffled pieces with lace-up sandals, sneakers, or flip-flops for a fun beachy vibe.

8. Rainy Day Outfits

Rainy day outfits in 70-degree weather
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You don’t have to restrict yourself to jeans or jeggings on rainy days. Choose pieces that dry faster in this season but without your style taking a hit. Leather pants and a high-low sweater are a great choice, along with ankle length boots that add the comfort you need. Ruffle or georgette skirts are another great option. You can throw in an oversized or leather jacket and strut around as you walk down with an umbrella. Talk about owning it up!

9. Chicago-Kind-Of-Weather

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We finally hit the 70-degree mark, people, which means it is a perfect time to walk the Navy Pier, get on the wheel, or shop around the fancy stores on the Millennium Mile. Go all-fancy with a short pencil skirt, throw on a casual blazer, and even a beret with cat eye glasses to keep up with the high street fashion. Or spin around to the street style vibe of Chicago with an animal print skirt, crop sweater, and boots.

10. New York Times

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New York accommodates all kinds of weathers, people, and styles. From the crazy blizzards to the unbearable summers and some pleasant days for you to play with outfits – you can have them all. If you are playing the visitor for a day, pick a comfortable pair of shorts, a full-sleeved T-shirt, and walking shoes – because seeing New York is walking New York. Or, go all minimalistic and suave with a linen one-piece dress and flats. The only thing for you to remember is that comfort and style go hand in hand here. Don’t be afraid to add some bright colors, be it your bag, hat, shoes, or sunglasses as New York is known for its unique style.

11. London Diaries

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Do you know what 70-degrees mean in London? They mean party! Hence, you’ve got to make use of them every single day. Choose silk trousers and crop tops when there’s no rain forecast (calls for a bigger party) – instead of jeans that you must be practically living in anyway. Khakis or jute skirts to go with plain tops and a trench coat for rainy days.

Infographic: Top 5 Ways To Dress For 70-Degree Weather

Finding the right outfits for 70-degree weather can be challenging. To help you out, we have rounded up 5 outfit ideas that will help you look your best as you navigate this difficult weather. Check out the infographic below to learn more and get inspired!

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The 70-degree temperature is a nice compromise between the oppressively humid summers and the never-ending winters, allowing you to experiment with your clothing. There is a fashion trick to help you decide what to wear in 70-degree weather: stop and think if the outfit you are picking will look just as good if you add a layer or take it off. For instance, a ruffle dress with a cropped jacket can be the perfect outfit for a casual day out. On the other hand, a long trench coat or a leather jacket paired with a black dress can keep you sorted for a party in 70-degree weather. To sum it up, you got to keep it cool and layer it up to rock this kind of weather.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is 70 degrees sweater weather?

70°F is not usually considered sweater weather. However, if you generally feel cold, you can wear a sweater in this weather. If you are concerned about sweating, you can drape the sweater over your shoulders to create a stylish look.

What do you wear to 70 degrees at the beach?

A basic T-shirt and shorts are ideal for a 70°F day at the beach. You can also try sailboat-ready polo shirts, loose tank dresses, or a short-sleeve T-shirt with loose pants.

Should I wear pants or shorts in 70-degree weather?

Shorts are a great casual option if you’re going out in the morning or afternoon. For evenings or formal events, pants are more suitable.

Is 70 degrees okay to swim in?

As long as you are comfortable with the temperature, it is perfectly safe to swim in 70 degrees water.

Key Takeaways

  • The 70-degree weather ideally means humid mornings and afternoons and chilly evenings.
  • A hoodie dress paired with white shoes makes an awesome casual outfit for a weekend outing during the day.
  • Shirt dresses are ideal for rocking your beach look, while ruffle or georgette skirts (they dry quickly) are perfect for rainy days.
  • If you are a fitness enthusiast and like to run, it is a good time to take out your mesh tops and leggings.
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Libbie Mugrabi is a New York-based designer with 5 years of experience. She is known for her bold outfits and showcasing philanthropy work. Libbie’s most recent philanthropic venture included underwriting the V&A free-to-attend runway show, Fashion in Motion, in London. She is currently head starting her own fashion line, L’Scher, that will debut its expansion in London Winter 22’, which...read full bio

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