From screen sirens of the '50s and '60s to Instagram girls with serious street style - we take a look at the most effortlessly chic summer looks of all time

Bright sunshine-y days and balmy nights might bring out the best of everyone, but those good vibes don't always extend to your wardrobe. While it's easy to throw on a pair of shorts and a tee on the weekend, when the occasion calls for something more chic and put-together it's tricky to find the balance between casual elegance and straight-out beach attire. Nobody wants to be the girl or guy who literally looks like they've arrived from the beach to the bar...

Thankfully, there are men and women young and old who have nailed the art of pitch-perfect hot weather dressing. Think: gentlemen like Gregory Peck and George Clooney, or 20th Century style icons like Jane Birkin, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. Unsure how to translate '50s style into 2017 territory? Take a look at how Emily Ratajkowski, Elsa Hosk, Miranda Kerr, Giovanna Battaglia and Alexa Chung do summer - they're the masters of playful summer style.

Click through the gallery above to see what we mean.

The 30 best summer style icons of all time