With summer fast approaching, you can hardly contain your excitement over the upcoming beach getaways, leisurely strolls through the city and outdoor parties. With that said, how much should you spend on clothes that will suit all these occasions and the hot temperatures that the season throws your way? The following eight tips will guide you in choosing affordable summer pieces that require minimal maintenance and effort. As a result, you will be able to spend your time enjoying every last second of fun in the sun–instead of agonizing over the state of your closet and wallet.
City shorts (also called Bermuda shorts) that end at or slightly above the knee are the ultimate versatile piece for summer. They can be matched with many different tops, making them a good choice for the office, being out and about during the day or a night out on the town.
More feminine and delicate than gladiator sandals, flat t-strap slides or sandals are a must. They are super comfortable and can be either dressed up or down depending on what you pair them with, for example a cute sundress or denim capris. Whether you choose a neon patent leather pair embellished with rhinestones or a plainer one made of dark leather, you are bound to find one that suits your style.
The summer sun is scorching during the day, but the temperature can still get chilly at nighttime or inside air conditioned places. The solution is a light blazer or capsleeve jacket in bright summery colors such as pink, violet, yellow or white. Throw it on over top of a camisole or a tube top when the temperature drops or when you want to avoid revealing your shoulders.
3/4 leggings are a summer staple. Whether you wear them under a short dress or a long tank or tunic, leggings that end at the calf are great for creating a casual, laid back look that takes only minutes to put together. If you are tired of the black and gray leggings you wore with boots and sweaters during winter, opt for a pair in a neon color or a pattern such as leopard or zebra print. When shopping for leggings, make your first stop American Apparel, which carries them in more colors than you can count.
The next time you are at H&M, Gap or Old Navy, grab a few tanks and tees in different colors. They are great for layering over each other or wearing on their own with skirts, shorts and jeans. The best part is that once summer is over, you will be able to keep wearing these tops in the coming seasons under sweaters, cardigans and long sleeved shirts.
Whether you wear it as a dress, skirt, or cover-up over your bikini, a sarong screams summer fun. To create a loud look that stands on its own, go for a printed or tie dyed sarong. If you are after a more understated look, then solid colors that allow for a lot of accessorizing are the way to go.
Found in the jewelry section of just about every store these days, bangle bracelets come in countless textures, colors and sizes. A stack of as many or few bangles as you like is a perfect way to adorn bare summer arms.
A white tote is the ultimate way to complete your summer look. Whether you are heading to the beach or running errands, it will fit all of your things without forcing you to sacrifice style. If you are looking for an investment bag that will take you through several seasons, opt for a leather or leatherette version, whose surface will maintain its appearance for a longer period of time. If you do not mind your bag getting dirty quickly and plan to toss it at the end of the summer, choose one made of white canvas.
Anna is a freelance writer who lives and breathes fashion. She is the author of www.StealThisDress.com , a blog dedicated to guiding readers through the world of budget-savvy fashion.