Budget-Friendly Summer Wardrobe Ideas

Dresses

With summer in full-swing, you may be looking around at all the cute summer looks in stores, but if you were to pick up every new seasonal item, you’d probably end up with a pretty hefty price tag! If you’re the type to love getting new seasonal looks, but you want to avoid spending your entire paycheck on just clothes, check out a few of these ideas to keep your summer wardrobe update easy and low cost!

A Few General Guidelines

Updating your seasonal wardrobe can be lots of fun, but you don’t want to make the mistake of spending a lot of money on items that will be out of style by next year. Follow some of these general guidelines to get you started on revitalizing your wardrobe on a budget. Not a ton of additional reading required!:

  • Before you buy anything, go through your whole wardrobe. Put your winter clothes into storage and take out and hang up all of your summer things. Take stock of what you already have and clear out the unsalvageable things before you start shopping.
  • Repair any items that have only minor damage or wear. Have a good sewing kit on hand and knowing how to do a quick stitch will keep you from having to pay for professional repairs or having to scrap the item altogether.
  • Get rid of items that you haven’t worn at all in the past year. There’s no point to hanging on to items you like on the rack but not on yourself, unless they have sentimental value.
  • When you do start shopping, shop for fit and not for trend. Super trendy items have very short shelf lives, so it’s not a financially sensible decision to buy lots of items that will be out of style by the time you take out your summer wardrobe next year. Instead, only buy items that strike you as timeless and that you will be able to incorporate into many different styles and looks. Most importantly, buy things that flatter your body. Self-conscious about your tummy or thighs? Don’t commit to bathing suits or shorts that you don’t feel comfortable in. Try vintage style one-pieces for tummy control or try bikinis with skirt attachments to take attention off your thighs. Make fashion work for you and not the other way around.
  • If you want to jazz up your wardrobe, but you don’t need any new staple items like a bikini or shorts, go for shoes and accessories. These can offer low cost ways to put some new flair into your wardrobe. Choose accessories that can go with both dressed up and dressed down looks to get the most out of your money.
  • Shop for items in colors that compliment you. Especially if you are the type to struggle with putting together your own cute outfits with the things you have in your closet, limiting the palette you buy will make it easier to keep your wardrobe stylistically consistent and so it will be easier to get multiple outfits out of just a few clothing items.

A Few Summer Look Ideas

By using what you already own and by shopping only for flattering items with some stylistic longevity, you can have all the fun of developing a summer wardrobe without worry of spending too much. Here are a few specific ideas to get you thinking about which items will be best for your summer wardrobe.

  • Wide colorful scarves in thin material are an excellent addition to a summer wardrobe as they can add a little color to a plain look and can be worn in several different ways. Drape it loosely around your neck and shoulders, use it as a shawl when the evening gets cooler, or drape it loosely over your head for a classic vintage diva look.
  • Add a few striking pieces of cz jewelry in different styles and colors for a good low-cost way to accessorize plain looks. Get a few interesting pieces of statement jewelry to bring some character and flash to your standby looks. Choose pieces in colors that will work with the rest of your outfits, either in matching colors or complimentary colors.
  • Try out some new looks with your hair to get in the summer spirit. If you don’t want to do anything major like cutting or dying, get some headbands and flower hair clips and experiment with some festive and summery looks. Check out hairstyling blogs to find new ways to do different looks with the same set of accessories. Be sure to search for styles based on your hair type: fine, coarse, curly, straight, slippery, etc.

Looking cute in the summertime is all about finding ways to feel confident in your own skin! Revitalize and redo your wardrobe with a sense of what makes you feel best.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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