THE BEST SUMMER SHOPPING TIPS FOR THE CAPSULE + BUDGET SHOPPER

Ah, Summer. A favorite season of many filled with tans, pool parties, and barbecues. As with all seasons, I don’t like to fuss over what I’m wearing all summer long but rather feel confident and cool no matter what I throw on. This doesn’t always come easily, and when I’m feeling a little uninspired or overwhelmed with my options, I like to follow these tips to make sure I’m well prepared with items I will wear and love all summer long!

TAKE INVENTORY

What worked for spring that can translate to summer? Make a list of these items so you don’t accidentally buy two of the same thing.

START EARLY

The time to plan is now! We’re about a month away from the official start of summer, which means you have a whole month (and more, if you’re not trying to be super strict or structured) to think about what you need for summer. You can always shop during the season as well (no judgement here!) but I’ve found it’s most helpful to be prepared for the season ahead before it starts. Take advantage of any semi-annual and holiday sales as well!

LOOK AT TRENDS

What trends have you been loving this season that you want to incorporate into your wardrobe? Incorporate a few trends that suit your style into your wardrobe so it feels fresh for the new season.

BUY SECONDHAND, IF POSSIBLE

Buying well-made items secondhand will free up more of your hard-earned cash to spend on summer trips or other items for you capsule. My favorite places to shop are my local Goodwill, Poshmark, and the Real Real.

CREATE A MOOD BOARD

If you’re unsure where to start and you need a little more inspiration, then a mood board can help you find your summer aesthetic and create a cohesive wardrobe. I love looking at Pinterest and We Heart It to find inspiration, and if you want to see what I’ve been looking at check out my Spring & Summer Wardrobe board.

THINK ON YOUR ITEMS FOR A FEW DAYS

My absolute most-loved and worn pieces (like my Birkenstocks, satin camis, and AYR shorts) are pieces that I thought about for a while to make sure they were things that would really fit well into my wardrobe. If you’re unsure about a piece, take some time to think about how you can wear it in your summer wardrobe and what it will go with. I have found that impulse buys are almost always a bad choice for me, but if you can’t resist the deal make sure the item is returnable in the case that you don’t love it.

ACCOUNT FOR WEATHER

What is the weather like for your summer? It may be helpful to check out the average highs and lows so that you’re well prepared for whatever  may come! Right now Georgia is feeling the aftermath of a tropical storm, so it has been raining for days (thank goodness I invested in a good rain jacket!).

CONSIDER EASY DIYS

I’ve posted a few DIYs recently (here, here, and here), and there are still many more on my list I can’t wait to finish! DIYs are such a rewarding way to put your creativity to good use, learn new skills, and show off your talent. Did I mention they also save you money? I always feel more confident in a piece I made myself because I know that everything from the material to the stitches that hold it together was all me. 

AND FINALLY, MAKE YOUR LIST

Once you’ve gone through your wardrobe and figured out what you need, go shopping! Look at the stores you’re shopping at ahead of time online (if you’re shopping at brick and mortar shops) so that you aren’t tempted by items you already own or by things you have no use for.

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There you have it! These tip always help me get through shopping for new seasons and I hope they are helpful to you as well! What is your method for shopping for a new season?

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Kasey

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