HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY THIS MONTH: We show you exactly what to buy for summer.
It’s summer! And that means it’s time to switch over your closet. What sounds exciting (who doesn’t love trading out that tired wool coat for fresh printed skirt?) can actually be a little depressing when you realize that you don’t love half of the things you dutifully stored away and that you need a laundry list of new things to stay on trend.
Unfortunately, need is a shopping buzzkill. Need makes me think of white button-down shirts or a nice pair of “slacks.” I think we can all agree that shopping from our “want list” is way more fun.
In an effort to combine the needs and wants of your new season wardrobe, I’ve put together a guide to what to buy for summer. Figuring out how to spend your money can be easy when you break it down like we’ve done for you.
Maybe it’s the former accessories editor in me, but I think a fantastic summer shoe is one of the most important pieces to your warm weather wardrobe. Whereas you can get away with an inexpensive white summer dress or canvas bag, this is something to invest in. And when I say fantastic I’m not talking about a colored pump or a festive wedge. What you need is a luggage-tan heeled sandal that will become your wear-with-everything wardrobe essential. Choose the right one and you can even wear it into fall with grey tights. How’s that for an investment buy?
If a shoe is something you invest in, a summer dress is something you don’t. The great thing about shopping for summer clothes is that they can look expensive more easily that those for fall can. It’s simply the nature of materials and accessorizing. A white cotton dress starts to look expensive the minute you add sophisticated jewelry and the right shoe and bag. And there is also no carry-over potential with cotton so the minute the temperatures drop you’ll have to retire it until next year.
What about your bag and jewelry? Do you buy a blazer? Scroll through the slideshow above to see how I suggest you spend your money this month and learn exactly what to buy for summer.