There is nothing better than the feel of a new garment, or even better, a wardrobe makeover. In fact, updating your wardrobe seasonally can be a lot of fun but it certainly doesn't come for free, or even cheap. If you're like most women and unable to purchase a whole new closet, don't fret, because it only takes a few key pieces during the summer to make you look your best. More importantly, these key items do not have to necessarily burn a hole through your wallet. Any of these essential wardrobe pieces and accessories will have you feeling fashionably renewed, elegant, and great about your style. And because all of these items are indeed a bargain, it's more than alright if you find yourself purchasing the whole list.
If black is your go-to color when throwing on a jacket, this season opt for a fresh white version instead. The jacquard pattern on this Zara blazer is elegant, sophisticated, and adds a special unique touch to the piece. However, because the pattern is so light, it does not take away from, but rather adds to, the simplicity of this blazer. This stunning piece is not only affordable, its super-versatile. Throw it over your work ensemble, a cocktail dress, or even jeans and a t-shirt, and immediately add polish to your outfit. This jacket is so great, you will find yourself putting it on even after Labor Day.
For summer, sometimes less is more — especially when choosing an LBD. Pick a style that is simple and versatile like this one from Topshop. To dress up or dress down this LBD, simply add or remove accessories — think edgy and flashy for night and neutral and simple for day. The clean lines and simple silhouette give this dress an elegant and luxe vibe. Not only is this dress affordable, versatile and polished, it's also figure-flattering. Because the bodice is fitted, the skirt is flared, the silhouette creates the illusion of an hourglass shape. Perfect for work, a party or even a dinner, this dress is filled with endless possibilities.
Both classic and fashion-forward, these jeans from Zara have a pretty long life-span. The wash of the denim appears luxe and elegant and pairs easily with other separates. Whether you choose to pair these jeans with a white button down, a cashmere sweater, or a silk camisole, the result will always look polished. Another great plus? The fit is super flattering and the soft material is beyond comfortable. Which is why you will find yourself categorizing this pair as one of your "favorites" by the time summer is over.
This colorblocked fedora from Forever 21 will keep harmful rays away from your face while keeping you fashionably chic. The grosgrain ribbon trim and the bow accent feels feminine and luxe. The two-toned color is versatile and neutral, matching patterns, textures, or solids easily. Lightweight and breezy, you will find yourself carrying this hat around everywhere.
The Luxe Daytime Bag
The embossed croc makes this bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs seem incredibly luxe and expensive. Additionally, the neutral color is versatile and pairs with anything. The roomy satchel is perfect for a work environment, a shopping excursion, or even when going on vacation. The removable cross body strap is a functional feature, while the silvertone hardware feels clean, and keeps this satchel a classic. All for under $300. This gorgeous bag is a great investment that you will continue to carry through the rest of the year.
Summer is the perfect time to show off your glamorous and glitzy side. Start off by strutting around in these silver toned mirror sandals from Nine West. These striking sandals are fashion-forward and feel very now. Their appeal is even greater because while they look sturdy and edgy, their design remains simple and elegant. Another great reason to work these during the summer months, they look great against tan skin.
Less Is More
While bold looks are more than welcome during the summer time, bulky is better left with your winter coat. For starters, swap your watch for this delicate and pretty timepiece from La Mer Collections. A nice change from those bulky, menswear-inspired gold watches seen everywhere, this leather wrap watch feels dainty and looks very sophisticated. The white leather straps and gold hardware detailing feel feminine, but not overly girly. Even though this watch is perfect for the warmer months, you can still wear this polished piece all year round.
The Inexpensive Gem
When it comes to jewelry during this season, anything goes. However, there will be a few times were Navajo-inspired chokers and edgy chain bracelets just don't cut it. During these more refined moments, it's important to find jewelry pieces that are fashion-forward and contemporary, while still being elegant and sophisticated. Need help? Kendra Scott's Danielle earrings in turquoise fit the bill. While they appear elegant, they are not overly dainty. Additionally, while these danglers are definitely striking, they will not overpower any outfit. The perfect in-between accessories, you will find yourself wearing the turquoise gems all summer long.
This fun clutch from ASOS is right on trend with this season's preference for bright and bold hues like. Colorful and sleek, this evening bag is a great addition to any fashionista's closet. Not only is this clutch roomy enough to carry all of your evening essential, its bargain price makes it possible to buy more than just one color.