May 10, 2013 - Style, Trend Watch

Wardrobe Update | Five Summer Essentials

Summer Wardrobe Updates 2013

Hey pretties!  It’s the day of the week where it’s not only recommended but required to get our shop on.  Each Friday, I encourage all of you to take a little out of the weekly budget to do something pretty for yourselves.

This week’s Payday Pretty inspiration features items to update your wardrobe for summer.  Try one or all of these five trends to infuse new life into your summer stand-by’s.

1.  Neon Sandals

Dip a toe into the neon trend with a fun pair of bright sandals.  Pair them up with crisp white shorts, neutrals or other bright colors.

2.  Floral Shorts

I’m going to need you to trust me on this one because I speak from experience, OK?  Last summer, I bought my first pair of floral shorts (which my hubby lovingly referred to as the “ugly curtain shorts”).  Honestly I wasn’t sure if I’d wear them.  By the end of summer, they were my favorite pair.  Now I’m looking to expand my collection.  Won’t you join me?

3.  Striped Maxi

Every girl needs a striped maxi for summer, and you, my dear, are no exception.  They have crazy versatility and are super comfortable.  Can’t beat that combo.

4.  Oversized Tote

Summer is tote season.  Pick up one of these cuties to stylishly transport your beach and pool gear.

5.  Bright Swimwear

Stand out at the beach in one of these bright hot hues.


Sales and Deals

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J. Crew is having an insider’s sale that ends TODAY.  Get an additional 30% off all sale styles with code SUNSHINE.

You know you want a Mother’s Day “me-gift” like these cute crops.

[Matchstick Jean in Seaside Coral]

Or these colorful Sperry’s.

[Sperry for J. Crew in Neon Rose]

It’s Your Turn:  Have you transitioned your closet over to warmer weather clothing yet?  If so, what gaps do you need to fill in your wardrobe?  Tell me in the comments.

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  • After cleaning all the winter stuff out of my closet, I realized that I need a LOT more color! I own a lot of black and a lot of neutrals. I don’t know if I’m bold enough to go for the floral shorts, but I definitely need many of the other items you listed!

  • I think I’ve mentioned this before…..I don’t have a maxi dress. How can I call myself a fashion blogger without a maxi dress? I’m such a poser.

  • I would if the weather would cooperate… but, on second thought, I’m not sure I want to expose this body yet. haha… off to go grab the juicer. 🙂

  • I have done the transition. I definitely need a new bathing suit and some cute new flat sandals. Those neon ones are adorable! Heather

  • I need a striped maxi!

  • CC

    Great picks as usual, Alison. 🙂 I am looking to add some yellow and mint shorts and a green dress to the closet this summer. 🙂 And a few new pieces of swimwear. (I mix and match tankini tops with bikini bottoms so I enjoy adding new pieces just like to my closet. :))

  • I am on the fence about the floral short but i will keep an open eye out and if i see one will try it on. I like the Breezy Street Dress from Modcloth – gorgeous.

  • neon sandals! I definitely need those. and I wouldn’t mind a new maxi either!

  • This post gave me some great inspiration for things to buy for my upcoming trip! I might just have to check out that J. Crew sale tonight when I get home, too!!

  • MissMOE

    You know, I’ve tried the striped maxi dress thing numerous times. Just couldn’t pull the trigger. Instead I recently found a floral print maxi I just love. So happy with my new find!

  • I’m all about the floral shorts! I just need to find a pair. And striped maxis, or any maxi, is the way to go. I’ll be experimenting with them paired with blazers. A whole look I’d never even considered.

  • I am so on board with every item listed! Neon sandals – check! Floral shorts – my latest obsession! Stripes and a maxi – perfect combo! And that bag? We totally just picked that up from J.Crew Factory during the 50% off sale along with a few anchor towels! Perfect summer staples. Love this post! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • that swimsuit is adorable
    i am in the market for one, thanks for the suggestion

  • Love the sandals. Thanks for posting them. They will make a nice mother’s day present to myself. LOL.

  • Loving the blue striped dress.


  • I totally need a new swimsuit! I’m pretty sure 2 pieces are a thing of my past! Good thing there are adorable one pieces out there!

    knocked up fabulous

  • I loveeee bright coloured bikinis 🙂

  • such a great list – This is my summer essential list too! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style Delights Blog

  • hl

    I got the sperrys but with silver sequins. It adds a touch of fun. In the Bay Area, we have microclimates so the weather often changes, hour to hour, day to day. I’ve been looking for a lightweight, jacket, that I can easily throw in my purse when it warms up. Still looking. So far, I just carry a light scarf every wear.

  • OK, I’m going to try the floral shorts only because you said so…they kind of take me back. I need some more shorts so these will go on the list!!!