If you read my newsletter, you’ll know that I’ve declared this summer to be “elastic waistband summer” to indicate my refusal to wear any item of clothing that isn’t soft, comfy, cozy and pretty. I’m sick of wearing the same old leggings and t-shirts every day; I’m ready to start getting up in the morning and feeling “dressed” when I come out of my bedroom. But I refuse to give up comfort for style!
I also refuse to spend any more money than necessary. These days, I can’t be paying $100 for a dress that’s going to sit in my closet most of the time. I need clothes that I’ll wear on a regular basis so everything need to be able to be dressed up or dressed down and ideally I should be able to wear anything I buy for multiple seasons. And, of course, I need to spend as little as possible.
Fortunately, I found 10 perfect pieces to add to my summer wardrobe that fit all my requirements! Each piece can be worn casually around the house or dressed up with accessories for a dressier look. Everything is under $100, including the workhorse jumpsuit I can’t wait to get that’s under $30 and the $12 shorts that I promise you’ll wear every day. (I’ve already bought these shorts so I can tell for sure how great they are!)
If you’re reading this over Memorial Day, be sure and check these items out right now as all the stores are having amazing sales and you can wear everything all summer!
Yes, these shorts do have a waistband you have to button, but the seersucker fabric is so breezy and cool I had to include these shorts. I really like the 7-inch inseam as it's not super short, but not so long as to be matronly. I'll be wearing these shorts all summer a t-shirt or cute eyelet top.
These shorts look tight and constricting so you would be forgiven for thinking that my definition of comfy is a little skewed. But I bought these shorts last year and they are my absolute go-to for comfortable, flattering shorts. The denim is really soft and the fabric has tons of stretch so these shorts really are very comfortable. (Seriously, read the reviews!) A closer fit can often make you look thinner than a pair of baggy shorts because there's no excess fabric. This looks great with a larger t-shirt.
I'm a sucker for basics with a unique twist and this soft linen tee literally delivers! The knot in front lets you wear a comfy blousey look without being overwhelming. This would look so cute with any of the shorts on this list or a pair of leggings.
Need to look professional for that Zoom call, but don't want to - ugh - wear pants? Throw on this relaxed jumpsuit and show your work buddies you've got style even when you're just sitting around the house. They don't need to know that you feel like you're wearing a comfy caftan. And how cute will this be for your first patio dinner out or barbecue? Nobody will know if you've put on a few quarantine pounds because the slimming stripes and forgiving fit of this cute jumpsuit will hide all those late-night cheesecake slices. (Just me?)
I bought this romper last week (in black because I want to look professional) and so I can tell you first-hand that it basically feels like I'm changing out of my night pajamas into my day pajamas when I wear this. I said "look professional" as a joke, but honestly, as long as you're sitting down, who's going to know that you're pretending to be a competent businesswoman while wearing a cozy romper? I certainly won't tell.
I love my short romper from Amazon so much, I've got this longer version bookmarked for my next purchase. It's got tons of great reviews and the price is crazy cheap at 28.99! This jumpsuit is great for around the house and running errands and can be easily worn well into fall with a sweater.
Can you tell I'm in love with the whole concept of the one-stop shopping that is the romper? This one is made of jersey knit so it's soft and comfy and isn't as short as so many rompers are. The wrap tie helps accentuate and slim the waist and the lemon print just makes me smile.
These paperbag waist joggers are the perfect pants to wear for "elastic waistband summer". I love the terracotta color which looks really fresh and can easily be worn into the fall. The material of the waistband lies flat and isn't too gathered unlike some paperbag waist pants which can add on visual pounds by collecting a bunch of fabric around your waist. These pants will look crisp and trim with a tank this summer and can be worn well into the fall with a light jacket.
I love the look of wrap tops but I'm not a fan of how they frequently gape and need to be pinned. This stylish top looks like a wrap top but hangs like a regular tank so it's the best of both worlds in both comfort and style. It would look great dressing up the paperbag joggers or with a skirt during those (hopefully few!) times you need to dress up and look presentable.
Even warm days can sometimes turn to chilly evenings in the summer and this thin knit sweater is perfect for throwing on when you want to sit out on your deck and just listen to the quiet all around. I can see myself wearing this almost every day for one reason or another: as a bathing suit cover-up, or an extra layer during early morning walks, or even just as a wearable blanket during my next Netflix binge.
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