The snow melts, the sun comes out and we all tend to do the same thing: rush out for a pedi, and buy everything that screams summer. Flip-flops with palm trees? Sure! Skimpy floral sun dresses? Yes, please! The issue is that these fun, impulse purchases are often not useful and not relevant to our daily lives. So here is my run-down of endlessly useful, versatile items that will serve you well this season, and, if you play your cards right, next year as well!
Birkenstocks Madrid Sandals – this season, Birkenstocks are at once hip and trendy and classic! A longtime go-to for active walkers and people in need of arch support, Birkenstocks have faced one bog challenge – being too clunky. This style changes that by having just one horizontal strap, and still offering great arch support and a classic look. Great for active moms, city walkers, and people irritated by thong flip-flops!
Leith Strappy Maxi Dress – a maxi dress should be simple and flattering. I love a great solid color, a cute back detail (click into the link to see the back – so pretty!) and a fitted, straight down style. A simpler style is also easier to dress up for a dinner or shower that sneaks up on you – add heels, a statement necklace and throw your hair up! Why are maxi dresses so great? They are feminine, comfy and do not require you to shave your legs!
Paige Vermont Denim Jacket
The ultimate in useful layering pieces, a denim jacket should be fitted, cropped, and a darker denim color for ultimate versatility. This Paige jacket is perfect, and currently 40% off! Add it as a topper to a summer dress, wear with a pencil skirt to work or throw it in your car for a summer weekend away – I guarantee you’ll reach for it!
Sleeveless White Top by Derek Lam
With it’s cooling properties, you really can’t go wrong with a crisp white top this summer! I chose this Derek Lam number from Neiman Marcus Last Call because it’s an outstanding deal, and it hugs the waist, making it flattering for all. It’s great for work (try on top of skinny fit trousers), it’s great for a weekend day trip with fitted bermuda shorts and it’s likely the piece you’ll try with many other bottoms that are hard to pair.
Small n’ Stylish Cross-Body Bag – Going on a trip this summer? Concert? Outdoor festival? Simply want to be comfy and cool? Ditch that monster shoulder bag for a small cross body that only fits the barest essentials! This Cole Haan number is a great deal for leather, and the right shade of brown to make it truly season-less!
Hope this helps guide you to some great summer purchases!