While the heat index here in New York hasn’t quite reached it’s maximum potential, spring is definitely here and summer is close behind. There are some must-have summer clothes you won’t want to be without this season that will help you maximize your wardrobe. Think of these pieces as investments — spend the money on your summer wardrobe now, and reap the benefits for seasons to come. From the denim chambray and peplum jacket, to the pencil skirt and white pump….here are eight budget-friendly closet keepers that will help you be on trend and in style season after season.
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Denim Shirt – This season, the denim chambray just oozes versatility (I’m actually ashamed to admit how often I wear mine). Whether it’s tucked into a bright flowy skirt with a cool necklace or paired against a contrasting colored boyfriend jean with a pair of leopard pumps. This piece is one you won’t remember how you ever got along without it.
Pencil Skirt – Need help amping up the work ensemble? Well, look no further than this stand-out ombre-colored pencil skirt. This perfectly silhouetted number from Elie Tahari has all the right colors for spring, and will happily work overtime from day to evening.
Peplum Jacket – It looks good on just about every shape. Peplum is making a well-received comeback this spring, and in a huge way. Go ahead, be daring — combine it with this not-to-miss color, and you’ll be batting 100.
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White Skinny Jean – This time of year, we’re normally dusting off the resort wear and breaking out the white linen pants. Well this season, we’re switching things up just a bit and finding those perfect figure flattering skinny jeans – in white.
Floral Print Dress – Floral print doesn’t have to remind you of your grandmother’s moth-laden comforters. This beautiful floral-print dress from Alice + Olivia is the perfect way to rock a rainbow of colors this season and give a flower print new life. Pair it with a cardigan and belt it, or compliment it with a solid statement necklace… there’s no way to go wrong.
White Pump – Handbags, shoes… accessories in white were all over the spring/summer 2013 runways, and they are the perfect way to try out a hot season trend without spending a lot of money. This funky ankle strap and color blocking make this shoe a multi-functional solution you won’t mind trying out.
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Bold Color Blazer – I recently bought a blood-orange-colored blazer, much like this one, on an impulse after spotting it in the window at Ann Taylor – and it’s one purchase I have not regretted. Couple it with a skinny jean for date night or with a fun skirt for work. You’ll find yourself reaching for this vibrant hued blazer, again and again.
Distressed Boyfriend Jean – Yes, the boyfriend jean says laidback and relaxed, but there is a quick solution to take these easy riders from zero to 60 in record timing. Pair them with a killer stiletto and a crisp white shirt, and you’re quickly on your way from lazy afternoon to urban chic.
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com, a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime — created after a massive unexpected layoff forced her to hone in on her true passion.