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Summer Trends That Won’t Break the Bank

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Are you looking to add a few fun pieces to your closet without breaking the bank? Here are seven of my favorite summer trends that will be sure to spice up your wardrobe!

The Baseball Cap
I am not talking about just ANY ball cap; I’m talking about one with style. Perfect to keep the sun out of your eyes, protect your beautiful skin and the perfect item for a bad hair day. Look for a cap made from canvas, cotton or linen. I especially love the ones that have a leather detail.
Ball Cap, Target $16.99

The Sophisticated Straw Bag
Not just your average beach bag, the new straw bag has a level of sophistication that makes it pretty enough for everyday summer use. I love a tote style that can go over my shoulder, but I also love straw bags with contrasting color!
Straw Bag, Target $39.99

The Puffed Sleeve
Trending since the spring, the voluminous sleeve can be found all over. This trend is an easy way to add a level of femininity to your summer wardrobe. I especially love a puffed sleeve paired with a square neckline!
Puffed Sleeve Dress, H & M $24.99

Tailored Shorts in All Lengths
Leave those denim shorts on the shelf and try the tailored short for a change. This style will elevate even the simplest of tank tops. Most are pleated or belted, which is also a flattering style and will nip in the waist. I am in love with the longer, elegant style, dressy enough to pair with a blazer even for work!
Shorts, H & M $12.99

The Dressy Flip Flop
Remember the heeled flip flop from back in the ’90s? It’s back! But instead of a heeled flip flop, opt for a flat leather style. Look for styles in a nude or skin tone color to elongate any leg. My new favorite is a nude flip flop with a square toe. It’s the perfect way to update your shoe wardrobe and stay on trend.
Flip Flop, H & M $9.99

Always a summer fave of mine, eyelet is taking a spotlight this summer. It’s light, airy and always graceful. While it’s typically in white, add some sass to your top wardrobe by adding eyelet in black or even a color such as red or yellow!
Eyelet Top, H & M $29.99

You’ll remember smocking from your dresses when you were a little girl. Well, this trend has been introduced into adult fashion and I couldn’t be happier. Smocking is just elastic and has a way of slimming out your figure if placed in the right places. I especially love when a dress is smocked right at the waist creating a tiny waistline!
Smocked Jumpsuit, H & M $49.99

Written by: Abby Wood

Abby Wood is a wardrobe stylist and style blogger in Kansas City, and her education in design plus retail experience make her an expert in fit, fabric, style and trends. Her professional experience in fashion began with an apprenticeship with a bridal designer, shifted to creating and showing her  own line, moving up to management and training at a retail level and now professional styling as an independent consultant. Abby loves to help individuals develop and evolve their own sense of style.