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5 Tips for Refreshing Your Summer Wardrobe

With summer approaching, here are my 5 tips for refreshing your summer wardrobe, quickly and without breaking the bank.

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May is that tricky transitional month here on the east coast where the temperature floats between 45 and 85 degrees depending on the day, making it very difficult to plan what I'm going to wear in advance. My closet is currently busting at the seams with everything from wool to linen. While I don't love the hot, humid weather that will surely be making it's debut in the next few weeks, it'll be nice to finally pack up my colder weather items for the next few months and make room for some updates. I get a lot of questions each season about trends and realize how daunting it is to keep up with the latest and greatest when your primary responsibility is to your family and you don't want to spend a lot of money.

With a little boost from the new "1lWJOJ2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee, I started preparing my closet for summer and it's not as time consuming or costly as one would think. Here are my 5 tips for refreshing your summer wardrobe:

1. Clean up, clean up: Declutter your closet and take inventory of your summer pieces. Ignore that silly rule "if you haven't worn something in 6-12 months, get rid of it." That doesn't make sense if you live in a seasonal climate and/or have been pregnant/up and down sizes. While donating gently used clothing is always a great option for items you're certain you'll never wear again, if you're unsure about something, remove it from your closet and pack it away for the time being. Your goal should be to have a clutter-free and accessible closet to clearly see and quickly grab the handful of key wardrobe pieces you'll be wearing regularly.

2. Be a mother of reinvention: Before you discard, donate, or pack away an item, consider how you can reinvent or re-purpose it for summer. Sure there are new trends each season but that doesn't mean last year's peplum style tops or bold striped dresses can't be updated for this one. Play around with layers and accessories to give an old favorite a new look.

3. Make a list, check it twice: Once you've cleared out your cold weather gear and pieces you don't plan on wearing this season, make a short list of the staples you need to replenish and the top trends you want to incorporate into your summer wardrobe. Keep the list handy when you're shopping or browsing online so you don't get distracted by things you don't need and overspend. Ideally, you want a small but versatile summer wardrobe that you won't be overwhelmed by and that you can easily mix and match. For me, that's having few staples like shorts, jeans, and dresses to wear with trendy summer pieces like gladiator sandals, slip on sneakers, tribal accents, and items in hot colors (think orange, white, pink, turquoise).

4. Accessorize your life: A quick and easy way to refresh your summer wardrobe and incorporate this summer's trends is to add a few inexpensive accessories. Even if you're just grabbing a fun new scarf or beach bag while racing through Target with your kids. Most of the time it's a little something new that makes me feel fabulous and if you're not much into clothing, accessories can really change up an outfit and make a statement.

5. Face it: In the same vein as accessories, makeup, hair accessories, and nail art can really elevate your summer wardrobe. Consider how you would incorporate this summer's beauty trends into your daily routine. Headbands, sheer eye shadows, bright nails, bold matte lips, and bronzed skin are all gorgeous and affordable updates even the busiest of moms can turn to for a pick-me-up.

See. That wasn't so bad, was it? How do you keep it fresh for summer?



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