Cheap & Chic: Summer Favorites & Where To Find Them

With the annual Nordstrom Anniversary sale nearly underway, now seems as good a time as any to share some of my favorite fashion finds you can score for cheap at many of the mid-summer sales. These are classics you can wear year-round and you’ll be glad you scooped them up on a bargain instead of paying full-price out of desperation down the road.

Think & look ahead about your fashion needs for fall now!
Think & look ahead about your fashion needs for fall now! (Photo credit.)

Keep reading for more on my picks for some mid-summer magic in your closet!

Pencil skirts

Shop them now & get inspiration here.
Shop them now & get inspiration here.

For the most sleek & versatile skirt you can own, now’s the time to shop for pencil skirts. My twenty-something style consists largely of things that I can wear to work and beyond. My favorite skirt is a soft jersey wrap skirt (similar to #2 above) that I’ve worn to the office & Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s “On the Run” tour. Skirts, or any item for that matter, that can work in different situations are well worth the investment…or time spent to find them at a steal!

Shop the look: Banana RepublicRare London, & Revolve Clothing

Red lipstick

Perfect your pout.
Perfect your pout. (Photo credit.)

There is no look more classic (cosmetically speaking) than a bold red lip. Even on your more dressed down days, a bright lip says, “I woke up like this and I’m very glamorous”. But with such a bright color move, especially one that might be unfamiliar to you, there can be some anxiety in selecting just the right shade. Lucky for you, Allure magazine has taken all of the guesswork out of it. Read here for a complete guide on selecting the red that’s right for you.

Shop the look: BH Cosmetics, Bare Escentuals & Lipstick Queen


Shop them before summer is over!
Shop them before summer is over!

Now that the initial draw of summer is over, beachwear accessories are starting to drop in value. Major brands have to compete with boardwalk shops being open and supplying sun-kissed goddesses everywhere with their beach needs. Even before the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has kicked off, select swim styles (like the sarongs featured above) have been marked down to just $9.49. And you’ll never know when you’ll need a cute beach wrap mid-winter…

Shop the look: Macy*s, Free People & 6pm

Coral jewelry

You gotta get this look.
You gotta get this look. (Photo credit.)

Coral is the color of the summer and is e v e r y w h e r e you look. It brightens all-black ensembles and mutes bold color choices. Apparently coral “dispels the evil eye” which is just one more way to ensure you have a flawless day even if your hair isn’t cooperating in the heat.

Shop the look: Fantasy Jewelry Box, Jewelry Nut & Unbeatable Sale

Wellington boots

Rain or shine, these boots (or booties) look cute all the time!
, Rain or shine, these boots (or booties) look cute all the time!

Before Hurricane Arthur I had completely forgotten about stormy days. Wearing cute flats or strappy sandals is just not practical during days of inclement weather and they surely won’t pass as useful when the temperature starts to drop. I’m loving the Chooka brand boots that are big right now & I’m so glad rain boots have become a much ore fabulous footwear option than they used to be!

Shop the look: Chooka, Hunter & Rockport 

For more on style, sneaky ways to stay fit in the city & summer beauty tips, follow me on Twitter, Blogger & Bloglovin’!

P.S. I’m up for Best Fashion Blogger in Boston. Care to help me by voting?

xo, Vanessa

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.


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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

5 thoughts on “Cheap & Chic: Summer Favorites & Where To Find Them”

  1. I am loving Coral for sure. It is sooo pretty. My favorite color is black so I have been loving the coral for a little pop of excitement.

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