By the time July rolls around, I’m not keen on spending money on summer clothes, and yet I find myself needing a few things to hold me over for the rest of the season. So, off I go to Old Navy.
The store has been killing it lately, as evident by how many times I said “cute top” to a friend this past weekend and was told “it’s Old Navy” in a tone like “can you believe it?”
What to Buy at Old Navy in July
As a content creator committed to size-inclusivity, they are one of the few retailers that make my job a little easier by offering all sizes, including regular (or missy), tall, petite, and women (or plus), with beyond reasonable prices.
Remember, when shopping at Old Navy, it’s essential to know what you are looking for; otherwise, the sheer volume of options will feel overwhelming whether you are in the store or online. Therefore, I focus on casual basics, summer dresses, lounge, and activewear in the warmer months. In the cooler weather, sweaters, jeans, and novel outerwear are all winners.
Skip their accessories and shoes; they will cheapen your look.
My best advice is to layer these with your better-quality pieces to create a timeless, classic look. Wear a better shoe, your high-quality jewelry, carry a good bag. The key to dressing well on a reasonable budget is to know where to spend and save and then combine those high and lower-end pieces.
I bought every piece in today’s round-up and I’m delighted with all of them. The best part, I spent under $200.
Let’s get started.
The crochet-yoke detail elevates this tank just enough to make it special and at $20 it’s an easy mid-season buy. Wear it with shorts, ankle length light wash jeans or any of your linen bottoms.
High-Waisted Slouchy Shorts
One item I refuse to spend on is shorts. My summer season, though hot, is a quick one and I don’t wear them enough to justify a price more than $30 – $50. That’s just me. Most of my shorts this summer are from Old Navy. I recently picked up these high-waisted cut-offs to pair with tees and sneakers. They are soft and comfy, with a little stretch so you can move.
Striped T-Shirt Mini Dress
This dress is short, at least for me (I’m 5’10). I bought it strictly to wear at the pool, with flip flops and a baseball hat. Since coverups these days are a small fortune and don’t really cover you up, this is a cute and affordable option.
Vintage Crew-Neck Sweatshirt
This one is selling out fast so if you like it, grab it. I’m crazy about this pretty pink stripe combination. Wear it with the denim shorts above or white jeans.
Tiered Maxi Swing Dress
Let’s talk about this dress for a minute.
My birthday trip to Greece was canceled, for the second time … long story. It ended up being for the best because I think I was actually too tired to go—all I wanted after the last 18 months was to sleep, read and not think. So, since we already had childcare lined up, we grabbed a flight to Florida and did just that. I slept, I read, I didn’t think.
As we were getting ready to leave, I ran to Old Navy, grabbed this dress, never tried it on, and threw it in my bag at the last minute. When we got there, I practically lived in it.
I wore it with flat sandals, pulled my hair back in a low bun and wore these $10 oversized earrings. A simple, perfect outfit for dinner out on vacation.
* You’ll need a strapless bra, I wear this one.
Twill Utility Jacket
Twill Utility Jacket, $49
It has been 1000 degrees in Philadelphia, but I couldn’t resist this cream colored utility jacket on sale for under $50. I’m saving it for early fall, the price and style are too good to pass up.
A few weeks ago, in our Pinterest in Real Life series, we talked about wearing a graphic tee with a skirt. (What’s nice about this combination is that you can easily transition it from warm to cool weather by adding a moto or denim jacket.)
The key piece is, of course, the graphic tee. I don’t want you to spend here. Instead, stock up on some fun, inexpensive options, like this one featuring the one and only Whitney Houston. Old Navy has a ton of styles you may love, including Janet, TLC, and Britney.
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