What to Buy at Old Navy in July

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


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. 

Crochet-Yoke Slub-Knit Tank Top for Women In White

Crochet-Yoke Slub-Knit Tank Top, $20 

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. 

Comes in five colors in regular or tall up to an XXL

High-Waisted Slouchy Shorts

High-Waisted Slouchy Cut-Off Jean Shorts

High-Waisted Slouchy Cut-Off Jean Shorts, $30

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. 

Available in sizes 0 -20. 

Striped T-Shirt Mini Dress

Striped T-shirt midi shift dress

Striped T-Shirt Midi Shift Dress, $15

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. 

Available in regular and petite in XXS – XXL

Vintage Crew-Neck Sweatshirt

Vintage Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Vintage Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $12

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.

Available in regular, tall and petite, in XS – XXL.

Tiered Maxi Swing Dress

Tiered Maxi Swing Dress


Tiered Maxi Swing Sundress, $45

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

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. 

Available in XS -XXL

Graphic Tees


Old Navy Whitney Houston Shirt

Whitney Houston Shirt, $10 

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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What to Buy at Old Navy in July

6 thoughts on “What to Buy at Old Navy in July”

  1. Thanks Megan! I ordered the jogger set in a light blue and it somehow (somehow it arrived today yet I’m still missing things I ordered in Dec lol) – it’s sooo lovely and super soft! I just ordered a 2nd one in the oatmeal color, weekend dressing just got upgraded 😉

  2. Yes!! I own two of these longer sweatshirts; can’t beat them for wearing over leggings. And you are spot on when you suggest adding these items to your higher-quality pieces to make fresh combos that look like a million bucks without spending them! Love this article. So. Much. 🙂

  3. I love these ideas. Thank you. I’m going to order the wrap dress. I two work well for me this summer as I have several baby showers and bridal showers.

  4. Summer! Bought two pairs of the high-waisted denim shorts from Old Navy and have been wearing them ALL THE TIME. With a nice top, on zoom, still for work every day…


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