This past weekend on the east coast was a hot one, the kind when even the breeze is warm, and many of us are scrambling to find something cool to wear.
So for today’s What to Buy at post, I’m heading back to Old Navy to highlight a handful of casual options to help you get dressed for busy weekends in the sun.
As a content creator committed to size-inclusivity, they are one of the few retailers that make my job a little easier. They offer all sizes, including regular (or missy), tall, petite, and women (or plus), with beyond reasonable prices.
Personally, being in the phase of life where the cost of youth sports trumps designer duds, it’s nice to have an affordable resource for casual pieces.
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. Skip their accessories and shoes, they just cheapen your look.
What to Buy at Old Navy
My best advice is to layers these with your better quality pieces to create a timeless, classic look. Wear a better shoe, layer on 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.
Let’s get started. All of the options are becoming limited due to popularity, so grab them while you can. As of publication Old Navy is offering an additional 30% off on all of these with the code HURRAY.
Floral Midi Dress, $47 (Plus 30% off with code HURRAY)
High-Waisted Cut off Shorts
High-Waisted Cut-Off Jean Shorts, $35 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)
I never want to spend on shorts, they are always on my “save” list, so Old Navy is a go-to. This under $30 pair fit well, have a high waist and enough room in the leg for, well, your legs. Pair them with a linen botton down or simple white tee shirt.
Knot-Front V-Neck Top, $25 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)
Just a pretty, inexpensive top to pair with summer bottoms when you want something light but better than a tee shirt.
Waist-Defined T-Shirt Dress, $20 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)
Stock up on this waist-defining t-shirt dress available in an array of colors and sizes. It’s perfect for super hot, casual days with your sneakers our flat sandals.
High-Waisted Linen-Blend Pants, $30 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY))
I bought these pants this time last year and LIVED in them during our “Covid Summer.” They look lovely with a sleeveless top, long necklace, and embellished sandals.
Tie-Belt Midi Sheath Dress
Tie-Belt Midi Sheath Dress, $40 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)
Another tee shirt dress option in a midi length with a tie-belt. I ordered this as an option for my flight to Greece at the end of the month. I think it will be comfy for the long flight and easy to manage in once we land and get to our hotel.
Gingham Poet Blouse, $35 (plus 30% off with code HURRAY)
This sweet Gingham Blouse looks like something you would find at Draper James for four times the cost. That’s the beauty of Old Navy; you can find some wardrobe enhancers that feel special at great prices. This one went right into my cart to wear with white jeans or the jean shorts (above).
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