The Broke Girl’s Guide to Summer Clothes Shopping

Posted June 4, 2015 by in Fashion

Summer is coming, which means you’ll have to rotate a few things out of your wardrobe. It also means you may have to invest in a few new items. When times are tight, you have to pick what you buy very carefully.

Here are a few things you should be looking for with your summer outfits. Know these essential things you should be looking for, and you won’t break the bank.

Lightweight and Airy

Summer is the time of year when you can say adios to all your heavy cottons and knits. You want light material that flows and circulates air. Picking anything heavy and thick will result in a hot, sweaty mess.

Choosing the right cut is important too. The closer something hugs your body, the more it will insulate body heat. Wear something with a little bit of give. Save the tighter things for a night out.

Check out a service like Vinted, or throw a clothing swap party with your besties. I’m sure all your friends have adorable sundresses they want to get rid of since they’ve over stayed their welcome in their wardrobes.

The Broke Girl's Guide to Summer Clothes Shopping


This is the season where you should get out and do things. You can’t be going for long walks or climbing hills in heels and a cocktail dress.

You need something else. Something like summer yoga shorts. They can even be worn under a dress if you fancy a bit of extra modesty (or if you like riding you bike around the city in cute dresses). Not to mention they’re comfortable to work out in.

You also want to pick the right footwear. Get something with an air cushion in the sole. It’ll save your heels if you’re going on any long walks. Birkenstocks are a great options. They’re on trend and they’re good for your feet. There are so many Birkenstock look-a-likes that offer the same comfy benefits for half the price, so don’t worry about dropping $100.

Leandra Medine wearing white Birkenstocks!

Leandra Medine of Man Repeller in white Birkenstocks


Buying on a budget shouldn’t mean poorly made clothing. If it falls apart within six months of ownership, you have made a mistake.

Sadly, a tremendous amount of trial and error is involved here. It means having to do a ‘test summer’ one year and knowing what not to buy the next. In my personal experiences, I’ve always had good luck at H&M. Those shirts don’t quit!

You could also pay attention to sales at your favorite stores that tend to have higher price tags. To avoid wasting your summer searching for the best deals on the interwebz, consider using an app like Shopular or sign-up for the Chic List (our newsletter) for all the best sales all in one place. Thrift stores are great, too.

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If you save enough on the essentials, you might eventually treat yourself to something fancy. Who says you can’t look good on a budget? Nobody, so get out there and be cheap.