I love Chicago, but the weather can be such a drag. It’s April, why is it still snowing?! Winter lasts forever, and summer is always too short. I love cozy sweaters as much as the next gal, but I’m ready to pull out my tank tops and shorts. This combination of impatience and procrastination leads to a lot of online pre-season shopping. By “pre-season” shopping, I mean I fill my online cart with clothes I want (but can’t necessarily afford) and wait until the weather gets warmer to purchase them.

So, I thought I’d share some of my summer clothing musings. I like and follow certain trends, but sometimes I stick with classics. I have a budget to keep in mind, but a girl can dream, right? So some items I list might be out of the average college student’s price range. But if this was a super realistic post, it would consist of Goodwill rack pics and clothes of Forever 21 quality and price. Here goes!


I know it’s summertime when my toes are pedicured and free from socks and boots. Since sandals require less material to make, I think it’s easier to get away with loud/colorful designs and patterns. However, having a simple, versatile pair is essential.

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Pull&Bear Block Wedges With Crossover Straps, $51.00

I love this pair, because they could be dressed up or down, depending on the outfit. The platform heel does the trick. They also come in a white/metallic combo, if you like your footwear flashy.

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Flat Shoes With Metal Heel Detail, $29.90

In theory, I like sliders and backless shoes. In practice, I can’t wear them without stumbling all over the place. But in a perfect world, I would purchase these. The clean design and metallic details won me over. Plus, how often can I afford items from Zara at full price? (Never.)


I’ve always had a weird relationship with dresses. The word “dress” conjures up two images: a girly, conservative garment, or a way-too-short body con number. So when I do wear dresses, I gravitate toward loose, casual styles.

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Women Long Bra Top Dress, $39.90

This black number from Uniqlo is basically a long t-shirt, so it’s right in my comfort zone. I’m not sure how effective the “bra-top” is, considering that wearing a size small doesn’t mean you have a small bust, but I’m willing to try it out.

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Ribbed Dress with Lacing, $24.99

Yes, I’ve fallen down the 70s rabbit hole that the fashion industry has decided to bring back. I resisted for some time, but the lacing detail and circle zippers pulled me in. I could do without those boots, though. It’s 2016.


I actually hate when fashion mags use the term “sunnies”instead of sunglasses, but it looks nicer than the latter when typed out.

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Women’s Round Tortoise Sunglasses-Brown, $14.99

Anyway, I prefer circular frames, and you can never go wrong with the tortoise design. The pair of sunnies I have now are very similar to these, but are scratched up and worn out, so these might replace those.

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Downing Striped Indigo, starting at $95

The stripes give this pair a cool water-effect, without being too out there. They’re pricey, but are also anti-scratch and can be made with the prescription for your regular glasses. So the price is worth it, right?


Who doesn’t love a fun, well-fitting swimsuit?

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Aerie Hi Neck Crop Bikini Top, $34.95; Aerie String Bikini Bottoms, $24.95

I love the crop top/halter top bikini trend. It’s a nice change from the triangle bikini, and it gives the suit an athletic feel. I especially like the tye-dye print of this swimsuit.

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Billabong Cut Out Side Swimsuit, $92

One-piece swimsuits get a bad wrap for being boring or too conservative. That doesn’t apply here, thanks to the tropical print and interesting cut outs. Honestly, I wouldn’t pay $92 for it, but maybe you would! (No you wouldn’t, but it’s cute)

Those are some of my summer-approved items! Can’t wait until I can actually wear them.


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