Nothing hustles you along in your seasonal shopping like an unexpected trip! My husband has been hopping back and forth to Florida for business and I had enough of being jealous so we booked a little jaunt for the two of us. And then I realized 1) I wasn’t feeling particularly excited about my carry over Spring and Summer wardrobe as I once was and 2) definitely wasn’t feeling confident in it. It is true what they say that you never appreciate your body in the moment, but once it’s changed you certainly do.
I meant to do some really meaningful shopping prior to the trip, but since we only had about ten days between when we booked and left paired with a hectic work schedule, it just didn’t happen. I was stuck with trusty old Amazon, Target and Old Navy. I have to say, I was NOT disappointed. When all was said and done I was packed with some items that were within budget and more importantly, made me feel fabulous. Oh, and did I mention they are all under $50? Did you expect anything less?
Tie-Shoulder Shirred Crop Top From Amazon
I first bought this top (Amazon – $12) in royal blue for a Snow White inspired ensemble for a Disney World trip. I have been looking for the right white crop top that I could go braless with and the texture is perfect for that. Not feeling the white? That’s ok, it comes in 19 other colors and patterns. The bows are functional so you could make it more cropped or as long as it gets (shown here). I’m wearing a size small.
Sleeveless Swing Dress from Old Navy
This dress is SO light and airy. It’s no surprise it’s selling out quickly, but they have it in multiple colors in patterns so act fast and you may be able to grab one for yourself. I’m wearing a size XS and I find it does run big (I wear a 2-4 and in most brands that would be a standard small). It’s listed here for $45 at Old Navy, but as we all know, they always are running coupons and specials to bring the price down. I mean it – NEVER pay full price at Old Navy!
Cropped Short Sleeve Tee from Target and Wide Leg Linen Pants from Old Navy
By my second full-day in Florida I was really starting to sink in to vacation. I woke up ready to be relaxed and comfy. Without thinking I grabbed these separates which paired together for the perfect look which I dressed down, but with the right accessories could be a great look out and about.
The cropped tee from Target is only $5. It comes in both standard and plus sizes and is available in six colors. I’m wearing the small and have already ordered three more colors!
The linen pants are outrageously comfortable. The drawstring is functional so it cinches at the perfect spot in your waist. These graze the floor on me so they are perfect with flat sandals. REAL pockets in the front and back. You can grab these in any of five colors at Old Navy for $32.
Levi’s White Skinny Jeans from Target
I haven’t found the right white jeans for about 2 seasons. I was on the hunt for a real “adult” pair this year and feel great about these 721s from Levi’s. What does an adult pair of white jeans look like? 1) Not a TON of stretch. I find that a high spandex percentage would mean a thinner fabric which showed texture on my legs – a nice way to say cellulite. 2) A thicker material so it wasn’t completely see-through. It’s one thing to wear nude undies under white jeans, it’s another when you can SEE those nude undies. No one wants that. Finally, 3) high-waisted. Since I have a long torso, short legs and a defined waist this really is the best silhouette for me.
I sized up in these to a 27 and it was the right choice. Just the right amount of fit without being tight. Plus, I had a nice big meal without feeling like I was a stuffed sausage. I still can’t believe you can get these at Target for $49!
Tiered Ruffle Mini Skirt from Amazon
Raise your hand if you are a paired-shaped lady! My hips and thighs are the first place that gains weight, so it’s hard to keep items through the seasons if they are fitted in those areas. Not to mention, it’s nice to have a breeze in the summer months if you know what I mean.
This flowy, ruffle skirt is SO (omg, SO) flattering for all shapes and beyond comfortable. It is a little on the long side, I have the waistband folded over once here and it feels much more “mini”. This style comes in 5 colors on Amazon for $18 and I’m wearing the size small (runs big).
High Waisted Faux-Leather Shorts from Amazon
How I’ve lived 32 summers without these shorts I will NEVER know! They are definitely a thick material, so many not for your 90-degree days, but I can see these being a three season item. Some tights and boots would be AMAZING with these, too. Another piece with a functioning drawstring and real pockets.
The other key thing I love about these shorts is the inseam. I didn’t need to worry about bending over in these and felt comfortable moving around without feeling bare. I sized up for a medium and it was the right choice. Could I have gotten away with the small, sure, but the structure of these makes it work. $27 and worth every penny here.
Ponytail Scarf at Target
I love a summer pony. This is a trend that whenever I see someone else do it I think it looks darling, but when I do it I feel silly. I finally just said “no” to the doubt in my head and went for it. I bought this red one plus a snakeprint hair scarf and have worn both SEVERAL times since. It looks great with a high pony, a low bun or even the tail of a braid.
These retail for $8 at Target, but I got both on sale. Here’s a link to the snake print version, but there is just about any color you can imagine!
Colorblock One-Piece Swimsuit from Target
As mentioned, I definitely didn’t feel ready for a swimsuit on this trip so I went in search of fairly modest suit that covered up some insecurities, without looking like I was doing it on purpose. The bright colors of this suit are SO much fun. I love a colorblocked style since trends in patterns comes and goes so quickly between seasons and solid can get old after a while. Consider this the best of both worlds.
It does come in junior’s sizing so I sized up to a medium and it fit great. It also is very high cut on the sides which I love for my short legs, but does mean that it is cheeky in the rear. Target had a TON of great bikinis and monokinis like this that will help you conceal areas that you’re not comfortable showing without sacrificing style. This $30 steal is out of stock online, but may be picked up at your local store.
Nippies Ultimate Nipple Covers from Amazon
I have been on the hunt for the best nipple covers for YEARS! Trust me, I have tried every option on the market and some solutions I thought up at home – band aids, medical tape, swimsuit inserts with double-sided tape. I mean it, I’ve done it all.
This is graphic, but the last time I wore this bodysuit braless I overheard someone call me “nippers”. Cringe…. and cringe again. However, when I wore a strapless bra with it, the sides would show and I would be hiking it up all night. Some of the most popular nipple cover brands draw MORE attention to your situation.
I did a TON of research on the best product on the market. These are a matte finish, so they don’t shine through fabric in photos and have a skin-like texture. Additionally, the edges are tapered so it’s a seamless transition. Oh yeah, did I mention there are two sizes and THREE shades for all skin tones? We stan an inclusive brand.
The biggest change I notice is the size. They are notably larger than most covers I’ve used before and I actually think this is the trick. Most tops are their most clingy on your breasts, so by expanding the surface area, the edges are in places that aren’t as critical so it doesn’t look like a nipple on top of a nipple.
These are reusable and washable to keep the adhesive fresh. It is a more significant investment ($25 for a single pair – I went with the A-C size), they come in great packaging to preserve the quality and shape and already I’ve worn them with my most challenging tops and dresses. I’ve always wanted to attempt a “braless” summer and with these bad boys, this just may be the year.