As you know, I am the Queen of mixing high and low. There are certain wardrobe pieces you should spend more money on and others can be less expensive, seasonal fun. It is especially hard in Sunny Seattle (and surrounding areas) to spend a ton on summer clothing when you might miss the whole season in an extended blink. It would be like folks in Miami having a huge collection of wool sweaters. Not making a lot of sense.
So now that the sun is out, what do you do? Have some quality basics and change them up year to year with fun, private label splendor. This allows you to update your wardrobe with up to the minute styles and colors for really affordable prices. Stores such as krisandkate.com and finchandsparrow.com can take care of the ladies, men should scour places like Nordstrom Rack, TJMaxx, and the like.
One blogger/artist I follow, Emily from Jones Design Company, has really mastered the art of pulling together great outfits without spending a ton. She did a recent post on what she wore during a trip to Maui, and let me tell you, it involves a lot of outlets and discount stores. And she makes it cute. Way to go Emily! Pink Pagoda Approved.