ilana-greenberg-new-logoThe challenge: update your entire summer wardrobe, all for under $250. The stylist for the job: our Trendsetter Ilana Greenberg, personal style consultant and Haute & Chic blogger. Like what you see? Contact Ilana to set up a personal style consultation and translate runway fashions into your own personal look no matter your budget.

So you’ve got $250 to build your summer wardrobe? Easy enough!

If you only need a few items to fill out an already well-stocked closet, I would recommend purchasing 2-3 key pieces that have more staying power: a high-end pair of jeans, a timeless clutch, or a designer dress or bathingsuit.

If you are trying to build an entire wardrobe, given a modest budget of $250, you can get the most bang for your buck if you hit stores like Zara and Forever 21, which tend to have trendier items.

Today’s budget-conscious fashionista has a plethora of options for staying chic and cheap. And there is no need to break the bank for trendy, seasonal pieces. Summer is hot and humid, and pieces that you will wear to death – shorts, tank tops, sundresses, sandals – are not generally going to last for lifetimes. Like the trends they reflect, they are not meant to endure forever.


The Basics: Tank Top, $5.80
The Statement Piece: Necklace, $15.80
Cuff Me: ****Bracelet, $8.80

All of the above are Forever 21, a staple for basics that you can wash & wear and stock up on in a handful of colors to really stretch your shopping dollars.

I have chosen a wardrobe comprised of pieces that will keep you looking and feeling cool, relaxed, and stylish through Labor Day. Mix and match for added effect, as many of these pieces will take you effortlessly from day to night with the right makeup and accessories.


  1. The Maxi: Dress, Wet Seal, $16.90
  2. Clutch Me: Bag, $35
  3. Sandalista: Gladiator Sandal, Pazzo Talent, Smart Bargains, $27.29
  4. Itsy-Bitsy Bathing Suit: Bikini, Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy®, $29
  5. Sail Away: Short, Arden B, $38
  6. Let me see that…thong: Flip-flops, Havaianas Piperlime, $18
  7. Carry-all: Tote, Charlotte Russe, $16.99
  8. The Cover-up: Cardigan, Ann Taylor Loft, $24.99

As always, Google “coupon codes” whenever shopping online to see if any special deals are in play!

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