Now that we’re nearing the end of the summer season, I decided to take a break from talking about transition styles, and I pulled together one of my most-requested posts — my best and worst purchases from spring-summer 2022.
This is always a fun exercise at the end of the season, and I think it helps me make better purchasing decisions going forward. Maybe it will help you too!
My 10 Best Purchases of Spring/Summer 2022
These are things I purchased this season that I have used a ton or I plan to have in my closet for years. The cost per wear on each of these items is low, even if the price tag is high. If you snagged some of these, let me know how they worked for you!
Most of these are still in stock, if you’re interested in purchasing, so I shared sizing info under each picture. For reference, I’m 5’5″ with an hourglass shape. I usually wear a small in tops, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
#1. Mother Dazzler in Fairest Of Them All // I bought a bunch of white jeans this year because I had go to up a size. Fortunately, with denim styles in flux, I was going to put away most of my white jeans from last year anyway.
I did a whole white denim post a few weeks ago, and I could have put several of those in here, but for the sake of keeping this list to 10 and having some variety, I decided to choose one pair. I’m pretty sure I’ve worn the Mother Dazzler most often, but The Hustler is a close second. Both were great purchases; it just depends on if I want a straight leg or flare.
#2. Eileen Fisher Jersey Tank Dress (XS) // This dress is a bit of an investment, but I have a similar one by the same designer that is going on its fourth season. I’ve been alternating the two all summer long.
I really wanted a basic black that can be dressed up or down, and this fit the bill perfectly. FYI, I recommend sizing down in this dress. It’s a great price right now, and it also comes in Berry and Lilac.
#3. Dolce Vita Grazie Slides (8) // These are probably my most-worn sandals this summer. They sort of replaced my Millers, which is hard to believe! I love the molded footbed for comfort, and the basketweave strap is very much on trend right now. These are true to size, or size up if in between; I have the Cafe color.
#4. 7FAM Midroll Short Destroy (on sale at Zappos!) // I’ve worn these shorts so much, it’s a wonder they’re still in one piece, but they’re actually in great shape. They are so soft and comfortable, and I love the distressed details and medium rise. They’re still in stock, but unfortunately at full price. They run true to size, or you can size down if in between.
#5. YSL 55mm sunglasses // These are a ridiculous splurge, but I wear them so often, they really deserve to be included in this list.
A pair of chic sunglasses is one of those accessories that really takes an average outfit up a notch or two. You don’t have to splurge to get the look, either. See my post on Save or Splurge: Sunglasses for lots of options at different price points!
#6. Mother The Hustler in Au Revoir // I forced myself to pick just one pair of blue jeans for this list, so I think it has to be this Mother Hustler in Au Revoir. I’ve probably worn the Mother Dazzler more, but they were purchased back in January, so I can’t really count them as a spring/summer purchase.
I really like having an ankle-length flare in my rotation, and this light wash is so pretty for summer.
#7. Sea Level Cross Front One-Piece Swimsuit // I purchased several swimsuits this summer after my surgery, and I think this is my favorite. It’s flattering and comfortable and so easy to pull on and off. In fact, I like it so much, I got it in both black and red, and there are some other colors too. It’s still well-stocked at Nordstrom, if you want to check it out.
#8. 525 Cable V-Neck Sweater // This sweater needs no introduction, I’m sure, but it’s one of my spring/summer favorites because it pairs so well with shorts (as seen above) but also with jeans. It’s soft and comfy, and the cable pattern is really pretty too.
#9. Lazy Lake Daze Tank // This was purchased later in the season, but it’s one of my favorites for throwing on with casual jeans or jean shorts. It’s so soft, and the slogan is appropriate since we spend a week or two at my parents’ lake house in Maine every summer.
#10. Frame Oversized Silk T-Shirt // I’m going to throw this one in here because while I haven’t worn it a ton, I know it’s going to be in my closet for a long time. It’s such a great quality piece, and I scored it on sale at something like 60% off. I especially love this olive color with black denim, but it also looks good with white and ecru, and I will wear it with blue jeans sometimes as well.
#11. Born Miarra Sandals // These are another late summer purchase, but one that I’m wearing on repeat and will continue to wear into the fall as long as it’s warm. The navy has ended up being a lot more of a neutral than I expected, and they are so comfortable.
Okay, somehow I mis-numbered, and I ended up with 11 items. Oh, well! I don’t want to take any of those out, so moving on to worst purchases…
My 5 Worst Purchases of Spring/Summer 2022
Before we get started, my standard caveat still applies: These items aren’t bad, and most are things I actually like. I just didn’t end up wearing or using them all that much, and I regret these purchases because I did NOT get a good cost per wear out of them. Please don’t feel duped if you bought any of these off of my recommendation. They might work great for you; they just didn’t work for me.
Okay, let’s get started!
#1. Born Sloane Platform Sandals (8) // This one pains me to include because I truly love these, but I just have not worn them enough to justify the purchase. I even put them on yesterday, thinking that I need to wear them more, and ended up taking them off again and swapping them out for neutral pair.
I think this is an example of “know thyself.” I just do not reach for colorful shoes, even though I love this turquoise. If I had purchased these in one of the neutral colors, I would have probably worn them a lot. Lesson learned!
#2. Dolce Vita Nilton Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal // I love these too, so again, I hate even putting them on here. But I don’t think I’ve worn them out once. Paul and I are going out to dinner tonight for our anniversary, so maybe I’ll put them on and wear them finally!
I just feel like I don’t have many occasions to wear high heels like this… I mean, I used to wear them everywhere. Church, out to eat, whatever, but these days, every time I put them on, I feel like it’s overkill. I think I need to get over it and wear what I want… or create more opportunities to dress up!
#3. Paige Brielle Drawstring Waist T-Shirt Dress // I thought I was going to love this dress and wear it a lot this summer, but every time I tried it on, it didn’t seem quite right. I don’t know if it’s the flutter sleeve, or how it’s longer in the back than the front, or if I just like the other causal summer dresses I own better, but I couldn’t get comfortable in this one.
It’s a shame because it’s good quality, and I could us a navy dress in my rotation, but I finally decided to return it during a big closet purge back in July.
#4. WHBM Pret-a Play Shorts // I actually have these shorts in THREE colors — olive, black, and this pretty lilac. I like them, but for whatever reason, I don’t reach for them that much. I actually wore the lilac pair last week because I realized I hadn’t gotten much wear out of them this season. I will probably keep all of these because they fit and I like them, but I decided to include them in this list because I regret buying so many. Or maybe I just regret not wearing them, haha.
Someone pointed out in my last edition of What I Wore Lately that I wear jeans a lot in the summer, and that is true. I think I just go to them first because I find them comfortable and easy, but I really should wear shorts more. In fact, I just went and put on the olive pair to wear today!
#5. Cloth + Stone Sleeveless Belted Jumpsuit // I shared this in my last What I Wore Lately as well. I tried to wear this jumpsuit last weekend, and it sits really funny in the front, above the waist. I couldn’t fix it so it looked right. Maybe it wouldn’t have been noticeable to anyone else, if I was wearing it and moving around naturally and not posing in a mirror. But I couldn’t deal with it, so I took it off and put it right into the donation pile.
So that’s that! Again, please don’t feel offended if you bought any of these items on my recommendations. I truly like each one. They just didn’t work out for me.
I often get asked about what I do with the clothes that I pass on. I return unworn items, but the rest either go to friends and family or to a resale shop. My theory is, I’d rather have someone else enjoy them than let them clutter up my closet until they’re out of style. Because I do buy new clothes so regularly, it just doesn’t make sense to hold onto things I’m not wearing.
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