Update Your Summer Wardrobe in 5 Steps


Bringing your summer wardrobe up to date is almost as easy breezy as summer itself.
Bringing your summer wardrobe up to date is almost as easy breezy as summer itself.
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It happens every year: The days get longer, the leaves get greener and all of a sudden, that cozy wine-colored sweater that was a staple during the winter months gets pushed further back in your closet. Summer is here, and your wardrobe is aching for a spunky new look.

One of the major challenges the fashion-forward face, however, is cost. In 2010, the average consumer in the United States spent $1,700 on apparel and services per year. With the median household income at $50,054 and declining as of 2011, consumers are also becoming increasingly savvy with their spending. And when you're trying to stay stylish for less, rising temperatures don't help: With summer figures in the United States reaching the highest they've been since record keeping began in 1895, looking fresh during the year's hottest months can be a tall (and sweaty) order.

However, if there's one thing fashion does well, it's rising to a challenge. Changing seasons don't mean you need to completely overhaul your wardrobe; in fact, quite the opposite. From the anatomy of a versatile wardrobe to bargain hunting; from strategic shopping to making trends work, read on for our top five tips on updating your closet for summer.

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