10 Summer Fashion Essentials for the Whole Family

10 Summer Fashion Essentials for the Whole Family

Tired of wasting summer days running errands? With these top 10 summer styles for your family, you can online shop while lounging beachside. 

Freshening up your wardrobe for the new season requires a keen sense of style, an element of organization, and a frugal mindset. This selective process can be, to say the least, time consuming. Just for fun, let’s add on the rest of your family’s wardrobes, because we know who the shopping duties often fall to.

Overwhelmed yet? We think summer should be about soaking up the salty breeze at the beach and lounging while you read a book at the park. Scrambling to get through to-do lists is, frankly, not on our agenda. We have compiled this list of must-have clothing for the whole family, all available at affordable prices in online stores. A few clicks and the whole family is dressed and ready to go, so you can make it to that pool party on time.     

Summer Fashion Essentials Every Woman Should Own

Summer Fashion Express Portifino Shirt

1. Solid Portofino Shirt

 Simple and chic, this piece pairs with jeans, skirts, or shorts. To switch up the look and cool off from the warm breeze, you can adjust its buttons. If you need some extra support, consider a Bra Cami for a comfortable, slimming effect. They come in colors for every occasion. Bright colors create a cheery, flirty look for a daytime garden party, while black and neutral colors are sophisticated and sweet. The best part? The top and cami will only cost you $40. Find them at Express.

Summer Fashion Little Black Dress

2. The Famous Little Black Dress

 Slimming and sexy, the little black dress is a favorite among women of all ages and styles. Lucky for you, they don’t have to hide at the back of your closet during the warmer months. You can repurpose them for any season and outing. They look equally chic and pulled-together at the beach or at the local club. If you choose one with a bit more coverage, such as the midi or maxi version, they are appropriate enough for family gatherings. Macy’s has loads of LBD looks to suit any woman’s individual taste.

Summer Fashion Essential Trim Tank Juicy Couture

3. The Trim Tank

 The Juicy Couture chiffon tank is always a popular, highly sought-after item for summer. In white, red, or black, these tanks create a classic, sweet look. To stay cool during those heat waves, we recommend the cotton and rayon materials. They pair perfectly with shorts or a skirt, but you can add a creative twist by using an oversized one as a swimsuit cover. To find Juicy Couture clothing at a discount (and with free shipping), check out Zappos.

Summer Styles for Your Man: The Well-Dressed Man Guide

mens 7forallmankind jeans are a summer fashion essential

4. 7 for all Mankind Jeans

 An unflattering, baggy pair of low-quality jeans can leave your man on the shabbier side. A tailored, well-made pair can leave him looking sharp, sleek, and oh so handsome. Sometimes, they just need a little guidance. 7 for all Mankind Jeans have fits for any man’s shape, such as Austyn, Slimmy, Standard Relaxed, Slim, Boot-Cut or Straight Leg. He’ll look fashionable in the most manly of ways. You can find these at Nordstrom.

Swim to street shorts for summer fashion on the go

5. Swim-to-Street Shorts

How many times have you seen your guy leave the beach or pool and decide to keep his board shorts on for the rest of the day? Simplify his wardrobe a bit by selecting pairs that are both swim and street friendly. Kohl’s has a wonderful collection of these hybrid shorts.

summer fashion essential James Perse Cotton Tee

6. James Perse Cotton Crewneck Tee

 These shirts are a classic staple item every man should have in his closet. They look crisp, clean, and polished with everything from jeans to knee-length shorts. A popular choice is a cotton style, available at Neiman Marcus.

Summer Statements for Children and Teens

summer fashion statement smocked print dress

7. Smocked Mix Print Dress

Available in cheerful shades of every color, girls love wearing these pretty, comfortable dresses all through summer. They make the perfect picnic outfit or swimsuit cover-up to lounge in beachside. To add a pop of personality, they may like patterned options in floral, tropical, or geometric prints. Places to look: Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Target, and Kohl’s.

summer fashion essential Old Navy Jeans

8. Old Navy Jeans

 Sometimes a cool summer breeze passes through, or even an unexpected bout of rain. On such days, Old Navy Jeans keep girls warm, without sacrificing that summer style. Birthday parties, sporting matches, you name it: these jeans look universally good wherever your girl leads them.

summer fashion Matchables Dazzle Shorts

9. Matchables Dazzle Shorts

These comfy shorts from The Children’s Place are light enough for boys to wear while playing outside for long hours in the heat. Their elastic waistband provides boys with the mobility they need to stay active.

Pull on Pants are a summer fashion statement

 10. Pull-On Pants

 These easy, slip-on slacks have a drawstring and elastic waist. They are breathable enough to wear on sizzling hot days, while still providing enough warmth to keep them playing after the sun goes down.

Now that’s one good looking family!

Now that the family is dressed to impress, you will all be looking your best at that luau in Hawaii. We see a future Christmas card in the making!

Natural Lip Balm Tutorial

Natural Lip Balm Tutorial

Written by Stacy Karen, Guest Contributor

Making lip balm is quick and easy when you know how. It’s a useful and enjoyable gift. I hope this tutorial will encourage you to try making some of your own!

This recipe was created to make a fairly solid balm, more like a chapstick. I wanted something that could be kept in my pocket without melting! It is easily adapted to make a softer or firmer balm. Increase the oil to make it soft (but be sure to put in a small pot as it won’t work in a tube), add extra beeswax to make it more firm.

Here is  a quick video tutorial that demonstrates how simple it is to make lip balm (further instructions follow):

Quick and Easy Lip Balm Recipe

Makes 8 to 10 tubes.


2 tablespoons beeswax, grated (or use pastilles)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
15 drops essential oil (optional) – I used sweet orange essential oil in mine.

Note: Keeping the above ingredients on hand will allow you to make all kinds of body care products. Many of the recipes I use include most, if not all of these ingredients; Simple Lavender Salve and Belly Butter for the Pregnant Mama for example.


  1. Measure all ingredients into a glass measuring cup.
  2. Place cup into a small saucepan. Add a few inches of water to the pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally until ingredients have melted.
  3. Add essential/flavoring oil, if using. Stir well.
  4. Pour carefully into tubes straight from the measuring glass (be sure the handle is not hot). Or, use a medicine dropper.

The balm will shrink as it cools and hardens, so fill as high as possible. You may want to use the medicine dropper to top off each tube.

Let cool completely before covering with cap (about 10 minutes).

Voilà! Your very own homemade lip balm!

Extra Notes: If using a medicine dropper, use one that you are willing to throw away or keep for making things such as this. It is very difficult to clean!

You may also use a double boiler or a crockpot to make this recipe. The same principles apply: measure ingredients, melt over low heat, pour into containers.

Homemade Beauty Recipes: Gentle Lavender Cleanser and Light Moisturizer

Homemade Beauty Recipes: Gentle Lavender Cleanser and Light Moisturizer

Guest Post by Leslie of Crunchy Betty

It never fails to amaze me just how easy it is to make your own facial scrubs and cleansers – and just how much money you save (naturally) doing so!

These are two recipes for very gentle skincare, and can be used on any skin type at all. You can use them morning and night, if you wish, but for me, they’re great as part of my morning routine. It’s just the right amount of exfoliating and moisturizing “morning skin” craves.

You can find all of the ingredients in the scrub at http://mountainroseherbs.com, or check your local natural foods store or herb shop. You can use any cosmetic clay you like, but for scrubs, I prefer kaolin or bentonite, which are two of the easiest-to-find clays out there.

Gentle Lavender Scrub

  • 2 Tbsp. dried lavender buds
  • 2 Tbsp. dried chamomile buds
  • 1/2 c. whole oats
  • 1 Tbsp. cosmetic clay (kaolin, bentonite, french green, or rhassoul)
  • Water, rosewater (for dry skin) or witch hazel (for oilier skin) to wet the scrub as you use it.

Place the first three ingredients in your food processor and process on high into a fine powder. This should take between 3 to 5 minutes. Once the oats and dried flowers are powdery, place in your container and stir in the clay.

The scrub is, believe it or not, now complete! As it is dry, it will keep for many months (at least 6) in a cool place – like your bathroom cabinet.

To use: Splash some lukewarm water on your face to start. Put approximately 2 teaspoons of the scrub in a small dish or in your hand and add just enough liquid (water, rosewater, or witch hazel) to the powder to create a slightly watery paste. I keep a small dish in the bathroom all the time for mine, and rinse it out after every use, but your hand works just as well. Scrub the mixture gently over your face for a minute or two. You can either rinse your face clean at this point, or allow the scrub to dry for a few minutes for extra cleansing. Either way, rinse well and finish with the light moisturizer below.

Light Lavender Moisturizer

  • 1/2 c. distilled water
  • 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a small container. I like to put my moisturizers in dropper bottles, but this is light enough that you could even pour it in a spray bottle and spritz your face in the morning (or throughout the day, as you need moisture). Apply a thin layer to a clean face.

Leslie, a reformed model and enthusiast of natural beauty, lives in the quirky town of Manitou Springs, CO. She blogs constantly about homemade beauty recipes, household tips, and home remedies at Crunchy Betty (http://crunchybetty.com). She also encourages you, incessantly, to put food on your face. What better way to look like a kid again?