As my best friend likes to say, "luck favors the prepared." And that especially rings true when it comes to curating my warm-weather wardrobe (say that three times). Sure, summer may be weeks away, but a little prep is never a bad idea. Many times, if you want to land a good bathing suit, it helps to look before they're in season (or at least before they all sell out). Retailers like Madewell know this all too well and are currently giving shoppers the chance to stock up on all their summer essentials for a major discount.
From now until May 9, you can score 20 percent off on dozens of the brand's most popular dresses, sandals, shorts, and tees. This includes many best sellers, like the Sophia Midi Dress, as well as items already on sale. (That's right, a deal on top of a deal!) Just remember to use code WARMUP at checkout to secure your savings and you're good to go.
However, if you're not sure what's worth taking a peek at, we've made it easy for you. Keep reading to see our top picks on what to snag during Madewell's summer sale, all of which will help keep you breezy for next season and beyond. Shop the entire sale here.
The best picks from Madewell's summer sale
Originally $118, now $95
Florals for spring? Yes, especially when it’s this Sophia Mini Dress! Made from eco-friendly materials, this red dress has a flattering and fun silhouette. It’s fitted at the waist to highlight your curves but loose everywhere else to give you as much breathability as possible. Plus, you can create your own slit thanks to the button-up design down the center.
Originally $80, now $56
Any time you feel like showing off your legs (or just keeping them cool on those trips to the farmer’s market—just remember SPF!), toss on these relaxed denim shorts. Not only are they super comfortable, but they also give your thighs a lot of space to breathe and keep cool during those sweltering hot summer days.
Originally $50, now $28
Made from cotton and recycled polyester, this tee is the perfect look to help elevate your basics inventory. It’s soft, lightweight and just as breezy as a tank, IMO. Also, the ruching in the bust creates a flattering silhouette that both bigger and smaller breasts will love.
Originally $88, now $70
Available in five colors, this fitness dress features four-way stretch and soft, sweat-wicking fabric that’s made with recycled polyester spandex. It’s got a chic high front and sporty crisscross back with built-in biker shorts, phone/ball pocket, UPF 40+ sun protection, and it’s double layered for support (aka you don’t have to wear a sports bra underneath).
Originally $128, now $92
If you have Sunday brunch plans or an engagement party to attend, you can’t go wrong stepping out in this Sophia Midi Dress in Seersucker Check. The puffy sleeves and loose silhouette is giving total Nap Dress. which is great if you want to stay comfy all day long. The dress is also pretty lightweight, and versatile. For example, you can dress it up with some sneakers or style it your fave pumps to add some flare.
Originally $128, now $102
Many sandals often lack enough support to keep your feet happy, but not these Fisherman Flatform Sandals. They’re 5 for 5 for comfort in our book, thanks to the extra padded footbed and light midsole that helps cushion your foot all day long.
Originally $60, now $24
Cardigans never go out of style, even in the summertime (just ask Taylor Swift). And this Ribbed Sweater-Knit Cardigan is the reason why. Though it has long sleeves, the cotton and polyester material makes this cardigan breathable and great for layering. Just pair it with a bralette or a tank underneath for a simple look—perfect for crisp summer nights.
Originally $98, now $78
Knotted sandals are *the* style this summer, so you might want to scoop up a pair (they also happen to be a Madewell bestseller). The leather braided straps are buttery smooth and plush, which means breaking them in is no problem at all. Plus, the MWL Cloudlift Lite padding will have you feeling like you’re walking on…do we have to say it? We can already see you rocking these with your shorts and crop top for brunch. They come in three different colors.
Originally $119, now $94
This jumpsuit in “cider” is the easiest spring-to-summer uniform you could ask for. Inspired by the ever-popular Lucie dress, this featured frilly sleeves and a ribbed top that’s ultra stretchy. The legs are loose and breezy, keeping you cool on those hot picnic days. Just make sure that bathroom stall is *definitely* locked when you’re going…just saying (#jumpsuitproblems).
Originally $80, now $64
This cute, cut-out one-piece features palm leaves and makes you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation already. Made of sustainable fabric, this easy-to-wear swimsuit is lined and gives your booty decent coverage. Plus it’s got UPF 50 sun protection (which doesn’t mean you get to skip out on sunscreen, though!).
Originally $80, now $64
If you plan on being poolside or hitting the beach this summer, this Lightestspun Cover-Up Camp Shirt is a great way to have some fun with your swimwear. Not only does it provide ample coverage for your bikini top, but it also feels really good on, due to lightweight double-layered cotton gauze fabric.
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