Proof Now’s the Best Time to Shop Online for Summer Staples

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Right now you’ve reached that winter point where all the holiday gifts have been opened and the new year is mere days away. In all likelihood, you’re freezing and the idea of sunny days and balmy nights seems like a far cry from reality at the moment but there is a way in which you can (almost) manifest yourself poolside with a piña colada: the post-holiday sales.

Sure, it’s tempting to scoop up the winter items you sadly weren’t gifted, but the more strategic move is to shop for the types of warm-weather essentials you reach for on a tropical holiday and in the summer months like swimsuits, sandals, and shoulder-baring dresses at steep discounts.

Michelle LeBlanc, founder and owner of the online boutique MILLE says, “It can be super tempting to dive headfirst into the new resort arrivals” this time of year, but “if you take a look at the sale sections online you can typically find a few good pieces at steep discounts leftover from summer."

"If you take a look at the sale sections online you can typically find a few good pieces at steep discounts leftover from summer." —Michelle LeBlanc, founder and owner of the online boutique MILLE

The shop owner recommends stocking up on swimsuits (duh), skirts, flat sandals, statement sunglasses, hats, and bright accessories (especially earrings) to wear with basics as well as sun-worthy dresses in certain fabrics. “Indulging in one splashy silk dress can be a good investment—you do need something for those Friday night surfside parties, right?—[but] I usually try to stick with cotton dresses that I know I will continue to wear throughout the summer.”

Whether you’re escaping the cold this January or getting a head start on your 2019 summer wardrobe, ahead, shop discounted summer items you can brag about the minute they’re in season.

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Chloé Rony Embellished Leather Slides, $276

A wear-everywhere slide to take you from summer days in the city to weekends by the sea.

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Adriana Degreas Fruits Print High Leg Bikini, $192

A retro-chic bikini to stand out while soaking up the sun.

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FeatherBone Alton Lace Blouse, $70

What is summer without a white eyelet top to pair with cut-offs and skirts?

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Cult Gaia Small Dome Bag, $67

Level up your basket bag collection with this sleek wooden style.

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Cynthia Rowley Prism One Piece Suit, $83

Whether your style is surf or après swim, a color-block one-piece is a summer essential.

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Pared Eyewear Picollo & Grande Cat Eye Sunglasses, 50mm, $161

Classic cat-eye sunglasses equate to a retro-chic look.

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Kos Resort Lace Maxi Dress, $88

This lightweight maxi doubles as a chic cover-up and stylish summer dress.

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Marte Frisnes Gold Metallic And Green Izzy Sterling Silver Tassel Drop Earrings, $95

Nothing says summer like bright tassel earrings.

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RE/DONE Denim Shorts, $145

Admit it, when it’s hot, you live in denim shorts.

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Raw Edge Floppy Straw Hat, $10

No summer outfit is complete without a wide-brim straw hat.

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Ava & Viv Plus Size Floral Ruffle Skirt, $14

Whether with a bikini top and slides or a tank top and heels, warm weather calls for a frilled summer skirt.

Winter is also the ideal time to start prepping your skin for warm days (eventually) ahead. Have you heard about the wonders of bakuchiol? And what about the benefits of dry brushing

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