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5 Summer Fashion Essentials + Where to Find Great Deals on Them!

Thank you BJ’s Wholesale Club for sponsoring this post.

When it comes to summer fashion, there are always fun and fabulous new trends to try, and old staples that work well year after year. Being pregnant and due in the middle of summer, I’m finding myself stuck between wanting to go shopping for summer fashion essentials (for both maternity clothing and for clothing after delivery) but really not wanting to spend a ton of money on either because I’ll only be able to use both types of clothing for a short time.

That is why I am so excited to be partnering with BJ’s Wholesale Club because I was able to find great pieces for my summer wardrobe at prices that were so affordable, I can feel stylish without breaking the bank!

I knew from past shopping experiences at BJ’s that they had a wide selection of clothing for the entire family. So when I headed over there to pick up some affordable options for postpartum outfits, I was so excited to find not only great options for that but items I can also wear now—plus items for the whole family too!

Here is a look at my most recent haul, where I was specifically on the hunt for 5 Summer Fashion Essentials that any mama needs!

  1. The Off-the-Shoulder Summer Dress

Pregnant woman holds belly in summer dress.

I love the bare shoulder look of this dress, and the hubby was equally impressed. Every mama needs a dress she feels great in, and even at 9 months pregnant this dress has me feeling confident for a date night out! I’m loving it on the casual side with my ESPRIT flip-flops, but it would be great with wedges too!

Off-the-Shoulder styles are adorable in any pattern, and are often flowy and forgiving for any shape.

Pregnant woman cradles belly in off the shoulder summer dress.

2. A Playful Romper

Blue summer dress next to flip flops and sunglasses.

Rompers have become summer staples over the past few years, and for good reason! They can be dressed up for a night out or worn to a BBQ or beach party, and are extremely comfortable. They also pull double duty as a beach coverup as well.

I can’t wait to live in this Hawaiian Tropic Romper after the baby is born!

  1. Patriotic Statement (but Versatile) Top

Summer fashion essentials on white background.

Summer basically calls out for Red, White and Blue attire. Here on the Cape, those colors are prominent almost everywhere you go! Finding a great top that has that “Wow” factor—like the bell sleeve details on this IZOD blouse—makes it the perfect addition when paired with many different bottoms!

  1. Comfy + Cute Shorts (for sunny days and chasing toddlers)

Summer outfit lays next to flip flops and sunglasses.

From playing with kids on the playground or constantly bending down to get stuff out of a stroller, finding shorts that provide enough coverage while being comfortable and stylish can be a difficult task—but they are definitely a summer essential! BJ’s had so many cute options in bright colors, like these sunny yellow shorts, and fun summer prints as well!

  1. Accessories From Head to Toe

Wish you were here summer hat lays on beach next to black flip flops.

Of course, summer isn’t complete without the right accessories! Statement floppy hats are always fun, and flip-flops are a must! I found both of these things at BJ’s (and the ESPRIT flip-flops even came in a 2-pack for less than what I would pay for 1 pair!)

I also found a bunch of great items for Charlie (plus lots of ideas for Dad too), including beach day essentials like a Banana Boat SPF hat. Although she has staked a claim on my hat as well, so it looks like I need another trip to BJ’s to get us matching ones!

Baby wears large summer hat at beach.

One Stop (Affordable) Shop for the Whole Family!

If you haven’t been over to BJ’s Wholesale Club lately, you are seriously missing out. They have a new and expanded apparel section featuring great on-trend brands and have added to their kids’ section (including a new selection for school-aged kids) making it easy to find affordable outfit ideas for the entire family.

It’s also really convenient to shop there—I can (and do) pick up groceries, household goods, baby items, and everything else I need in one place, plus they make it even more convenient (and beneficial) to shop there with online shopping at, Shop – Pick Up in Club where you can order online and pick up in store the same day, a mobile app that saves coupons, and even discounts on gas!

I love being a member there, and want you to try it out too because I know you will too! If you use my link to sign up for a BJ’s Membership, you will get a $25 Gift Card as a bonus!

You can’t go wrong with the selection there, and with their new apparel section bringing in trending brands, you can knock out your entire shopping list in one go (while looking good!). Join BJ’s today and get your $25 gift card for signing up!

What are your Summer Fashion Essentials? Are you a BJ’s shopper? Let me know your favorite finds for both in the comments below!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Summer top and yellow shorts next to flip flops and sunglasses.

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