Summer 2018 Fashion Haul

And now, the fashion portion of the haul! I have to confess... I've definitely purchased more items since I decided to do this haul. I do have a lot of traveling in the coming months, so hopefully, that makes it okay??

If you're interested in what beauty products I got as part of this haul, check out my previous post.

Abercrombie & Fitch

A&F is probably my most shopped store for clothing, especially after it re-branded itself a few years ago. I always pick up A&F stuff on sale, and it's easy to do so because there are sales extremely often. If you sign up to be an A&F member, you also get plenty of exclusive discount codes and $10 rewards when you reach a certain spending threshold. It's also super easy to place orders on the A&F site often, since A&F offers free pick-up in store.

Knot Front Dress in Black Stars ($23.20, originally $58): I had a dress years ago that had a similar shape to this, but it was cheaper and shorter. I loved it regardless, and wore it to death. When I saw this dress in the stars print, immediately I thought of that dress of mine from college. This one definitely feels like an upgrade. I love that it's so versatile, and since I got it in the tall size, it's long enough that with a cardigan, I could wear it to work as well. I'm thinking of bringing this with me on my business trip to wear on my time off.

Long-Sleeve Colorblock Tee in Light Blue ($11.52, originally $24): A great basic that's not too basic. I love pairing this with medium wash mom jeans and the belt that I'll be sharing next.

Athletic Belt in Navy Blue Stripe ($6.72, originally $14): I'm so glad these belts are in again, because I find these easier to wear than leather belts.

Scoopneck Tee in Off White ($11.52, originally $24): I'm in the process of building up my wardrobe again after clearing out things I don't wear anymore, and this seemed like a good, quality basic that I can wear with plenty of different things.

Twist-Front Bodycon Dress in Black ($23.04, originally $48): I like getting dresses in the Tall size at A&F because otherwise I find them to be too short for normal wear. Unfortunately, this one was sold out in Tall, but I liked it so much that I got it anyways. It's a really comfy, stretchy dress that's easy to throw on and run out the door. Unfortunately, this seems to be sold out in Black now, and the other colors still have XL in stock.

Embroidered Mesh Lace Dress in Cream ($17.88, originally $68): I thought this would be a good dress for occasions that call for something nicer than the typical casual dress. I'll probably wear it out the next time I go to a nice dinner.

High Rise Ankle Straight Jeans in Light Wash ($20.52, sold out :( ): A&F has plenty of denim offerings, but this one was different from the typical A&F denim. Rather than the usual stretchy denim, which I enjoy for skinny jeans, this pair had thicker denim, reminiscent of Levi's. I love this pair of jeans. They're high-waisted and hug my butt in a very flattering way. I've worn this once so far, paired with a graphic tee.

V-Neck Boyfriend Tee in White ($6.84, originally $18): I bought this because I needed to get my order total to $50 so I could use another discount code... but also because I realized I needed more basic white tees.

One-Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit in Navy Blue and Pink ($16.43, originally $48): I've been hunting for new swimwear for my trips to Taiwan and Australia later this year, and this one really called out to me. I haven't picked this up from the store yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll love it just fine.

Short-Sleeve Button Up in White Check ($18.07, originally $44): I had actually been eyeing this for a while, but it had never been at a price point where I was willing to buy it, until most recently when I went onto the A&F site to look for swimsuits.


Palisade Button-Front Midi Skirt in Indigo ($44.99, originally $98): I had been looking for a midi skirt for ages, so I was glad to see that this one was on sale at Madewell, another one of my favorite clothing stores. By the time I saw this on sale, there were only sizes 00 and 14 left. It was final sale, so I was hoping that the skirt ran big like most of Madewell's clothing. Thankfully, it did, and the skirt fit me perfectly. I love this so much that I'll probably find a way to wear it year round.

The Sari Crisscross Sandal in Warm Nutmeg ($69.99, originally $128): I've wanted these since I saw Madewell come out with them, so I'm glad I was browsing Madewell when they happened to be on sale.

Bandana in Hayfield ($5.59, originally $12.50): I've been getting more into bandanas lately, and this one in mustard yellow and red called out to me. I can imagine this looking great with just a plain white tee and denim.

Lo-Fi Shrunken Tee in Nona Stripe ($13.99, originally $32): Madewell tees are extremely comfortable, and this one is in such a cute stripe print.


I hadn't been planning to purchase anything from J.Crew, but I was helping my boyfriend order stuff and just got sucked into the July 4th sales. Ebates also happened to be having a 10% off cashback for J.Crew, which only enabled me more to pick up these items.

Tortoise Hoop Earrings ($11.70, originally $19.50): I've been building up an earring collection, among other things, and I thought this would be a nice addition. I've come to realize that outside of gold earrings, I love tortoise shell or similar looking material for my earrings (see my post on Thrifty Thieves earrings).

Long-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt in Slub Cotton in White ($9.99, originally $29.50): J.Crew, like Madewell, makes amazing basics, and I highly recommend picking some up when they're on sale.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters had 20% off your whole purchase a while back, and I didn't limit my haul here to beauty.

Out From Under Seamless Back Bra in Black ($10, originally $16): I love this. It's not often that I'll find a bralette, especially a spaghetti -strapped one, that looks good and fits well on my small frame/large chest combination. It's also the rare bralette that I don't mind wearing as a top. I've paired this with some black high-waisted linen pants, and I can see myself wearing an outfit like this in LA or for dinner by the beach. This also comes in red and white, neither of which I'm really keen on wearing for this top, so I hope they come out with more colors soon.

Out From Under Markie Seamless Ribbed Bra in Medium Orange ($10, originally $16): I love this even more than the previous bra, because the straps are slightly thicker, and the shape is slightly more flattering on my body type. I also like wearing this as a top, especially paired with medium-wash high-waisted jeans. The medium orange is basically an awesome rust color, and I plan on picking up more colors in the future.

UO Wrap Midi Slip Dress ($23.99, originally $69): I've come to realize wrap dresses are one of the more flattering dress forms on me, so I tend to go for these types of dresses nowadays. I thought this one was cute, with its blue floral print contrasted with the black of the dress and the slightly asymmetrical hemline. Unfortunately, this is sold out on the site.

UO Wind Song Wide-Leg Pant ($23.99, originally $69): I loved this as soon as I saw it online, but I was a bit hesitant to purchase it at first because it was definitely out of my comfort zone. I've only started wearing wide-legged pants in the last year, and I definitely haven't worn any rainbow colored pants before. I'm glad I got these though, because they are extremely comfortable and look great with a white tee and some sandals. The material is super thin, so it's great for warm weather, and I see myself bringing these with me to Taiwan.

Princess Polly

I.AM.GIA Pixie Jacket ($68.55, originally $85.68): This isn't really summer fashion, but I bought this last month when the Youtuber Amy Vagabond had a 20% off discount code, and I have been eyeing this teddy jacket for ages. I won't deny that I got sucked into buying this because of all the Instagrammers that I've seen wearing it, but I'm so glad I did, because it's so cute. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this when it's colder too, since it keeps me pretty warm. Believe it or not, I've already worn this once - it got a bit chilly last week up here in the Bay Area, so I wore it out to a concert.

Indigo Vintage

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I've recently been inspired to do some thrifting by various Instagrammers and Youtubers that I follow. Not only is thrifting great for the environment, it's also a great way to find unique pieces.

However, to be honest, I don't always have the patience to dig through racks and racks of clothes. Thankfully, I discovered this amazing vintage store near Berkeley campus, Indigo Vintage, which has since become one of my favorite stores ever.

The store is a curated boutique - there are little sections with pieces from different online vintage stores and local makers. I've gone a few times, and I've since purchased rust orange linen blend pants (vintage), the silk scarf pictured above (vintage), a fanny pack (vintage), and two pairs of earrings pictured above, one from Moonwalker Things and one from Prism Jewels.

If you've made it all the way through this post, thanks for reading! If you've tried any of these products before, let me know whether you liked them or not! :)

fashionCathy Liu