By Cindy Weber-Cleary
Jun 12, 2015 @ 8:00 am
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It’s my favorite time of year. Finally! I’m ready for some long, lazy afternoons at the shore. My Kindle is loaded up with some fun beach reads (including a book with the longest title you can imagine: The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me: An Aristocratic Family, a High-Society Scandal and an Extraordinary Legacy by Sofka Zinovieff. Phew!). If the waves are good, I hope to get in a little body-surfing. If not, I’ll just drag my beach chair down to the water’s edge and let my feet dangle. I’m definitely looking forward to some steamers and corn-on-the-cob washed down with a glass of rosé! I’ve updated my weekend wardrobe with a few fun, very affordable finds, like the Zara caftan above ($70; zara.com). Nothing costs more than $100, and many of the items cost much less. Life is good!

The trick to effortless weekend packing is to pick a few colors and stick to them. My go-to choice is usually navy or white with a few colorful accents or accessories. Everything works together. You always need to think about the activities you have planned—whether sporting or social—and be prepared for changes in the weather … This easy capsule wardrobe should have you covered, whatever the weekend brings.

Everyday Staples

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1. H&M dress, $25; hm.com. 2. Topshop wide-leg trousers, $75; topshop.com. 3. J.Crew button-front, $90; jcrew.com. 4. Zara sandal, $36; zara.com. 5. COS sweater, $44; cosstores.com. 6. J.Crew skirt, $110; jcrew.com. 7. Uniqlo t-shirt, $20; uniqlo.com.

Beachwear

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1. Biltmore & Madewell panama hat, $58; madewell.com. 2. Old Navy espadrille, $20; oldnavy.com. 3. Bamboula Ltd. & Madewell tote, $78; madewell.com. 4. Joe Fresh swimsuit, $29; joefresh.com.

Activewear

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1. Adidas by Stella McCartney, $63; modesportif.com. 2. Uniqlo leggings, $40; uniqlo.com. 3. Ironman sport watch, $48; timex.com. 4. Lands' End sneakers, $79; landsend.com.