As most of us are finding ourselves enjoying this time of year for exactly what it is, the start of summer, stores and fashion designers long before them, are embracing what some might call fashion limbo.  It's that time when nearly all the great summer styles seem to have vanished off the racks and those that haven't are being offered at unbelievably amazing prices.  Along with that, many vendors are presenting (or soon will be) their transitional lines also known as pre-fall. Personally, I happen to love shopping this time of year, ok anytime of year, but this is when it starts to get really inspiring.  
J Crew is particularly adept at marketing their merchandise in two to three rollouts per season.  I love this because it gives you a taste of the season to come and lets you build your wardrobe in pieces, fabrics and styles that mix and match beautifully.
On a recent trip to my favorite preppy-chic mecca and its sister store, Madewell, I found some summer "still must-haves" along with a taste of a few ideas for crisper days to come.  Let's take a peek at some of the in store finds...


J Crew shoe wall!!  Here I found some great summer sandals and flats perfect for now as well as a few new suede lace ups that will likely be featured in future style guides.

Purses featuring rich color, warm neutrals and pops of pattern.  That cobalt blue is slated to be a mainstay come fall.


More shoes...


Madewell summer ~ easy, relaxed and always on trend.  Love the laidback look that lets your personal take on style shine through.

Madewell bangle bar and ring boxes.  These wrapped bracelets and neon trinkets are a fun and youthful way to add a pop of color to summer styling.


Love the fedora and of course, the scarf.


Have you noticed the presence of nautical-inspired pieces this season?  Jewelry is especially adorned by these by-the-sea symbols.  I found this anchor by Dogearred to be adorable.

Finally, never one to let the summer sun have its way with my hair or skin, I thought this striped floppy was just so charming.  Easy to dress up or down, this could be a piece I throw in my suitcase and go.  I found it at aldo but you can find similar styles here.

These looks and plenty of other similar cute ones can be found at
 J Crew and sister store Madewell