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20 Summer Outfits From Kohl's for Less Than $14 Each

Build your summertime capsule wardrobe with the help of stackable savings from Kohl's.

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Like everyone else, I have my fair share of time-consuming hobbies. Lusting over items at Sephora, contemplating "Game of Thrones" theories and guiltily watching "The Bachelorette" are just a few of them. But I think I speak for a lot of women when I say that Pinterest is easily one of the most captivating time zappers I've encountered thus far. I can go from pictures of Parisian hairdos to images of Ryan Gosling cuddling his dog in a matter of... hours... and yet it feels like no time has passed whatsoever.

If you're like me, you've undoubtedly seen countless images of capsule wardrobes on your Pinterest feed, and you've probably pinned your fair share to your fashion board. There are collections for every season, every style aesthetic and every price point, which is especially ideal for those of us who like to get our fashion kicks at a reasonable price. Kohl's is one of the best places to shop for new threads thanks to its stackable coupon codes, Kohl's Cash and cardholder perks, so what better store to browse for a chic and affordable summer capsule wardrobe?

That's why I've scoured the store's site to find 15 of the most versatile styles that combine to give you 20 new summertime outfits to choose from. Oh, and as for the price? Let's just say it's slick.

 

Building a Capsule Wardrobe for Summer

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If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a capsule wardrobe, no worries. It's a fairly simple but super smart solution to building your seasonal wardrobe without emptying your bank account. The name of the game is versatility. You want to find a number of styles (in our case, 15) that work well together in order to create plenty of unique outfit combinations. Ideally, you'll have a mix of basics, neutrals and statement-makers. The point is to find pieces that fulfill your clothing needs, work with your personal style and complement a wide variety of other pieces in your closet.

Here's what we came up with. These items all play nicely together without looking boring:

Summer Capsule Collection

  1. Simply Vera Vera Wang Print Top, $19.99
  2. Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass Designer Collection by Colleen Atwood Print Tank, $28
  3. ELLE Metallic Striped Peplum Blouse, $27
  4. Apt. 9 Asymmetrical-Hem Top, $15
  5. Disney's Alice in Wonderland a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad Print Blouse, $26.40
  6. REED Eyelet-Pocket Tank, $15.20
  7. Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass Designer Collection by Colleen Atwood Cheshire Cat Miniskirt, $28
  8. Disney's Bambi a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad Floral Scuba Skirt, $14.40
  9. REED Scuba Midi Pencil Skirt, $21.60
  10. REED Print Pencil Skirt, $17.60
  11. Women's Artisan Crafted by Democracy Slimming Jean Leggings, $44.99
  12. Dana Buchman Millenium Slimming Pull-On Pants, $29.99
  13. LC Lauren Conrad Floral Pumps, $29.99
  14. Journee Collection Ike Ankle Strap High Heels, $49.99
  15. Candie's Women's Chunky Heel, $39.99

If you bought the eight most expensive items right now, that would add up to $277.95. With a 30% off code, you'll reduce that amount to $194.57. In addition, if the promotion coincides with a Kohl's Cash event, you could earn $40 in Kohl's Cash toward your next purchase.

Money-Saving Strategies

If you were buying all of these items at their regular prices (gasp!), the total would run you $684.97. Fortunately, every single one of these pieces is currently on sale -- and many are even on clearance -- which brings the total down to $408.14 right off the bat. Of course, that's before any coupon codes are added to the mix (and as a Slickdealer, you wouldn't dare shop without Kohl's coupons.)

As any avid Kohl's shopper knows, the store regularly runs sitewide discounts to the tune of 15, 20 or even 30% off. Those 30% off codes are a little harder to come by than the other discounts, and are usually saved for Kohl's card holders, but credit events happens often enough that it definitely pays to be card holder. On top of that, category-specific codes come up frequently on select styles as well, which can be stacked for superior savings.

Even without category-specific codes available you want to buy, you can still save big with just the sitewide codes. Here's how the savings stack up on our capsule items:

15 Essentials

 

 

Regular total: $684.97

Current sale price total: $408.14

Total with 15% off code: $346.92

Total with 20% off code: $326.51

Total with 30% off code: $285.70

 

 

 

 

In other words, if you can buy during a 30% off promotion, you'll get all 15 pieces for just $285.70 -- or roughly $14 per outfit. Not bad, right? But you're a Slickdealer, which means that you want the very best deal possible. I hear you loud and clear, my friends. So while we're getting creative with our outfit pairings, why not think outside the promo code box?

We all know that shopping at Kohl's can yield some sweet rewards in the form of Kohl's Cash, so it only makes sense to make the most of this incentive (especially on a purchase this size). Let's say you shopped for half of the items during a 30% off sale and Kohl's Cash event, earned $10 Kohl's Cash for every $48 you spent and then purchased the remaining items during your Kohl's Cash redemption timeframe? If you bought the eight most expensive items right now, that would add up to $277.95. With a 30% off code, you'll reduce that amount to $194.57. In addition, if the promotion coincides with a Kohl's Cash event, you could earn $40 in Kohl's Cash toward your next purchase.

That means that when you go back for the rest (or $130.19 worth of clothes), you can slash $40 off your purchase with your Kohl's Cash rewards. Chances are high that you'll also run into a 15 or 20% off promotion when you go to buy (either through a sitewide deal or women's wear category-specific sale), resulting in some pretty impressive savings:

15 Essentials

 

 

Regular total: $684.97

First purchase with 30% off code: $194.57

Second purchase with 15% off code plus Kohl's Cash: $76.66

Second purchase with 20% off code plus Kohl's Cash: $72.15

Total cost with 15% off code plus Kohl's Cash: $271.23

Total cost with 20% off code plus Kohl's Cash: $266.72

 

 

 

 

 

Using this technique during a 20% off sale scores you 15 new items for your wardrobe and well over 20 outfit combinations for summer, all for a grand total of $266.72... or $13.34 per outfit!

Mic drop.

 

Creating Your Seasonal Looks

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All of these options for one low price? Yes, please.

 

I don't know about you, but all of these outfit pairings are making me want to do some serious shopping. Do you shop at Kohl's for your wardrobe needs? If so, will you be stocking up during the store's next big sale or credit event? Keep the conversation going in the comments section below!

Images courtesy of Kohl's via Polyvore.

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Lesley Sheridan Contributor

Lesley Sheridan is a freelance fashion and beauty writer who lives for Pinterest boards, animal prints, strappy shoes and coupon codes. Her bookshelves are filled with Kevyn Aucoin makeup guides, and her favorite band is and will always be INXS. A Kentucky girl at heart, she currently resides just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, with her rescue cats, a boyfriend who wishes he were an astronaut and a dog whose favorite word is “pizza.”

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