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Summer shopping without leaving the couch

From barbecues to summer weddings, you can buy clothing, accessories and more from catalogues or on the Internet.
/ Source: TODAY

Forget schlepping from store to store in the hot summer heat. From the post office, to your door — shopping can be that easy. In-Style magazine’s fashion director Hal Rubenstein shares his advice on the hottest mail order fashions of the season.

What's the advantage of shopping mail order? You can sit at home in your underwear and shop online or by phone. It's so easy. Most of us are familiar with shopping online for kitchen cookware, or home decorating, but retailers have made it easier to shop on-line for fashion, because they have an easy return policy if it doesn't fit. In the past, we would shop mail order for articles of clothing that were more for comfort than fashion. But that's all changed, and retailers are more consistent with sizing now.

Pool party
What you wear to a pool party is all about ease. You want to look good, but you want to be comfortable. Ordering swimsuits online can be a challenge, but if you try on suits at a certain store and know what fits you, then you can order online because you know your size. If you get the wrong size, then just send it back, or return it at the store.

Check out these buys from the show

  • Great buy: Fred Flare sunglasses, $8; www.fredflare.com
  • Diane Von Furstenberg pink terry dress, $110; at www.dvf.com
  • Banana Republic bikini, $48 each; www.bananarepublic.com
  • Antik Batik for La Redoute flower flip flops, $45; at www.laredoute.com
  • Georgina Marsland Designs 14 karat gold coral earrings $98; at www.georginamarsland.com
  • Elliott Luca tweed and leather bag, $188; at www.bloomingdales.com

Summer luncheon You want to wear something comfortable, you don't want to wear something tight or form fitting in the summer.

Check out these buys from the show

  • Isili sequined crochet tank, $218; call 866-478-7586
  • Petit Bateau orange cotton tank, $30; at www.petit-bateau.com
  • Bebe cotton voile skirt with sequin trim, $89; call 877-232-3777
  • Planet Funk metal with glass bead earrings, $22; at www.planetfunk.com
  • J. Crew kitten heel in coral, $98; at www.jcrew.com
  • Elliott Lucca tweed and leather bag, $188; www.bloomingdales.com

Beach barbecue
Jeans are the best thing for beach barbecue because you can sit down in the sand, or spill ketchup on yourself and it doesn't matter because you are wearing jeans.

Check out these buys from the show

  • Great buy: Gap tunic, $44; www.gap.com 
  • Allen B. by Allen Schwartz jeans, $320; call 800-580-2220
  • J. Crew leather and cotton madras dog carrier, $295; www.jcrew.com
  • Ross-Simons 14 karat gold and diamonds peace earrings, $180; call 800-556-7376

Weekend shopping Check out these buys from the show

  • Sweetes tank, $106; available at www.goclothing.com
  • Petit-Bateau white tank, $30; www.petit-bateau.com
  • Seven for All Mankind cotton mini-skirt, $143; www.barneys.com
  • Great buy: La Redoute embellished leather slippers, $45; www.laredoute.com
  • Target aviator sunglasses, $16.99 ; at www.target.com
  • Guess gold-tone earrings, $22; at www.guess.com
  • Anthropologie cotton eyelet bag, $78; www.anthropologie.com
  • Moma gold leather cuff, $35; at www.momastore.com

Summer wedding: Pants look
A fancier look for summer if you need an outfit for a wedding, or a cocktail party, or a graduation is a pants suit.

Check out these buys from the show

  • ABS embellished cotton tank, $152; call 888-282-6060
  • Great buy: Bebe sequined cotton cardigan, $54; call 877-232-3777
  • Lauren by Ralph Lauren white silk twill pants, $129; www.polo.com
  • Lauren Merkin gold metallic bag with chain handle, $220; www.neimanmarcus.com
  • Forever 21 rhinestone earrings, $3.80; www.forever21.com
  • Spiegal embossed metallic leather sandals with butterflies, $49; www.spiegel.com

Summer wedding: dress look
Check out these buys from the show

  • Shoshanna cotton halter dress, $539; call 866-433-7377
  • Great buy: Colin Stuart gold braided leather slingbacks for Victoria's Secret Catalogue, $58; call 800-888-8200
  • Banana Republic faux python with ribbon bow bag, $78; www.bananarepublic.com
  • Beaux Bijoux 24 karat gold plated earrings with tanzanite, $93; www.beaux-bijoux.com
  • Guess Watches gold tone with Swarovski-pearl band watch, $95; www.guess.com