The BEST Summer Buys For Every Budget

We value different things when it comes to stocking our own closets. For some, it’s a having a well-rounded jewelry collection. For others, it may be a rack of red-soled heels. But, just as our fashion preferences are unique, so are our credit limits. You know you love the sporty-bralet look, but you also can't justify spending more than $20 on one —while others might consider it a total necessity.
So, to accommodate every budget, we found 60 summer musts just for you. Ahead, you'll find our picks for 20 current trends — including the printed bomber, criss-cross sandals, and bib-tank dress — in the low-, mid-, and luxury-price ranges. Click through to find your perfect picks to skimp, split, and splurge on. Because, really, who doesn't love options?
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Skimp: Forever 21
Split: Cos
Splurge: Balenciaga

Your work or going out sandals don’t have to kill your feet — especially when there’s a variety of just-as-chic low-heeled versions on the market right now. You can’t go wrong with basic black, but if you’re feeling bolder, a fiery orange style or one with a contrast heel is just as sleek.
2 of 20
Skimp: Pixie Market
Split: Rebecca Minkoff
Splurge: SEA

Lazy? Let this closet powerhouse coordinate your outfit for you. And, don’t worry, you won’t look like you're trying way too hard to match. You'll simply look effortlessly cool.
3 of 20
Skimp: Zara
Split: VPL
Splurge: T By Alexander Wang

Whether your sport of choice is basketball, soccer, or you know, sitting on the sidelines, there’s an athletic-inspired top to fit your taste. Wear by itself with high-waisted pants or layer under a blazer or sheer button-front shirt for an elevated silhouette.
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Skimp: Dominic Jones
Split: Asea
Splurge: Hirotaka

The open-front cuff that once adorned your wrist has shrunken down to Honey I Shrunk the Kids size and now packs serious punch on your finger. Try a fun shape like an oblong diamond stunner, a knotted style, or an option with modern curves.
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Skimp: 90's Lullaby
Split: Le Specs
Splurge: Karen Walker

Your everyday shades get a Jane Jetson spin with exaggerated cat-eye and retro square frames. With mirrored lenses and sleek color pairings, these novelty sunnies work with everything all summer long.
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Skimp: Club Monaco
Split: A.P.C.
Splurge: The Row

The denim skirt is all grown up (a far cry from the frayed iterations you wore from Abercrombie & Fitch in high school). Featuring high-waisted details, clean cuts, and dressy dark colors, this season’s skirt will become your new office staple — at least for casual Friday, anyway.
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Skimp: LOFT
Split: Laurence Heller
Splurge: M Missoni

A raffia clutch can easily replace your traditional leather option this season. But, don’t worry about straw seeming too casual for nighttime; textured accents and fun colors dress up your look like that.
8 of 20
Skimp: New Look
Split: Amour Vert
Splurge: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Sure, it’s summer, but those nights at the bonfire can sometimes get chilly. Keep a sporty bomber on hand, which feels fresh and current with pretty microprints.
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Skimp: Express
Split: Eberjey
Splurge: Lisa Marie Fernandez

We love this updated version of the maillot — the cut is classic and sophisticated, but the ruffled detail keeps the vibe as flirty and fun as if you were in an itsy-bitsy bikini.
10 of 20
Skimp: Vans
Split: adidas
Splurge: EYTYS

Whether it’s a pair of classic Stan Smiths or a rad slip-on, you need a pair of fresh white kicks to finish out summer. And, don’t worry if you get ‘em dirty running around — they’ll look even better.
11 of 20
Skimp: Charles & Keith
Split: Crescioni
Splurge: Marni

The oversize necklace popular in seasons past gets a fresh update with offbeat shapes and stones that could look just as good hanging on the wall.
12 of 20
Skimp: H&M
Split: Rachel Comey
Splurge: Jacquemus

Follow Kylie Jenner’s lead with a bib dress to replace your standby halter silhouette. With picks in basic black, bubblegum pink, or with paint-splatter accents, these frocks will knock your socks off, guaranteed.
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Skimp: River Island
Split: Scala
Splurge: Eugenia Kim

This menswear trend isn’t going anywhere. To avoid looking like your grandfather, shoot for boater hats with femme details like prepster stripes and satin ribbons.
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Skimp: Blonde & Blonde
Split: Ancient Greek Sandals
Splurge: Isabel Marant

By now, you’ve probably hopped aboard the “ugly shoe” train. But, if not — do it now. And, if you’re really feeling brave, try 'em with socks for the perfect MK&A-inspired look.
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Skimp: Topshop
Split: See By Chloé
Splurge: Proenza Schouler

Meet one of the most flattering dresses around. The two-piece overlay slims and defines your waist without the need of a belt or cinch detail. Go for one in a pretty print as you continue to hit the summer wedding circuit.
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Skimp: Free People
Split: Tory Burch
Splurge: Reece Hudson

This two-strapped slinger is just as relevant as it was when you were in fourth grade. A structured style in buttery-soft leather is a no-brainer for work or play.
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Skimp: Akira
Split:Vince Camuto

Featuring a ladylike silhouette with a striking twist, this season’s It skirt is how you do texture in the summer with its cool, laser-cut details. Try one in classic black or white or go a bit bolder in unexpected green.
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Skimp: Aldo
Split: Miss KG
Splurge: Kenzo

Colorblocking is still going strong. Seriously — you’ll spot it in at least a dozen collections every season. But, this summer, test out the trend below the ankles in pretty heels for when you want to get fancy.
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Skimp: Dorothy Perkins
Split: Opening Ceremony
Splurge: Kelly Love

You probably have a capri pant lurking in the back of your closet from 2000. And, that’s where they should say. Instead, opt for culottes that still highlight your lower-leg (one of your body’s most slimming features at the ankle), but won’t ripple from tightness. A breezy, yet structured pair in an eye-catching print will carry you from the office to after-hours drinks.
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Skimp: Pixie Market
Split: Cynthia Rowley
Splurge: Chimala

If the fall runways were any indication, your mechanic couldn’t be more on-trend. Get a jump-start on the look with this summer’s jumpsuit offerings in white, olive, or denim.

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