No matter how much of a pro you are at year-round creative budgeting (i.e. justifying the lunch hour purchase of yet another cashmere sweater because there’s a slight chill in the air) 4th of July weekend is essentially a shopping free for all. That said, shelling out hard-earned cash for a so-so item just because it’s on markdown can result in serious buyer’s remorse once the clearance haze subsides.
Shop responsibly with our pre-approved list of warm-weather must haves: they’ll get you through the season (and beyond) and keep you out of debt.
Shop Till You Drop
Sale Score: The Not-So-Basic Tee
It’s A Deal Because: One can never have too many tees, and this one can easily carry you straight into fall when paired with dark denim and a structured blazer. Wear it right now with flirty cutoffs and crisp tennies.
Sale Score: The Kitschy Clutch
It’s A Deal Because: This bad-boy doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is why it’s ideal for adding a jolt of fun to an otherwise tame ensemble.
Sale Score: Badass Bracelet
It’s A Deal Because: A single statement bracelet is the new arm party.
Sale Score: Sassy Shirt Dress
It’s A Deal Because: Styled with simple gladiator sandals or sky-high wedges, the shirt-dress is a fashion heavy-hitter you’ll be glad to have on your team.
Sale Score: Painterly Pumps
It’s A Deal Because: On extra steamy summer days, try pairing a statement shoe with light-as-air neutrals – it’s a cool combination in every sense of the word.
Sale Score: Fancy Pants
It’s A Deal Because: When worn in small amounts, floral print is the perfect accompaniment to summer whites.
Sale Score: Going Out Crop-top
It’s A Deal Because: It’s what your cache of high-waisted skirts, pants and shorts has been missing.
Sale Score: Sexy Swimsuit
It’s A Deal Because: The strategically placed lacing is the epitome of poolside cool -- just remember to slather on the sunscreen lest you want your torso to resemble a wicker basket.