A look from the Tory Burch Summer '13 Lookbook. Photo courtesy Tory Burch.
I'm not going to pretend that I don't covet budget-breaking designer things. I do it on the daily - whether flipping through magazines, checking out blogs or watching girls parade by me in their $1,500 shoes. Sigh...
But stronger than my desire to wear the latest label is the thrill I get when I can score something for way less. Unless it's a closet staple - a great white shirt, perfect-fit jeans, good boots, etc. that I know I'll wear for years - it doesn't seem worth it to me to overwork by Visa just to help a designer build his fifth home in Capri. Just me?
July is the perfect time to score amazing deals on the season's top trends since stores are in major markdown mode. Check out these 7 luxurious-looking finds that will instantly update your wardrobe for the rest of summer. Happy shopping - see you in the sale section!
The Summer Must: THE WHITE SHIRTDRESS
You'll wear this classic dress year after year and though I'd never say that a DVF dress is a bad investment, I prefer the pricetag on this well-made version from Gap.
LUXE: Diane Von Furstenberg Stretch Cotton Shirt Dress, $375
The Summer Must: STRIPED ROUND SUNGLASSES
Striped sunglasses are so of-the-moment that I'd never plunk down hundreds on them. At $12, these fun ALDO sunnies will barely make a dent in your budget and will help you look totally on-trend all summer long.
LUXE: Illesteva Leonard II Sunglasses, $260
The Summer Must: THE STUDDED TRAPEZE BAG
The soft pink trapeze bag will go with everything you own and will carry all of your belongings with ease. I especially love how the studs add some edge to the very girly soft pink.
LUXE: Valentino Rockstud Leather Trapeze Bag, $3,395
The Summer Must: THE DENIM MOTO JACKET
This jacket just went on sale (I know because I just bought it yesterday) and is the softest, coolest jacket ever. Wear it with your skinnies, your floaty summer skirts and maxi dresses now and as a layer over your long-sleeves in the cooler months.
LUXE: Rebecca Taylor Denim Moto Vest, $295
The Summer Must: THE TORTOISESHELL CLUTCH
The tortoiseshell print is a classic but since genuine turtle is exorbitant (not to mention, mean to turtles..just saying...) I prefer the H&M clutch.
LUXE: Stella McCartney Tortoise Box Clutch, $2,255
The Summer Must: STACKED GOLD RINGS
For summer, it's all about a handful of rings upon rings. I loved the gold rings the models wore on the Balenciaga runway for Spring '13 but at $299, it's way more than I'd ever spend on something so blingy. I love that you can look toally in-the-know, fashion-wise, for a mere $5.95 - simply wear one on each finger to make a major statement for the price of a venti latte.
LUXE: Balenciaga Ring Set, $299
The Summer Must: COLOUR-BLOCKED SANDALS
If there's any season where you can be playful with your footwear, it's summer. Colour-blocked sandals show that you're carefree and up for some fun and while the Charlotte Olympia heels are pretty fab, they're still $300. Yikes. Um, I'll take the wear-anywhere Enzo Angiolinis, thank you!
LUXE: Charlotte Olympia Heels, $302