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What summer wardrobe essentials to splurge and save on

Woman in pink crop pants and white top with shoes around her


With a new season arriving, revamping your wardrobe probably seems sensible. But, most people don’t have the budget to splurge on every item on this season’s new arrivals list. Fortunately, looking like a million bucks doesn’t cost as much! Carefully select the fashion trends that are worth top dollar and those that aren’t to get the most pizzazz out of your wardrobe. Here are our top splurge and save items for summer:

Model with shoes around her


Go-to summer sandals
Your wardrobe should have one pair of sandals that goes with most of your clothing and is built to last. These staple shoes aren’t the flashy ones you grab to be on trend. They’re the timeless ones you can’t survive without. Invest your money in a style like strappy sandals or slides. Both are versatile in look and have been popular for years. Also consider leather options. Leather molds to your foot and lasts longer than other materials, giving you a comfortable shoe you’ll use for summers to come.


“Suits are as essential as a great red lipstick.”

Business suits for women are as essential as a great red lipstick. But for them to have the punch you need, they have to be well-fitted and high quality. Such a suit shows others you’re professional, in charge and put together, whether you’re at the office or a formal event. Both skirt and pants suits are worth a splurge (though skirts are probably more comfortable in hot weather). Not only will you get to wear them all year, but they’re perfect for summer weddings!

Flattering swimwear

While you only wear your swimsuit a couple of times each year, investing in an ensemble that fits, lasts and makes you feel great is worth the money. Cheap swimsuits are designed to be trendy, going out of style quickly. That, or they don’t fit you like they should. Both those things mean that you’re buying a new suit year after year, spending more money than you would on a splurge that you love. Instead, find that fantastic item, whether it’s a one-piece swimsuit or a two-piece, that flatters your figure and wear it every year.

Skirted Suit


Statement bags
Having colorful, unique purses is great, but they shouldn’t take up a big chunk of your fashion budget. Because they’re harder to pair, these types of accessories only match a couple of outfits. Opt for cheaper statement bags and save your bucks for more long-lasting wardrobe pieces.

Teal Purse

Want a bold print on your summer blouses, skirts and dresses? Go ahead, but choose moderately priced options over costly ones. New prints come out every season, so they lack the longevity solids have. Of course, classics like polka dots and stripes are an exception.

Tropical Paradise top and pants

Basics like camisoles are necessary summer garments, but you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on them. Most of the time, tanks and camis go under sheer blouses or are used as solid color staples to pair with more unique bottoms. Save on your basics.

Seamless Control Tank

Consider credit

Planning how you spend your money will help you stay within your fashion budget. But if you need a little extra time to cover those timeless necessities, you can try a credit card. The Monroe and Main credit program gives you the freedom to treat yourself to wardrobe essentials and pay them off slowly. Monthly payments are as low as $20, making the credit card a doable part of your personal budget. Not only that, but you won’t have to deal with a bank. Get the looks you want this summer by splurging and saving in the right places and using a Monroe and Main credit card.

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Published on Jan 01 2018

Last Updated on Jan 25 2018

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