How to Shop the Summer Sales

By Abby Gregory
|  Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011  |  Updated 10:43 AM CDT
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Best Bets at Summer Sales

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We're sharing our top items on Summer sale racks now that will also keep you on trend for the season ahead, and like the versatile pieces pictured here, we're loving season-less picks like great accessories and blazers that will still be fresh when Fall arrives.

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Are you a babe on a budget? We understand, and we'll tell you which seasonally versatile items you can purchase on Summer sale racks now, that will still rock your wardrobe when and if Fall ever arrives.

Awesome Accessories. Any fashionista knows that a great bag, wrap, or chic cuff bracelet works to enhance your look year round. Shop great venues like Elements, BCBG, and Dillard's to find great, seasonless accessories at a discount, as the retailers clear out merchandise in anticipation of the Fall collections.

Chic Blazers and Cardis. We know you've spotted the laughter inducing ad campaigns that depict a model wearing her swimsuit accessorized with a luxe, cashmere cardigan while posing beachside. The good news about the inexplicable ads is ha,t while those blazers and cardis may not be appropriate for the pool, they can be snagged off of sales racks now at stores like Banana Republic, Zara, and J.Crew. Basics like well-made jackets and cashmere tops are great wardrobe builders, and you'll be able to pick up discounted items in timeless, lighter shades like cream and pale blush, that will work year round.

Perfect Pumps and Platforms. No one will ever know if you purchased your heels this season or last, since many if not most of the haute shoe trends for Fall were also on racks for Summer. Shop the end-of-season sales to buy discounted booties, wedges, and platforms that will still look on trend for Fall. We suggest you focus on picking up pairs in rich fabrications like caramel suedes or red leather, though black is always a versatile choice as well. Our favorite cheap-yet-chic pairs were spotted at Nordstrom, Barney's, and Intermix.

Darling Denim. What's the one trend that's never out of style? The perfect pair of jeans, of course. Shop denim pants, jackets, and tops on sale at literally every retailer in town, as they make room for new Fall items. Which, as we all know, will look nearly identical to the current Summer denim options, but with higher prices.

Versatile Tanks and Tees. The one item you can't possibly collect too many of is a tank or tee that fits your body well and will work over or under diverse looks. Snap up high-end layering pieces at discounted prices at Forty Five Ten, The Shak, and Neiman Marcus

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