5 Summer Must-Haves… And Then 5 We Can Actually Afford

Every season runways everywhere show beautiful collections of stunning clothing and accessories. While the pieces designers show are breathtaking, their price tags can also take your breath away! What’s a fashionista on a limited budget supposed to do? My answer – find a similar piece for a fraction of the cost. Below are some of my summer runway picks and how to get the look for less!

1) Balenciaga Wrap Around White Bustier

Look 1 in Balenciaga’s Spring 2013 collection featured an exquisite white wrap around bustier. This neckline is shown a lot throughout the collection and is reminiscent of a Renaissance corset. The bustier hugged the body, elegantly projecting a youthful and playful vibe.


This Nasty Gal Bustier reminded me so much of the Balenciaga one. It would look great with any skirt – longer for day and shorter for night

2) Michel Kors Full Floral Skirt

Speaking of skirts – it is summer. All round us the flowers are blooming and I can’t help but fall in love with floral skirts. Especially the full kind; there is something about them that makes me think of wholesome summer Days. Michel Kors showed a sweet little flowered number in his Spring/Summer collection. The blush roses on the piece makes you feel as though you pulled it out of Sandra Dee’s closet.


If you want something that will match with more than just pink, this ASOS A-line skirt is for you. A multi-color graphic print, the flowers create an almost digital feel. Throw on with a tank for an Audrey Hepburn look or with a bustier and high heels for a look Marilyn Monroe would love.

3) Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandals

Bring out your inner warrior in these summer sandals – gladiators are back! Celebrities and fashionistisa have all been sporting this ancient roman trend. This season the sandals stand tall in a knee length style and are being worn flat and heeled.

Stuart Weitzman debuted a lovely knee high pair of sandals in his Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Though these shoes are considered a passing trend I love the power and strength you get when wearing a pair. Who doesn’t want to feel like a badass when their out and about!

Summer Steals3

At $398 the Stuart Weitzman pair is a little out of my price range for a summer trend, but this GoJane pair at 32.50 is right up my alley. They capture the gladiator trend very well. I can wear them this summer with a pep in my step knowing that my wallet won’t hurt as much if I choose not to pull them out next summer.

4) Derek Lam Super Relaxed Dress

As the days get longer and hotter, I find myself wearing dresses more and more as the summer progresses. This summer dress from the Derek Lam Resort 2014 is just the kind of piece for many occasions  and something that I can slip on and go.


This Top Shop dress projects the same chic feeling at a fraction of the price. The ease of the design allows for light or heavy accessorizing, all at one’s discretion. Try pairing this dress with a simple pair of hoops and a cuff for a chic outfit for running errands.

5) Dior Metal Choker

Christian Dior’s Resort 2014 collection was the premier of the houses new designer, Raf Simons. Using a simplistic color pattern and retro shapes, Simons created a wonderful collection that could be the front runner of the resort collections. Sculpted in a Peter Pan style collar, this simple choker necklace caught my eye. Though delicate, the necklace is very architectural and sculpted – making it an understated statement piece.


I found this similar metal choker at Forever The two tone necklace is easily worn with silver and gold jewelry and works for day and night. I love wearing mine on a night out on the town and also pairing it under a white shirt for a chic daytime look.

— Ariana Cooper


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