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Save or Splurge: Summer Swimwear Edition

Happy First Day of July!  With summer vacation right around the corner for us, I’m currently thinking about what bathing suits to pack and which styles I want to buy.  There are so many cute suits available this season, but some are just way more expensive than I would like.  I figured that I can’t be the only girl in this shopping dilemma, right?  Below is a list of the trendiest suits of summer and their much more affordable look-a-likes.

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Swimwear Trends:

  1. Underwire Suits:  I really love this trend because it’s so reminiscent of the 1950’s swimwear style.  I bought the save version of this suit for only $40 and it just arrived yesterday, so I can’t wait to try it on!
  2. Off the Shoulder Suits:  I love a good clavicle.  These off-the-shoulder suits are so darling and again remind me of the sweet 1950’s styles.  I also purchased this $40 dupe for my upcoming beach vacation!
  3. Keyhole Bikinis:  Keyhole tops have been around for a couple of summers now.  I especially love this style for a little added oomph when you like to create the look of more cleavage.  Get the save version here.
  4. Bandage Bikinis:  Remember when bandage dresses were all the rage thanks to Kim K?  Now we’re seeing bandage bikinis all over the internet.  $350 is way too steep for a bathing suit in my opinion, but I could absolutely jump on the $53 look-a-like bandwagon.
  5. Scallop Edge:  Marysia bathing suits became quite popular last summer and they don’t seem to be going out of style any time soon.  Again, many of us don’t want to spend up to $300 on a swimsuit that may not even be that stylish next summer, so why not try it out in much more affordable version from ASOS?

Leave a comment below and let me know what is your perfect price point for a new bathing suit?  Also, how many bathing suits do you typically have for summertime?

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$45 Top Worn Two Ways

When I’m shopping, my sweet spot is under $50 for a top.  I don’t love spending more on a top unless it just totally blows me away.  I think it’s because tops are often memorable, whereas a great pair of skinny jeans can be worn 100 times without ever noticing.

This top is $45 and is my favorite trend: off-the-shoulder.  Although this floral print is sold out, it’s still available in black or white, which are great options all year long.  First, I styled this tunic with white jeans and booties.

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$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

BP. Off the Shoulder Tunic ($45!)  //  Hudson Skinny Jeans  //  Dolce Vita Garim Wedges (sold out!); almost identical boots here (40% OFF)  //  Sole Society Crossbody (two other colors available)

This tunic easily doubles as a mini dress.  If you are worried about length, size up to give some extra fabric at the hemline.  BP. brand typically runs large and I wear an XS, but I could’ve gone with a Small to make this a little longer as a dress.  I love the look of this top paired with over-the-knee boots for a sassy date night look.  These Steve Madden boots are under $100 and are perfect dupes for the highly coveted Stuart Weitzman tall boots.

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$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

$45 top worn two ways angela lanter hello gorgeous

BP. Off the Shoulder Tunic ($45!)  //  Steve Madden Emotions Boots  //  Sole Society Crossbody (two other colors available)

Photos by Kara Coleen Photography.

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My Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

You didn’t think I’d go all Memorial Day Weekend and not share a great sale post with y’all now did you?  The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is on and I rounded up a few of my faves for you to shop today!

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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks:

  1. Hunter Boots:  And Pink Hunter Boots at that (and they also come in sage)!  Here’s my YouTube video with my full review on my Hunters for your viewing pleasure.
  2. T-strap Sandals.  These are perfect for summer and come in four different colors.
  3. Peplum Tee.  I love a good peplum top.  This one also comes in four different color combos.
  4. Cold Shoulder Top.  This style top is literally everywhere this season.  It also comes in a darling pale blue color.
  5. Hot Pink Pumps.  I have these heels and love them.  See how I styled them here.  These run TTS; I wear a US 7.
  6. Tory Burch Espadrilles.  These are too cute for summertime and beach vacations.
  7. Hudson Jeans.  I have these jeans and love the hemline.  Such a cute touch!  These run TTS; I wear a 26.
  8. AG Jeans.  I’ve worn the poo out of my beloved AG skinny jeans from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last summer.  This is a rolled hem version.  They run TTS; I wear a 26.
  9. Strapless Dress.  If you have a wedding invite on your fridge right now, then look no further for what to wear.  Such a fun take on the LBD (little black dress).
  10. One Shoulder Dress.  Love this $33 dress for a summer date night look.  It comes in three different colors and is great for so many different occasions.
  11. Tunic.  I have this top in olive green and black.  It’s the perfect top to throw on with jeans and always looks great on.

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