May is a month of transition. Spring is nearing its end, and it can be tricky to decide if the weather is cool enough for a light sweater or warm enough to finally break out your trusty pair of cutoffs. Right now is the perfect time to stock up new warm weather pieces while still incorporating spring elements into the mix. However, we all know that summer staples such as swimsuits and woven handbags can cost a pretty penny. I enjoy investment pieces as much as the next girl, but I always try to find budget-friendly buys for items that will only withstand a season or two. If you’re like me and want to refresh your style within reason, keep scrolling to see a handful of chic and affordable Splurge vs. Save items that I’ve picked out for you this month.

Striped Swimsuits

I’m not going to sugarcoat it, I’m obsessed with all of the swimsuit styles popping up this season! One print that looks flattering on both bikinis and one-pieces has to be stripes. I’m feeling these soft and feminine pink bikinis below.

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Splurge: Tori Praver Swimwear Adriana Ruffle Triangle Bikini Top, $99 and Isla Classic Bottoms, $75

j.crew striped ruffled swimsuit

Save: J.Crew Ruffle Wrap Bikini Top, $62 and String Hipster Bikini Bottom, $44

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Polka Dot Dresses

A few years ago we saw the rise of the Dalmatian dot and now I’m equally as smitten with quirky polka dots. I’ve personally been coveting the Anthropologie dress featured below, and was so happy to see that Forever21 had a more budget-friendly option.

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Splurge: Anthropologie Breanna Polka Dot Wrap Dress, $168

forever 21 polka dot wrap dress

Save: Forever21 Polka Dot Wrap Dress, $45

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Woven Handbags

I hope you didn’t think that woven handbags were going anywhere anytime soon. Lauren just came out with an adorable circle handbag in her latest LC Lauren Conrad collection and trust me when I say that you need it. At that price point, how can you say no?

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Splurge: Clare V. Alice Bag, $225

LC Lauren Conrad cookie crossbody bag

Save: LC Lauren Conrad Cookie Crossbody Bag, $49 

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Classic Slingbacks

Whether you’re wearing them to the office or need to elevate an outfit in a pinch, slingbacks are always a chic shoe choice. They’re a step up from classic flats and are timeless enough to keep in your closet all year long. You can’t beat a trend like that!

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Splurge: Paul Andrew Rhea 15 Flats, $575

halogen slingback pumps

Save: Halogen Elyse Slingback Pump, $89.95

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Summer is shaping up to be pretty darn cute if you ask me.

What are some summer trends you’d like me to roundup in my next post? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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