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Summer is upon us and there are plenty of chic trends taking center stage. Now that the weather is heating up, hemlines are getting shorter and days are getting longer. That gives you plenty of time to get some good use out of your favorite summer pieces. There are certain summer staples that I don’t mind splurging on (I’m looking at you, swimsuits) but most of the time I find that my go-to summer wardrobe gets worn into the ground by the time the seasons change again. That’s why I enjoy shopping on a budget when it comes to ultra-trendy and season specific pieces. If this resonates with you too, my next Style Steals roundup will help you spruce up your closet this summer without breaking the bank. From breezy maxi dresses to resort worthy slides, these staples will elevate your wardrobe and have your wallet thanking you…

Polka Dot Dresses

Polka dots are proving to be summer’s favorite print and it’s easy to see why! There’s something so cheery about the simple yet interesting pattern, and these maxi dresses are no exception.

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Splurge: Anthropologie Breanna Polka Dot Wrap Dress, $168

Forever21 polka dot maxi dress

Save: Forever21 Polka Dot Maxi Dress, $27.90

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The New Bucket Bag

The bucket bag may not be a new handbag silhouette, but there’s something a little different about them this season. The inside drawstring of these next options will keep your items safe, all while taking your style to the next level.

Lucy Folk bucket bag

Splurge: Lucy Folk Basket Bucket Bag, $500

Who What Wear drawstring bucket bag

Save: Who What Wear Cube Crossbody Bag, $34.99 

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Striped Jumpsuits

Summer and stripes have been in a relationship for quite some time now and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I am personally smitten with the LC Lauren Conrad jumpsuit below, and for the price it’s a piece you can’t beat!

Vince Camuto striped jumpsuit

Splurge: Two by Vince Camuto Ruffle Sleeve Tie Waist Culotte Stripe Jumpsuit, $129

LC Lauren Conrad striped ruffle jumpsuit

Save: LC Lauren Conrad Striped Ruffle Cropped Jumpsuit, $68 

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Raffia Slides

Long live slides and how effortlessly they can complete an outfit! I don’t know if you’ve taken a stroll down the aisles at your local Target, but their new collections are posing some serious competition. I have a hard time paying full price for shoes like these because there are so many cute and affordable options out there!

Sam Edelman slides

Splurge: Sam Edelman Brandon Chevron Raffia Slides, $56

Universal Thread sandals

Save: Universal Thread Blue Yvette Woven Slide Sandals, $22.99

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With so many adorable styles popping up this season, I’m excited to bring you some fun Style Steals posts all summer long!

What trends do you want to see in next month’s Style Steals?

Let me know in the comments!

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