Jeans: Denim Discounts

While denim is more of a summer staple than a trend, every year we see new tweaks to the jean scene. This season we've gone color crazy, but you don't have to pay triple digits for a designer's overpriced fever dream. Get made in the shades with well-priced pairs such as Nordstrom's Blue Essence line of skinny twill ankle jeans, MICHAEL Michael Kors, or Lauren by Ralph Lauren colored denim, or try a bright white pair from the flattering fit experts at Not Your Daughter's Jeans.

Can't give up your hip-hot brands? A pair of shorts is obviously going to cost less than full-length legs, so denim from premium brands is within reach. And if color hasn't won you over, go true blue for less green with a pair of Rock & Republic jeans from mid-priced retailer Kohl's.

Shirts and Blouses: Vivid Values

Simple tees and basic tank tops are the easiest way to incorporate otherwise overwhelming trends, such as eye-popping color, mega-busy prints or daytime shine. These basic shapes are also more wallet-friendly than a more elaborate piece like a dress, and instantly update your look for less. Blouses are a less casual category than shirts, and sheer or softly draping versions are in vogue this summer, so don these gossamer beauties in polyester chiffon or charmeuse, and skip silk. You'll save on purchase costs and dry cleaning.

Free People crafts cool hippie-boho tops, Calvin Klein offers more polished tanks and tunics at a nice price, and LC Lauren Conrad is a line with of-the-moment trend punch. We also love the quality construction of Lauren by Ralph Lauren polo shirts and anything in Caslon's line of top-tier tops.