It’s time for another splurge vs. save post, because we love looking good for less! If you’re ITK when it comes to this year’s seasonal trends, then you know sporty skirts are all the rage this summer. This athletic chic look mixes preppy and practical pieces for a look that will take you from a morning on the courts to an afternoon lunch on the boat. Or just, like, running errands around town, dropping the kids off at camp, wistfully gazing out at your backyard wishing you had panoramic views of the Long Island Sound…whatever. See our summer splurge vs. save inspiration below.

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A striped long sleeve tee is a versatile top for summer! This one from J. Crew costs $50, while this one from J. Crew Factory is only $20.

A white pleated tennis skirt is a super trendy seasonal piece. This version from Lululemon costs $68, while this version from Gap is only $29.

A simple cardigan is a classy addition to your look. This version from J. Crew is $40, while this version from Amazon is only $21.

A neutral belt bag is a great on-the-go accessory. This one from Lululemon costs $38, while this style from Amazon is just $9.

And white tennis sneakers are the perfect finishing touch. This pair from Sam Edelman costs $80, but this pair from J. Crew Factory is only $46.

Shade your eyes from the strong summer sun! These ones from Quince are $50, but this style from Amazon is only $15.

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Splurge vs. Save – Summer Style

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Dainty Details


This pretty powder blue sweater boasts dainty details.

Balloon Sleeve Sweater


This sweater with balloon sleeves and ribbed detailing makes for a fun, festive outfit!!

Boyfriend Blazer


This chic, stylish blazer instantly dresses up any outfit.

Lounge Jumpsuit


A great jumpsuit to get cozy for girls’ night in.

Holiday Sweater


This turtleneck sweater is soft & cozy and perfect for the holidays!

Herringbone Vest


Pair this vest with ankle boots for a classic autumn look.

Ruffle Drape Vest


This ruffle drape vest is the perfect fall accessory!

Modern Plaid


This white and black gingham sweater is clean and classic.

Darling Denim


The cutest little denim jacket for fall!

Floral Cardigan


A floral print plus pockets?? This cardigan is a dream come true.

Moon Power


Moonwalking in style with this cropped pullover.

Time to Get Cozy


For those days you don’t want to get dressed but kind of have to.

Caffeinated Cutie


This is the perfect sweatshirt for cozy fall mornings.

Oh So Soft


This fuzzy sweatshirt is like a wearable blanket.

Shimmer and Sparkle


These leggings add a little glam to any outfit.

Edgy Meets Feminine


A light pink V-neck paired with faux leather leggings is the perfect mix of feminine and edgy.

Fireside Sweater


Cuddle up by the fire in this knit sweater.

The Perfect Fall Outfit


Get ready for a day of apple picking with the family in this adorable autumn outfit.

Bright Striped Cardigan


An easy, light look for those early fall days.

Blush Striped Pullover


A relaxed end-of-summer sweatshirt that’s great for nights by the water.

Cozy Lounge Pants


These pants are so cute and comfy you’ll want to live in them.

Colorblock T-Shirt Dress


This animal print colorblock t-shirt dress is fierce and fashionable.

Sleek Jumpsuit


This jumpsuit from Amazon is stylish and so comfy.

Oasis Leggings


These oasis leggings have dainty details that make them fun and unique.

Mosaic Leggings


These high-waisted mosaic leggings are subtly sexy and super comfortable.

Adorable Athleisure


Wear this to run errands or to lounge around on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Layering Sweater


This cropped sweater is open and airy, making it ideal for layering.

Knee-High Boots


These knee-high boots quickly add spice to a simple outfit.

Subtle Sophistication


These mules styled with a pair of dark jeans and a light sweater make for a classy fall ensemble.

The Coziest Cardigan


This cardigan feels just like you’re wearing a blanket…you’re going to want one in every color.

Everyday Accessories


Major heart eyes for this crossbody bag and these suede booties.

Striped Blouse


A light blouse that’s great for end of summer.

Knit Short-Sleeved Sweater


Get ready for autumn with this earth-toned outfit.

Dotted Ruffle Blouse


A blouse that’s as sweet as it is sassy.

Cool and Casual


A laidback look for cool summer evenings.

Paper Bag Shorts


A fun ‘fit that’s lightweight and comfy.

Darling Dress


Puffed sleeves and a tie waist give this floaty dress a little dimension.

Fun Floral Romper


The perfect romper for brunch with the girls.

Amazon Swimsuit


Black butterfly sleeves? Yes please.

Easy Breezy


Getting dressed is a breeze with these wide-legged pants.

Classic Stripes


These striped pants put a classic spin on a boho staple.

Leopard Shorts


Take a walk on the wild side with these leopard shorts.

Scalloped Tank


Dress this up or dress it down…we love it both ways!

Flowy Florals


Our favorite pants for summer.

Boho Beautiful


These drawstring knotted hem pants are cute and cozy.

Pretty in Pink


Your new go-to tank top for date night.

Shop all our style images! See our full disclosure here.

Dainty Details


This pretty powder blue sweater boasts dainty details.

Balloon Sleeve Sweater


This sweater with balloon sleeves and ribbed detailing makes for a fun, festive outfit!!

Boyfriend Blazer


This chic, stylish blazer instantly dresses up any outfit.

Lounge Jumpsuit


A great jumpsuit to get cozy for girls’ night in.

Holiday Sweater


This turtleneck sweater is soft & cozy and perfect for the holidays!

Herringbone Vest


Pair this vest with ankle boots for a classic autumn look.

Ruffle Drape Vest


This ruffle drape vest is the perfect fall accessory!

Modern Plaid


This white and black gingham sweater is clean and classic.

Darling Denim


The cutest little denim jacket for fall!

Floral Cardigan


A floral print plus pockets?? This cardigan is a dream come true.

Moon Power


Moonwalking in style with this cropped pullover.

Time to Get Cozy


For those days you don’t want to get dressed but kind of have to.

Caffeinated Cutie


This is the perfect sweatshirt for cozy fall mornings.

Oh So Soft


This fuzzy sweatshirt is like a wearable blanket.

Shimmer and Sparkle


These leggings add a little glam to any outfit.

Edgy Meets Feminine


A light pink V-neck paired with faux leather leggings is the perfect mix of feminine and edgy.

Fireside Sweater


Cuddle up by the fire in this knit sweater.

The Perfect Fall Outfit


Get ready for a day of apple picking with the family in this adorable autumn outfit.

Bright Striped Cardigan


An easy, light look for those early fall days.

Blush Striped Pullover


A relaxed end-of-summer sweatshirt that’s great for nights by the water.

Cozy Lounge Pants


These pants are so cute and comfy you’ll want to live in them.

Colorblock T-Shirt Dress


This animal print colorblock t-shirt dress is fierce and fashionable.

Sleek Jumpsuit


This jumpsuit from Amazon is stylish and so comfy.

Oasis Leggings


These oasis leggings have dainty details that make them fun and unique.

Mosaic Leggings


These high-waisted mosaic leggings are subtly sexy and super comfortable.

Adorable Athleisure


Wear this to run errands or to lounge around on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Layering Sweater


This cropped sweater is open and airy, making it ideal for layering.

Knee-High Boots


These knee-high boots quickly add spice to a simple outfit.

Subtle Sophistication


These mules styled with a pair of dark jeans and a light sweater make for a classy fall ensemble.

The Coziest Cardigan


This cardigan feels just like you’re wearing a blanket…you’re going to want one in every color.

Everyday Accessories


Major heart eyes for this crossbody bag and these suede booties.

Striped Blouse


A light blouse that’s great for end of summer.

Knit Short-Sleeved Sweater


Get ready for autumn with this earth-toned outfit.

Dotted Ruffle Blouse


A blouse that’s as sweet as it is sassy.

Cool and Casual


A laidback look for cool summer evenings.

Paper Bag Shorts


A fun ‘fit that’s lightweight and comfy.

Darling Dress


Puffed sleeves and a tie waist give this floaty dress a little dimension.

Fun Floral Romper


The perfect romper for brunch with the girls.

Amazon Swimsuit


Black butterfly sleeves? Yes please.

Easy Breezy


Getting dressed is a breeze with these wide-legged pants.

Classic Stripes


These striped pants put a classic spin on a boho staple.

Leopard Shorts


Take a walk on the wild side with these leopard shorts.

Scalloped Tank


Dress this up or dress it down…we love it both ways!

Flowy Florals


Our favorite pants for summer.

Boho Beautiful


These drawstring knotted hem pants are cute and cozy.

Pretty in Pink


Your new go-to tank top for date night.

Style Images

Shop all our style images! See our full disclosure here.

Dainty Details


This pretty powder blue sweater boasts dainty details.

Balloon Sleeve Sweater


This sweater with balloon sleeves and ribbed detailing makes for a fun, festive outfit!!

Boyfriend Blazer


This chic, stylish blazer instantly dresses up any outfit.

Lounge Jumpsuit


A great jumpsuit to get cozy for girls’ night in.

Holiday Sweater


This turtleneck sweater is soft & cozy and perfect for the holidays!

Herringbone Vest


Pair this vest with ankle boots for a classic autumn look.

Ruffle Drape Vest


This ruffle drape vest is the perfect fall accessory!

Modern Plaid


This white and black gingham sweater is clean and classic.

Darling Denim


The cutest little denim jacket for fall!

Floral Cardigan


A floral print plus pockets?? This cardigan is a dream come true.

Moon Power


Moonwalking in style with this cropped pullover.

Time to Get Cozy


For those days you don’t want to get dressed but kind of have to.

Caffeinated Cutie


This is the perfect sweatshirt for cozy fall mornings.

Oh So Soft


This fuzzy sweatshirt is like a wearable blanket.

Shimmer and Sparkle


These leggings add a little glam to any outfit.

Edgy Meets Feminine


A light pink V-neck paired with faux leather leggings is the perfect mix of feminine and edgy.

Fireside Sweater


Cuddle up by the fire in this knit sweater.

The Perfect Fall Outfit


Get ready for a day of apple picking with the family in this adorable autumn outfit.

Bright Striped Cardigan


An easy, light look for those early fall days.

Blush Striped Pullover


A relaxed end-of-summer sweatshirt that’s great for nights by the water.

Cozy Lounge Pants


These pants are so cute and comfy you’ll want to live in them.

Colorblock T-Shirt Dress


This animal print colorblock t-shirt dress is fierce and fashionable.

Sleek Jumpsuit


This jumpsuit from Amazon is stylish and so comfy.

Oasis Leggings


These oasis leggings have dainty details that make them fun and unique.

Mosaic Leggings


These high-waisted mosaic leggings are subtly sexy and super comfortable.

Adorable Athleisure


Wear this to run errands or to lounge around on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Layering Sweater


This cropped sweater is open and airy, making it ideal for layering.

Knee-High Boots


These knee-high boots quickly add spice to a simple outfit.

Subtle Sophistication


These mules styled with a pair of dark jeans and a light sweater make for a classy fall ensemble.

The Coziest Cardigan


This cardigan feels just like you’re wearing a blanket…you’re going to want one in every color.

Everyday Accessories


Major heart eyes for this crossbody bag and these suede booties.

Striped Blouse


A light blouse that’s great for end of summer.

Knit Short-Sleeved Sweater


Get ready for autumn with this earth-toned outfit.

Dotted Ruffle Blouse


A blouse that’s as sweet as it is sassy.

Cool and Casual


A laidback look for cool summer evenings.

Paper Bag Shorts


A fun ‘fit that’s lightweight and comfy.

Darling Dress


Puffed sleeves and a tie waist give this floaty dress a little dimension.

Fun Floral Romper


The perfect romper for brunch with the girls.

Amazon Swimsuit


Black butterfly sleeves? Yes please.

Easy Breezy


Getting dressed is a breeze with these wide-legged pants.

Classic Stripes


These striped pants put a classic spin on a boho staple.

Leopard Shorts


Take a walk on the wild side with these leopard shorts.

Scalloped Tank


Dress this up or dress it down…we love it both ways!

Flowy Florals


Our favorite pants for summer.

Boho Beautiful


These drawstring knotted hem pants are cute and cozy.

Pretty in Pink


Your new go-to tank top for date night.