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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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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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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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.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

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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Did someone say summer?! As we roll into MDW we’re getting ready for the unofficial start of summer, and that means warm-weather styles! Shorts, sandals, and swim are dominating our seasonal wardrobes and prepping us for the next few months of sunshine. Need a wardrobe upgrade? Old Navy has the cutest styles for really awesome prices. See our Old Navy summer style inspiration below.

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Tank | Shorts | Swimsuit | Tote Bag | Sandals

This classy cool look pairs simple pieces with style twists for an outfit that’s versatile yet fashion-forward.

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This vibrant look mixes florals and bright pops of color with more subdued pieces for a fun summer ‘fit.

Tee | Shorts | Swimsuit | Hat | Sandals

This laidback look is the epitome of summer chic. No need to go overboard to be a style queen.

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This breezy look pairs elegant elements with trendy styles and makes for a balanced warm-weather ensemble.

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Did someone say summer?! As we roll into MDW we’re getting ready for the unofficial start of summer, and that means warm-weather styles! Shorts, sandals, and swim are dominating our seasonal wardrobes and prepping us for the next few months of sunshine. Need a wardrobe upgrade? Old Navy has the cutest styles for really awesome prices. See our Old Navy summer style inspiration below.

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Tank | Shorts | Swimsuit | Tote Bag | Sandals

This classy cool look pairs simple pieces with style twists for an outfit that’s versatile yet fashion-forward.

Tank | Shorts | Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom | Sneakers

This vibrant look mixes florals and bright pops of color with more subdued pieces for a fun summer ‘fit.

Tee | Shorts | Swimsuit | Hat | Sandals

This laidback look is the epitome of summer chic. No need to go overboard to be a style queen.

Tee | Shorts | Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom | Sandals

This breezy look pairs elegant elements with trendy styles and makes for a balanced warm-weather ensemble.

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Summer will be here before we know it and we’re already dreaming of all the ways we can update our wardrobes with the best styles of the season. From social festivities to days at the desk, and vacations by the water to early morning runs, Walmart has everything you need to make this a summer of fashion-forward moments. See our Walmart summer fashion inspiration below.

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Summer = party time! Grad parties, pool parties, backyard BBQs, and holiday soirées…summer is the season of celebrations. Make sure you’re party ready with one of these gorgeous getups.

Maybe you’re all work and no play. Which is okay, but don’t ignore the benefits of a healthy work-life balance! These dresses will have you looking chic in the office, and they can definitely be worn to date night after, too!

Pool days, beach trips, and lake vacations. Whatever your preferred form of water-centric recreation, get yourself a swimsuit to rock that will steal the show.

Don’t forget your coverup! These will come in handy when you’re trying to enjoy your liquid lunch at one of those “no shirt, no shoes, no service” places.

And if you’re team #summerbod, grab a few workout pieces that will make you excited to get your sweat on.

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Summer will be here before we know it and we’re already dreaming of all the ways we can update our wardrobes with the best styles of the season. From social festivities to days at the desk, and vacations by the water to early morning runs, Walmart has everything you need to make this a summer of fashion-forward moments. See our Walmart summer fashion inspiration below.

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Summer = party time! Grad parties, pool parties, backyard BBQs, and holiday soirées…summer is the season of celebrations. Make sure you’re party ready with one of these gorgeous getups.

Maybe you’re all work and no play. Which is okay, but don’t ignore the benefits of a healthy work-life balance! These dresses will have you looking chic in the office, and they can definitely be worn to date night after, too!

Pool days, beach trips, and lake vacations. Whatever your preferred form of water-centric recreation, get yourself a swimsuit to rock that will steal the show.

Don’t forget your coverup! These will come in handy when you’re trying to enjoy your liquid lunch at one of those “no shirt, no shoes, no service” places.

And if you’re team #summerbod, grab a few workout pieces that will make you excited to get your sweat on.

Summer is still going strong, and linen styles are great for long days in the heat or for trips to the beach. This easy breezy fabric is lightweight and can be worn for just about any occasion. Gap has a bunch of pretty linen pieces that will take you from the end of summer into the beginning of fall. See linen styles from Gap below!

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I was unsure about this dress at first, but I think it looks cuter in photos than I thought it would! This is a really nice fall teacher outfit paired with boots. I like the high ruffle neck and the lace details, and the puff sleeves and belted waist add some nice dimension. Wearing an XS.

This is another dress that gives me teacher vibes! It’s a pretty simple, classic look, but the tiered skirt and belt (which I tied into a bow in the back) give it some extra spice! Wearing an XS.

Take me to the beach! This sage green tunic top styled with these wide leg pants is a breezy look that’s perfect for those cooler end-of-summer days on the water. Wearing an XS top and 00 bottoms.

Take your tunic top and pair it with these elastic waistband shorts for a day on the town! You can leave it down and untucked, but I like it tied up for more a chic look. Wearing an XS shirt and XS bottoms.

These sage green tie-waisted shorts are so comfy! Pair them with this black high neck tank for a casual summer look and throw on this boyfriend-style button up when it gets chilly at night! Wearing an XS tank, XS top, and XXS shorts.

I love a good blazer look, and this linen blend one paired with wide leg trousers is a super stylish way to rock a workwear look! While I would recommend this more for a night out with the girls rather than the office, it’s still just the right amount of classy. Wearing an XS blazer and 00 pants.

This is such a good vacation dress! The fun pattern is toned down with neutral colors but still gives it enough personality that you could rock this for date night on the beach or dinner with the fam. Wearing an XXS.

This dress looked so cute on the hanger and I wanted to love it, I really did, but it did NOT do me any favors once it was on. The sleeves were way too big, there was too much extra fabric around the middle, and the plain collar made it feel very stuffy and formal to me. Wearing an XS.

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Summer is still going strong, and linen styles are great for long days in the heat or for trips to the beach. This easy breezy fabric is lightweight and can be worn for just about any occasion. Gap has a bunch of pretty linen pieces that will take you from the end of summer into the beginning of fall. See linen styles from Gap below!

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I was unsure about this dress at first, but I think it looks cuter in photos than I thought it would! This is a really nice fall teacher outfit paired with boots. I like the high ruffle neck and the lace details, and the puff sleeves and belted waist add some nice dimension. Wearing an XS.

This is another dress that gives me teacher vibes! It’s a pretty simple, classic look, but the tiered skirt and belt (which I tied into a bow in the back) give it some extra spice! Wearing an XS.

Take me to the beach! This sage green tunic top styled with these wide leg pants is a breezy look that’s perfect for those cooler end-of-summer days on the water. Wearing an XS top and 00 bottoms.

Take your tunic top and pair it with these elastic waistband shorts for a day on the town! You can leave it down and untucked, but I like it tied up for more a chic look. Wearing an XS shirt and XS bottoms.

These sage green tie-waisted shorts are so comfy! Pair them with this black high neck tank for a casual summer look and throw on this boyfriend-style button up when it gets chilly at night! Wearing an XS tank, XS top, and XXS shorts.

I love a good blazer look, and this linen blend one paired with wide leg trousers is a super stylish way to rock a workwear look! While I would recommend this more for a night out with the girls rather than the office, it’s still just the right amount of classy. Wearing an XS blazer and 00 pants.

This is such a good vacation dress! The fun pattern is toned down with neutral colors but still gives it enough personality that you could rock this for date night on the beach or dinner with the fam. Wearing an XXS.

This dress looked so cute on the hanger and I wanted to love it, I really did, but it did NOT do me any favors once it was on. The sleeves were way too big, there was too much extra fabric around the middle, and the plain collar made it feel very stuffy and formal to me. Wearing an XS.

There’s something about a dress or jumpsuit in the summer that just feels so right. Maybe it’s the fact that these pieces are stylish yet simple, and they really allow you to showcase your personality! Short, long, patterned, or plain, a fun dress or jumpsuit can really make you feel like a million bucks! Francesca’s has so many summer styles, and Faith tried a few on to give us her honest reviews. See summer styles from Francesca’s below!

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This navy maxi dress is gorgeous! I love the lace details on the top, and the long, flowy skirt offers a really nice contrast to the slightly more provocative top. The double strap also gives a little more support.

This light blue mini dress is also a hit! It’s form-fitting without being overly tight, and the square neck with thick straps is flattering on all body types!

This mint green wrap dress gave me mixed feelings. I really liked the color, and I love a wrap dress because they are very forgiving, but this was just a little too ruffly for me. Also, if you untie that tie, there is absolutely nothing holding that dress together – so be very careful!

This green floral romper is another one that I was undecided on. I love that it’s a romper that looks like a dress, and it has so many pretty details. I think the ruching plus the puff sleeves plus the crisscrosses just felt like a little too much going on up top, for me personally.

This white floral dress is definitely a sweet summer vibe. It’s flirty and delicate, and even though it’s not really my preferred style, I did think this was a cute option. The top is on the bigger side, so this is good for those with a larger chest!

I loved this mustard jumpsuit. It gives off an understated elegance and I really like the simplicity of it. It has a bow tie on the back that also adds a touch of extra style…plus it has pockets!

This black ruffle dress gives me total tea party vibes. While the colors are muted, the pattern makes it more eye-catching!

I’m obsessed with this dark green midi dress – it looks so classy and sleek! The fabric was super soft too. I felt like I could wear this forever, and the belt ties into a bow in the back for a bit of surprise!

I actually really liked this black floral maxi dress once I put it on. I’m not huge on patterns but the asymmetrical hemline, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and stretchy smocked top really won me over!

This pink jumpsuit is a chic option for a summer work event! I love the blazer-style collar and the belted waist, plus, again…pockets. It did fit a little big, and fair warning – there are a lot of buttons, zippers, and snaps to keep this all together, so don’t wear it anywhere you have to be quick when using the restroom.

hanger with straw hat and white dress near blue wall

There’s something about a dress or jumpsuit in the summer that just feels so right. Maybe it’s the fact that these pieces are stylish yet simple, and they really allow you to showcase your personality! Short, long, patterned, or plain, a fun dress or jumpsuit can really make you feel like a million bucks! Francesca’s has so many summer styles, and Faith tried a few on to give us her honest reviews. See summer styles from Francesca’s below!

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This navy maxi dress is gorgeous! I love the lace details on the top, and the long, flowy skirt offers a really nice contrast to the slightly more provocative top. The double strap also gives a little more support.

This light blue mini dress is also a hit! It’s form-fitting without being overly tight, and the square neck with thick straps is flattering on all body types!

This mint green wrap dress gave me mixed feelings. I really liked the color, and I love a wrap dress because they are very forgiving, but this was just a little too ruffly for me. Also, if you untie that tie, there is absolutely nothing holding that dress together – so be very careful!

This green floral romper is another one that I was undecided on. I love that it’s a romper that looks like a dress, and it has so many pretty details. I think the ruching plus the puff sleeves plus the crisscrosses just felt like a little too much going on up top, for me personally.

This white floral dress is definitely a sweet summer vibe. It’s flirty and delicate, and even though it’s not really my preferred style, I did think this was a cute option. The top is on the bigger side, so this is good for those with a larger chest!

I loved this mustard jumpsuit. It gives off an understated elegance and I really like the simplicity of it. It has a bow tie on the back that also adds a touch of extra style…plus it has pockets!

This black ruffle dress gives me total tea party vibes. While the colors are muted, the pattern makes it more eye-catching!

I’m obsessed with this dark green midi dress – it looks so classy and sleek! The fabric was super soft too. I felt like I could wear this forever, and the belt ties into a bow in the back for a bit of surprise!

I actually really liked this black floral maxi dress once I put it on. I’m not huge on patterns but the asymmetrical hemline, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and stretchy smocked top really won me over!

This pink jumpsuit is a chic option for a summer work event! I love the blazer-style collar and the belted waist, plus, again…pockets. It did fit a little big, and fair warning – there are a lot of buttons, zippers, and snaps to keep this all together, so don’t wear it anywhere you have to be quick when using the restroom.

It is seriously summertime with this heatwave and we’re over here dreaming of the pool, the beach, the lake…any body of water that will cool us down, really. And everyone knows a day of swimming and sunning calls for a cute swimsuit! Target has tons of adorable and affordable bathing suits in lots of different styles! Faith hit the store to try on a few…all pieces are true to size – she’s wearing a small! See her Target swimwear roundup below.

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This was my absolute favorite bathing suit! I’ve never really been a fan of one-pieces but this one is just darling! The fit is flattering for all body types and the side cutout with the ribbon on the shoulder gives this such a flirty vibe. Definitely a winner in my book!

I loved this bikini top – the keyhole cutout gives it a little extra flair and the back has a crisscross tie that makes it easy to tighten and adjust! I like the look of this ruffled bottom but it is definitely teeeeeny…I think it’s better for style than function. I’d be afraid of giving everyone a show if I was swimming in it.

This leopard-print bikini gives a more full-coverage look. The top is “sports bra” style and has a built-in shelf bra so everything feels really supported and secure. The high-waisted bottom also tucks away the tummy! And who doesn’t love a good animal print?!

When I tried this suit on I didn’t necessarily love it – I’m not sure why – but looking back, I actually like it more than I thought! The skirt part on the bottom has an adjustable tie so it can sit higher up on your tummy or lower around your waist, and the intricate details on the top bring some style to an otherwise basic piece. This look is perfect for a bride-to-be during her bachelorette party or even on a beach honeymoon!

Another one-piece that I really loved! The plunge v-neck and low back make this style sexier, but otherwise it’s a pretty full-coverage suit! The top part does feel a little small, so if you have a larger chest it might be a struggle to keep the girls locked and loaded.

I really loved this dark green bikini. The color and fit both made me feel like I could rock this anywhere and feel great!! The crisscross banded top and side ties on the bottom add a touch of chic to a classic style.

This light green bikini gives me retro vibes with the ruffled bralette top and the high-waisted bottoms! I love the lace-up details on the bottom. The top was a bit big on me, but this is definitely a great suit for someone who is larger on top!

Okay – this nude bikini gives me mixed feelings. I want to like the style of the top but it kind of squished everything down and took away some of my (very small) curves. I do really like the ruching detail, and you can’t see it in the photo but the straps tie at the shoulder to give pretty bows! The bottom is a classic tie bottom which is always a solid choice. Overall, I think the color washes me out (time to grab some self-tanner) but I think this could look really cute on someone with a nice summer tan.

Out of all the bathing suits I tried on, this one-piece was my least favorite. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it, it’s just a lot of pattern for me, and after finding the suit online, I realized I tied the top incorrectly…whoops. It could technically be worn either way but the way I’m wearing it, it felt too small towards the middle of my chest but left gaps in the fabric closer to my underarms. I do think it’s a unique silhouette though, and if you love all things floral you’d probably like this!

And another one that took me out of my comfort zone! I actually don’t hate the look of this one, however the top was just a tad large. I really like the underwire with the keyhole cutout though, and even though the bottom is low-rise, it felt very comfortable on. I think this one is a fun look for a tropical vacation!

women in swimsuits sitting on the sand

It is seriously summertime with this heatwave and we’re over here dreaming of the pool, the beach, the lake…any body of water that will cool us down, really. And everyone knows a day of swimming and sunning calls for a cute swimsuit! Target has tons of adorable and affordable bathing suits in lots of different styles! Faith hit the store to try on a few…all pieces are true to size – she’s wearing a small! See her Target swimwear roundup below.

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This was my absolute favorite bathing suit! I’ve never really been a fan of one-pieces but this one is just darling! The fit is flattering for all body types and the side cutout with the ribbon on the shoulder gives this such a flirty vibe. Definitely a winner in my book!

I loved this bikini top – the keyhole cutout gives it a little extra flair and the back has a crisscross tie that makes it easy to tighten and adjust! I like the look of this ruffled bottom but it is definitely teeeeeny…I think it’s better for style than function. I’d be afraid of giving everyone a show if I was swimming in it.

This leopard-print bikini gives a more full-coverage look. The top is “sports bra” style and has a built-in shelf bra so everything feels really supported and secure. The high-waisted bottom also tucks away the tummy! And who doesn’t love a good animal print?!

When I tried this suit on I didn’t necessarily love it – I’m not sure why – but looking back, I actually like it more than I thought! The skirt part on the bottom has an adjustable tie so it can sit higher up on your tummy or lower around your waist, and the intricate details on the top bring some style to an otherwise basic piece. This look is perfect for a bride-to-be during her bachelorette party or even on a beach honeymoon!

Another one-piece that I really loved! The plunge v-neck and low back make this style sexier, but otherwise it’s a pretty full-coverage suit! The top part does feel a little small, so if you have a larger chest it might be a struggle to keep the girls locked and loaded.

I really loved this dark green bikini. The color and fit both made me feel like I could rock this anywhere and feel great!! The crisscross banded top and side ties on the bottom add a touch of chic to a classic style.

This light green bikini gives me retro vibes with the ruffled bralette top and the high-waisted bottoms! I love the lace-up details on the bottom. The top was a bit big on me, but this is definitely a great suit for someone who is larger on top!

Okay – this nude bikini gives me mixed feelings. I want to like the style of the top but it kind of squished everything down and took away some of my (very small) curves. I do really like the ruching detail, and you can’t see it in the photo but the straps tie at the shoulder to give pretty bows! The bottom is a classic tie bottom which is always a solid choice. Overall, I think the color washes me out (time to grab some self-tanner) but I think this could look really cute on someone with a nice summer tan.

Out of all the bathing suits I tried on, this one-piece was my least favorite. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it, it’s just a lot of pattern for me, and after finding the suit online, I realized I tied the top incorrectly…whoops. It could technically be worn either way but the way I’m wearing it, it felt too small towards the middle of my chest but left gaps in the fabric closer to my underarms. I do think it’s a unique silhouette though, and if you love all things floral you’d probably like this!

And another one that took me out of my comfort zone! I actually don’t hate the look of this one, however the top was just a tad large. I really like the underwire with the keyhole cutout though, and even though the bottom is low-rise, it felt very comfortable on. I think this one is a fun look for a tropical vacation!

It’s shorts season!! Shopping for shorts for the summer can be a painstaking process, and having a wide variety of styles to choose from can make it all even more difficult. We hit Old Navy to do a summer shorts try-on haul, because the prices are great and the options are aplenty! We found that most styles tend to run a little big, so if you’re in-between sizes, we do recommend sizing down. See summer shorts styles from Old Navy below.

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These khaki-colored chino shorts can be dressed up or dressed down!

These striped linen shorts are perfect for a lake day on the boat!

These beige linen shorts are great for a beach day!

These hot pink shorts are such a fun look for summer!

Summer = white denim. Need we say more?

These plaid shorts are great for a casual work vibe!

These gray pull-on shorts are super versatile for summer.

These athletic shorts are ideal for a summer workout!

Don these tie-waist shorts for date night!

These black linen shorts can be worn for so many occasions, and bonus points for being super comfy.

Black denim is a sleek twist on a classic!

Cuffed denim shorts add a little style, and a touch of distressing makes them more casual.

Dark cuffed denim is great for a dressier, more sophisticated vibe.

Light-wash distressed denim shorts are great for a picnic or backyard BBQ.

Cutoff denim shorts are great for a girls’ day out!

And if you want a break from wearing shorts all summer, a denim skirt is the perfect option!

stack of neatly arranged blue jeans

It’s shorts season!! Shopping for shorts for the summer can be a painstaking process, and having a wide variety of styles to choose from can make it all even more difficult. We hit Old Navy to do a summer shorts try-on haul, because the prices are great and the options are aplenty! We found that most styles tend to run a little big, so if you’re in-between sizes, we do recommend sizing down. See summer shorts styles from Old Navy below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

These khaki-colored chino shorts can be dressed up or dressed down!

These striped linen shorts are perfect for a lake day on the boat!

These beige linen shorts are great for a beach day!

These hot pink shorts are such a fun look for summer!

Summer = white denim. Need we say more?

These plaid shorts are great for a casual work vibe!

These gray pull-on shorts are super versatile for summer.

These athletic shorts are ideal for a summer workout!

Don these tie-waist shorts for date night!

These black linen shorts can be worn for so many occasions, and bonus points for being super comfy.

Black denim is a sleek twist on a classic!

Cuffed denim shorts add a little style, and a touch of distressing makes them more casual.

Dark cuffed denim is great for a dressier, more sophisticated vibe.

Light-wash distressed denim shorts are great for a picnic or backyard BBQ.

Cutoff denim shorts are great for a girls’ day out!

And if you want a break from wearing shorts all summer, a denim skirt is the perfect option!

Summer is time to set the piggy toes free and let them babies breathe…most of the year they are covered up by socks, closed-toed shoes, boots and more. I personally love to go barefoot as much as I can and so do my kids, but the hubby…not so much! I very much prefer summer footwear – flip flops, sandals – over everything else, and I like to keep it mostly simple with a touch of style so I’m here with my favorite summer footwear trends for you!

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Cloud Slides – Is there anything more heavenly sounding than feeling like you’re walking on clouds?! There are many variations of these sandals, but nevertheless, they are supposed to relieve foot pain, discomfort and joint pain. Somehow they relax and decompress your feet with every step that you take. Waterproof, non-slip and non-blistering are other perks of these sandals. At first glance, I wasn’t impressed, but I have to say that they have grown on me and there are lots of colors to choose from.

Havaianas – I was once gifted a pair for my birthday and they are the only flip-flop type sandal that has stood the time test, and they are still around to this day! They appear to be thin, but you’ll feel a weight to them, and they are actually very nice to walk in, even for longer distances! The pair I still have are around 13 years old. They are a slimmer sandal and I do have more of a wide fit, especially after four kids, but I still highly recommend them!

Wedge Heel/Sandal – I have always been a wedge heel kinda gal – at 5’3″ a little extra height is nice, especially for date nights with my 6’4″ hubby! They are a more comfortable option in the footwear realm. You can have a nice mix of casual cork heel and dressy with a mule heel, plus you can choose from backless or strapped options.

Gladiator Sandal – There are so many variations of this mostly flat sandal, and I have been a fan of them for years! These pair nicely with a romper, summer dress for a dressy look, or classic shorts/shirt combo for a more casual look.

Square-Toed Heel – Heels are pretty universal and can be worn during most seasons. Round/almond/pointed toes used to be all the rage, but now the square-toed heel is what’s in. Instead of all of the tootsies being squished together, they can breathe, and this sandal gives a more uniform look so you can really show off that polished pedicure! I love the way the square toe gives dimension and an overall fresh look to an outfit.

Birkenstock Sandals – Birks are comfortable with their cork bottoms, and they’re an easy slip-on sandal to run errands, head to the park with the kids, or enjoy casual day dates or vacation spots. There are waterproof ones, oiled leather, suede, strapped and thong styles.

So what are you waiting for?? Make that pedi appointment and show off those summer footwear looks!

black and white adidas slide sandals on brown sand

Summer is time to set the piggy toes free and let them babies breathe…most of the year they are covered up by socks, closed-toed shoes, boots and more. I personally love to go barefoot as much as I can and so do my kids, but the hubby…not so much! I very much prefer summer footwear – flip flops, sandals – over everything else, and I like to keep it mostly simple with a touch of style so I’m here with my favorite summer footwear trends for you!

Frugal and Thriving may receive a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Cloud Slides – Is there anything more heavenly sounding than feeling like you’re walking on clouds?! There are many variations of these sandals, but nevertheless, they are supposed to relieve foot pain, discomfort and joint pain. Somehow they relax and decompress your feet with every step that you take. Waterproof, non-slip and non-blistering are other perks of these sandals. At first glance, I wasn’t impressed, but I have to say that they have grown on me and there are lots of colors to choose from.

Havaianas – I was once gifted a pair for my birthday and they are the only flip-flop type sandal that has stood the time test, and they are still around to this day! They appear to be thin, but you’ll feel a weight to them, and they are actually very nice to walk in, even for longer distances! The pair I still have are around 13 years old. They are a slimmer sandal and I do have more of a wide fit, especially after four kids, but I still highly recommend them!

Wedge Heel/Sandal – I have always been a wedge heel kinda gal – at 5’3″ a little extra height is nice, especially for date nights with my 6’4″ hubby! They are a more comfortable option in the footwear realm. You can have a nice mix of casual cork heel and dressy with a mule heel, plus you can choose from backless or strapped options.

Gladiator Sandal – There are so many variations of this mostly flat sandal, and I have been a fan of them for years! These pair nicely with a romper, summer dress for a dressy look, or classic shorts/shirt combo for a more casual look.

Square-Toed Heel – Heels are pretty universal and can be worn during most seasons. Round/almond/pointed toes used to be all the rage, but now the square-toed heel is what’s in. Instead of all of the tootsies being squished together, they can breathe, and this sandal gives a more uniform look so you can really show off that polished pedicure! I love the way the square toe gives dimension and an overall fresh look to an outfit.

Birkenstock Sandals – Birks are comfortable with their cork bottoms, and they’re an easy slip-on sandal to run errands, head to the park with the kids, or enjoy casual day dates or vacation spots. There are waterproof ones, oiled leather, suede, strapped and thong styles.

So what are you waiting for?? Make that pedi appointment and show off those summer footwear looks!

We’re all about looking good for less here at Frugal & Thriving, and we’ve got a fun summer splurge vs save post for you! Shop this season’s hottest trends without spending all of your money – this gorgeous beach chic look is great for vacation, a pool day with the fam, or a beach trip with your best girls. See our summer splurge vs save below!

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A gorgeous colorblock tie waist swimsuit is flattering for all shapes and sizes. This one from Summersalt costs $95, while this one from Amazon is only $35.

A white button down coverup is classic yet versatile. This version from J. Crew costs $50, while this version from Amazon is only $40.

A woven straw tote is a chic and practical summer accessory. This version from Madewell costs $188, while this version from Amazon is only $23.

Nude espadrille wedges dress up a casual, beachy look. This pair from DSW costs $70, but this version from Amazon is only $30.

A wide-brimmed sun hat looks stylish and keeps you safe from the sun. This version from Nordstrom is $260, while this version from Old Navy is only $12.

Don’t forget a sleek pair of shades!! These sunglasses from Ray-Ban are $140, but this style from Old Navy is only $14.

And tie it all together with a little bling – we love a simple silver stud bangle. This one from Tory Burch costs $148, and this version from Kate Spade is only $48.

Shop the Splurge

Stud Bracelet
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Espadrille Wedges
Woven Tote
Beach Shirt
Swimsuit
Stud Bracelet
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Espadrille Wedges
Woven Tote
Beach Shirt
Swimsuit

Shop the Save

Stud Bracelet
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Espadrille Wedges
Woven Tote
Beach Shirt
Swimsuit
Stud Bracelet
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Espadrille Wedges
Woven Tote
Beach Shirt
Swimsuit
crop slender lady in swimwear standing on berth near sea

We’re all about looking good for less here at Frugal & Thriving, and we’ve got a fun summer splurge vs save post for you! Shop this season’s hottest trends without spending all of your money – this gorgeous beach chic look is great for vacation, a pool day with the fam, or a beach trip with your best girls. See our summer splurge vs save below!

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

A gorgeous colorblock tie waist swimsuit is flattering for all shapes and sizes. This one from Summersalt costs $95, while this one from Amazon is only $35.

A white button down coverup is classic yet versatile. This version from J. Crew costs $50, while this version from Amazon is only $40.

A woven straw tote is a chic and practical summer accessory. This version from Madewell costs $188, while this version from Amazon is only $23.

Nude espadrille wedges dress up a casual, beachy look. This pair from DSW costs $70, but this version from Amazon is only $30.

A wide-brimmed sun hat looks stylish and keeps you safe from the sun. This version from Nordstrom is $260, while this version from Old Navy is only $12.

Don’t forget a sleek pair of shades!! These sunglasses from Ray-Ban are $140, but this style from Old Navy is only $14.

And tie it all together with a little bling – we love a simple silver stud bangle. This one from Tory Burch costs $148, and this version from Kate Spade is only $48.

Shop the Splurge

Stud Bracelet
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Espadrille Wedges
Woven Tote
Beach Shirt
Swimsuit
Stud Bracelet
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Espadrille Wedges
Woven Tote
Beach Shirt
Swimsuit

Shop the Save

Stud Bracelet
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Espadrille Wedges
Woven Tote
Beach Shirt
Swimsuit
Stud Bracelet
Sunglasses
Sun Hat
Espadrille Wedges
Woven Tote
Beach Shirt
Swimsuit

We love summer, we love dresses, and we really love summer dresses! Beating the heat in a flowy, flirty dress is the epitome of summertime fine…staying cool while looking hot is always a win in our books. We’re all about finding stylish pieces that are also affordable, and that’s just what we did! See our roundup of summer dresses below.

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Summer is the season for all things white in your wardrobe, and that includes elegant maxi dresses! This off-the-shoulder ruffle maxi dress can be dressed up or dressed down – pair it with wedges and a belt for date night or throw on sandals and sunglasses for a backyard BBQ!

Is there anything better than a beautiful dress that also has…pockets?! We think not!! This bright blue beauty steals the show with an asymmetrical ruffle hem and matching ruffle cap sleeves. Pair it with a white belt and white wedges to really make the color pop, and then tuck all your favorite essentials in those convenient pockets!

Think pink!! This easy breezy dress (use code 30ZYDRFD + clip digital coupon for 40% off) with a pair of sandals and sunglasses is ideal for a pool or beach day, and quickly transitions to your dinner outfit with the addition of a waist-defining belt…it will also accentuate your gorgeous bronze glow! Pssst…this one has pockets too!

This pretty green polka-dot dress is dolled up with fun details! The fun print, the lace v-neck, and the butterfly sleeves add feminine touches to this sweet number. Add a nude belt and braided sandals to make this style totally on-trend!

woman walking along wet sandy beach in windy day

We love summer, we love dresses, and we really love summer dresses! Beating the heat in a flowy, flirty dress is the epitome of summertime fine…staying cool while looking hot is always a win in our books. We’re all about finding stylish pieces that are also affordable, and that’s just what we did! See our roundup of summer dresses below.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

Summer is the season for all things white in your wardrobe, and that includes elegant maxi dresses! This off-the-shoulder ruffle maxi dress can be dressed up or dressed down – pair it with wedges and a belt for date night or throw on sandals and sunglasses for a backyard BBQ!

Is there anything better than a beautiful dress that also has…pockets?! We think not!! This bright blue beauty steals the show with an asymmetrical ruffle hem and matching ruffle cap sleeves. Pair it with a white belt and white wedges to really make the color pop, and then tuck all your favorite essentials in those convenient pockets!

Think pink!! This easy breezy dress (use code 30ZYDRFD + clip digital coupon for 40% off) with a pair of sandals and sunglasses is ideal for a pool or beach day, and quickly transitions to your dinner outfit with the addition of a waist-defining belt…it will also accentuate your gorgeous bronze glow! Pssst…this one has pockets too!

This pretty green polka-dot dress is dolled up with fun details! The fun print, the lace v-neck, and the butterfly sleeves add feminine touches to this sweet number. Add a nude belt and braided sandals to make this style totally on-trend!