The Broke Girl’s Guide to Spring Shopping

The Broke Girl's Guide to Spring Shopping

When putting together posts, I am always conscious that everyone has different financial priorities and different budgets when it comes to shopping.  I’ll admit I tend to have expensive tastes, but I’m realistic and I like to invest in pieces and items that I know will be timeless and carry over, season after season.  That being said, those “splurge” items get constantly mixed and matched with bargains that I pick up each season that are more fun, trendy additions to my wardrobe.  Occasionally, I hit the bargain hunter motherlode and come across something that is super affordable, yet equally as nice and of the same quality as something comparable at a much higher price point.  At that precise moment, I squeal with joy and do a little happy dance, usually in my head, but occasionally in public.

I’ve rounded up some of my BEST broke girl finds for this season.  Take a look, but be forewarned… they’re REALLY good.

#1: The Perfect Bathing Suit – Contrast Spot Scallop Swimsuit • Topshop • $72.00

The Heart's Delight Stella Compiseno

This guy is the epitome of PERFECT one piece.  No wonky tan line worries here!  In addition to being a super flattering style in a modern color palette, it’s also supportive, lined and bound to be a flattering option for those days you want just a little more coverage.  I’m all in.

#2: The Classic Short – 2 1/2 Inch High Rise Striped Shorts • Express • $59.90

Bargain #2 Express Striped Short

What can be more classic than a black and white stripe?  This pair also happens to be the perfect length.  You know, that sweet spot where you can sit down without worrying about exposing your nether regions to the public, yet short enough where you don’t feel dumpy and matronly?  You can dress these up OR down, and for under $60 (with a BOGO promo on shorts going on too!) you really can go wrong.

#3: The Summer Clutch – Leather flap clutch • Gap • $27.99

Bargain #3 Gap Leather Clutch

O.K., I own this clutch.  It’s a STEAL.  While the reviews are mediocre at best, I beg to differ.  It’s the ideal size for your night-out necessities and comes in the best colors to coordinate with all of those dresses you’ve bought for upcoming summer weddings.  The style is also a streamlined basic with no fancy bells or whistles to make it look dated next year.  C’mon people- LEATHER, for under $30!!! Just craziness, I tell you.

#4: The Shirt Dress – ASOS Military Shirt Dress • Asos • $75.26

Bargain #4 ASOS Military Shirt Dress Dove Grey

I love shirt dresses.  They are seasonless, they are flattering and they are timeless.  This one comes in the softest grey color that I adore.  Dress it up with strappy heels and a clutch (see bargain #3, above!) or dress it down with a skinny belt and a simple slip on sneaker and you can literally go anywhere with this dress.  BY the way, how AMAZING would this dress look paired with a pop of neon!?  Don’t mind me… I’m just styling all of the ways I want to wear this guy!

#5: The White Jean – Blank Denim Spray On Skinny Jeans • Blank • $55.30

Bargain #5 Blank Denim Spray On White Jeans

Blank Denim is a premium denim brand available for a fraction of other “designer” jeans.  A good pair of white denim is so hard to come by, but this pair nails it.  I NEED these.  Get em’ while you can- they just hit the ShopBop sale and are bound to go fast.

#6: The Sexy Cami – Smooth Moves Cami Tank • Nasty Gal • $26.60

Bargain #6 Nasty Gal Smooth Moves Cami Tank

If you are a living, breathing female I highly recommend you own at least one simple camisole in your closet.  A cami can be a serious wardrobe workhorse taking an office appropriate suit to night, with a simple drop of a jacket.  Now, how gorgeous would this silky cami look with some jeans, a tan and barely there sandals?  H. O. T.

#7: The Summer Dress – Embroidered cord dress • MANGO • $59.99

Bargain #7 MANGO Embroidered Cord Dress

I still can’t get over the intricate cording details on this dress… for under $60! It’s the ideal lightweight, easy silhouette you want to throw on on a hot summer day.  Picture yourself in this dress, a light wind blowing through your hair with a cold lemonadeiced tea, margarita  in one hand.  Got it!? Now hurry and get this dress.

Have YOU made any serious shopping scores lately?  I would love to hear about them!