Summer Essentials: Splurge vs. Save

Summer Essentials Splurge vs. Save @rachmccarthy7

With the unofficial start to summer less than a week away, I brought back the always popular splurge vs. save to round up a few summer essentials. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to break out my summer clothes…and have them stay out! Here are a few of my favorite summer essentials, at both the splurge and save price points:
  • Summer wouldn’t be the same without off the shoulder dresses and tops. I love the color of both the splurge and save orange dresses, it’s the perfect bright shade for summer. Another trend that I have been loving all spring is the eyelet detail and both the splurge and save version of the eyelet off the shoulder top is such a pretty and feminine top that could be dressed up with a skirt or down with jeans. 
  • You can’t start summer without a new swimsuit! I have been lusting over this splurge scallop swimsuit for over a year — I can never say no to scallop edges! But when I spotted this save version at a fraction of a fraction of the price, I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I think a black one piece swimsuit is so chic. And add the fun scallop details and you have a sophisticated yet fun suit to spend a summer day at the pool.
I took the red eye flight from LA Monday evening and arrived back in DC early Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, not much sleep happened on the flight and I spent yesterday packing to head back to California today. I know, totally crazy, right?! I honestly have no idea how I’m still awake! 

Be sure to drop by tomorrow for an entire recap of a fun event I attended in LA on Monday! Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!



19 thoughts on “Summer Essentials: Splurge vs. Save

  1. To funny, how again, I like the saves better. That poppy red color is so pretty and I got a dress in Canada that color, you gave me some good ideas how to style it!!

  2. You always nail these splurges vs. saves, girl! Seriously, everything is nearly identical and the saves are REAL saves! I can't wait to see what you were up to on Monday, it sounds like an exciting event, especially to have flown out to attend! Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great day so far!



  3. I LOVE when you do these, Rachel…you seriously are the best at finding such affordable pieces that are so similar to the splurge items.
    Girl…I hope you get some rest or loads of coffee! Can't wait to read more about the event, loved watching your snaps/story!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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