6 Summer Trends I'd Buy Full-Price Versus on Sale


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I'm an extremely picky shopper, which can be good or bad for my wallet. On the plus side, I know that my closet is full of pieces I genuinely love. The bad news, however, is that once I spot something that meets my criteria, I'm usually not willing to risk waiting around for it to become discounted for fear that it will sell out. And that's where the ever-present fashion conundrum lies: What should I buy full-price, and what should I buy on sale?

To answer that question, I did a lot of sifting through retailers to find my favorite summer trends for 2020. If there weren't enough stylish on-sale options for a certain trend, I decided to put it in the buy-full-price bucket. On the other hand, if the trend has been around for a while and has lots of amazing discounted pieces, I placed it in the buy-on-sale category. Scroll down to shop the best fashion investments for summer. 

Buy Full-Price: Statement Collars


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Buy on Sale: Tie-Dye 


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Buy Full-Price: Printed Vacation Shirts



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Buy on Sale: Chunky Sandals


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Buy Full-Price: Open Backs


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Buy on Sale: Puff-Sleeve Dresses


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Erin Fitzpatrick
Senior News Editor

Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of senior news editor (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.