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There’s nothing easier than throwing on a dress in the summer. It’s one piece so there’s no fuss, easy to pack for a vacation and can go from day to night with a change of your shoes. However, as much as we love summer, it will be over before we know it so spending a fortune on new dresses isn’t a great idea. Here’s ten perfect summer dresses that are not only stylish but also budget-friendly which means you’ll have plenty of money left over for those wedges you’ve been eyeing.

10 Perfect Summer Dresses (under $100)

 

There are three key dress styles to wear this summer: the maxi dress, the sheath/shift dress and the fit and flare. A maxi dress is easily the most comfortable and universally flattering dress of the three styles. The maxi works great as cover-up or can be dressed up with wedges for date night. The fit and flare dress looks great on those with an hourglass figure and flats or heels work with this look. If you have a boyish figure, the fit and flare dress can help create curves where you want them most. The sheath/shift dress is a nice option for those that are pear shaped to slim you out in all the right places.

Which dress style is your favorite to wear?

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Moto jackets, also known as motorcycle jackets are a must-have for your wardrobe this Spring. Why not add a new chic twist to your moto jacket is to get one in color? Add a bright color to your jeans and t-shirt outfit. Get a pastel colored jacket and add it to a floral sundress for a little edge to your feminine look. Whatever you decide the jacket will sure to make your outfit edgier.

Moto Jacket in Color

Buffalo David Bitton jacket / BCBGeneration puff jacket / Biking jacket / Kenneth Cole zip front jacket / Levi’s levi s / Calvin Klein biking jacket / Calvin Klein biking jacket / Calvin Klein jacket / Biking jacket / A|X Armani Exchange fleece moto jacket / Biking jacket / A.N.A biking jacket

 

What color moto jacket do you want?

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Award season is upon us and rocking the baby belly has never looked so good!

We are loving the ever fashionable Busy Philipps looking fabulous in this great striped dress and Isabella Oliver Everyday Blazer!

article-2268613-172A8D5E000005DC-938_638x901 Image by FaynesVision/Wenn.com found on Mail Online

 

Check out these great striped maternity dresses that are just waiting to be paired with your favorite blazer.

Striped Dresses

 

From Right to Left, Top to Bottom: A.) Motherhood B.) Motherhood C.) H&M D.) Gap E.) Old Navy F.) Old Navy

Don’t forget to add the great blazer over any outfit to complete the look.

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Malin Ackerman Collage

Recently the girls at Savvy Sassy Moms were inspired by this fabulous Lucy Leather Maternity Jacket by Isabella Oliver worn by pregnant actress Malin Akerman. Now as much as we love it, it does comes with a hefty price tag so we set out to find this look for less for our amazing Savvy Sassy readers. Plus the jacket is made by Isabella Oliver which is a maternity company, so let’s find one for the rest of us non-pregnant ladies.

 

Look For Less!

We’ll save the best for last…but the base of this fabulously edgy and  chic outfit starts with an asymmetrical lap nude chiffon blouse worn with a pair of basic black leggings.  Riding boots are still a huge part of the current trend and sometimes can be priced a little high so we were thrilled to find these brown buckled leather boots for a very reasonable price. We were able to find a subtle snake skin print scarf by Mossimo at Target for a steal of a deal at $14.99, not a bad price.  For the bag we’ve chosen a Fiorelli black shopper bag similar to the one that Malin Akerman is carrying and of course an inexpensive pair of wayfarer sunglasses.

Now last but certainly not least the jacket that we were all lusting over, though not exactly the same it still carries some of the main characteristics of the Isabella Oliver jacket, it’s just a little more edgy. It has a similar collar and cropped waist line which if worn open will be very reminiscent of this fabulous look for a fraction of the price.

Are you willing to join in on the leather or faux leather jacket trend?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if all department stores followed suit? Since it’s likely they won’t, now is a good time to brush up on your department-store shopping skills with these seven tips to save at your favorite stores.

1. Befriend Sales Associates
Though your knee-jerk reaction to eager salespeople may be “I’m just looking,” consider taking them up on their offer to serve you. Better yet, seek them out every time you shop the store. Building a rapport with a sales associate leads to the inside-track on upcoming sales and yields better customer service.

2. Get Smart
Retailers are making it easy to stay informed about upcoming sales, thanks to e-mail alerts and Facebook updates. But how often have you left a coupon at home or failed to print it from your inbox? Mobile coupons to the rescue! Tools like the Coupon Sherpa mobile app give you access to mobile coupons to use in-store. Just pull up the offer and hand your smartphone to the cashier. Phew!

3. Shop Thursdays
While online shopping experiences a spike in sales on Mondays, department stores often mark down clothing on Thursdays in anticipation of weekend shoppers. Save your Saturday for lunch with the girls and a matinee, and turn Thursday afternoon into a savvy shopping day. For more tips on the best times of the week to shop, consult SmartMoney’s guide.

4. Retain Receipts
In an effort to de-clutter our cars, purses and file cabinets, receipts are often tossed immediately after a purchase. However, it’s a good idea to hang onto receipts for up to 30 days should the item you bought receive a price reduction. Keeping tabs on an item you’ve already purchased can score you unexpected savings.

5. Gift Yourself (and Your Wallet)
If you’re anything like me, you’ve already burned through those gifts cards you received over the holidays. Nothing compares to spending someone else’s money on something you want, but using a discount gift cards comes pretty close. Save up to 35 percent instantly when you buy gift cards at less than face value from such sites as GiftCardGranny.

6. Shop Seasonal Sales
This one’s a no-brainer but with “80-percent off” promotions cluttering my inbox, I’d be remiss not to mention it. Shopping for winter clothing as retailers gear up for the spring and summer fashions will land you great deals on warm clothing to wear both now and after beach season is a distant memory.

7. Reward Yourself
Most credit cards have a rewards program, so take a look at your account to determine if you can redeem points for gift cards. If you have the budget and are disciplined enough to pay off your credit card every month, you might consider charging everyday expenses on your card to increase those reward points and pay for “fun” stuff with earned points. If you’re credit card doesn’t earn points, check out this list from CreditCards.com to find ones that do.

Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc., and has been featured among such top media outlets as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. She is available for in-studio, satellite or skype interviews and to write guest posts or articles.

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Printed jeans are HOT this fall season. Not only did color denim explode over the summer but denim has officially gone wild with animal prints, leather fabric, florals, plaid, paisley and even polk-a-dots!  Jumping on this decorated denim trend could cost you a pretty penny, but we have a very cool way to get some printed denim for less!

Current Elliott Paisley Print $198.00Current Elliott Plaid $208.00, Emma in POP jeans $158.00 , Current Elliott Floral $198.00, 7 For Mankind Jacquard $198.00

You could spend a fortune on these looks but we got the tips to do it for less!  All you need is a Clorox Bleach Pen.  Brooke Stewart of Power Moms Media wore these DIY Jeans during the Fashion Forward Conference in New York and everyone was going bonkers for them!  People could not believe that these jeans were a DIY project.

How to DIY: Polka Dot Jeans

1.     Line the inside of the jeans with plastic (such as a cut open plastic shopping bag) to protect the gel from bleeding through from one side to the other.

2.     Shake the Clorox® Bleach Pen® Gel with the cap on.

3.     Begin applying the gel: using the fine point tip, gently squeeze out a 1/4 inch dot.

4.     Continue applying gel dots in a polka dot pattern, working in one direction (such as waist to hem) with the dots you have already applied always away from you.

5.     Allow the dots to sit for 2 hours.

6.     Keeping the jeans flat on the counter/work surface, gently remove the plastic liners from inside the pant legs.

7.     Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide directly onto each of the dots, allowing it to soak into the fabric. This stops the bleaching action, and prevents any gel from lightening other parts of the blue jeans during rinsing.

8.     When all the dots have hydrogen peroxide on them, slide them into the sink a little at a time, scraping and rinsing away the gel dots as you go with warm water.

9.     Squeeze the pants dry using old towels.

10.  Air dry the jeans completely before repeating the treatment on the other side of the jeans.

11.  After rinsing the second round of gel polka dots, run the jeans through a gentle cycle using cool water and a little detergent.

Hard to believe, but that look was created by this little Clorox Bleach Pen!


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What I love most about the end of summer are all those fantastic summer sales.  We came across four great timeless summer dresses that you must check out – while many of these pieces can’t be found online, if you head to your local Old Navy or Gap, you may grab these or other pieces like them for a fantastic deal.  These are the types of dresses you can confidently break out next summer and be just as fashionable.

The dresses are made with jersey fabric making them a very comfortable choice for those days you just want to lounge around or run errands but still look fantastic. Each one of these dresses can be easily be dressed up or down which is always a win, win in my book.

1. This braided print dress was one of my favorite summer sale finds. The versatility of this dress allows for you to wear it both casually or for a night out.  The fuchsia color with the ikat pattern is a perfect combination.  This particular style is available in a few solid colors as well if you are not into dresses with a pattern.

2. This contrast stripe dress is a nice comfortable look for those days of just lounging around the house. Dress it up with some cute sandals and it’s ideal for a lunch date or running errands.

3. A strapless maxi dress is a classic look that can be dressed up or down. Well worth the $29 investment.

4. Here is a fantastic asymmetrical dress. I love the way it drapes to the side giving it a sophisticated yet very casual look. It’s light fabric makes it perfect for those really hot days.

What fabulous end of summer sales have you come across lately?

Image: Sherry Fahrenwald via Polyvore

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We love the Nautical look for spring!  When wearing the nautical look you don’t want to be too obvious so  I say stay away from red because you don’t want to look like a walking american flag or like you literally just got of a ship!  Try mixing in a pop of yellow, orange or coral.

Here are 3 ways to get the nautical look for less, because were savvy like that…

1.  H & M Blazer  $34.95
2.  Sexy Boyfriend Denim Chinos $69.95
3.  Stripe Boat Neck Top $14.00
4.  Call it Spring Flat Slip On Shoe $30.00
5.  LOFT Tote bag $39.50

 

 

1.  Shop Suey, Savannah Satchel $58.00
2.  Rubbish Shear Zigzag Scarf $18.00
3.  Drapey drawstring pant $69.95
4.   Sabine Necklace $26.00
5.  Navy Denim Blazer $39.94
6.  Payless Sarah Striped Wedge $27.95

1.  H & M Navy Wedge $34.95
2.  Frenchi one button Blazer $58.00
3.  H & M Sweater $24.95
4.  Perfect Khaki Shorts $24.94
5.  Cross Body Saddle Purse $19.94
6.  Gap Trouser Jean $69.95

 

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