Shop The 2014 Summer Sales!

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Summer sales are in full swing! And with so many styles at the best prices of the year, choosing which ones to go with is half the battle. But knowing what will be trendy a year from now in 2015 is key! Will neon tops still rock the night life? Will the wave of crop tops and high waist shorts take a backseat or continue to top the fashion food chain?

The advice from our style editor is to stock up on fun prints that you can pair up with basics.

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6 Steps to Achieve that Preppy Look

Preppy: a style that has lasted the ages and withstood the many fashions that have come and gone. Preppy fashion meets bright and bold colors with clean and simple styling. We’ve got a basic how-to to kick start your preppy wardrobe.

Keep things neat and simple. A classic preppy outfit is uncluttered and fitting. Choose simple patterns or solid colors and match accordingly. Keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum and shy away from anything too busy or modern.

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5 Shoes Every Woman Should Own

The lure of those mint suede platforms was irresistible…those Michael Kors cage heels were super trendy at the time…and you really needed those thigh-high boots when they were in four winters ago. But if you go out and shop all the hip trends, you will quickly amass a crazy collection of shoes, taking up an abundance of room in your closet, most of which will never see the light of day again. At some point, we need to let go. Here is an easy guide on how to streamline and make sure that you have the essentials covered.

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How to get a “secret” student discount at Forever21

Did you know students could get a discount at Forever21? Register for Studentrate.com and shop at Forever21 using the deal to get 4% cash back on top of any ongoing promo code or discount.

Let’s be honest, we are all obsessed with Forever21. Whether you’re on your way to a music festival, going to the beach, or heading to a party, you are bound to find the perfect piece without spending a ton of money. as a student you can get a discount at Forever21. With Studentrate, you can save  on all the cutest dresses, maxis, skirts, crop tops and shorts and freshmen up your closet for the summer!

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How to Save Money on Designer Fashion

As far as shopping goes, there are few moments more thrilling than nabbing the very last one on the rack, adding that item you love to your cart when there are only 2 left, and coming home to find your package on your doorstep. If you can relate, your love of shopping probably transcends just finding clothes for the purpose of staying warm or because society tells you that you probably shouldn’t walk around naked. For those of us who love designer fashion, the recurring problem every season is how to save on the most coveted styles. Find out how to get the best deals!

1) Shop online when you can. Generally speaking, you can find the same item for a better price online than in-store. There are some exceptions as some brands are exclusive and offer no discount whatsoever, but check online before you buy! You may be surprised to find that you can get a discount on Herve Leger, Gucci, Alexander Wang, Chanel, and more. Even if you think that you found a piece at an unbeatable price, run a quick search on Google and a shopping comparison app if that’s what you like to use (suggestions include Amazon Price Check, The Find, and ShopSavvy). Sometimes another retailer will offer the same deal but with free shipping or another perk so take that into account. Even stores like TJMaxx and Nordstrom Rack have online stores now! Check out TJMaxx Runway for designer steals like Fendi and Alice and Olivia. There is no one place where you can find an item definitively cheaper, the key is really to compare.

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2) Sign up for emails. Opt-in to receive emails from your favorite brands and stores, you may be able to get a discount upon sign-up and will be notified about special sales and offers. Most of us get annoyed by marketing email blasts, but Gmail now has a convenient feature where emails from brands can be shuffled into a promotions folder where you can check them if you’re in the mood for shopping and ignore them in peace if you’re not! Other benefits from being on the list include invitations to private sales and early access. You may want to sign up with flash sales websites like Hautelook (you can conveniently make returns at a Nordstrom Rack), RueLaLa, Guilt (more high-end designers at up to 60% off), iDeeli (up to 70% off), etc. They’re dangerously addicting…you may never see the inside of a mall again.

3) Get cash back. Sign up with sister websites StudentRate and/or Stackdealz for free to shop at your favorite stores and retailers while getting an additional discount in the form of cash back. The cash back is the commission that stores give to SR or SD, and 100% off the commission is given to the shopper! Within 48 hours you’ll see the money in your account and you can get it in the form of a physical check or sent to you via PayPal. It’s a free service that helps you save while you shop. StudentRate is geared towards college fashion while Stackdealz is for everyone. Here are some of the best cash back deals for designer fashion:

Get 5% cash back at Shopbop

Get 5% cash back at Nordstrom

Get 5% cash back at Lord & Taylor

StudentRate and StackDealz tend to have the best cash back deals, but I’d recommend running a search to see if you can get more cash back from a different company. Cash back really adds up and is really an undiscovered secret of savvy shoppers! A $4,750 Chanel bag from ShopBop would give you $237.50 cash back- amazing savings! I love that cash back works on everything, including sale and clearance.

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4) Shop at the right times. Unlike cheaper brands like Forever21 and H&M where you can load up on cheap trendy styles with little to no guilt ($14 printed harem pants that you’ll wear maybe once? Why not!), you are probably looking for designer styles that have more longevity. Shopping for last season’s Winter coats in a classic style (a quality peacoat, for example) at the end of the season is a great option as it will save a ton of money on pieces that will be fashionable next Winter and for years to come. However, bear in mind that the best times to save money aren’t always when you’ll find the best selection. Steep sales occur when a season is over or coming to an end and inventories are thin. Consumer Report’s research tells us that the best time to buy Winter clothing is in January, Spring clothing in April, and swimwear in July.

5) Check out sample sales. Some cities like NYC and Los Angeles have better samples sales than others, but find out if there are any in your area that you’d be interested in. They tend to be very quick to wrap up, so don’t blink or you’ll miss it! You may want to get there early if you anticipate a line or a lot of buzz. Know the exact address before you go (many sample sales aren’t held in easy-to-spot storefronts, and may be located in a floor of an office building or at a pop-up location) and the currency rules (check if it’s cash only!).

I hope that these tips were helpful to you, feel free to comment any additional advice that you swear by!

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Images: product images from Shopbop, lifestyle images from fashforfashion

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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