Frugal snob alert! Summer dressing is more carefree and casual – you can get away with springing for cheaper, anti-commitment gear. There’s no need to pay $500 for espadrilles when Nine West is offering chic pairs for 10% of the price! Their “Braxton,” a pumped-up, strappy wedge platform, and “Jaxson,” a laid-back slingback from the Vintage America collection, styles are fun and colorful. Best of all, you won’t cry if they fall in the pool or fall apart on your feet (my very expensive espadrilles with a certain red sole actually unraveled while I was walking; the entire bottom inch of the sole fell off and I had to go the rest of the day, lopsided). At this price – the “Jaxson” is on sale for less than a round of poolside drinks! – so go ahead, splurge and get a few pairs in summer colors like pink, tangerine, plum, and shades of blue, totally guilt-free.
“Braxton” Wedge at Nine West for $99.
“Jaxson” Wedge at Nine West for $47.40 (from $79).