In a perfect world, we'd be able to splurge on every cool new trend that catches on each season. But, since we don't sleep on $1 million in cash at night, shopping has to become more of a science, deciding which pieces are worth investing in (think silhouettes and It items that have staying power) and which aren't.
This summer, though, there are a few standout items we're totally getting behind. And it doesn't matter if you're willing to shell out the big bucks or just want to spend the extra cash in your wallet. Splurgers and savers, you're all welcome here. Click on to shop 12 summer must-haves you can justify buying, regardless of how many digits are currently in your bank account.
The Invisible Sandal: Up High
A favorite among bloggers and It Girls, the clear sandal that reminds us of our favorite childhood pair of jellies can easily replace your go-to slides and flip-flops.
Simone Rocha Clear Jelly Sandals, $1,120 $515, available at Ssense.
The Invisible Sandal: Down Low
Easy to walk in, easy to wear.
Jeffrey Campbell Verina-2, $125, available at Jeffrey Campbell.
The Peekaboo Shoulder: Up High
We probably sound like broken records when it comes to pushing the off-shoulder top, but the new wave is extra luxe and extra voluminous. Plus, it still has straps, making the wear a bit more comfortable.
Anna October Khaki Jacquard Top, $354, available at More Is Love.
The Peekaboo Shoulder: Down Low
A structured variation can be just as easily paired with denim cutoffs and sneakers as it can with a matching pant for an evening look.
L'oeil Studio Structured Top, $82, available at L'oeil.
The Naked Choker: Up High
Like that ring or bracelet you never take off, a choker can be one of those wear-every-day pieces of jewelry, as long as it's dainty.
Luv AJ Marquise Link Choker, $75, available at Luv AJ.
The Naked Choker: Down Low
It's so delicate, you'll forget you're even wearing it.
Ventrone Chronicles 24K Knit Choker, $25, available at Ventrone Chronicles.
The Wrap Top: Up High
There's a reason the wrap silhouette has become a total classic -- skirts and dresses of this nature will never steer you wrong. But this year, it's all about the frilly wrap blouse that makes the ultimate "going out top" for summer activities.
Reformation Monika Top, $128, available at Reformation.
The Wrap Top: Down Low
This particular version can be worn multiple ways, so it's really like you're getting two tops for less than $100.
Saul Two Way Wrap Top, $98, available at Saul.
The Artsy Shirt Dress: Up High
Pieces that you can wear straight from work to drinks are always a must. A next-level shirt dress is both breathable and professional, but still an easy enough outfit when paired with a cool sandal or loafer.
Jacquemus La Tunique Noeuds Cotton Shirt Dress, $331, available at MyTheresa.
The Artsy Shirt-Dress: Down Low
If you ever thought shirt dresses weren't conversation-starters, let this one prove you wrong.
Style Mafia Dante Dress, $85, available at Style Mafia.
The Disk Earrings: Up High
Hoops are having a major comeback, but you're ahead of the curve if you invest in this new dangler that feels even more contemporary.
Erin Considine Mini Disc Hoop, $265, available at Erin Considine.
The Disk Earrings: Down Low
As easy as wearing studs, but way cooler.
COS Disk Earrings, $19, available at COS.
More summer must have looks here.
By Alyssa Coscarelli.
Market Research by Michelle Li.