Online Exclusive: Summer shopping on a budget

Emily Eichberg, Editor-In-Chief

Looking for all the hottest summer styles but don’t want to spend a fortune?

Look no further: here are best brands and shops to stock up on for summer without having to break the bank. If you’re shopping on a budget, trying to savor your precious summer earnings, or trying to give your parents’ credit cards a break, these stores are sure to help you out without having to sacrifice the styles and looks you love.


Shein is an international fast fashion company that prides itself on the philosophy that “everyone can enjoy the beauty of fast fashion.” Shein carries everything from high end women’s fashion to teen apparel for the lowest possible prices. Items found in local stores like On Cloud 9 and My Best Friend’s Closet are frequently found on the Shein website for less than half the price that the stores sell for, but the exact same great quality. “I shop their website a lot it always seems to have what is in style,” junior Julia Bogart said.


At first thought, it seems crazy that good quality clothes could be sold on Amazon, but don’t knock it until you try it. Amazon was created to be everyone’s go-to online store, and good finds are always possible. Specifically narrowing in on swimwear and shoes, Amazon always has a great selection, all with amazing prices that are perfect for summer.


Compared to Shein and Forever 21, Fashion Nova is the more high end version of those stores. Most known for celebrities’ collections like Cardi B and Kylie Jenner, Fashion Nova sells high fashion items from black tie attire to sweatpants and joggers to summer trends. Celebrity Kim Kardashian even shamed the brand for ripping off iconic outfits that she’s worn because they were so similar to her looks. Another bonus to the site is that if a celebrity is seen wearing something that gets everyone talking, Fashion Nova is a step ahead and releases similar looks just hours or days after it is seen.


Forever 21 is one of the more reliable places to shop, because they are located at malls in the area so there are no risks when it comes to guessing sizes. Although the quality of a lot of their items is slightly lower than more expensive brands like Topshop and Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 holds every color, style, size and material item you can imagine.


Similar to Forever 21, Garage is a unique and trendy store that is online as well as having real stores located close by. Being the most reliable and high quality store on the list, your summer styles are sure to be here if nowhere else. The quality of the materials used in the clothing is just as good as any nice clothing store, but for so much less. “I shop at Garage so much because it has all the cool stuff I look for but it’s so much cheaper than going to the mall,” Bogart said.