This summer I have a new approach to the summer sales. Instead of ordering floral sundresses or strappy sandals or last-minute swimsuits that have dramatically slashed prices like I normally would, I’m instead looking for key pieces from fall’s biggest trends. Yes, while many of these major trends are just hitting stores now, many brands already have pieces that tap into them hidden in the sale sections.
Take animal prints, for instance. While patterns like leopard are poised to be huge next month, many designers already have pieces with the print in their collections. Same goes for chunky sneakers, which are only rising in popularity. “Dad” sneakers were one of the buzziest trends from the last year, and we’ll continue to see them for the season ahead. Other trends like iridescent pieces, which were huge on the fall runways, are more difficult to find in the sale sections, but I did some digging to find the best options. Ahead I’m breaking down the best under-$100 sale pieces to buy now and get ahead of the best fall trends.