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Best Summer Sales 2012

The Summer Sales Are Going Strong — Where to Snag the Best Deals Now

Aside from the obvious, like Barneys major online Warehouse sale, the Summer sales scene is jampacked with awe-inspiring designer steals. To get you the most bang for your buck, we're breaking down the season's most lucrative sales to help you get just what you're looking for (for a lot less). Retailers are already unloading their seasonal gear to make room for all of their Fall goodies — that means that that bikini you've been eyeing, those sandals you've been coveting, and that dress you're dying to wear to a sunset cocktail party is now within your grasp — and your budget! The best part? You don't even have to leave the house to take advantage of these online deals. Just keep reading for all the hot spots and deep discounts — happy shopping!

Clockwise from left: Topshop Limited Edition Fluro Stitch Midi Dress ($80, originally $190), J.Crew Little Edie Purse ($120, originally $168), Sass & Bide Mendoza Sunglasses ($182, originally $260), and Madewell Treeline Heel ($100, originally $158)

  • Zara's Summer sale is still going strong. You'll want to stalk up on everything from a perfect peplum you can wear to work (and beyond) to a pair of statement heels for date night.
  • With 70 percent markdowns, you'll want to click over to ASOS to shop just about any of their awesome selections that starts at just $35 and under. Pay extra attention to their super-stocked dress department — they've got one for any occasion and every girl.
  • Still on the hunt for your perfect bikini or merely stocking up for your Winter jailbreaks? It's not too late – in fact, you're just in time to take advantage of Victoria's Secret swimwear sale, where you can mix and match your bikini separates starting at just $10 a piece and with 200+ styles to choose from.
  • If you're casual wardrobe could use a little lift, Madewell may just be your best place to stock up on easy denim, pretty blouses, and maybe a printed romper or bold-hued sandals. The retailer's now offering an extra 20 percent + free shipping when you spend $150 or more.
  • Get the rest of the Summer steals when you keep reading.

  • Skip to the sale section at J.Crew if you're looking for anything from Summer-classic soludos to an ultrachic little Edie clutch. Use code SHIP100 and get free shipping on all orders over $100.
  • The sale is on at French Connection where we're particularly drawn to the label's lovely cocktail wares. If you're in need of a great party dress, we'd kick off the search right here. If you act now, you can snag free domestic shipping on orders of $150 or more.
  • The deep discounts (from 30 to 70 percent off) on designer goodies from Summer dresses to sandals are hard to pass up at Shopbop.
  • Consider Piperlime a one-stop sale shop for apparel, shoes, and accessories — they've literally got it all from your perfect beach scarves to a pair of floral-printed jeans.
  • Click over to the Gap to take advantage of some serious discounts on staple trousers, striped tees, and more. Here's the best part — if you show now through Aug. 12, use code GAPFRIENDS for an extra 30 percent off your purchase.
  • Miss the neon-jean bandwagon? Not to worry, snag your pair of neoprene or printed denim right now at 7 For All Mankind's Summer sale. Even if colored denim isn't your thing, don't underestimate the label's cool crop of dresses or blouses for up to 50 percent off.
  • Breezy boho dresses or eclectic jewels more your speed? Free People's sale starts under $30.
  • Craving a dose of the on-trend, like a leopard-print day dress or a patent pair of brogues? Topshop's sale may have just what your looking for. If you happen to spend more than $100, cash in on the free shipping promotion — no code necessary.
  • Edgy, downtown-cool stylers, look no further, Opening Ceremony's selection of sale items, including cheeky day dresses and floral-print espadrilles has you covered.
  • When they call it the "goodbye Summer sale" you know they're not messing around — Urban Outfitters has an awesome mix of music-festival gear, like fringed bags and crop-tops, plus a sweet selection of high-waisted shorts and day dresses if that's more your speed.
  • Ann Taylor's semi-annual sale is a perfect destination of the young, polished professional with its collection of office-appropriate sheaths and a touch of glam via more trend-driven jewels.
  • For classic with a cooler, on-trend twist, like eyelet-trimmed white dresses and embellished tanks you could dress up or down, head over to Club Monaco and score up to 70 percent off your purchases.
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