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Midsummer Sales: Top Things to Buy

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Forget Cyber Friday and think Christmas in July ... or August. The sales have started, and the doorbuster deals are sizzling this summer. This is the time to think about those back-to-school clothes and any other trendy fashion items you may have missed this summer. Here are the top things to put on your midsummer shopping list:

-- T-shirts and tank tops -- These are year-round essentials, and with school starting soon, you can refresh that stockpile of basics you've sweated out the summer in. Graphic T-shirts are go-tos for kids going back to school. Solid tanks in a host of colors are perfect for wearing alone in hot months, and they make great layering pieces in the fall.

-- Swimwear -- There's still plenty of time to hit the beach this summer, and scoring a new swimsuit or two is even better when it's on sale. Let's face it, you and your kids can never have enough swimwear. You never know when a trip to the tropics in the dead of winter will pop up! And you could always use a new cover-up. Think double duty when you buy one: Look for swim dresses to extend your wardrobe in and out of the water.

-- Denim -- What's the basis of just about everything most of us wear every day? Jeans, jeans and more jeans. While many designer brands rarely go on sale, this is the time of year that they do. Parents, think about school days ahead and add a trendy piece of denim to your kids' basic jeans. For girls, think scooter skirts or shortalls. For boys, think a new color of denim in moss green or gray wash. High-rise distressed jeans are a college favorite.

-- Athletic gear -- Working out should be a year-round habit, right? Well, if you normally wait until January -- when you make New Year's resolutions -- or till the spring to buy a swimsuit, now's the time to save a few bucks on activewear. From workout tops and bottoms to sports bras to athletic jackets and sweatshirts and even sneakers, getting a bargain on these items now will put new life into your gym routine.

-- Sandals -- You may be itching to get into boots, but there's lots of flip-flop weather left to enjoy. Take advantage of sales on sandals that the whole family will love wearing the rest of the summer as well as next year. There are embellished sandals for women, leather slides for men and fisherman sandals for girls and boys.


-- Beach bags and more -- What's better than one beach bag? Two, of course. Even if you haven't worn yours out on the shore, you've probably used it as a grocery bag, a baby bag or an overnight bag. You can never have enough tote handbags. This summer, if you missed getting on board with a trendy straw bag, now's the time to pick up one on sale. Circle straw crossbody bags are another seasonal must-have.

-- Intimates -- It may not be the most fun to buy, but underwear is a necessity (for most of us, anyway) ... and getting undershirts, briefs, bras and socks at bargain prices makes everyone feel good. Ditto for pajamas, even if they're shorts and tank top sets. The kids with their glittering unicorns and baby sharks shouldn't have all the fun!


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