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Summer: Casual, Not Sloppy

Summer casual doesn't have to mean sloppy clothing. Instead, you can look chic and stay cool with fashions you can find in the latest issue of Marie Claire.

Editor-at-large Lucy Sykes visited The Early Show to demonstrate some stylish, but casual summer outfits – proving you don't have to spend a lot to look fabulous.

Sykes explains the looks she demonstrates in the game are stylish, cool and still will keep your wallet intact -- perfect for those who always wanted to sport the trendiest looks every season.

Sykes says to remember that you don't always have to buy an "investment" piece. Sometimes buying something inexpensive and fun for one or two seasons can liven up your wardrobe, she says.

For this Chic on a Shoestring, Sykes put co-anchors Harry Smith, Julie Chen and Rene Syler to the test and the ladies tied for first place. Harry, unfortunately, was not able to guess a single price right.

Island-Inspired Print Dress

Splurge:
Ana Sui, White with Green Leaf Print Dress, $218
Jack Rogers, Sandal, $75

Total: $293

Steal:
Victoria's Secret, White with Green Leaf Print Dress, $98
White Thong Sandal from Colin Stuart, $29

Total: $127

Difference:
The Anna Sui dress is made from a better material, and you are paying for a bigger name. The Jack Rogers sandals are leather. The sandals from Colin Stuart are made of pleather.

Post Card Skirts

Sykes says this print will make you feel like you're on vacation with the "postcard stamp" print. Pair the skirt with a simple button-down shirt in a fun color, suggest Sykes. This is a Prada-inspired look.

Steal:
Liz Claiborne, Button Down Shirt, $59
Liz Claiborne, Linen Post Card Skirt, $69
Colin Stuart, Open Toe Sling Backs, $49

Total: $177

Splurge:
Thomas Pink, Light Blue Button Down, $130
ABS, Post Card Box Pleat Skirt, $160
Stuart Weitzman, Open Toe Strappy Heels, $205

Total: $495

Difference:
Sykes says the splurge items are made of better quality materials. And, the ABS skirt is much brighter in color.

Classic Look

What is better than clean pants and a simple top? This look is easy to pull off, not fussy and it takes you easily from lunch to running errands. Sykes says it is a stylish, classic, but modern look.

Splurge:
Michael Kors, Georgette Stripped Shirt, $750
Cashmere V-Neck Sweater, $450
White Bootleg Trouser from Michael Kors, $590

Total: $1,790

Steal:
J.Crew, Striped Button Down Shirt, $59
Tory Burch, V-Neck Sweater, $135
BCBG, White Boot Leg Trouser, $158

Total: $352

Difference: The Michael Kors shirt has better stitching and it is made of luxurious materials.

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