Because You're Ugly: Original Penguin
Even more summer sales for you to waste that stimulus check (am I the only one who hasn't received hers yet?) on: Original Penguin locations everywhere are now hosting their annual summer sale, with discounts ranging from 30%-50% off retail prices.
While Penguin's always been good for classic "suburban leisure" (their words, not mine), I've always preferred Penguin's men's line of sweaters and polo Tees over the women's clothing—though there are always a few pieces that reek of an Anthropologie-esque and even a Ben Sherman or Fred Perry retro vibe that I can't help but fall for.
Don't let the distinctively preppy feel of the label scare you off—Penguin is also thoroughly mod... as long as it's on the right person. Mix and match the pieces from your own wardrobe to avoid looking like you're vacationing in the Hamptons. It's okay. Even Urban Outfitters, particularly their UK division, carries some Penguin items. Whether or not that's a good thing is up to you to decide.
Original Penguin's Orange County location, Fashion Island, 231 Newport Center Dr., (949) 720-1560, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sale in stores and online through July 31st.