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The Top 10 Absolutely-Must-Have-For Summer -- All Under $50!

posted in Fashion
04/12/2016
  • 1. Fun sunglasses

    I already prepared for summer by spending big bucks on a pair of Warby Parker prescription sunglasses. I stuck to a classic shape and color since I knew I’d be wearing them daily. Still, it doesn’t hurt to have a cheaper, more fun pair as backup. 


  • Clockwise from top left: Nasty Gal Nita Shades, $20; Nasty Gal Dizzy Shades, $20; J. Crew Cat Eye Sunglasses, $25; Asos Retro Sunglasses, $19; Asos Embellished Flower Retro Sunglasses, $34; Asos Flat Top Cat Eye Sunglasses, $23. 
    Clockwise from top left: Nasty Gal Nita Shades, $20; Nasty Gal Dizzy Shades, $20; J. Crew Cat Eye Sunglasses, $25; Asos Retro Sunglasses, $19; Asos Embellished Flower Retro Sunglasses, $34; Asos Flat Top Cat Eye Sunglasses, $23. 
  • 2. Summer bag

    Without even realizing it, I started an insane collection of dark oxblood bags this past winter. I’m now in the market for something a bit lighter and summery. I’m currently deciding between a bright pop of color in the form of a small messenger bag, a bucket bag in a neutral shade, or a structured pastel bag.

  • Tan and white bucket bags, $28 at Old Navy; Black bucket bag, $40 at Zara; Pastel pink bag, $30 at Aldo; Pastel blue bag, $45 at Aldo; Yellow bag, $36 at Zara; Red bag, $49 at Zara; Pineapple bag, $34 at Asos.
    Tan and white bucket bags, $28 at Old Navy; Black bucket bag, $40 at Zara; Pastel pink bag, $30 at Aldo; Pastel blue bag, $45 at Aldo; Yellow bag, $36 at Zara; Red bag, $49 at Zara; Pineapple bag, $34 at Asos.


  • 3. A hat (because sunscreen isn’t enough)

    Maybe this will be the summer that I finally look good in hats. I hope so because I really want the extra sun protection, but I don’t enjoy looking like a dork. A big floppy straw hat is required for going to the beach and sitting poolside, while an oversized felt fedora makes your summer street style effortlessly cool. I don’t think I can pull off baseball caps, but they’re one of the few hats I feel you can wear from the beach to the street, and J. Crew has some cool ones right now.

  • Top row (all J. Crew): Eyelet baseball cap $40, Chambray baseball cap $35, Metallic baseball cap $45. Middle row (all Asos): Tan fedora $38, Grey fedora $38 , Black oversized fedora $42. Bottom row: Asos black straw hat $38, J. Crew straw hat $35, Old Navy straw hat $23.
    Top row (all J. Crew): Eyelet baseball cap $40, Chambray baseball cap $35, Metallic baseball cap $45. Middle row (all Asos): Tan fedora $38, Grey fedora $38 , Black oversized fedora $42. Bottom row: Asos black straw hat $38, J. Crew straw hat $35, Old Navy straw hat $23.
  • 4. A T-shirt dress

    This is one of my favorite casual summer items. What’s easier than jeans and a T-shirt? This dress, because you don’t even need the jeans. Plus it is still a dress so you get to feel a little more feminine and show off your legs. I pair mine with everything: sneakers, sandals, ankle boots, heels, a denim jacket, a leather jacket. It’s versatile (and so comfy). 

  • Clockwise from top left: H&M Jersey Dress $17; Miss Selfridge Plain Black T-shirt Dress $44; Asos Curve Skater Dress, $31; Asos Metallic T-shirt Dress $48; Uniqlo Women’s Slub Dress, $30; Miss Selfridge Coral T-shirt Dress, $44; Zara Striped Dress, $30; Asos Swing dress, $31.
    Clockwise from top left: H&M Jersey Dress $17; Miss Selfridge Plain Black T-shirt Dress $44; Asos Curve Skater Dress, $31; Asos Metallic T-shirt Dress $48; Uniqlo Women’s Slub Dress, $30; Miss Selfridge Coral T-shirt Dress, $44; Zara Striped Dress, $30; Asos Swing dress, $31.
  • 5. Black jumpsuit or romper

    A romper is my other put-it-on-and-go summer staple. It doesn’t necessarily have to be black, but I think that helps make it look a little more polished and sophisticated. The same goes for jumpsuits. I think a black, well-fitted jumpsuit can be elegant for a night out when paired with heels and jewelry.

  • Top row from left (all Asos): $28; $48; $32. Bottom row from left (all Asos): $48; $21; $46
    Top row from left (all Asos): $28$48$32. Bottom row from left (all Asos): $48$21$46

  • 6. Statement necklace

    If you feel like your summer outfit is a little too boring or you need to dress it up a bit for the evening, just put on a massive necklace and you’re good to go. 

  • Clockwise from top left: Nasty Gal Feeling Daisy Chain Necklace, $28; Prinkko Statement necklace, $20; Aldo Turrito Necklace, $25; Modcloth Leave It To Chance Necklace, $30; Zara Rhinestone Necklace, $49; Zara Diamante and Cord Necklace, $30. 
    Clockwise from top left: Nasty Gal Feeling Daisy Chain Necklace, $28; Prinkko Statement necklace, $20; Aldo Turrito Necklace, $25; Modcloth Leave It To Chance Necklace, $30; Zara Rhinestone Necklace, $49; Zara Diamante and Cord Necklace, $30
  • 7. High-waisted midi skirt 

    This kind of combines three trends into one, but it doesn’t end up looking too trendy -- just pretty and fresh. ASOS has a great selection of these.

  • Clockwise from top left (all Asos): $38, $38, $35, $41
    Clockwise from top left (all Asos): $38$38$35$41
  • 8. A crop top to be worn with that skirt

    Crop tops can definitely read as too trendy, but when offset by a ladylike high-waisted midi skirt, they show just the right amount of skin. I have yet to own a crop top myself, but the ones below are making me consider taking the plunge.

  • Pixie Market Brush Crop Top$35; Zara Cropped Studio Top $26; Zara Cropped Striped Top$40.  Pixie Market Daisy Lace Crop Top, $49 Pixie Market Lilac Crop Top$38; Asos Wrap Front Crop top $23. Nasty Gal Nicki Crop Tee $38 ;Asos Petite Cropped T-shirt$15 ; Nasty Gal Straight Up Crop Top$38.
    Pixie Market Brush Crop Top$35; Zara Cropped Studio Top $26; Zara Cropped Striped Top$40.  Pixie Market Daisy Lace Crop Top, $49 Pixie Market Lilac Crop Top$38; Asos Wrap Front Crop top $23. Nasty Gal Nicki Crop Tee $38 ;Asos Petite Cropped T-shirt$15 ; Nasty Gal Straight Up Crop Top$38.
  • 9. Cozy trousers

    I think the hammer pants trend has finally passed, thank goodness, but apparently it’s been replaced by palazzo pants. I’m not sure how I feel about that. As a fairly petite woman, I feel like palazzo pants would totally overwhelm me, but I do like how dramatic they seem while walking. I also like how cozy they look. If you absolutely refuse to give in to palazzo pants, there’s lots of other comfy trouser options that you can wear with a T-shirt or loose tank top this summer. The key is the elastic waistline, to make room for barbeque, and avoid hammer crotch at all costs. 

  • Clockwise from top left: Asos Tropical Print Beach Pant, $35; Asos Wide Leg Pants, $47; Asos Loose Crop Pants, $47; Zara Palazzo Trousers, $40; Old Navy Linen Blend Pants, $30; Madewell Murray Trousers, $40; Zara Wide Palazzo Trousers, $35; Zara Drawstring Loose Fit Trousers, $49.
    Clockwise from top left: Asos Tropical Print Beach Pant, $35; Asos Wide Leg Pants, $47; Asos Loose Crop Pants, $47; Zara Palazzo Trousers, $40; Old Navy Linen Blend Pants, $30; Madewell Murray Trousers, $40; Zara Wide Palazzo Trousers, $35; Zara Drawstring Loose Fit Trousers, $49.
  • 10. Non-fugly sandals

    Birkenstocks are having a comeback in a big way, but I just can’t get behind it. Aggressively ugly shoes are everywhere right now, and although some people can pull it off, it’s not my thing. When I look for summer sandals, I like to go for a minimal black and tan sandal with an ankle strap (I do not like shuffling -- thus why no Birks and no flip flops for me). A fresh white or mint sandal also sounds appealing lately, though. 

  • Clockwise from top Old Navy Block Heel Sandals, $28; H&M Snakeskin Sandals, $34; Zara Leather Sandals, $49; Asos Firestorm Leather Sandals in Black, $48; Asos Firestorm Leather Sandals in White, $48; Nasty Gal Fate Sandal, $48; Asos Faithless Leather Sandal, $8; Modcloth Morning Matrimony Heel, $40.
    Clockwise from top Old Navy Block Heel Sandals, $28; H&M Snakeskin Sandals, $34; Zara Leather Sandals, $49; Asos Firestorm Leather Sandals in Black, $48; Asos Firestorm Leather Sandals in White, $48; Nasty Gal Fate Sandal, $48; Asos Faithless Leather Sandal, $8; Modcloth Morning Matrimony Heel, $40.
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