Just because our summer plans are currently on hold doesn’t mean we can’t still indulge in a little wardrobe update. No, we won’t be stocking up on strappy heels or cocktail dresses, but there are still some comfy, easy trends we plan to indulge in. Best of all, you don’t need to spend a fortune to start sporting summer’s best styles. Here, 32 trendy pieces under $100 that will revive your warm-weather wardrobe.
32 Trendy Summer Pieces Under $100 We’re Buying Right Now
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Step aside, short shorts. This is the year of the long Bermuda short (thank god). The extended inseam means you won’t have to worry about looking like a camp counselor, as they lend a more sophisticated feel than leg-baring styles. Silhouettes that are a bit looser tend to be more flattering, so avoid pairs that look like cut-off skinny jeans.
1. Vero Moda City Shorts with Belt
The matching belt is removable should you want a simpler look or if you’d rather wear it over a dress or jacket instead.
Available in sizes XS to XL
2. Topshop Pleated Shorts
Long-legged ladies, this pair is for you. The 10-inch inseam is definitely long enough to look like a real Bermuda short on your frame, plus there’s a matching blazer ($125), if you want to rock a full shorts suit.
Available in sizes 0 to 14
We like to think of bike shorts as the athleisure version of Bermudas. Or summer’s answer to the leggings and sweats you’ve been wearing for two months straight. If the spandex style is new to you, we suggest starting with a classic black pair and wearing them with a longer tee, sweatshirt or tunic top before graduating to bold prints or bright colors.
4. Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Short
These best-selling shorts are made from fabric that is both recycled and recyclable. Plus. it comes in ten different colors and is offered up to a size 6XL. What’s not to love?
Available in sizes XXS to 6XL
Has your Instagram been flooded with photos of everyone you know rocking tie-dye sweat suits? Same. And the ‘60s pattern shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
8. T.La Martha Flutter-Sleeved Tee
Swap your go-to sweatshirt for a lightweight T-shirt as the weather starts to warm up. (It will still look adorable paired with your beloved tie-dye sweatpants, we’re sure.)
Available in sizes XS to 3X
9. Tory Sport Tie-dye Seamless Bike Shorts
This summer’s statement sleeve is not so super-sized, but instead has a romantic, cottagecore vibe. Basically, it’s time you tried out the princess puff.
11. Eloquii Puff Sleeve Square Neck Peplum Top
The elasticized neckline on this cutie can actually be pulled down to create either a one-shoulder or off-the-shoulder silhouette, making it kind of like getting three tops for the price of one.
Available in sizes 14 to 28
13. Monki Melina Poplin Organic Cotton Puff Sleeve Blouse
For the woman who is constantly asking, “but does it come in black?” Bonus: The moody hue tempers some of preciousness that comes with such a voluminous silhouette.
Available in sizes 0 to 10
Chain-link necklaces in particular are having a major moment, although what started as a movement toward oversize chunky links has pivoted toward thinner, more delicate styles thanks to one Irish heartthrob that we met on Hulu. Okay, to be honest we’re not really sure who is the bigger breakout star from Normal People, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal or Connell’s chain necklace.
15. Gorjana Parker Wrap Necklace
Take all the guesswork out of layering necklaces with a single piece that you can wrap a few times and voilà! A gorgeous layered look with little to no effort.
16. Madewell Herringbone Chain Necklace
According to the shopping platform Lyst, searches for “chain necklaces” spiked within 24 hours of Normal People dropping on Hulu and have continued to grow every week since.
While we certainly hope stay-at-home orders begin to lift soon so we can enjoy our summer to the max, we’ve gotten pretty used to prioritizing comfort over style these past few weeks. In particular, our feet have loved wearing nothing but Crocs, sliders and other basic but supportive kicks. You can expect that trend to continue, with chunky-soled sandals, Birkenstocks and solid walking shoes replacing last year’s strappy heels and minimalist sandals.
19. Papillio by Birksenstock Arizona Birko-Flor Slide Sandals
Platform Birkenstocks? You bet. And yes, they’re every bit as good for your feet as their thinner predecessors.
21. Crocs Classic Clog
Who knew the general public would ever become so enamored with Crocs again? (Other than executive editor Dara Katz, that is.)But the clunky, waterproof footwear adored by chefs and nurses having a major moment. If the classic sling-back silhouette isn’t really your style, don’t fret—there are a ton of other options that offer the same support but with a bit more of a fashion edge.
Between tie-dye, Tevas and now jewelry with a DIY appeal, we’re clearly feeling nostalgic for our youth. Brightly colored beads, funky charms and lanyards abound and are particularly en vogue when worn in stacks of three or more.
23. Serefina Sunshine Stretch Bracelet
Whether you decided to mix and match for an eclectic look or keep things neat with three of the same, these bracelets are delicate enough to not feel quite so juvenile while still giving you a bold pop of color.
24. Roxanne Assoulin Happy Stripes Bracelets
We likely have Roxanne Assoulin, a fashion-industry favorite, to thank for the resurgence of brightly beaded jewelry. While many pieces come in over $100 (especially if you’re looking to buy a set), these dainty beauties won’t break the bank and will give you plenty of styling options.
Buy it ($75 for set of six)
These easy, breezy frocks are a sort of halfway point between a full tent dress and a frilly ruffled number. They have a bit more structure than the billowing tents of summer 2019 but are still incredibly comfortable.
27. Madewell Tie-Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress
We’re obsessed with this gorgeous tomato red hue. Plus, the puff sleeves are a nice double-trend bonus.
Available in sizes XXS to 3X, also in petite
Oversize Square Frames
The days of tiny Matrix-style sunglasses are behind us, a fact we are more than happy to shout from the rooftops. In their place we’re seeing a rise in not just oversize frames, but specifically square styles with slightly rounded edges.
30. Diff Carson 53mm Polarized Square Sunglasses
A larger lens and thicker frame means even more protection from the sun’s harmful rays (you know, in addition to your sunscreen).
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