Nope, You Don't Need More Than $100 for Any of These 7 Summer Trends

Anna LaPlaca
·2 min read

If you’ve been on the fence about any of this season’s biggest trends, I have some good news for you: You don’t need to spend your whole paycheck to try them out. In fact, I’ve put on my fashion editor’s hat to scour Instagram for the trends that are about to be the biggest of the summer, and I’ve also hunted across the internet for the best affordable pieces to tap into each theme.

What this means is you can try out some of the buzziest pieces of the summer without too much of an investment. I’m personally a fan of everything from bright button-downs and retro florals (which I dove more into here) to the “kidcore” jewelry that’s taking over. Ahead shop the best affordable summer trends listed from most expensive to least expensive. And here’s the great news: Everything you can buy below is under $100.

Thong Sandals

If you haven’t already tried out a pair of heeled thongs, this is your sign.

Who What Wear Sydney Slide Sandal ($60)

Mango Heel Leather Sandals ($80)

Vince Camuto Cannetta Flip Flop ($89)

Vince Camuto Sabrinda Flip Flop ($70)

Colored Poplin Shirts

The savviest style upgrade you can make all summer is one of these bright button-ups.

Zara Poplin Shirt ($36)

Mango Oversize Cotton Shirt ($50)

Open Edit Oversize Organic Cotton Poplin Blouse ($49)

Butter & Hazel Toby Shirt ($98)

Weekday Edyn Organic Cotton Poplin Shirt in Green ($56)

Retro Prints

From florals to psychedelic swirls, these groovy prints are everywhere we look.

Gimaguas Vito Crop Top ($82)

Urban Outfitters Brinley Mesh Shirt ($44)

Eloquii Dip Dye Slipdress ($100)

Open Backs

Open backs may be one of the most defining trends of the season.

Open Edit Marble Print Open Back Sundress ($69)

Bardot Demi Jacquard Puff Sleeve Open Back Crop Top ($89)

H&M Cut-Out Top ($18)

Beaded Jewelry

A fun (and low-commitment) way to get in on the Y2K trend, no matter your style.

Hola Amor Estudios Rainbow Daisy Bracelet ($58)

Mango Crystal Cube Necklace ($40)

Urban Outfitters Wren Icon Drop Post Earring ($16)

Urban Outfitters Chill Out Beaded Necklace ($18)


From clothes to bags to accessories, this throwback trend is making its way back in a big way.

Mango Floral Crochet Bag ($40)

Zara Crocheted Halter Dress ($40)

Urban Outfitters Multicolor Crochet Sun Hat ($34)

Free People Wildflowers Cardi Top ($98)

Halter Tops

Have I mentioned how Y2K dressing is a big theme? Halters are the modern-day version of those iconic going-out tops we used to know and love.

H&M Halterneck Top ($17.99)

Eloquii Halter Crop Top ($39.95)

Zara Patchwork Printed Shirt ($40)

Next: The Most Important Handbag Trends of Summer 2021, Period

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