July 28, 2021

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The Under-$50 Items I’m Buying to Make My Wardrobe Exponentially More Stylish

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Now that things are really starting to warm up in L.A., I’m finally getting my summer wardrobe into gear. I’ve been eyeing a mix of luxe-looking staples and on-trend items that not only are fun and comfortable but also will make my wardrobe exponentially more stylish this summer.

I’m a firm believer you don’t have to spend a fortune to pull off a chic and elevated summer look. So below, I’m sharing some of my favorite under-$50 pieces I’ve unearthed from some of my favorite retailers (most of which I’ve already bought or are sitting in my cart!).

Keep scrolling for the affordable and stylish new-season pieces that will have you looking altogether on-trend this season.

H&M Rib-Knit Dress ($50)

This chic textured dress looks way more expensive than its price tag.

Cowlyn Necklace Pearl Vintage Chunky Link Chain ($23)

Pearl-and–gold chain necklaces are trending.

4th & Reckless Heaton Stripe Button-Up Shirt ($48)

I love the relaxed elegance of this shirt set.

Shop the matching High Waist Cotton Shorts ($48).

Charles & Keith Chalk Buckle Strap Slide Sandals ($49)

Minimalist-chic summer slides will work with everything in my summer wardrobe.

Zara Floral Print Dress ($50)

Is this not the perfect floral sundress?

Lilie&White Twisited Gold Chunky Hoop Earrings ($14)

Update your hoops with these twisted beauties.

Urban Outfitters Gran Crochet Backpack ($49)

I’m a sucker for a little crochet.

Out From Under Tenny Printed Underwire Bikini Top ($52)

So cute and charming.

Shop the matching High Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($45).

H&M Halterneck Crop Top ($30)

This $30 halter looks so elegant.

Urban Outfitters Ellie Woven Panama Hat ($34)

You can’t go wrong with a versatile Panama hat.

H&M Wide-Cut Pants ($25)

Flowy, comfy, chic—these linen pants will become your summer staples.

Lisa Says Gah Check Hair Claw ($18)

Say yes to ’90s hair claws.

Zara Floral Print Midi Dress ($50)

Obsessed is an understatement.

Open Edit Jagger Kitten Heel Sandal ($40)

These have been a WWW best seller.

Open Edit Oversize Organic Cotton Poplin Blouse ($49)

Wear over swimsuits and tank tops alike.

Urban Outfitters Lola Resin Ring Set ($16)

Get on that Gen Z chunky-resin-ring trend.

H&M Linen-Blend Pull-On Shorts ($18)

White linen shorts are a summer must.

Mango Vichy Bucket Hat ($30)

A fun bucket hat will keep you looking on-trend this season.

& Other Stories Halterneck Plissé Top ($49)

Perfect for day-to-night dressing.

Urban Outfitters Ash Translucent Rectangle Sunglasses ($16)

Rectangle frames are a fashion-set favorite.

H&M Ribbed Modal Tank Top ($10)

You can’t get through summer without a versatile white tank top.

Open Edit Soft Drawstring Shorts ($39)

You’ll get so much wear out of these.

ASOS Marina Leather Fisherman Flat Shoes in Black ($40)

I’m all over cool-girl fisherman sandals.

Zara Linen Blend Dress ($50)

How stunning is this back?

Source Unknown Mini Croissant Bag, Ivory ($58)

Okay, a little over $50, but this one is so worth it.

Mango Towel Cotton Shirt ($50)

If you don’t own a trendy terry cloth set yet, get your hands on this one.

Shop the matching Towel Cotton Shorts ($50).

Urban Outfitters Kourtney Waist Chain ($16)

Amp up your swimwear with a gold belly chain.

H&M Platform Sandals ($30)

Flatform espadrilles to wear with shorts, jeans, and dresses alike.

Open Edit Shirred V-Neck Top ($29)

So many cute details.

& Other Stories Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses ($29)

Make a statement in bold white frames.

Zara Linen Blend Vest ($40)

Vests worn as tops will keep you looking chic.

Up next, I shop for a living—these are the under-$100 items too good to pass up.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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