Capsule Wardrobe, But Make It Affordable—5 Summer Pieces I'm Buying on a Budget

The temperatures are starting to get higher, so I'm already thinking about preparing my wardrobe for the upcoming heat. There are plenty of new and exciting trends to look forward to in the upcoming season, but there are a select few that I'm prioritizing to get the most out of my wardrobe. And while there are items I'm considering investing in, I'm buying the majority on a budget. I tend to get more wear out of my fall and winter clothes, so I normally gravitate towards affordable items in the warmer seasons.

Below, I've created a list of the must-have items of the season for an on-trend but comfortable wardrobe, and under-$100 options for each. Battling the heat and looking put-together is always a mission, but the picks below will bring nothing but ease to your dressing woes. 

Linen Pants

I don't think I could get through the heat of the summer in NYC without the miracle material that is linen. Linen pants feel light on the skin and most of all are extremely comfortable and versatile. 



Whether you're throwing it over a T-shirt or a swimsuit, I think it's important to have a few lightweight button-downs in your arsenal this season. Luckily for you, the breezy button-down trend has only gotten bigger, so you'll find plenty of affordable options on the market. (Just take a look below.)




There's nothing like throwing on a crisp T-shirt as your base layer—the comfort is unreal and the styling options are endless. I like to keep a variety, whether that means in colors, fit, or silhouettes. They'll all always come in handy.

Summer Hats

Since you can't layer too much in the summer, you can rely on accessories to elevate your outfit. My favorite accessory for the season? Hats. They look good and offer sun protection, so it's the best of both worlds.

Like T-shirts, tanks are also something you're going to want a variety of. Whether it's an elevated basic with an asymmetric neckline or just a classic white tank, the piece is a summer essential. (Most times, you can find a great one under $20.)