Affordable Pieces That Are Defining Summer 2018 Style

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 biggest trends of the moment, and I’ve also hunted across the internet for the best affordable pieces to tap into each It piece.

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 white sunglasses and leopard-print swimsuits (which I tried for myself here) to the “nouveau milkmaid tops” that are sweeping my Instagram feed. 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 $200.

White sunglasses are the new tiny sunglasses

If you haven’t already tried white sunglasses, now is the time to get on board.

Bright, bold colors

While it’s hard to pin down a single It color of the season, it’s all about loud colors right now. If you’re feeling bold, try wearing them together.

The strappy sandals you're seeing everywhere

Throwback ’90s spider heels are one of the runaway trends of the summer.

Fruity prints

Whether your summer clothes are covered with lemons, cherries, or oranges, fruity prints are playful and fun. I personally think they lend themselves to an Italian vacation.

Leopard print is back in a big, big way

Puff sleeves for the win

Puff sleeves may one of the most defining trends of the season so far.

Seashells, seashells, seashells

All the coolest new jewelry popping up right now has a nautical theme.

It's time to try out bike shorts

This controversial trend is sweeping Instagram.

Nouveau milkmaid tops

Yes, you’ve probably spotted these tops everywhere this summer, and I’ve dubbed them “nouveau milkmaid tops”.