21 Cool-But-Cheap Summer Finds I Would Trade In My Basics For

It’s no secret that when it comes to shopping for clothing, I’m undeniably partial towards basics. In fact, I own more seemingly simple essentials than I’d like to admit, spanning every category from tees and tanks to jeans and sweaters—all, of course, in classic colors and nearly no prints.

That said, even I would be remiss to not acknowledge the allure of a simply cool statement piece, and especially an attractively priced one. If I’m finally starting to speak your language, then you’re in for a real treat because today, with a little help from our Who What Wear collection, I’ve rounded up 21 such pieces all under $50. From dresses at every hemline to statement tops and the matching bottoms to go with them, below you’ll find everything one could possibly want for a summer-into-fall wardrobe that stands out rather than blending in. To get started shopping (and take in some styling inspo along the way) just keep scrolling.

I'm pretty sure the matching set is the summer outfit to beat—not that it's possible.

Having dress envy? Don't worry, it can be yours for less than $40.

I love how this loose, tiered silhouette pairs with the thin, shoulder-tie straps.

Another matching set to add to your wish list (or wardrobe).

Sadly-but-unsurprisingly, this exact style has sold out, but linked below is a similar frock I think you'll still love.

This look is making me wonder how I never owned a polka-dot mini-dress before...

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