With things starting to slowly open up again, it feels like our fashion options continue to get better and better. Fashion brands essentially have two summers' worth of designs in the vault, and I'm personally ready to get back to serving looks and making up for the panini year spent inside. Urban Outfitters has been hitting the mark lately with great finds in every category, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on my package to start building my summer 2021 looks. Of the 14 items I tried, these eight both fit well and have already inspired several new looks, and are securing their spots in my summer 2021 starter pack. You'll see that these pieces also work well together, which is a testament to their versatility. That’s my type—that’s my type!
Keep scrolling to see my picks from Urban Outfitters, including how to creatively style them to get the most out of each piece. Commitment issues? Don’t worry—I got you. Everything is under $100 so you can try the trend without having to commit entirely. I’ve already received several compliments on these pieces and know they will sell out faster than Choco Tacos on a sunny day.
Photo:@banniakabread; STYLING: iets frans… Strapless Romper ($44); H&M Jacket ($35); Nike Sneakers ($300)
This terrycloth sleeveless romper is such a retro classic and is super comfortable. When I first saw it, I knew I wanted to try to dress it up a bit so I chose to pair it with a blazer, a baseball hat, and tennis shoes for a very L.A. lunch look. You also easily wear it alone as a bikini coverup or to the roller rink if you're feeling adventurous. I'm wearing a size medium, but I'd size up for a bit more space.
I've never been one for baseball, but the hats I can get down with. Whether you want to be incognito or your outfit needs a little oomph, baseball hats are usually the right answer. Lately, I've been seeing them worn with formal trousers, button-downs, and blazers to make the look more casual and playful.
Photo:@banniakabread; STYLING: Urban Outfitters Heatwave Halter Top ($39); H&M Cableknit Sweater; Urban Outfitters Stassi Kitten Heel ($49)
Have you ever fallen in love at first sight? That was me when I first saw these jeans. The rip at the thigh is such a fresh departure from the ripped knees that we're used to. I'm sure this style will be everywhere very soon, take note! I'm going to wear these with all my crop tops during the day, and with chunky knit sweaters as we transition into the other seasons. I'm wearing a size 27, which fits just right.
Photo:@banniakabread; STYLING: Urban Outfitters Aster Sunglasses ($16); Mejuri Croissant Dôme Hoops ($75)
Okay, this top is everything! Halter tops are my favorite crop top style of the season (yes, crop tops are an entire category of clothing these days), and this classic shape will go with everything and help blur existing tan lines. I usually have a hard time finding tops supportive enough to wear without a bra, but the stretchy material on this one makes it a dream. In fact, I'm getting one in every color they make. I'm a 34D and the size small fits great.
First things first, Alexa, please play Sisqó's "Thong Song." I have to admit I was a little hesitant to adopt the thong-sandals trend, but I'm fully sold after trying these on. They go great with everything and feel more low-key than other heels because ultimately, you're wearing flip-flops. I'm wearing my regular size 8.
Photo:@banniakabread; STYLING: Amazon 5'' Biker Shorts ($20); Amazon 10-pack Cotton Headbands ($13); Urban Outfitters Stassi Kitten Heel ($49)
Recently, we've seen a resurgence of '70s retro trends, and the sleeveless polo is another to add to the list. I'm replacing my white tanks with this style top to add more of a polished look. This one is super stretchy and soft, and I love how it cuts a bit higher on the sides. The size small fits nicely.
I will never get enough floral prints because they always present opportunities to pair with different colors in your wardrobe. This retro floral skirt would go with the oranges, blues, and pinks in your closet. I couldn't resist pairing it with SZA merch that happens to have the same color palette. The plissé fabric is super breathable and isn't restrictive at all, which I really appreciate especially in the summer. I'm wearing a size medium, which fits a bit loose around the waist, but I'm happy with that.
Photo:@banniakabread; STYLING: Armande Single Puff Longsleeve Top; Amazon Rectangle Sunglasses ($13); Nike Sneakers ($300)
Sports shorts have easily surpassed any other style of shorts in my hierarchy of needs. Lucky for us, they are appearing in every color, print, and shape in time for this summer's hot-girl agenda. These bright-pink Adidas shorts have ruching along both pockets, which adds some convertibility to the shape. They are made from quick-dry material and lovingly include spacious pockets. The size small provides enough space without sacrificing fit.