The 7 Best Summer Basics for Every Budget

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While I’m all about a cool, statement-making piece here and there, the real backbones of any wardrobe—both seasonally and year-round—are undoubtedly the basics. If you don’t have those covered, it’s almost impossible to get dressed, so today, we’re focusing on those summer items that you can’t (and really shouldn’t want to) live without: sunglasses, dresses, bags, bikinis, tanks, shorts, and sandals.

No matter your budget, I’ve got you covered with my pick of the aforementioned pieces at a range of prices. From the $11 tank I’m loving at Nordstrom to the $80 Levi’s shorts I even added to my own cart to the $320 Sleeper dress I would splurge on in a heartbeat, below, you’ll find 35 items I stand behind completely for the months and years ahead. To get started, simply keep scrolling, and then be sure to check out these summer-ready outfits you probably already own

Under $50

Sunglasses:
Dress:

I think I actually gasped out loud when I came across this dress on the Zara site.

Bag:

It was a good price even before the markdown.

Bikini:
Tank:

Sometimes it's nice to switch it up from black and white.

Shorts:

Denim Bermudas are a must for me right now.

Sandals:

I love everything about these but especially the square toe.

Under $100

Sunglasses:
Dress:

It comes in four colors, so don't worry if green isn't your thing.

Bag:

I'm not at all surprised that this is a best seller.

Tank:

I have this tank in black, and now I'm thinking I need it in white, too.

Sandals:

Under $150

Sunglasses:
Sandals:

I own these sandals and truly cannot stop wearing them.

Under $250

Dress:

Honestly, any Reformation dress will do.

Bikini:

There's a reason this brand has a cult following.

Under $350

Sunglasses:

These sunglasses are a favorite among the fashion set and for good reason.

Bag:
Tank:

Just because you can spend up to $350 on a tank doesn't mean you need to!

Sandals:

Wear these with everything from dresses to jeans to shorts.

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