The 7 Best Summer Basics for Every Budget



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

You'll never get sick of these.

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

It was a good price even before the markdown.

These Amazon bikinis have a cult following.

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

Denim Bermudas are a must for me right now.

I love everything about these but especially the square toe.

Under $100

I'll leave choosing a color to you.

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

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

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

These feel so classic.

Under $150

These will lighten up any look.

Just wait until you see the back.

Why am I so into this?

I own these sandals and truly cannot stop wearing them.

Under $250

You can never go wrong with Ray-Ban.

Honestly, any Reformation dress will do.

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

This brand is a go-to for all things summer.

Under $350

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

Can you ever go wrong with a Staud bag?

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

I would get these before they're gone.

Wear these with everything from dresses to jeans to shorts.

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