5 Summer Basics You Can Buy Cheap and Wear for Years

We tend to think that fashion investments are synonymous with items we’ve bought on the more expensive side, but I’ve come to learn in my many shopping experiences that that’s far from the case. I can’t even count how many of my favorite wardrobe basics were purchased for less than $100 (or even less than $50) and have stayed in my good graces for not just several seasons, but years.

To prove it, today, I’ve gone ahead and rounded up 20 such staples for summer that are not only affordable but are also good enough to bring back into your rotation year after year. With these accessible prices from our very own Who What Wear collection, you can grab all the pieces you'll need this summer. To get inspired, all you have to do is start scrolling.

1. Skirts

Affordable Summer Basics



Whether you're partial to minis, midis, maxis, or all three, the skirt is crucial to beating the heat summer after summer. 

2. Tops

The search for summery tops often feels like a never-ending one, which is why whenever I stumble across an affordable style (or four), I stock up. 

3. Sandals

While every year does come with a fresh crop of trendy sandals to try, I often find that I end up falling back on favorites from seasons past. 

4. Dresses

Affordable Summer Basics



I'm not much of a dress person, but even I have accepted that nothing makes looking cute while staying cool easier than a breezy frock, so I've started collecting them over the years.

5. Shorts

Affordable Summer Basics



You bet I saved the best for last. While shorts are always a summer staple, this year, they're a strong favorite of the among the fashion set, and I don't foresee that changing for a while.