15 Affordable Trends Every Fashion Girl Will Try This Summer

With summer just a month away, you may be craving a little sartorial newness to add to your wardrobe—bring on the floatier fabrics, shorter hemlines, and open toes! While many of us will remain mostly at home throughout the summer months this year due to the current circumstances, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy some guilt-free retail therapy with a few of this season’s must-have, affordable pieces to get us in the summertime spirit.

So what trends will fashion girls be wearing this summer? From long shorts to raffia bags, crochet fabrics, and sporty sandals, below we’re sharing the key pieces worth adding to your wardrobe this season. These picks are not only entirely "on trend” but also under $100. Cheers to that and to a relaxing summer ahead.

Long Shorts


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Long tailored shorts and suit shorts had a major moment on the S/S 20 runways and will unquestionably add a touch of sophistication to your basics.


Crew Socks


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You can't scroll your Insta feed for a minute without seeing a cool fashion girl sporting this season's must-have Nike crew socks. The trend shows no signs of slowing down for summer.


Raffia Bag


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Handbags made of natural textures such as straw, wicker, and raffia add a French-girl charm to your summer looks. This season, we're seeing the affordable trend come in polished iterations such as leather-trimmed raffia bags and structured silhouettes.


BIllowy White Dress


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This summer, it's all about ethereal white dresses in fabrics that billow in the summer wind. Whether you go for a maxi-length voluminous silhouette or a vintage-inspired lace nightgown, this is a carefree and comfortable trend to wear in and out of the house.




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Crochet is trending for summer 2020, playing into the prevalent '70s trend this season. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable crochet options out there. Try a playful top, dress, or matching set for a free-spirited summer look.


A Pop of Orange


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There are several color trends bubbling up for summer, but we particularly love the mood-boosting fiery orange hues that are infiltrating our favorite retailers. The color was seen all over the S/S 20 runways from dresses to bags.


'70s Sunglasses


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One of the biggest sunglasses trends this season is '70s retro styles. Pair with a graphic tee and headscarf for a cool summer look.


Ribbed Knit Tank Top


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You'd be hard-pressed to get through summer without a chic white tank top to pair with everything from your denim shorts to your floral midi skirts. This season, they're having a huge resurgence with elevated details such as ribbed knit fabrics and high necklines.


High-Waisted Bikini


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Fashion girls continue to show their unwavering love for retro bikinis and high-waisted bottoms. H&M and Madewell have some excellent affordable options.


Flatform Sporty Sandals


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Aside from trending flip-flops, sporty flatform sandals are one of our favorite trends this summer. Not only are the chunky sandals super comfortable, but they also look seriously cool with everything from sweatshorts to floral frocks.


Puff Sleeves


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Pretty puff-sleeve blouses are the romantic and playful piece your summer wardrobe needs. Fashion girls can't get enough.


Bike Shorts


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Bike shorts are having a major moment this season, and whether you opt for a classic black pair or a pop of color (as seen on the runways), there are endless ways you can style the sporty staple this summer.




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Fashion girls are loving the nostalgic '60s look of bandanas and silk scarves tied as headscarves. Opt for a bold printed piece to pair with your statement sunglasses. 



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Gold and silver chain-link collar necklaces continue to reign supreme as the fashion-girl jewelry of choice to style over tanks, tees, and dresses.


Baseball Hat


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While you can certainly have your straw hat at the ready, fashion girls continue to show their love for trending baseball hats—adding a dose of cool to every warm-weather outfit. The best part? You probably already own one.


Up next, 15 under-$100 key items to invest in this summer.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.