21 Affordable Shoes and Bags to Buy This Summer

I don't know about you, but I'm a little bit of a creature of habit. When it comes to my day-to-day dressing, I don't mix it up all too much. In fact, you can almost always find me in some sort of T-shirt and jeans. I'll admit sometimes it gets boring. Especially working in fashion, where people around me are constantly setting the tone with new and exciting pieces to try. I've tried, but I just can't seem to give up my tee-and-jeans look. That's why this summer I've decided to challenge myself into mixing it up a bit. And what better way to do that with some fun accessories?

Summer accessories are the best because they're light and easy to swap out for anything so I don't feel like I'm changing my routine all that much. But changing a bag or a shoe here and there actually makes a huge difference to my wardrobe. I didn't quite realize before how these little changes can really impact my whole look. Because there are so many different styles I want to try this summer, I've decided to keep it all affordable so that I can change it up without the guilt.

I've rounded up my favorite under-$250 bags and shoes that I'll be trying this summer. From basket bags to comfortable espadrilles, I'm ready to mix it up a bit. Shop my picks below.

A wrap up espadrille is a summer essential. 

I'm absolutely loving yellow lately. And since I'm a little shy for the yellow dress trend, I'm trying it with this bag instead.

This bag looks like something my grandma would've owned, and I love it.

More yellow! The perfect color for summer.

With a white tee, jeans, and this bag, I'll be set.

You can never go wrong with espadrilles of any kind.

I'll be taking this tote to the beach.

A little tip: White shoes help make you look more tan.

Cult Gaia can do no wrong in my eyes.

I live in sneakers in the summer, and these ones are so cool.

A simple summer sandal for any occasion. 

I've never seen a pair of shoes this color, which is exactly why I need to own them.

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