TBH I'm Bored of Basics—These 20 Affordable Statement Items Have My Attention

From ribbed tanks and vintage denim to T-shirts and leggings, my closet has no shortage of basics. Don't get me wrong: I love each and every one of them. Basics have been particularly practical while I've been working from home these past couple of months, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't ready for a change—a bolder, brighter change. There may not be a beach day or vacation in my near future, but that doesn't mean I want to give up on my summer wardrobe altogether. Not one bit.

As the weeks go on, I'm gravitating more and more toward statement apparel and accessories. While my idea of a statement piece has definitely changed in the current times—it's more about a fun color or print, than a luxurious fabric, for example—this wardrobe category really is keeping the summer spirit alive for me. The picks below are the current items I'm coveting. Oh, and by the way, they're all fairly affordable, with price tags no higher than $155.


It isn't summer without a colorful crop top.

Polka dots. Puffy sleeves. Corset bodice. Need I say more?

This top will make all of your basic tanks jealous.

Fruit prints always make me feel like I'm on vacation.


Statement dress



I would like to thank the designer of this $35 puffy-sleeve dress.

It's always exciting to find an under-$100 Reformation dress, and this one's tropical print really caught my eye.

Does this tie-dye print look like clouds, or is it just me?


Statement pants



Pair this with your favorite basic top.

Everyone on your Zoom calls will want to know where these jeans are from.

Why have one print when you can have three?

Perfect for frolicking in a field (alone of course).


For all those Zoom and IGTV workouts you've been doing.

The perfect little summer bag to wear with all of your LBDs.

Exchange your neutral sandals for a pastel or neon pair.