If Your Summer Aesthetic Is Classy, These Under-$75 Staples Belong In Your Cart


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If you know me, you know I love a chic neutral summer outfit. Now that the weather is warming up, all my favorite retailers have embraced the elevated French-style playbook that has become my personal style uniform every time the heat rises in New York City. While I'm a kitschy maximalist at heart, I constantly rely on my slew of expensive-looking basics and elevated silhouettes that have me getting more compliments than I know what to do with. Yes, I'm talking about the quiet-luxury movement.

While subdued basics and timeless cuts have long been favorites here at Who What Wear long before Sophie Richie became Sophie Richie Grainge, the adoption of white, khaki, black, and gold into our summer outfit roster is becoming more and more prevalent now that I've spent hours searching for the best affordable summer staples. Don't believe you can get a cool-girl-approved look without spending an arm and leg? Keep scrolling for the best affordable summer staples that might change your mind.

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Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)