Trend Spotting: Summer Looks for Less

Since it’s already the middle of May (how did that happen?), we thought we’d give you a quick fashion fix for the summer season. Here are a few stylish staples you can incorporate into your wardrobe and still afford that trip to the seaside.

White Hot

White jeans are having their moment in the sun. Designer denim brands including J Brand, Joe’s Jeans and rag & bone feature styles in the bright hue. If you’re daring enough to don the look, head to Old Navy, where you’ll scoop a pair of their Cropped Skinny Boyfriend Jean for just $29.99.

Pick a Print

Bold prints are everywhere this season, and we think they look especially good on accessories, where they add an eye-catching accent but don’t overwhelm an entire look. Target has a huge selection of printed handbags, totes and clutches from $5, guaranteed to score you major fashion points.

White Meet Black

Black and white have never looked better together, and long dresses are once again ruling the runway. We love this patterned dress, just $19.95 from H&M, because of its flattering, elegant cut, and because it works equally well on the beach, at the neighbor’s BBQ or at your favorite date spot.

Snake Charmer

A pair of flashy sandals makes a winning addition to any summer wardrobe, and these snake print flats from Dolce Vita are no exception. Throw them on with your brand new white jeans (see above) and a patterned tank for a casual cool look. At $39.99 from, you can't afford not to buy them. 

Earn Your Stripes

Nothing says “summer” quite like sailor stripes, and this cardigan, $39.50 from J.Crew Factory, puts a new twist on the trend. The versatile top comes in a bright orange (shown) as well as a light blue. Consider it the consummate summer essential.  

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