24 Casual & Affordable Summer Fashion Must Haves

Style expert, journalist and fashion blogger Candie Anderson of candieanderson.com has the scoop on 24 of the best casual summer fashion must haves for women. They're trendy and affordable.

 

 

If there’s ever been a year where I’ve donated more clothing than ever, it’s definitely 2021. My body changed quite a bit over the last year, the jeans I loved no longer fit, and I have gone through and updated my wardrobe countless times over the last six months or so. I started getting rid of sentimental pieces I’ve held onto for years, items that are on trend that no longer fit and that’s just the beginning. One of the best things about clearing out one’s closet and starting fresh is it gives you the excuse to shop for new pieces to love! I have purchased quite a few casual summer fashion favorites that I adore and continue to wear time and time again! 

This year I started wearing shorts more often and I’m so glad I did! I found three pairs I absolutely adore and I know I will wear them for years to come. This Amazon dress is the one I live in on hot summer days when the temps hit above 100 degrees. I finally found a pair of polarized sunglasses I love last week. They’re under $100 and make my eyes feel so much better after sitting at a screen all day or outside in this smokey weather. I also purchased quite a few t-shirts that are now on sale! I plan on wearing them into fall and 2022 as well.

With that being said, today, I’m excited to share 23 trendy casual summer fashion favorites! I hope you love them as much as I do.

 

Trendy and Affordable Tank Tops I LOVE

Ribbed tank tops are a hot summer fashion trend! I love this style and think it looks great with high-waisted denim jeans, shorts, and skirts. I purchased this BP. Crop Ribbed Tank Top in black and fell in love instantly. In fact, love it so much that I also ordered it in white and gray. This tank is only $10 with free shipping! It’s an absolute must. I highly recommend ordering it in all colors as you’ll wear it time and time again. The fit is great and the quality is fantastic! PS: I’m just shy of 5’3 and this top is not cropped on me. It hits at the waist!

BP. Crop Ribbed Tank Black summer fashion favorites
BP. Crop Ribbed Tank Black

 

 

I purchased this must have Zella Energy Tank Top in the color green moss in June and I adore it! It comes in quite a few different colors and is the perfect workout/casual tank for summer. This great sleeveless top is only $25! I love that it keeps me cool once the temps hit 90 degrees and above.

Zella Energy Tank Black casual summer fashion
Zella Energy Tank Black

 

 

The Best T-Shirts Under $50 For Summer

I have always loved this shade of green. I always get compliments when I wear it, so when I stumbled on this Zella Method Rib Crop T-Shirt in green moss I knew I had to have it. This cute short sleeve shirt comes in three different colors and is only $39 with free shipping! This top looks great with athletic shorts, denim shorts, and skirts! It’s perfect for working out and is also a great casual t-shirt for every day! For reference when I wear it with high-waisted denim, my midriff doesn’t show. It just depends on what you pair it with!

Zella Method Rib Crop T-Shirt Green Moss summer fashion
Zella Method Rib Crop T-Shirt Green Moss

 

 

I purchased this pretty Everleigh Knot Sleeve T-Shirt about four months ago in the color olive and quickly became obsessed! Like many of the items, I featured today, once I purchase something I love in one color I have to purchase it in multiple colors! I now own this dressy puff sleeve/knot sleeve shirt in light gray and dusty blue as well. It looks great with joggers, denim shorts, print shorts, jeans, and skirts! This shirt will definitely be worn on repeat all summer and into fall as well. It’s currently on sale (40% off!!) and less than $24 with free shipping!

Everleigh Knot Sleeve T-Shirt Olive Green summer fashion favorites
Everleigh Knot Sleeve T-Shirt Olive Green

 

 

I’m hooked on twist-front t-shirts this year and have purchased a few! I bought this Velvet Melli Tee during the Shopbop Sale. This cute light pink top is one of my summer fashion favorites. It really elevates the most basic outfit! This top is currently on sale and deeply discounted!

Velvet Melli Tee Auburn summer fashion
Velvet Melli Tee Auburn

 

 

After falling in love with the twist front t-shirt I featured above, I knew I had to add more to my collection! I recently wore this Bobi Light Weight Jersey Tee in the color heather grey on the blog and I’m head over heels in love with it. It’s trendy, affordable, and only $44 with free shipping! This t-shirt looks great with denim jeans, shorts, and my favorite workout shorts.

Bobi Light Weight Jersey Tee Heather Grey summer fashion must haves
Bobi Light Weight Jersey Tee Heather Grey

 

 

Madewell t-shirts have long been a favorite! I’ve worn their soft Whisper t-shirt for about seven years and I’m still in love with this style. It is under $20, comes in quite a few colors, is perfect for every day, and washes well!

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee Heather Mercury Gray women summer fashion favorites
Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee Heather Mercury

 

 

Graphic T-Shirts I’ve Worn All Summer

I love classic rock, especially AC/DC. This Chaser AC/DC Back In Black Tee has been in constant rotation this season and is definitely one I will wear into fall and winter with jackets and blazers!

Chaser AC/DC Back in Black Tee Faded Black summer fashion
Chaser AC/DC Back in Black Tee Faded Black

 

 

I can’t get enough of this white Daydreamer Beverly Hills Girlfriend Tee! It’s ideal for the prepster, the Rodeo Drive fan, and fashion lover. I wanted to feature it earlier this year, but it was completely sold out. As of right now, there is only one size left, so I’m hoping it will be restocked in all sizes. Fingers crossed! It looks great with shorts, tennis skirts, and jeans! It’s the perfect graphic tee.

Daydreamer Beverly Hills Girlfriend Tee Vintage White Rodeo Drive summer fashion
Daydreamer Beverly Hills Girlfriend Tee Vintage White

 

 

Anine Bing graphic t-shirts and sweatshirts are more popular than ever! If you’re looking for a great graphic shirt that you can wear this summer, fall, and into fall, look no further than this Anine Bing Tiger Tee. It’s nearly sold out at various retailers, but is in full stock at Revolve!

Anine Bing Tiger Tee Black summer fashion shirts
Anine Bing Tiger Tee Black

 

 

Preppy Sweatshirts For Cool Summer Nights

Preppy crewneck sweatshirts are more popular than ever! I featured my favorite sweatshirts in bubblegum pink recently on the blog and had to share them again since I wear them when the weather is cool. This must-have light pink Hamptons sweatshirt is actually from the men’s department, but I don’t mind! I have fallen more in love with tennis recently, and when I spotted this sweatshirt I knew I had to have it. Tenniscore is everything in the world of fashion and this trendy and affordable sweatshirt is a must. It’s only $39.99 with free shipping. PS: The brand’s Santa Monica Tennis Sweatshirt is currently part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and is under $30! It’s beyond fab as well.

Philcos Men's Hamptons Tennis Club Sweatshirt Pink Pigment Dye summer fashion favorites
Philcos Men’s Hamptons Tennis Club Sweatshirt Pink Pigment Dye

 

 

I fell in love with this bubblegum pink Departure Beverly Hills Sweatshirt earlier this year and I’m so glad I purchased it! This fab crewneck has sold out numerous times and is currently available for pre-order. It’s perfect for the student heading back to class, is a must for running errands, walking your dog or your next vacation! This cute sweatshirt looks great with jogger pants, leggings, shorts, and jeans.

Departure Beverly Hills Sweatshirt Pink summer fashion
Departure Beverly Hills Sweatshirt Pink

 

 

My Favorite Shorts For Summer

Before the summer ends I definitely want to feature a few of my favorite workout clothes! This year I have really started to enjoy working out more – whether it’s walking more or doing Youtube exercise videos! I am definitely just a novice in this department, but after reading Atomic Habits I’ve learned to appreciate that! I’m taking baby steps so I don’t get overwhelmed. These great Zella Aero Shorts come in a few different colors, but I purchased them in classic black. I absolutely adore them and wear them all the time whether I’m working out, running errands, or working in the garden which is actually quite the workout.

These cute shorts have a zip pocket in the back and a brief liner and are only $39 with free shipping. Ladies, I highly recommend them and have featured them in the Candie Anderson Shop for months. Have you had a chance to check out the Shop? I highly recommend it! I switch it up a few times a year and feature items I adore and are beloved by many!

Zella Aero Shorts Black summer fashion
Zella Aero Shorts Black

 

 

The Most Popular Denim Shorts For Summer

Agolde denim shorts have been a hot summer fashion trend for years now and are more popular than ever! I have owned the Agolde Parker Shorts for a few years now and had to go up a size this summer. I purchased them in my favorite wash which is called swapmeet, I also bought them in white AKA “tissue.” They look great with crop tees, graphic shirts, tank tops and that’s just the beginning. You can dress them up or down. They are perfect for backyard barbecues, running errands, vacationing, baseball games, and more.

AGOLDE Parker Vintage Cutoff Shorts Tissue white summer fashion favorites
AGOLDE Parker Vintage Cutoff Shorts Color Tissue

 

 

Bloomingdale’s has a great selection of Agolde Parker shorts in a variety of colors! I bought the AGOLDE Parker Cutoff Denim Shorts in their popular “swapmeet” wash and I’m obsessed. This is my second pair in this color, and I adore them. They pair well with casual tops, t-shirts, short cardigans, and sweatshirts.

AGOLDE Parker Cutoff Denim Shorts Swapmeet summer fashion
AGOLDE Parker Cutoff Denim Shorts Swapmeet

 

 

My Favorite Straight Leg Jeans

This grand millennial still loves her skinny jeans but has also added straight-leg jeans to the mix! 😉  Agolde has quickly become one of my favorite denim brands! I adore their Jamie and Riley jeans. The length is perfect for my nearly 5 foot 3 frame! I have a short torso and long legs so it can be a struggle to find high waisted denim that actually fits. I can’t get enough of their Riley High Rise Straight Crop Jeans, especially the distressing and holes.

AGOLDE Riley High Rise Straight Crop Jeans Clear Skies summer fashion
AGOLDE Riley High Rise Straight Crop Jeans Clear Skies 

 

My Favorite Amazon Dress

I’m a sucker for a great black dress! During the chilly spring months, I started seeing this popular ruffled Kirundo Summer Dress pop up everywhere on Instagram and it looked so great on every influencer who featured it that I knew I had to give it a try! It is the best voluminous dress I’ve found. I will admit it is a bit wide, but it is so cool and lightweight. I have enjoyed wearing it this summer, it’s been a hot one! This cute dress is under $35 with free shipping, comes in multiple colors and prints!

KIRUNDO Women’s Summer Dress Black summer fashion Amazon
KIRUNDO Women’s Summer Dress Black

 

 

Must Have Summer Accessories

My eyes have really bothered me this summer. As a migraine sufferer, I learned that I need to wear polarized sunglasses. I own quite a few designer pairs of sunglasses and automatically thought they were polarized due to the price. Boy was I wrong! They were all non-polarized. I started doing research and learned that Diff sunglasses are polarized. Nordstrom carries them so I started shopping online for the perfect pair. I fell in love instantly with their popular Dana sunglasses in this classic tortoiseshell. These gorgeous cat-eye sunglasses are under $100 and are an absolute must!

It only took a few days for the sunglasses to get here and I have been obsessed ever since. They are lightweight, extremely comfortable, don’t slide off and my eyes feel a million times better! I had seen ads for Diff sunglasses on Instagram for years but didn’t pay attention. I sure wish I had long ago, I’m in love with them!

DIFF Dana 55mm Polarized Cat Eye Sunglasses Amber Tortoise Grey summer fashion favorites
DIFF Dana 55mm Polarized Cat Eye Sunglasses Amber Tortoise Grey

 

 

I love earrings, especially budget-friendly earrings that I don’t have to worry about if I lose them! I live in my Amazon earrings and decided to purchase these beautiful Shashi Bliss Earrings with faux diamonds and faux pearls a few months ago. I wear these beautiful and affordable earrings all the time! They look much more expensive than they are and are perfect for every day, the office, date night, wedding season, and more! My ears are very sensitive. I have a hard time finding earrings that won’t irritate my ears, and love that these beauties are 18k gold-filled silver. They’re under $40 with fast and free shipping! I plan on wearing them throughout the year!

SHASHI Bliss Earrings Gold Pearl summer fashion
SHASHI Bliss Earrings Gold Pearl

 

I purchased this Lele Sadoughi Faux Leather Knotted Headband in matte black in January and have been obsessed ever since. As someone who suffers from headaches, this is the only headband brand I can wear without pain! I now own it in leopard print and have one in black velvet with faux pearls. Lele Sadoughi headbands are the best headbands I’ve ever had! I wear mine when working out, in the garden or just want my hair out of my face.

Lele Sadoughi FAUX LEATHER KNOTTED HEADBAND IN MATTE BLACK summer fashion accessories
Lele Sadoughi FAUX LEATHER KNOTTED HEADBAND IN MATTE BLACK

 

My Favorite Shoes Under $200

If this post featured shoes over $200, I would have certainly featured my Golden Goose sneakers and Dior Dways since I wear them all the time! Today, I’m excited to share four pairs of shoes that I’ve bought over the last few months that I wear constantly! First up are these must have Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 Running Shoes in white with leopard print! I love leopard print and fell in love with them instantly. I wear these shoes when I’m working out indoors since I would hate to ruin them. Since I live in the country and there is dust and dirt everywhere, I can’t get these beauties dirty! 😉

This is my third pair of React Flyknit sneakers and I know it won’t be my last. They are so comfortable. I have been walking a lot more this year, I try my best to exceed my step count daily and I can always tell when I don’t wear these shoes as I have aches and pains. They are the comfiest sneakers I own! I find them to be true to size. I just wish they came in black with leopard print as I would scoop them up right now!

 

 

NIKE React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 Running Shoe Platinum Black Wheat Bone white leopard print summer fashion under $200
NIKE React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 Running Shoe Platinum Black Wheat Bone

 

 

These trendy Marc Fisher LTD Reanna Slide Sandals come in a few different colors including this beautiful neutral shade called macaroon leather! I am so glad I purchased them, they really elevate any casual summer outfit! They are definitely one of my trendy and affordable summer fashion favorites. These beautiful sandals are $120 and are beloved by many! PS: I found them on sale in a few colors at Bloomingdale’s, you’ll definitely want to check those out if you love bright colors!!

Marc Fisher LTD Reanna Slide Sandal Macaroon Leather summer fashion
Marc Fisher LTD Reanna Slide Sandal Macaroon Leather

 

 

If you’re searching for a trendy and affordable pair of pool slides look no further than Freedom Moses Two Band Slides! They’re comfortable, waterproof, and only $50! I planted pumpkins about a month and a half ago and I am constantly getting wet when I water them. Thankfully I don’t have to worry about ruining my shoes when I wear these when watering! They’re the best and comes in a wide array of colors and prints including my favorite – leopard print!

Freedom Moses Moses Two Band Slides Wildcat Sands summer fashion
Freedom Moses Moses Two Band Slides Color/Print Wildcat Sands

 

 

Revolve is one of my favorite places to shop online for trendy casual fashion favorites throughout the year! One of these days I’ll have to do an entire blog post on items I love from this fabulous online boutique! If you’re searching for a trendy and affordable pair of open-toe slippers you can’t go wrong with these must have Flora Nikrooz Victoria Teddy Criss Cross Slippers. They come in tons of colors and a few prints. I purchased them in you guessed it – leopard print! They are so comfy, cozy and only $20 with free shipping! I wear them when I get up in the morning while putting on makeup, and before bed. I love them!

Flora Nikrooz Victoria Teddy Criss Cross Slipper Color Print Kayla summer fashion favorites
Flora Nikrooz Victoria Teddy Criss Cross Slipper Color Print Kayla

 

 

 

Style expert, journalist and fashion blogger Candie Anderson of candieanderson.com has the scoop on 24 of the best casual and affordable summer fashion favorites. You'll love the tops, dresses, accessories, jewelry, shorts, denim shorts, jeans, sneakers, sandals, slippers and more!

 

 

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