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Summer Clothes Under $60

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A few readers wrote in asking for suggestions for affordable pieces to wear this summer. So, here are some pretty things for $60 (many under $30), including this trusty shirt, which I wear every other day to the point of awkwardness. Click or tap on the images, if you’d like!

Thoughts? Which shops do you like for affordable items?

P.S. This black dress is pretty, too! I can’t stop!

(Top photo by Lena Corwin/Instagram)

  1. AWESOME. Love a lot of blogs, but get bummed when everything is out of my price range. I know a lot of blogs are aspirational, but tossing in a few articles like this is fantastic. Thanks!

  2. Old Navy has some really great clothing this year. It’s been pretty surprising how great he quality has been on some pieces. I found a dress there that was a linen-cotton blend and it was under $30 and cute.

  3. I’ve seen those side sandals EVERYwhere this summer.. I suppose they are to this season as birkenstocks were to last ;)

  4. MK says...

    Love these, thank you! Would also love a “dressing for your body type” series. For example, I love that maxi dress but will never ever be able to go braless in public like that!

  5. Danielle says...

    Thanks for the affordable collection! I like the hat that goes well with many outfits. I also like the overlay dress that is very flattering.

    http://www.spring2spring.com

  6. I feel like you’re my kindred style spirit. I want to wear that muscle tee and strappy sandal right now. Love every single piece here!

    Danielle | D is for Dreamer

  7. A bunch of comfy, casual clothes, thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been looking for a nice pair of jean shorts!

  8. The muscle tank is amazing! I own quite a few Everlane pieces and love them for their simple designs and great quality. Very easy to mix and match.
    Great post Joanna!

  9. When I clicked on the overlay dress and found out that dress came from Gap, I was speechless! I need to shop at gap for dresses more often!

  10. This post should have just been titled ‘Joanna’s capsule wardrobe’!! Can see you in every item x

  11. Prudence Yeo says...

    Love all the casual chic pieces you picked out especially the sandals! It’s about time I get an aviator sunglasses too!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  12. I think it takes more effort to find cute things that are less expensive. Someone asked me the other day where I find my dresses (I love shift dresses in the summer) and my answer is, “Anywhere I can.” Instead of looking specifically for them, I just seem to always be on the lookout and figure if I find one that fits my needs (and budget) I’m buying it. ASOS is fun to shop on for a range of prices, but my favorites are torn between Uniqlo for everyday and Zara sales for more fun pieces.

  13. I like loft for affordable pieces (and they are 50% off right now!), and waiting until j crew is on double sale. Sometimes old navy.

    PS sweaters in the summer: we don’t live in the same place. That’s a no go here.

    • Emily says...

      I thought the same thing about the sweater & jeans. So cute, but definitely Winter wear in Florida.

    • Mallory Miller says...

      We get the dreaded summertime “morning marine layer” (aka very thick fog every day until 2pm) here in Santa Barbara, CA. Currently wearing my Patagonia fleece pullover. I like that sweater as a more stylish alternative that I can take off once the sun finally comes out. :)

  14. Wowzers! Love the checked dress with converse! What a great idea to wear those in the rain, Joanna! You are one super smart babe! Ha ha, xo!

    Kisses,

    (=’.’=)
    -Lauren
    adorn la femme

  15. Cynthia says...

    I appreciate it when you show some affordable clothes. I usually fall in love with garments beyond my teacher’s salary and budget.

  16. Wendy says...

    i second Tracy’s comment: Do you really hand wash that t-shirt? I bought a knit linen top this spring and find I don’t wear it often because I hate hand washing. Do you have a trick?

  17. Tracy says...

    Do you really hand wash the linen t? That’s usually a deal breaker for me.

    • Allison says...

      I have a linen T-shirt that I wear surprisingly often because it is so cool and comfy in hot sticky weather. Normally I avoid hand wash stuff too (unless it can go in my washer on the hand wash setting), but I think it’s one of those chores that seems worse than it is in this instance. Unlike sweaters which are thick and more work to hand wash, my tshirt takes 5 minutes in a basin in the sink (and that’s mostly “soaking time”). You can do it while you brush your teeth at bedtime.

    • Vivian says...

      I wash mine in a cold wash in the washing machine all the time and they are fine.

  18. Meg says...

    Shopruche.com is my go to for affordable clothes. Great accessories!

  19. I also have a linen stripped tee that I loooove, except mine is navy and white.

  20. Julie says...

    Always love clothing posts here, and this one was an especially nice surprise because I can actually afford most of it for once. Not to say I don’t love looking at the higher-end items…but, appreciate a post about some options for those of us without sponsors or big budgets! Thanks!

  21. Excellent selection! I love the black leather sandals and the floral blouse. I’m always drawn to flowy tops. Cute!

  22. Thao says...

    I love Madewell and have actually been eyeing that Linen Stripe Shirt for a while now. Oh, and the way Ace & Jig does plaid is ridiculously gorgeous. If only my pockets were that deep. =)

  23. Christie says...

    I really love Madewell for summer gear – their items are always well made and they have great sales.

    I find sandals really difficult – too many of the cheap ones don’t last longer than a season, but I also don’t want to spend $100 on sandals when summer doesn’t last long here (Seattle)

    • Check out handmade Greek sandals on etsy! Beautiful, well-made, $40-$50.

  24. Love the floral cotton blouse! It reminds me of my teenage years.

  25. Liz says...

    Jo! Continuing to kill it with these posts. Really into these options.

  26. I have similar denim shorts from Madewell and they are my favorites! I think I’m going to need some Madewell jeans, too. I’m so impressed with how the shorts fit!

  27. Emily says...

    Haha when I saw the photo in smaller, thumbnail view in my feedly I thought it was a man’s head of hair–oops!

  28. I’m with Gillyan – it’s not that more expensive items are necessarily produced more ethically/sustainably (very often they’re not), but when things are very cheap you KNOW somebody’s paying the price, somewhere. There are so many steps involved in producing a garment, so even with things that are sewn in a country with better labor protections, you still have to think about where the fabric was produced and where the raw materials came from. American Apparel have some certified organic cotton basics, and the British/Japanese company People Tree (peopletree.co.uk) has a lot more choice, a thoroughly transparent supply chain, and can be affordable in the sale. It’s worth remembering that although fashion is in no sense a life/death issue for us as consumers, for the producers it unfortunately can be just that.

  29. Sara says...

    Has anyone found the solution of which shoes to wear in the summer when it’s raining? I live in a city and don’t have a car, so I need something that can stand up to walking at least a couple of blocks in heavy rain without being ruined. Wellies are so cumbersome, especially if it’s raining during my morning commute but not in the evening. I thought cheap plastic flip flops were the answer, but I slip on the sidewalk and have trouble keeping them on my feet.

    • Cas says...

      Saltwater sandals are my go to for city walking! They mold to your feet and are meant for the water- plus the straps keep them from sliding around, and no flip up of rainwater as you walk!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      flip flops are so slippery. i spent like two years slipping around nyc and it was the worst. i wear my converse if it’s raining, although then they are damp for the rest of the day. loeffler randall used to have affordable short rainboots that were a GODSEND for this type of day (they looked fine to wear with pants at work, etc.) but they don’t have them anymore. they have this pair, which is nice but just more of a splurge: http://bit.ly/1TDccBH

    • Crocs makes rain boots! My son has used them for multiple years now and they are so light but very durable (they last through NY winters, on a child who wears through shoes quite quickly). Last month I spotted some at a Croc store, but I think they have them online too.

    • Michele says...

      I’m not sure if they make these anymore, but I have a pair of Hunter flats from a couple years back (they look like ballerina flats, but made out of that rubbery Hunter boot material). I really like them for summer in the city when it’s raining because they are totally waterproof and also they protect your toes. I used to hate wearing flip-flops in the rain because in the city when it’s raining, muddy yuck from the sidewalk gets splashed all over your feet. And Hunter boots, while I love them in other seasons, are so hot for the summer! Anyway, I really like them. The only downside is they are not the most comfortable shoes in the world, due to the material I suppose, but they are so small I can keep them in my bag, and they are great for commuting, for example.

    • Sara says...

      Thanks, ladies! So many good recommendations to check out :)

  30. Anna says...

    These are such accessible, wearable, lovely picks! Thanks so much for sharing. I love posts like this.

    Also, I would be very excited to know where you’ve found a few things I’ve seen in your photos recently – most notably the jumpsuit(?) you are wearing in the photo from Monday’s post with Anton sitting on the stairs. It’s such effortlessly beautiful fabric!

    • Liz says...

      Anna, it’s an Ace & Jig playsuit :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! ace and jig.

    • Anna says...

      Ah, of course! Thank you both for your your replies

  31. This is awesome. As a gal in her first professional job post grad school I need some cute style options that don’t break the bank. Thanks so much for sharing!

  32. Gretchen says...

    I love so many of the maxi dresses that I see online, including this one, but one question – what kind of bra do you wear with this? Or do you just forego a bra?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question! this maxi dress is especially tricky — i think your options would be either to wear a pretty bra where you don’t mind if it peeks out, or to wear those sticky bra chicken cutlet things (i wore them on my wedding), if they would work for your body/comfort levels: http://bit.ly/1SnKlD5

  33. Oooh, these are great picks! I’m eyeing that fedora…

  34. Celeste says...

    I love love love the Gap classic leather sandals. I’m wearing them now! (Mine are brown.)

  35. molly says...

    Thanks, Jo! Such a cute collection of affordable pieces! It really is so sweet that you listen to your readers :) I love your blog! Thanks again xo

  36. Gillyan says...

    While I love the look of the items you chose, I wish you would include some options that highlight sustainability and fair working conditions. A company such as Everlane, for example, has very affordable summer basics and would make a much better choice than a store like Gap, whose horrid practices are only too well-known. Just something to think about :)

    • Gillyan says...

      Upon clicking back through, I realize you DID include Everlane. How silly of me not to notice. This’ll teach me to hold my tongue in the future, won’t it? Thanks, guys!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, yes, thank you so much! and thanks for the reminder, as well. really appreciate your note!

    • Claire says...

      I was looking at some old posts on the blog “Reading My Tea Leaves” and the author Erin Boyle highlights brands that promote ethical, sustainable, locally made, and fair wage practices nearly every time she recommends clothing. It’s definitely worth a read, if you’re interested! Here’s the link: http://www.readingmytealeaves.com

  37. Amy Lauree says...

    This is a great round-up of items! I especially like that Old Navy tshirt dress. Their rompers have also been insanely cute this year.

  38. Great picks! I love that Urban Outfitters maxi dress.
    Old Navy has really stepped up their game lately. I have good luck at J.Crew Factory. And Free People has easy-breezy, summer maxis too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      whoa!!! LOVE that tote! great find.

  39. Julie says...

    Thank you, Joanna! I’ve been a longtime reader of your blog and I love that you listen to your readers. These clothes are very summery and pretty. Keep on rocking that shirt, it’s a good look for you!