Summer fashion trends under $100
Dresses: C & C California
Laid-back and lush, summer is the season to play with fashion trends and leave the serious stuff for fall. We’ve gathered all the fresh looks at refreshingly affordable prices so you can indulge your inner frugal fashionista. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing | C & C California
The coolest frocks for the hottest part of the year show off lots of color and pattern, as well as skin. C & C California specializes in quality-made, trend-savvy dresses in cuts crafted for summer: Tank, maxi and halter styles sizzle when the sun shines.
Bing | Mossimo
Exclusive to Target, the Mossimo label is famous for translating trends into wearable – and affordable – attire. Their collection of soft and sweet summer dresses could easily fit into an “under $50” roundup, too, as this brand is among the most budget-friendly we’ve seen.
Bing | Caslon
Caslon exudes a definite high-end air with designs that lean toward minimalist (i.e., wardrobe workhorses), adding trend touches that never seem too outlandish: You’ll get more mileage out of their carefully curated collection of summer dresses, and pay way less than if you picked up a designer’s three-figure frock.
Bing | ASOS
ASOS is hot, and in more ways than one. The UK-based online retailer is mega-popular worldwide, offering U.S customers free shipping and returns of its bargain-beautiful merchandise. This inventory sizzles, too: An emphasis on sexy and stylish equals tons of trend-right dresses to spice up your summer.
Tops: Free People
Bing | Free People
Boho-beautiful blouses top the trend list at the hip label Free People. And while not exactly free, the tops on tap for summer are refreshingly well-priced for what you get. That would include: cotton-blend gypsy blouses for the boho vibe, silky sheer tops to rock the transparency trend and cute candy-colored tees.
Tops: Charlotte Russe
Bing | Charlotte Russe
A favorite of younger fashionistas, the Charlotte Russe line brings street trends to market sometimes faster than couture masters can parade ’em on the runways. Charlotte’s your girl for all things summer casual, including lacy sleeveless tops, crochet numbers, chambray shirts and sexy, date-worthy corset tops.
Bing | Roxy
Summertime means sun, surf and sand, and no other clothing label matches this mood better than Roxy. Its laid-back (and inexpensive) tanks capture the endless summer vibe perfectly. Or add a retro message tee to a pair of denim skinnies and a trim blazer to attain trendanista status.
Tops: Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Bing | Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Need something this summer on the sophisticated side of things, but don’t want to drop a mortgage payment on it? Famed American designer Ralph Lauren’s diffusion line, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, offers blouses featuring the same timeless silhouettes and attention to detail as tops going for three times the price.
Bottoms: RACHEL Rachel Roy skirts
Bing | RACHEL Rachel Roy skirts
A diffusion line that melds trend appeal with season-spanning versatility, RACHEL Rachel Roy features kicky little skirts that go from desk to dinner and drinks in two distinct shapes: pencil-skirt slim or A-line flirty. Both silhouettes get prettified with seasonal florals, pastel shades or bright lace overlays.
Bottoms: MICHAEL Michael Kors jeans
Bing | MICHAEL Michael Kors jeans
Designer jeans can be stratospherically pricey (basically costing an arm and both legs), but there’s no reason to blow your entire summer clothing budget on one pair, especially if you want to rock the newest denim trends (white, distressed, boyfriend). Beloved designer Michael Kors proves the price is nice with his diffusion line denim.