14 Summer Essentials to Buy on the Cheap

Basic Sandals

Don't worry about treating your wear-with-everything sandals too preciously. If they're going to get wet from summer thunderstorms or pool splashes or salty ocean water, they're going to be cracked and warped by September, so just buy cheap ones. You'll have more fun in them.

Digital Fashion Writer

There are things you end up buying every single summer. A new pair of brown sandals, another striped t-shirt: they're the inevitables. Still, as easy as those purchases are to legitimize—hot weather demands them, no?—you really don't need to spend a ton of cash on them every time. Instead, opt for more affordable versions of those summer essentials, like these ones below. Each item's under $100, and most are under $50 or even $20, so you won't have to feel guilty for those purchases you were totally gonna make anyway. (And even better, you can buy a bunch of them in bulk.) Click through above to shop them all.