14 Summer Essentials to Buy on the Cheap

Bright Clutches

You'll wear it with your white eyelet dress to a barbecue and your bright blue dress to a July wedding, but you probably won't want to wear it the other 8 months of the year, so don't splurge on it.

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.