S/S 16: Best Pieces on a budget

With summer quickly approaching, everyone’s style will be changing to accommodate for the warmer weather. In this series of articles on this S/S 16 season, I’ll be talking about some of my favourite ways to stand out in the summer. For this article, I’ll be talking about my favourite budget pieces for this summer.

If you’ve been browsing this blog, you may have stumbled across my ‘Unique Clothing Pieces to Make You Stand Out this Summer article. If you have, there’s a good chance you were looking at the pieces I was talking about and thinking “I like these, but they’re way too expensive”. If you were, then this article is for you. I’m going to show some pieces that you can cop for under $50 that’ll still have you standing out from the crowds this summer. Obviously, if you can afford it, it’s better to buy some slightly more expensive, higher quality pieces. However, there is definitely ways to look good for cheap.

If you’re shopping in this price range, then you are probably going to be visiting a lot of fast fashion sites. These sites have hundreds, if not thousands of pages full of clothes to fit everyone’s tastes. Therefore, it can often be difficult to find the perfect pieces for you. That’s why I’ve decided to try and help you out a bit by compiling this list of my favourite statement pieces for this summer that can be had for cheap.

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If you did read the ‘Unique Clothing Pieces to Make You Stand Out this Summer’ article you’ll be fully aware of my infatuation with pants, especially cropped, baggy pants. In this article, I’m showing you that they can be found for pretty cheap. While these may not be the most stand out pants you’ll ever see, they are definitely more interesting than just a typical black pair of jeans. The cargo pockets are a nice touch that give off a slightly militant vibe, and the cropped length allows you to show off your sneakers and let your ankles breathe. Cropped pants are perfect for those people, like me, who don’t like shorts that much. They make it so you can still wear pants, but you can keep a bit cooler in those summer months. For all these reasons, these would make for the perfect summer black pants.

 
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Another pair of pants, but this time they’re a little more interesting. They are in keeping with the cropped, baggy look I love so much, have some super interesting details that will really make them stand out, and they can be had for only $46. This is an amazing price considering I showed of a similar pair of cropped joggers in the ‘Unique Clothing Pieces to Make You Stand Out this Summer’ article that were priced closer to $200. The main feature of these pants is without a doubt the fact that they are separated into two different fabrics, the lightweight linen on the top half, and the polyester & cotton on the bottom half. The linen will keep you cool in the summer, even when it starts getting really hot, and the sweatpant material will keep you cosy and comfortable at all times.

 
Places + Faces Socks

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This may seem like a bit of a strange choice, but hear me out. In the summer, a pair of socks could be a perfect statement piece for someone on an extremely tight budget. Even the most basic summer outfit could be elevated by an interesting pair of socks. The trick it to let them show by cropping your pants or even rocking them with shorts. You don’t need to go out and specifically buy cropped pants though, just roll up a pair of jeans and you’re set. My favourite pair of cropped pants are just some jeans that I rolled up to above my ankles. These socks prove that no matter what your budget is there is always a way to stand out and make a statement.

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I’ve talked a lot about pants in my ‘Unique Clothing Pieces to Make You Stand Out this Summer’ article and in this article but literally all of them have been cropped. Therefore, I thought I’d show you some pants that are a normal length, these white skinny jeans from Asos. I doubt that many guys will be wearing white jeans, but in my opinion, they are perfect for warmer weather. Typically, they are viewed as too feminine, but to be honest none of that matters if you think they are dope. Just rock them with confidence and they’ll make for a sick pair of summer jeans. The main advantage to white jeans as oppose to something like a stonewash is that they are just so much easier to match with. Think about what colours go with white, oh that’s right, all of them.

Nirvana In Utero Band Tee in White

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Or just any band tee for that matter, this one just happens to be my personal favourite. You can find some band tees with some really nice artwork on them for relatively cheap in various different places. Head to the thrift to try and find some with that real vintage vibe, or just buy a reproduction. Rocking one of your favourite artist’s tees adds a certain level of individuality and personality to your outfit. It lets people know a little bit about you before they even meet you. Also, if you get a tee from a relatively obscure band or artist then it can really set you apart

 

Once again, this list was pretty legwear focused, but I just wanted to show you that you can get decent alternatives to those higher end pieces from fast fashion retailers. Money does not equate to good style. Fast fashion can be absolutely brilliant for anyone who doesn’t have the cash to blow on all of the latest designer trend pieces. I’d always recommend getting good quality basics because they will always be in style. However, with statement pieces, often they can just be temporary trends, so if you don’t have a lot of money, it might not be wise to spend a lot on them. I don’t expect everyone to like the pieces I’ve shown off in this list. It’s impossible to cater to everyone because everyone has their own individual style. However, I hope it still inspired you to give some cheaper options a chance this summer.