Summer, is that really you?! Yes, the warm weather is finally around the corner. And that can only mean one thing: You need a wardrobe refresh for the sunny days ahead. But spending (and spending, and spending) on mega-trendy items that will only get a little fashion-based love isn’t the smartest money move when doing seasonal shopping. Instead, you need simple summer wardrobe essentials you’ll turn to time and time again as your foundational warm-weather pieces.
Luckily, Nordstrom Rack is brimming with summer style essentials at seriously low prices. Many are classic items that won’t break the bank — and they’ll keep you looking your best all summer long. Think white tees, maxi dresses and, yes, flip-flops.
When it comes to summer wardrobe essentials, here are five must-have pieces you need in your closet this year. The best part? All are under $50 at Nordstrom Rack. Go ahead — scoop up all five without feeling guilty. Your entire cart will total under $160!
1. Madewell Vintage Crew Neck Cotton T-Shirt, $16.97 (Orig. $19.50)
A simple white tee is a versatile and endlessly essential wardrobe addition any time of the year. This pick by Madewell has all the making of a great, classic white T-shirt. This 100% cotton tee features a crewneck, relaxed sleeves and a just-right length that will have you reaching for it again and again.
2. Havaianas Slim Logo Flip-Flops, $19.97 (Orig. $30)
A pair of causal flip-flops make for quintessential summer footwear. A solid pair of flip-flops can take you from the beach to the boardwalk or from errands to a casual evening out. Brazilian brand Havaianas is a noted name in sandals, creating top-quality flip-flops that will actually last well beyond one summer. Of course, the most “essential” flip-flop color is a versatile black hue. But Havaianas also come in glitter hues, iridescent colorways and more — all under $20 at Nordstrom Rack
3. Caslon Classic Denim Jacket, $39.97 (Orig. $74)
On a windy day or a chilly summer night, a denim jacket is a lightweight go-to that adds an extra layer between you and the elements. This all-around-perfect pick by Caslon is ideal for summer. It has a slim cut that will work with any outfit, plus it’s made of a super comfortable denim blend that is a touch lighter than 100% cotton denim. This jacket style comes in a light and medium wash, tailoring to your denim preference.
4. Lovestitch Gauze Maxi Dress, $29.98 – $34.97 (Orig. $88)
A breezy summer maxi is a core staple of any summer wardrobe, easy to throw on for a beach day or dress up for an evening out. And it truly doesn’t get better than this gauze maxi dress by Lovestitch. Coming in 15 colors, this gorgeous maxi is flowing, lightweight and fantastically effortless — and it even has pockets. At under $35, you can pick up multiple without totally cringing at your credit card statement.
5. Lucky Brand Corl Leather Clutch Wallet, $38.98 (Orig. $118)
No one wants to lug around a giant purse in the summer. Only the essentials will do, which means you need a stellar crossbody. This wallet-based option by Lucky Brand — which comes in both black and camel — is organized, compact and so easy to carry. A floral grommet closure at the front adds a little summery detail, making it a seasonal must-have.
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