The end of summer is a perennial bummer. Adding insult to injury, I inevitably start to get a bit bored with my summer wardrobe during this final stretch. In addition to feeling tired of the same old cut-offs and summer dresses, there’s also the fact that the last month of summer is usually packed with parties to cram in as much fun in the little time we have left. As such a new purchase (or two or three) is justifiable… as long as you’re smart about it.
You don’t want to invest too much money in an outfit with a limited shelf life and you probably also don’t want to buy something amazing only to wear it once and then send it into storage until next summer. There’s also the fact that all that fun in the sun can often drain your funds leaving you with little to work with by this stage in the game.
If you’re itching for something new, the best solution is an affordable style that is versatile enough to be worn through the fall. Fortunately, I’ve rounded up 10 suggestions that fit the bill. Check out my top picks for versatile summer styles under $50 with tips on how to make the transition to fall.
Wilt Open Shoulder Dress, $45.60. This comfortable, laid-back style is perfect for a casual summer day. Take it into fall with a structured bomber, a cool necklace, and playful booties.
Nation LTD Flagstaff Dress, $47.50. This loose, airy style is perfect to stay comfortable in the August heat. Top it off with a cardigan and belt to take it into fall.
Urban Renewal Lattice Back Dress, $49. A classic style that easily transitions from day to night, summer to fall.
Hive & Honey Easy Embroidered Gauze Mini, $44.99. This ethereal style works well alone and can serve as the perfect backdrop for cool accessories and layers.
ASOS Swing Dress in Butterfly Print, $33. This flirty style is perfect for a summer bbq. Take it to fall with grey tights and a cream cardigan.
Sparkle & Fade Knit Printed Circle Dress, $39. The flirty shape and rich shade make this dress super versatile.
BB Dakota Bardot Floral Printed Dress, $30. Team this sweet style with black sandals now, and then with a structure blazer, tights, and wedges when the seasons shift.
ASOS Shirt Dress, $41. Wear this classic style with sandals and stacked bangles now and with tights, a chunky night and boots come fall.
Silence & Noise Raven Dress, $49. An edgy style with endless possibilities. Wear it with Keds for a casual-cool look, with chunky shoes and a bomber for a edgy style, with a leggings, flats and a slim cardigan for a fuss-free style…. the options are endless.