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Stylish Summer Outfits That Cost Less Than $100

Summer's greatest fits for less

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Keeping it cool in the summer months can be a challenge. Making sure you're bringing the heat without overheating is a delicate balance, even more so if you're trying to keep it to a strict budget. But with the wide range of deals online at any given moment, it's a challenge you can conquer. To get you there, we put together three stylish outfits to keep you from melting, all under a single Benjamin.

Slightly Prep

The first summer fit you're thinking about probably involves shorts. Dockers are ubiquitous in this regard and are often on sale — the brand's khaki-colored Perfect Shorts are a great base to build a warm-weather getup. It's hard to get a look wrong with a pair of white sneakers, especially if it's the Superga Cotu Classics, which are on a significant discount right now. And to top it all off, a striped shirt Uniqlo gives it some pattern without getting too close to looking like you came out of a prep school.

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9.5" Perfect Short
Dockers zappos.com
Courtesy Zappos
2750 COTU Classic Sneaker
Superga zappos.com
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Extra Fine Cotton Pullover Boradcloth Short-Sleeve Shirt
Uniqlo uniqlo.com

Keep It Simple

When in sartorial doubt, throw on a plane white t-shirt. Hanes is a good option with a classic fit and small price tag. If you're not really a shorts kinda person, a pair of lightweight linen chinos can keep you cool. For this, you'd be hard-pressed to find a pair better than Gap's Linen Khakis. The linen fabric in combination with the looser straight fit allows for max breathability. And while you're keeping it simple, toss on a pair of lightweight, waterproof Birkenstock sandals to give your toes some air.

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Linen Khakis in Straight Fit
Gap gap.com

Courtesy Amazon
3 Cotton T-Shirts
Hanes amazon.com
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Arizona Essentials EVA Sandals
Birkenstock amazon.com

The White Pants Fit

White pants can be hard to pull off (unless you follow this handy guide). You might have to be a bit careful about where you take a seat or how much ketchup to put on your burger, but it can keep your legs cool. A pair of Dickies Painter Pants is a classic and costs just under twenty bucks. It pairs well with anything, but looks especially slick with a light olive polo like this one from J.Crew. For the feet, we love a pair of Converse 70s. Luckily, they can be had on sale if you know where to look.

Courtesy Amazon
Painter's Utility Pant Relaxed Fit
Dickies amazon.com
$18.98 (37% off)
Ox In Low-Top in Black
Converse needsupply.com
Courtesy J.Crew
J.Crew: 1986 Piqué Polo In Garment Dye
J.Crew jcrew.com


Oh, you wanna mix things up, you say? While we're down with a pair of classic Patagonia Baggies, there are cheaper alternatives on the market like Uniqlo's Active Swim shorts. They come in a range of colors, without the cheesy prints that you'd find on the original. A chambray shirt on top blends workwear with swim (something the Beach Boys did). And for something out of left-field, a pair of Realtree Camo Crocs (something the Beach Boys did not do).

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Swim Active Shorts
Uniqlo uniqlo.com
Courtesy Amazon
Classic Realtree V2
Crocs zappos.com
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Chambray Button-Down Shirt in Lessing Wash
Madewell madewell.com
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