Welcome to Cost Per Wear, a series in which we break down how much value really lies in certain items so you can make well-informed shopping choices. Given the many outfit ideas we have saved for each item, we’ve calculated the cost per wear for every time we’ll step out in the piece (assuming we copy each of the following outfit ideas, of course).
While there are plenty of bold, eye-catching trends to choose from this summer, it’s actually the plain old wardrobe basics that we end up wearing more than anything else. Sure, maybe these pieces aren’t the most exciting to think about shopping for, but they’re the ones that I guarantee you’ll be reaching for quite a lot this summer. To prove just how useful the following staple pieces really are, I calculated the cost per wear for each one, and the results nearly totaled zero.
Think about it: The one pair of sandals you can wear from the beach to the office and back again? Come August, you’ll be so glad you added a pair to your closet. From these simple sandals to white tanks and denim cutoffs, keep reading to see all the outfit possibilities, and shop the five cheap summer clothes we recommend most.