Memorial Day Steals Under $50: What to Pack

This is it, you guys. Summer is pretty much here. Technically, my favorite season begins on June 21 but let's be honest -- the few precious months between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day are what constitute it in our minds. Assuming you've already bitten the bullet and purchased a swimsuit, the below fashion items will help you put together a great Memorial Day Weekend wardrobe. The best part is, everything is under $50!

Striped bags for everyone! Whether you're a hippie chick, a preppy lady, or a glam girl, there's something for everyone. These are all big enough to store all your weekend needs, and you can unpack them once you reach your destination and use them to transport your necessities on the go.

Roxy backpack, $35.50.Roxy backpack, $35.50.American Eagle tote, $39.50.American Eagle tote, $39.50.Old Navy tote, $12.50.Old Navy tote, $12.50.

Sunglasses, while perfect for shielding the sun from your eyes (duh), are also great as headbands, after-hours "I Wear My Sunglasses at Night!" dance parties, and hiding your subsequent shame the next morning.
Free People aviators, $24.00.Free People aviators, $24.00.Topshop cat-eye sunglasses, $32.00.Topshop cat-eye sunglasses, $32.00.
Forever 21 sunglasses, $5.80.Forever 21 sunglasses, $5.80.

Hats serve a similar purpose. Plus, they do a fantastic job of concealing humidity-induced "summer hair," which I actually LOVE, EMBRACE AND ENDORSE (let the record show).

Seafolly hat, $44.55.Seafolly hat, $44.55.Express hat, $20.00.Express hat, $20.00.Billabong cap, $18.00.Billabong cap, $18.00.

This summer's shoe is the espadrille and it comes in all shapes and sizes. As long as it's got a rope or jute sole, it's in the family. And what's more festive than a shoe that looks SO out of place during any other season? (can I get a collective "AWWW!" for the watermelon pair?!)

Topshop espadrilles, $28.00.Topshop espadrilles, $28.00.Jessica Simpson espadrille, $49.90.Jessica Simpson espadrille, $49.90.Aldo espadrilles, $40.00.Aldo espadrilles, $40.00.

Whether you're a shorts-and-a-tee girl or you generally covet dresses, one of the crochet pieces below will have you looking on-trend and incredibly, effortlessly cool.

Delia's shorts, $33.50.Delia's shorts, $33.50.Forever 21 crochet tank, $22.80.Forever 21 crochet tank, $ dress, $ dress, $43.00.

One of the best things about summer is -- and I think we can all agree -- that more is more when it comes to accessories. In general, you're wearing less clothing, so let's balance it out with some chunky jewelry, shall we? As Jennifer Lopez once said, "Let's get loud."

Nordstrom bangles, $14 each.Nordstrom bangles, $14 each.Arden B. necklace, $24.00.Arden B. necklace, $24.00.Shopbop ring, $33.60.Shopbop ring, $33.60.

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