You know the need for a fashion piece is real when your go-to stores all have versions of the same item. Take this as a sign from the universe aiding your shopping habits to help you choose which trends deserve a special place in your closet. It’s also extremely fun to compare different takes on what’s happening this season.
Each store has a different vibe. Mango tends to be a little more elevated, comfortable, and modern, while ASOS is unique, expressive, and fun. H&M is casual and more basic, while Zara (the holy grail) is cool-girl glamour. From swimwear to sweet dresses and, of course, accessories, each of these affordable retailers has the pieces you need to take your summer outfits to the next level. The best part is you don’t need a new wardrobe and you don’t have to spend a lot. We have narrowed it down to six trends that are everywhere. So which affordable fashion retailer are you? Scroll ahead and tally up your favorite items from each category to find out.
Textured swimwear adds a whole new dimension to your beach look. The crinkle version is a nod to the '80s, but these new shapes and cutouts are fresh takes.
Updated Biker Shorts
Biker shorts are still happening but with a few updates. Mango, ASOS, and H&M are embracing the jiker (that’s jean biker), while Zara has decided to add some bling to the traditional spandex. Either way, we’re into it.
The Bucket Hat
Fashion girls everywhere are wearing this normcore tourist trap of a style statement. Like many trends of the '90s, the bucket hat is in high demand.
The Top-Handle Bag
This crafty look is the icing on the cake to any outfit. It may not be the most practical of handbags, but think of it as a new form of jewelry.
The Balloon-Sleeve Dress
Contrary to popular belief, the romantic puffy sleeve can be done in many different ways. Below you’ll find a minimal version from Mango, a sassy version from Zara, a free-spirited vibe from ASOS, and a maximal and playful take from H&M.
The Tropical Scarf
Scarves are not just for your neck anymore. This season, they are to be wrapped around your head, tied around your ponytail, and used as a belt or even a tube top! These tropical prints are a major refresh.