As many of my fellow East Coasters know, there’s really nothing better than summer in NYC. I used to spend the summer months here interning as a college student, and now that I’m a newly minted New Yorker, I’m gearing up for a season spent picnicking in Central Park, going to outdoor happy hours, hanging on my friends’ rooftops, and so much more. I can already feel the excitement bubbling as more people start to shed their layers and look forward to the city’s July 1 reopening date, so with a semi-normal summer on the horizon, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how I want to dress.
Reemergence fashion, revenge dressing, or whatever you want to call it, I’m definitely feeling the urge to break out of my plain basics and hop into plenty of bright colors, skin-baring items, and fun-loving accessories. I want my wardrobe to mirror my joyous mood, and to achieve that, I’ve been eyeing a number of cheap and trendy fashion finds that are nothing if not fun. From bucket hats to retro sunglasses, peruse the below lineup of the affordable and NYC-ready summer shopping picks I’m snagging.