How To Dress Just Like Belly in 'The Summer I Turned Pretty'

June 29th, 2022 at 11:00am

By now, it feels like we’ve all binge watched the Amazon Prime adaptation of Jenny Han’s novel The Summer I Turned Pretty, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t stop thinking about two things; the dreamy eyes of Jeremiah and Conrad Fischer, and the effortless summertime wardrobe of main character Isabel, more lovingly known as ‘Belly’. Full of crochet crop-tops, perfectly frayed denim shorts, and the occasional oversized tee, Belly’s wardrobe is fit for exactly who she is: a girl who gets entangled in the heart-racing romance we all dream of while on her annual summer vacation. And while you may not be preparing for a debutante ball, attending beach-side campfires, or playing in sand volleyball tournaments as Belly does in the television series, you can certainly tap into her fun-loving style. From lemon-printed sundresses to perfectly cropped tops, College Fashionista rounded up the wardrobe pieces undoubtedly worthy of a seaside summer romance.

01. Crochet Crop Tops

Stepping out of her comfort zone and into womanhood, Belly uses playfully knit crop tops to illustrate the embrace of her own personal style. Looking to step out of your comfort zone and into a world of stylish joy? These crop tops are perfect for you.

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Nasty Gal Natural Charm Light Blue Multi Crochet Lace-Up Tank Top

Available in Multicolored. $42.

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ASOS Design Crochet Crop Top With Lace Up Front Detail

Available in Brown. $37.

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Zara Floral Embroidered Knit Top

Available in Yellow. $30.

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Forever 21 Strawberry Crochet Crop Top

Available in Multicolored. $20.

02. Denim Shorts

As Belly very well knows, denim shorts are a staple in any warm-weather wardrobe. Whether it’s heading to the local market with her mom, or venturing out on a beach-side bike ride, Belly can almost always be seen rocking a pair of light-wash cut offs.

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Nasty Gal Floral Print Denim High Waisted Shorts

Available in White. $52.

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Mango Straight Denim Shorts

Available in Pink, White, Black, and Blue. $46.

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Cider Floral Embroidery Denim Mini Shorts

Available in Blue. $30.

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ASOS Noisy May Ripped Booty Denim Shorts

Available in Blue. $44.

03. Beachy Bathing Suits

The confidence-boosting power of well-fitting swimwear is like no other. As Belly grows into herself over the course of her summer vacation, she embraces everything from fun and functional one-pieces to purple bikinis. 

Dippin’ Daisy’s Soul One Piece

Available in Pink, Orange, Yellow, and Green. $78.

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Petite Pastel Floral Scallop Lace Up Swimsuit

Available in Green. On sale for $18.

Image via Forever 21

Gingham One-Piece Swimsuit

Available in Black/White. On sale for $14.

04. Graphic Tees

There is no better feeling than throwing on an oversized t-shirt after a day in the sun. The smell of lingering sunscreen and the smooth material on your sun-soaked skin is the epitome of summer joy. Looking for a reason to invest in some classic summer apparel? Now is your chance!

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Paper Butterflies Oversized T-Shirt

Available in White. On sale for $20.

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Embroidered Detail Cotton T-Shirt

Available in White, Grey and Pale Pink. On sale for $20.

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Long Printed T-Shirt

Available in a variety of prints. $25.

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Cherry Coke Fitted Graphic T-Shirt

Available in White. On sale for $21.

05. Sand-Safe Sundresses

Fourth of July celebrations and beach-side bonfires are never complete without the perfect sundress. From gingham mini’s to lemon-printed midi dresses, the looks below flawlessly illustrate the blissful energy of Jenny Han’s work.

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Lemon Puff Sleeve Slit Maxi Dress

Available in Yellow. $34.

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Glamorous Milk Maid Mini Dress with Ruched Bust in Lemon Print

Available in Blue Lemon Print. On sale for $17.

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Tie Shoulder Gingham Mini Babydoll Swing Dress

Available in Red and Black/White. On sale for $28.

Image via Mango

Frill Cotton Dress

Available in Sky Blue, Green, and White. On sale for $20.

Feature photo via @thesummeriturnedpretty


  • Anna Cate Meis

    Hello beautiful people! My name is Anna Cate and I am a Multimedia Journalism student at Loyola University Chicago, as well as an Editorial Intern here at College Fashionista. If you know me, you know I am incredibly passionate about three things: fashion, travel, and a good red lipstick.