Spring into style with these 6 inexpensive fashion staples that only look expensive
When the sun starts to peek out this time of year or we get a mild day, we feel like spring is flirting with us. While it may not be time yet for an all-out closet regime change–swapping sweaters for sundresses, say–some springtime transition pieces are definitely apropos this time of year. We’re talking sunglasses, rain boots, floral prints and other quintessential spring fashion pieces. But don’t break the bank shopping for your upcoming spring break! Here are six right-now pieces that might look expensive, but are all under $30 and will give an instant seasonal upgrade to your wardrobe.
One of our favorite styling tricks on mild days is pairing shorts or skirts with a long-sleeve top or light knit sweater. These women’s patterned shorts will infuse your wardrobe with a little pop of spring. We would love these shorts with a long-sleeve chambray shirt and statement necklaces or a white oxford topped with a navy sweater. Come summer, pair them with tees and tanks. Old Navy poplin shorts, $22.94, Old Navy
Come out of your shell
Add instant sophistication to any outfit with a pair of tortoise shell sunglasses.They’ll give you that country club look–even if opening day at the pool is still a couple months out. We love this style, especially paired with a bright red lip! BP metal rim cateye sunglasses, $12, Nordstrom
Totally nail your manicure
Models on the spring runways showed off a minimalist manicure trend that feels so fresh for spring. Go ahead, borrow the beauty trick from the high-end designers, and add a half moon of nail polish at the bottom of the nail bed (think a reverse french tip) or just a single, clean swipe of polish creating a linear effect in the corners or your nails. Butter London in periwinkle blue, $15, Sephora
Give winter the boot
Don’t let a sloshy commute cramp your style! Rock a shiny, stylish rainboot that will make you look pulled together (even if you’re puddle-jumping to get to work). Midrise rainboots, like these, are perfectly on trend for spring 2015. Pop Top boots, $29.99, Target
What a stud!
Snow still in the forecast in your region? Lighten up your look with pastels worn on your accessories. Go ahead, keep wearing your 50 shades of gray because pastels mix beautifully with neutrals. The next time you rock a ponytail, messy bun or braid, wear a pretty stud in your ears. Mini square gem earrings, $11.97 on sale, The Limited
Nautical and nice
Blue and white stripes are a preppy spring print we love to welcome back season after season! Get on board (pun intended) with the trend by looping a striped infinity scarf around a T-shirt. For chillier days, layer on a denim jacket, too. You’ll look like you stepped right out of the Hamptons. Infinity scarf, $19.99, Gap