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How to stay on budget when shopping for spring fashions

Cheap & chic style tips

It's officially spring and with that, you're dying to update your spring wardrobe. But with the economy the way it is, is it really the time to be reaching those credit card limits? Here, we show you how to update your wardrobe and welcome spring without breaking your budget. After all, just because times are tough, doesn't mean your desire for style has flown out the window.

Pick your investment piece

Let's be real, as much as we'd love to this isn't exactly the time for anyone to be dropping crazy amounts of money on an entirely new spring wardrobe. The good news is, you don't have to and can still update your look. Cull some of your favorite spring 2009 fashion trends and pick one or two investment pieces to splurge on that will last you the whole season. Look for pieces with fine fabrics and quality cuts that are luxurious and classic. A slim-fit blazer is one trend that's hot this spring and definitely worth the investment.

 

Take cues from trendy retailers

If you're a fashion-forward gal that must have the latest up-to-the-minute items, look to trendy mass-produced retailers like Forever 21 and H&M for designer-inspired duds. The truth is something super trendy may last one or two wears anyway so you might as well save the cash and invest it on something a bit more classic. Scour these stores for some of this spring's fashion-forward items like the jumpsuit, headbands and harem pants.

 

 

Overload on accessories

The quickest and most inexpensive way to update your wardrobe is to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Fun adornments can totally change any existing outfit and make it look fresh and new. Some of the hottest accessories to grab this spring are big bold baubles, statement-making necklaces, shoes, floral pieces and anything snakeskin. Look for bright bold purses too to add some extra spring punch into your look.

 

Inventory your wardrobe

Before hitting the stores, inventory what you've got! Chances are there's something in there that can be resuscitated since trends are often recycled over and over again. Anything bold and bright is hot this season as well as nude tones and hot pink. And if you aren't crazy about the fit, it might be something a quick trip to the tailor can fix and end up being a cheaper alternative than investing in something totally new.

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