Spring Trends on a Budget


This is my favorite time of year to shop, probably because my spring fever is out of control and the bright colors in stores promise warmer weather and longer days.

As well, spring/summer shopping is usually cheaper (hello tissue tees and flip flops!) than fall/winter shopping (think leather boots and wool coats).

The trouble is, I want to buy everything in sight.  Somehow my brain thinks that summer will come sooner if I buy these gold thong sandals now. (yep, I did).

So.  Since I know I’m not the only one who needs to shop smart, I’m sharing my 3 favorite spring trends and some ways you can incorporate them into your wardrobe - on a budget!


The latest trend in leather is accents – a cap sleeve here, a trim there.  These details automatically make a garment look more sophisticated but won’t drive the price way up.  Alternatively, go faux!  The faux leather jacket shown below adds an unexpected edge to a colorful pencil skirt.

Black & White

Beyoncé rocked this classic look at the Grammy’s with some simple black pants and a graphic top.  It’s a very wearable trend and it works year-round, so your purchases will go further.  Check out White House Black Market (the first lady is a fan) and H&M for some affordable pieces.  The sleeveless embroidered dress below is $49.95 at H&M.

Global Prints and Textiles

Asian and African-inspired prints and patterns are all the rage.  Work this trend into your wardrobe with a headscarf, woven bag or other colorful accessory.  Nigerian designer Duro Olowu calls his line for JC Penney, “American classics with global flair”.  All the pieces (including shoes!) from the outfit below right are $50 and under.  The collected debuted March 1st online and in stores.



Do you need to spruce up for spring?  Stay tuned for details about Jill’s upcoming style class for busy women everywhere!

Jill Marinelli is a personal stylist who believes that women develop style and confidence when they communicate who they are through their dress.  She works with individual clients, runs training programs for aspiring stylists, and styles wardrobe for print and television.