Kendal Perez is a frugal fashionista and bargain shopper who helps fellow shopaholics find hassle-free ways to save money at HassleFreeSavings.com. Here are some of her tips on how to save on spring fashions.
The first day of spring has fluttered by, creating the desire to overhaul our wardrobes with the latest warm-weather looks. Sadly, most of us don’t have the bank accounts to accompany our star-worthy fashion sense. But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the latest trends!
Check out the following ways to update your spring wardrobe without going into debt:
1. Pastels: Just in time for spring holidays, pastels are making a name for themselves on New York runways. Embracing this trend requires the purchase of one versatile piece – like a blazer or pencil skirt – to be paired with other basics already available in your wardrobe. Channel your inner Chanel and pair pastel pink with black accessories, or keep it light with nude accents.
2. Colorful Denim: Carrying over from fall, the colorful denim trend offers a refreshing pop of color to any outfit. Since this look is a fad, avoid spending too much on your first (or third) pair by shopping inexpensive retailers like Target, TJMaxx, Kohl’s and Wet Seal. Shop online for increaed inventory and savings, and look for Kohl’s free shipping codes from FreeShipping.org to dodge delivery costs.
3. Sporty: You might say Sporty Spice was ahead of her time in her choice of athletic-inspired ensembles. Or not. Regardless of your attitude about the wannabe star, active wear and sports-inspired looks are definitely in. Go soccer moms! Enjoy your off-the-shoulder boxy sweatshirt for at least one more season, and incorporate your gym go-tos into everyday outfits.
4. Color Blocking: one of the easier trends to embrace… Pair bright denim pants with a neon shirt or blouse to easily achieve the look. Bisect the top from the bottom with a neutral belt — think black, navy or white — and accessorize with equally neutral jewelry.
5. Tangerine Tango: a decidedly redder-than-orange hue that can be incorporated easily with accessories. You can also find inexpensive tees or blouses to embrace the official color of 2012 without going overboard. If you want to balance the brightness, pair with white or gray. If you’re more daring, go for hot pink or teal.
6. Metallic: Shiny dresses are great for the red carpet – American Idol was all about sequins last week – but save this trend for nights and weekends. Try metallic pants with a white blouse and black blazer. Alternatively, embrace the trend with footwear and wear shiny heels to work and metallic, strappy sandals on weekends. Endless.com offers a great selection of well-priced foot candy, and free shipping both ways allows you to return whatever doesn’t fit.
7. Bold Prints: As if neon and color-blocking weren’t bold enough this season, runways everywhere featured bold prints with nods to art deco and the great outdoors. Opt for one or two pieces of this trend that you can pair with basics from your closet. Shop discount retailers like TJMaxx and Ross to find this trend on the cheap.