8 Hot Trends for Spring on a College Budget

If you are looking to change up your wardrobe this spring season but are a little tight on funds, no worries!  Read on for some cute pieces you can buy without breaking the bank!

Mesh:  Mesh fabric has been making its rounds on the runway as well as being endorsed by celebrities (see: iHeartRadio Music Festival, Miley Cyrus), but it is great for spring and summer!  Mesh is a cool and light fabric that is perfect for a beach coverup or tank top with a bandeau underneath.  This mesh tank from Juicy Couture is a great buy for only $35!  Plus, the bright pink pattern is perfect for spring.

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Source: Juicy Couture

Full Skirt:  Not a maxi, not yet a mini.  Full skirts are great for when you don’t shave your legs (we all have those days) but still want to feel girly.  This tan skirt from H&M is only $30 and can be paired with so many different tops.  Have fun experimenting!

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Source: H&M

Pastels:  Pastels are one of my all-time favorite trends.  I adore soft colors!  This bow from American Apparel is $10 and comes in every color imaginable…so buy one for each day of the week if your heart so desires!  I also love this $13 beautiful statement necklace from Charming Charlie (every jewelry aficionado’s dream).  Aren’t these accessories perfect for Easter Sunday?

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Source: American Apparel

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Source: Charming Charlie

Sporty:  I’m not talkin’ yoga pants (though, they are wonderful), I’m talking about bomber jackets!  They are huge this season and perfect to spice up an outfit.  This one from ASOS is $17 and comes in a gorgeous papaya color.

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Source: ASOS

Sheer:  Just like mesh, sheer is also light and airy, and super fun and flirty, leaving just enough to the imagination.  This strapless dress from Macy’s is a little pricier at $45, but if you have a special occasion coming up such as a grad party or honor society dinner, this dress would be perfect for a fun night!  This peach color is great for a day in the sun, but if you want to be a little sexier at night, it also comes in black.

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Source: Macy’s

Black & White:  The combo of b&w is timeless and virtually looks good on everyone.  If you’re looking for something classic with a new twist, this Material Girl colorblock A-line dress from Macy’s is a great deal!  It’s a nice $30 and all your friends will be dying to buy one.  Colorblock is really popular this year and is a nice way to add some fun to mixing colors.

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Source: Macy’s

Crop tops:  I feel like crop tops have yet to go out of style.  They are wonderful for warm weather and look so cute when pulled off correctly (read: don’t be skanky).  This one from Forever 21 is only $4.80 and comes in several colors, so buy them all and try tons of new looks!  Also, if you plan on going to any music festivals this year, chances are you won’t feel out of place wearing a crop top.  Stock up!

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Source: Forever 21

Tropical Prints:  No, I am not talking about those tacky Hawaiian shirts.  They will never work except for at fratty luau parties.  Spring is all about bright colors so floral and tropical prints are key this time of year.  This $40 romper from American Eagle will get you right in the mood for summer.  Ah, I can taste the piña coladas now!

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Source: American Eagle

Now it’s your turn to sound off!  What trends are you dying to try this season?  Any trends that you think should disappear forever?  Personally, I’m going to scout out a great bomber jacket and full skirt!  Jackets are not exactly ideal for Florida weather this time of year, but occasionally it gets cool at night and I think paired with a full skirt, I could create a very stylish outfit!  Time to start putting money in my piggy bank!

– xo, A

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