How to update your spring wardrobe on a budget

Out with the old, in with the new for your spring wardrobe.

Out with the old, in with the new for your spring wardrobe.

As the days start to warm up, the ice and snow melt away, and the sun begins to shine, you are going to want to toss aside all those heavy knits and clunky boots for some fun, fresh spring fashion. But you probably can’t afford to revamp your entire closet, so how about incorporating some of the 2014 spring trends to keep your look fresh? Get inspired by the latest looks from the runways, then pick a few ideas you like and incorporate those into your existing wardrobe. That is how to update your spring wardrobe on a budget and still feel like you are looking good.

From the runway

You may not want to or be able to follow some of the more outlandish trends that come off the fashion runways, but you can mine the latest looks for ideas to adapt to your life and your budget.Spring / summer 2014 fashion trends” by Tania Braukämper for the blog Fashionising on October 17, 2013, shares some of high fashion’s latest themes to give you inspiration:

  • Wordplay—Slogan prints are already on the shelves, and you can expect this to continue throughout the year.
  • Inverse buttoning—Simple and reminiscent of the crop top (also making a comeback), all this look requires is for you to button the top few buttons and leave the rest open.
  • Cowgirl mashup— Braukämper describes this as “Squeezing Western elements into outfits in unexpected ways.”
  • Fringing—Not strictly cowgirl or flapper, this look spans evening wear to casual looks.
  • Le smoking—Jackets that take their cues from smoking jackets, but updated with bright colors or lux fabrics.

Find a new hue

Meredith Lepore focuses on spring’s newest shades in her post “10 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for 2014” on January 6, 2014, for The “it” shade this spring? According to Lepore, Pantone, the masters of all things color, is featuring a hue called Radiant Orchid. Described as a pink/purple hue, it works on just about anyone and will have you looking (and feeling) ready for sunny days.

In addition to pastels, another way to shock off winter doldrums is with a bold pop of color. Lepore recommends incorporating the bright shade in a cardigan, scarf or even a skirt. 

Shoes, glorious shoes

New shoes always make things better, right? For 2014, your spring wardrobe will get an instant lift from the two latest trends in shoes. Lepore highlighted these in her post:

  1. Pointy Flats. “Pointy flats are a bit more edgy and professional and just say ‘I’m here to work,’” Lepore writes. Rumor has it that pointy flats can actually make you look taller, too, if you are in to that sort of thing.
  2. Block Heels. We will never say goodbye to the stiletto, but this spring a thicker heel is looking pretty stylish.

Buy one of each look and you will be out-stylin’ your friends in no time—without tormented tootsies. Now that is a spring fashion trend to celebrate!

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

What about the rest of your look? After all, fashion is about more than just clothes. If you are hankering to mix up your makeup or accessories, “The 7 Key Pieces You Need to Refresh Your Wardrobe for 2014” from Who What Wear advises you to check out the new trend toward orange lipstick. They describe it “As bright and fun as a red pout, but a little less expected, the new orange lip will be everywhere this spring.” It just may be the easiest, and most budget-friendly, way to take your look from winter to spring.

Who What Wear also recommends updating your spring look with a structured bag in an unexpected print. For jewelry, they mention a style recently seen on Jessica Alba—earring jackets. These can refresh any stud earrings you already own, giving them a new lease on life for spring 2014.

Lepore at also mentions incorporating the still popular statement necklace into your wardrobe to add that extra pop of style.

Now you just have to decide which trend suits your style needs and your budget. Happy shopping!

What are your tips and tricks for refreshing your wardrobe once the snow melts and the sun starts to shine? Let us know in the comments below.

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