yellow jacketSpring marks the beginning of the new fashion year and spring 2013 promises several exciting trends that will have your wardrobe looking fresh and revived. If you want to enjoy all the best looks of spring without emptying your bank account, then you’re in luck. Savvy fashionistas know how to pick the right trends that will have them looking stylish while extending their winter wardrobes as long as possible.

Know Your Spring Colors

Color sets the tone for every fashion season and this spring Pantone is introducing a garden of luscious hues. When you know which colors are “in” you can purchase inexpensive accessories and simple blouses in those shades to wear with your existing clothing. Liven up neutral work suits with a blouse in poppy red, nectarine or lemon yellow. Look romantic on date night in pastel violet, blue or tender green. Linen is an important color this spring. This simple yet sophisticated hue will blend with the darker colors of your winter wardrobe and carry you right through summer.

Accessories are Key

Accessories are always the least expensive way to dress up any wardrobe. With the right extras you can look just like you stepped off the runway and still have enough money in your account to pay the bills. Transparent cuff bracelets, ear bobbles and clutches will mix and match with all the beautiful colors of spring. They’ll also lighten up some of your heavier winter pieces, allowing you to wear them a little longer into the new season. Jewelry stacking has been hot since last summer and the trend isn’t going away anytime soon. For spring, stack metallic and bold-hued bangles with clear pieces to look on point. The bag of the season? An elegant document clutch in one of this spring’s hottest styles. And yes, baseball caps are in for spring. Look for caps made especially for women with a touch of shine, texture or color. Avoid candy colors or blinged out caps. Go for a sporty chic instead.

That Must-Have Item

Each season there’s at least one big ticket fashion item almost every designer shows on the runway. This spring, look for womens coats and suits in boucle and collarless blouses in luxurious fabrics like silk. If you can afford only one splurge this season make it a belted, floral dress. Pair it with a suit jacket for the office or a pastel wrap for spring weddings, parties and date night. No doubt you’ll be wearing it all summer with a smart pair of flat sandals.

Looking good shouldn’t, and doesn’t need to break the bank. Instead of spending your hard-earned green on every trend of the season, select those that best represent your personal style. If you’re a sportswear kind of girl treat yourself to a leather trimmed baseball cap and some slash-neck tees. You know you’ll love them all year long no matter what’s happening on the runway. Boho chic gals always want more cuffs to stack and pashminas to snuggle under and romantics are going to rock a Chanel-esque boucle suit with a fruit-hued clutch no matter what. The key to being fashionable is to find the style that suits you and invest in pieces you’ll enjoy wearing no matter how many trends come and go during the year.

 

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