These picks for affordable and wearable spring wear are runway-inspired – but not the way you think. They are my counterpoint to some more ridiculous spring trends. For example, Runway tells me that feathers and bare abs are hot this spring. And you know what? I don’t do that.
I can see the fun in a delicate feather detail or a tiny side cutout of an evening dress. But the show-girl feathers and the mile abs of the show don’t fit into my outfit. You can feel differently – and that’s great. By all means, you don’t.
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Me? I look forward to warm days when I can wear some simple, affordable, easy spring clothes. Here is my top pick.
1. Floral T-shirt ($ 44)
A t-shirt dress is the perfect grab-and-go piece for spring through summer. When it’s still cold in the spring, you can add your favorite denim jacket or cardigan and light scarf, along with your most beautiful sneakers. As the day gets hotter, drop the extra layers and switch to sandals or flip flops.
What I like about this t-shirt dress is the retro floral pattern and dolmen sleeves for a beautiful feminine shape.
You’ll see lots of patterns inspired by the 70s this season. If you like that look, invest in fine enough pieces to wear again next year – since the groovy look won’t have the strength to stay.
2. Sleeveless Mini (19)
This sleeveless piece of ASOS with button-down details is on hand for lunch with friends and city shopping. You can decorate it with mule, big sunglasses and a sweater tied around your shoulder. Or, wear a floppy hat and sandals and wear them on the beach if the weather allows.
3. Hot Pink with Statement Sleeve (Sale $ 25)
Twenty-five rupees is a great price for this dress, which is easy to turn around and wear. Made with viscose with an A-line shape, the dress has a light, flowing drape. Add in the cut-out sleeves and the pieces have a Greek goddess feel to it.
Wear it at a spring party or during the day when you are ready to be different.
4. Easy tie-back (47)
Here’s another part of getting ready to be part of your weekly rotation. It’s easy in a very good way. An elastic waist indicates your curve and if you are bent at the buttocks and thighs, the floater sleeve adds balance.
Add a beautiful pendant necklace and lip color during your favorite day and you are polishing with minimal effort.
5. Boho Midi Spring Dress ($ 30)
This boho midi spring dress makes the list for its super-flattering shape. V-neck and light plating on the shoulders with a high waist and A-line skirt all keep the curves and proportions in the right place.
Also, if you don’t usually wear boho, this dress can be a great way to try the style. You can wear it to a festival if you want, but it also works for brunch, shopping or casual date nights. On that note, the sheer polka dot skirt is pointing at your legs, not flirting on top of that little underlayer.
6. Retro Slip Dress (15)
The price point of $ 15 is not the only thing to love about this patterned slip dress from NastyGal. It’s bright, fun and versatile. Wear it as a statement piece on your own or use layers to change vibes For example:
- A t-shirt underneath, short- or long-sleeved, adds elegance to this sexy silhouette – especially if you anchor the outfit with sneakers.
- Slip a long cardigan on top and put on a piece of ankle boots. This is a stylish combo with an off-duty, celebrity vibe.
- For a night out, pair your favorite faux leather moto jacket and strappy heels with this outfit.
7. Polo Dress (35)
A beautiful blue polo that is enough to wear on its own? Sign me up. The color of this spring dress is gorgeous – a soft, flattering blue that also has a calming quality.
Relaxation is key when reaching for this dress, but sweat will not work for the occasion. Jazz under a neck scarf or long-sleeved shirt or sweater. Bright white sneakers and no-show socks are the perfect finish here.
8. Poet Swing Dress ($ 45)
This flouncy, bouncy swing dress screams spring. It has three-quarter sleeves, a fun pattern and all in the right place elastic. Bring a smile and whatever shoes you like to wear and this outfit is ready for all kinds of day fun – shopping, going to the beach, lunch, whatever.