Spring for a Steal: How to Budget Next Season’s Wardrobe

January 27, 2007 • Magazine

Spring for a Steal: How to Budget Next Season's Wardrobe

Spring for a Steal: How to Budget Next Season's Wardrobe

Sat, 2007-01-27 12:00

Dear Bean,

Now that winter is almost over, I’m ready to start looking for pieces to enhance my spring wardrobe. However I have a limited budget of $1000 to spend. What key pieces should I purchase to update my look? Also, what items can I keep from last year that will still be fashionable for Spring of ‘07?

Very Truly Yours,
Springing for Spring

Dear Springing:

It sounds like you’re revving up for spring cleaning! I always get excited for that time of year to store my stockings, pack away my sweaters, and zip up my winter coat within the garment bag. But I get even more excited at the thought of revitalizing my wardrobe in celebration of the sunshine ahead!

You’ve already completed the first step of developing the spring wardrobe — you’ve established your budget. Bravo! So now you need to decide how exactly you want to spend it. My primary piece of advice to you is to spend the most of your budget towards the item(s) you adore and are the pickiest about. Then, assess what you already have. Lucky for you, a lot of trends have transcended from last year. Hold onto those full floral skirts, skinny Capri pants and print dresses — they’ll prove useful in the upcoming months.

First off, what is spring without your signature spring jacket? The look is just classic; a nice one will last you for a couple years and provide a different and more chic version to the standard cardigan cover-up. I am in love with this Ya-Ya jacket — it can be worn as an indoor jacket for work or add a touch of chic to your skinny jeans. Now, I’m not saying ignore the cardigan altogether. Hold on to the ones you have because they are always handy to have around. But for the updated look, check out the wrap cardigan. The style is always flattering and can be found in so many fun styles and at very affordable price points. But enough of covering up — let’s talk about the shedding some layers!

Yes, my dear, put the Uggs away, stuff those wool knee-highs back in your sock drawer — the season for skin-baring footwear has arrived! It still might be a bit too cool for the summer thongs or sandals, but it’s the perfect season for closed-toe wedges and the peep-toe. Check out these gorgeous Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent patent wedges and these Steve Madden deep purple peep-toes. With just two pairs of shoes, you are welcoming white back into the wardrobe and still holding onto the deep hues of the cooler seasons past. Both shoes will add just the right amount of spunk and statement to any of those flirty dresses you can’t wait to take out of closet hibernation.

Speaking of the dress, you may have a handful, but I also think adding one into your spring budget is an absolute necessity. The spring shift is affordable, and it can bring that spice of life into any wanting wardrobe. The bold color and adorable cut of this Charlotte Solnicki dress would provide just the needed pep to any suffering closet.

There are also times to remember that not all purchases are to be translated into investments. A good example is the camisole. The Nordstrom’s BP brand of camisole is my ultimate standard. At only $12 each, the fit is perfect, the style is classic, the colors are plentiful, and when it gets too worn in you won’t feel guilty about paying for its replacement. Make sure you stock up on these staples.

With money leftover, you can now focus on accessorizing your springing style. Now is the time to have fun with colored beads and dangling earrings, and you don’t need to spend a fortune on them. I am absolutely in love with bangles right now. Their wash of colors and delicate chiming harmonies makes me think of an island vacation. And if you’re looking for that final touch on your first spring outfit, look no further than the belt. The hardware on this Michael Kors hip belt makes a complete statement and adds just enough edge to almost any look that comes its way.

And now — drum roll please — for the damage. With the splurges and the steals, the basics and the trends, your grand total comes out to $988.27! Now what will you do with the remaining $11.73? My recommendation? Take a quarter out of your car meter fund and buy another color in that BP camisole.

1. Ya-Ya Portland Jacket
ShopBop: Original Price: $429.00 Sale Price: $300.30

2. Beaded Wrapover Sweater
La Redoute: $24.99

3. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Twiggy Patent Wedge
ShopBop: $357

4. Steve Madden Women’s Smoothe
Shoes.com: $95.99

5. Charlotte Solnicki Afrodita Dress
ShopBop: $132

6. Nordstrom’s BP Stretch Camisole
nordstrom.com: $12.00

7. Ethnic Glass Indian Sari Bangles (set of 16)
shopbeachcombers.com: $12.00 $8.99

8. Michael Kors Black ‘Astor’ Patchwork Hip Belt
Bluefly.com: $57.00

If you would like to submit a question, please send your email to: askthebean@secondcitystyle.com.
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