It’s officially March, which means we’re one month closer to glorious spring. Awesome. What’s not awesome? The ton of cash we all want to drop on a new season’s wardrobe. Luckily, you don’t have to, so long as you shop spring’s most fun trends responsibly, with a little help from our handy guide. Here’s where it’s best to save (and then where it’s actually better to spend).

spring fashion tassled shoes

Save on: Embellished flat sandals

Pom-poms. Tassels. Fringe. This season is all about crazy-fun footwear. But will you wear them enough to justify taking out a second mortgage? Probably not. Go ahead and add a bright and playful pair to your closet, but look to the wealth of cheap-o options first.

Get the look: ASOS ($48); Aldo ($63); Eathini ($78)

spring fashion skinnyscarf

Save on: Skinny scarves

You don’t have to pair your skinny scarf with a loudly printed suit per se, but it is a great way to inject a little ’70s edge into an everyday ensemble. Plus, since it’s basically just a thin strip of fabric, chances are it won’t break the bank.

Get the look: Topshop ($10); Express ($15); Nasty Gal ($18) 

spring fashion raw edge

Splurge on: Raw edge denim

It was a sad day when we discovered that spending more on denim really is worth it--but that’s just because pricey jeans last longer and the fit is far superior. So, OK, not that sad. This season go for those tough raw-hem joints to pair with your dainty heels. Heads will turn.

Get the look: Current/Elliott ($208); Mother ($218); 3x1 ($235) 

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spring fashion bell sleeves

Save on: Bell sleeves

What looks great with your fancy new jeans? A statement blouse. You can cut a few corners on this high-trend but casual style because, frankly, every mall store will have one.

Get the look: Forever 21 ($20); Urban Outfitters ($30); Akira ($60) 

spring fashion off shoulder

Splurge on: Off-the-shoulder tops

Off-the-shoulder tops have been hot for a few seasons (and will be for a few more), so you’re probably going to get a good amount of use out of this bad boy, especially if in a neutral color. It might be worth it to spend a little extra to snag one that will go the distance.

Get the look: Free People ($128); Emerson Thorpe ($245); Tibi ($295)

spring Fashion sneakers

Save on: Sneakers

Praise the gods of comfort for this one. Clean white sneakers can be paired with virtually anything, and with many pairs costing under $100, they’re the least expensive shoe statement you can make.

Get the look: Converse ($50); Superga ($65); Adidas ($75)

spring fashion heeledmules

Splurge on: Heeled mules

Unlike the embellished flat sandals before, this style requires a bit of quality--mostly for walkability. To get the most bang for your buck, stick to a simpler, more classic pair that you can wear again and again. And we promise you will for a few seasons to come.

Get the look: Tibi ($485); Gucci ($595); Mansur Gavriel ($625)

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spring fashion Backpack

Splurge on: Backpacks

Material matters, especially when it comes to leather. Spend a little on an on-trend knapsack to ensure that you’ll still love wearing it years down the line.

Get the look: Cambridge Satchel Company ($235); Rebecca Minkoff ($345); Rag & Bone ($595)

spring fashion choker

Save on: Chokers

Fun, costume-y jewelry is one category where you can pretty much always go cheaper, price-wise. Look for plain metals instead of necklaces with stones--which are usually dead giveaways that a piece is fake. Just be cautious of not going too cheap, lest you’d like a green neck with that.

Get the look: Madewell ($28); Urban Outfitters ($34); Stella Valle for Target ($35)

spring fashion earrings

Save on: Statement earrings

Same goes for statement earrings, which you can definitely get away with spending less money on.

Get the look: Adia Kibur ($22); Vanessa Mooney ($40); J.Crew ($48)

spring fashion pajama

Splurge on: Pajama dressing

Paired with jeans or a skirt alike, a pajama top surprisingly looks more chic than slept-in. And it’s one of spring’s most ladylike trends. Since this little number can pull double duty during the day and at night, treat yourself to something in a luxurious, high-quality fabric.

Get the look: Zara ($70); Eberjey ($115); Fleur du Mal ($325)


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