Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Thawing Out: Spring Wardrobe Planning

It’s been a cold winter all over the U.S., and one way to break up the winter blues is to begin planning your spring wardrobe. We promise that the days will warm up again, and you’ll be able to wear those cute, sexy, flirty dresses sitting in your closet. Spring is the perfect time to give your wardrobe a boost, and you don’t have to break the bank to do so. If you start saving now, you can invest in some great wardrobe pieces that will carry you through summer too.

Clip Those Coupons 
Coupons aren’t just for grocery stores anymore. Many high-end stores now offer coupons that can help you save. Websites like Sidepon even offer discounts for your favorite stores. Check out these free shipping Express codes. Shop for new items that must be specifically tailored to you, such as strong leather harness suspenders and belts and chambray and denim pants. White is also hot this spring, and you’ll likely want to purchase this brand new, since second-hand whites can be dingy.

Shop Discount 
Other spring trends are just as good if you can brave second-hand stores. Peekaboo midriffs are hot this spring, just like they were 20 years ago. A well-made vintage top can have the same effect as a brand new one, and best-of-all, vintage tops are often one-of-a-kind. Stripes and eyelet are also great second-hand finds, and chambray and denim are available as well. Shopping for second-hand items can be much more time consuming, but if you’re on a budget, it’s well-worth the effort.

Invest In What Will Last 
If you’re going to drop a large chunk of money on your spring wardrobe, invest in pieces that can carry you through the summer -- and even fall -- as well. Chambray shirts are a great staple that can be layered over many different types of garment to last through the seasons. All shades related to the ocean, from bright blue to seafoam green, are big this year, so invest in pieces in this color pallet, which won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Sheer insets to pieces are also bit, and can be layered over camisoles or under jackets to transfer into fall. Spend wisely and strategically, and you’ll stretch that budget to refresh your wardrobe -- and your life.

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