top 5 affordable trends

We are channeling our inner “Lilliana Vazquez.”  The snow and ice have melted, the sun is shining, and it’s no longer necessary to dress in several layers just to brave your way to the mailbox. As the weather continues to warm and winter-wearied spirits begin to lift, it’s the most opportune time to embrace the hottest trends and styles of the spring 2014 season.

From New York to Milan, this spring’s fashion shows have been filled with a wide array of styles that can be easily integrated into any wardrobe. We scoured this season’s runways and lookbooks to come up with five of our favorite trends, all of which are versatile enough to work into any wardrobe, regardless of how quirky or classic your individual style may be.  Even better yet, we helped you to locate affordable picks within each trend that resonate with the runway at a fraction of the cost.

gem embellishments

Bold baubles have added a touch of shimmer to outfits of all types since the beginning of time, but this season, our favorite designers are taking an effortless spin on the concept by embedding their garments with vibrant stones. Mass retailers and elite designers alike are infusing sparkle into every piece of attire imaginable, from bedazzled baseball caps to rhinestone-studded tees, making it possible to skip accessorizing without losing luster. This lightweight emerald tee, available on Rags Exchange, is one of our favorite pieces on par with this trend.

"EYA" Two Ladies Shirt, $25 on Rags Exchange Image courtesy of

EYA “Two Ladies” shirt, $25: Rags Exchange
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tea-length skirts

Not quite a midi but definitely not a maxi, tea-length skirts that fall just above the ankle have been all the rage on the spring 2014 runways. Paired with a fitted blouse for a feminine, office-appropriate look, or a crop-top for a more modern take on the trend, this style of skirt is among the most versatile, leaving you with limitless styling opportunities. Here at Style Actually, we have been drooling over this style from Etsy seller PrincessQueen, who hand-crafts everything in her online boutique to your specific measurements and color preferences. Better yet, she even ships her items at no additional charge to the buyer.


Crepe chiffon tea length skirt, $36: PrincessandQueen (Etsy)
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Easter Bunny pastels

If your childhood memories of spring are anything like ours, they likely involve miles of sidewalk chalk creations, budding gardens filled with lilacs and pink roses, and delicate Easter dresses in pastel hues. This season, designers are sending dedicated fashionistas down memory lane by painting their collections in hues like mint, baby blue, and rose-petal pink. An authentic Alfred Shaheen piece from 1965, this fabulous find channels the modernity of the pastel trend and combines it with vintage appeal. Snatch this one-of-a-kind piece while you can, as it’s currently available for over 60% off its value on Rags Exchange!


Alfred Shaheen vintage 1965 pink dress, $286: Rags Exchange
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black & white graphics

There’s no need to fear if springtime pastels just aren’t your thing; after all, individual style is all about wearing what speaks to you personally. Skip the pinks and blues and still create a look that’s on trend by donning black and white graphics. From checks to tribal prints, strictly black and white patterns rocked the runways of Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren, where the contrasting shades were splashed across every type of garment imaginable, from structured suits to silky shirt dresses. You can sample the trend on a subdued scale with this black and white v-neck from Max Studio, currently available on Rags Exchange.


Max Studio black and white top, $29: Rags Exchange
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athletic apparel

With just one glance at this season’s fashion lineup, tomboys everywhere will officially rejoice. From John Galliano to Victoria Beckham, virtually every big-name designer has filled his or her runways and lookbooks with varsity jackets, tennis skirts and dresses, and even baseball caps. One of our favorite styles is the versatile varsity jacket, like this sleek style from Guess, which could easily be paired with just about anything, from skinny jeans to cuffed shorts or floral frocks.


“Vienna” varsity jacket, G by Guess: $42
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Which spring 2014 style is your personal favorite, and how do you plan to rock it? We always love to hear your unique takes on the hottest trends, so share some inspiration with us below! 

photo courtesy: “The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style”

Casey Lindberg-Coghill