Style on a Dime: This Season’s Trends for Less

Ever feel like your bank account has significantly dwindled at the onset of a new season? With fashion trends it can be difficult to not only stay afloat fashionably, but financially as well.

And while most of you fashion fanatics enjoy remaining current season after season, truth be told there is a limit as to how many of the season’s IT Christian Louboutins’ one can own (unless of course you enviously possess unlimited resources). But there is also a way to remain on trend while saving pennies–updating your wardrobe with accessories.

Below are key accessory trends of the spring season that will instantly update any outfit and allow you to save money for those weekend summer getaways.

Retro Sunglasses

The easiest way to update a summer wardrobe is with sunglasses, but this is also an area in which you can easily spend hundreds of dollars. The newest (or rather back in style) trend is cat-eye frames. Purchasing a pair of these feminine sunnies give a retro vibe to your daily outfit, but if you’re just going to wear the trend for one season don’t break the bank. Instead, e-retailers like have a plethora of these shades for under $20, while Canadian giant Joe Fresh offers a few cat-eye styles for under $10!
Check out Urban Outfitter’s Candy Beach Two-Tone Cat Eye Sunglasses in Green, $16. 

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You can incorporate the woven trend in a multitude of ways: with a straw fedora, handbag or belts and/or jewellery. Again, you can purchase the high-end designer pieces, but if you know the likelihood of you wearing an item doesn’t surpass this season, then opt for the lesser expensive options”it doesn’t mean you’ll be any less stylish! H&M for instance, offers cute woven hats for $15, bags for $40 and even colourful woven bracelets for $4!
Add flair with H&M’s Straw Fedora, $14.95. 

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Tribal Prints

Unleash your inner adventurer with prints galore this season! Handbags, scarves, jewellery and even shoes can be found in chevron, animal and ikat prints. Aldo shoes offers tribal-inspired styles like Giacoletti and the eclectic Wyatta for $60 each, while you can find Navajo-inspired friendship bracelets for $8 at Just remember if you’re jumping aboard this trend to keep your outfit fairly minimal”you don’t want too many prints competing!
Take a look at Aldo’s Giacoletti Tribal Sandals, $60.  

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Shades like bubblegum pink and acid green are some of the IT colours for spring/summer. An especially fun way to wear bold colour is through an evening clutch, like Dooney & Burke’s Venus Large Slim Wristlet ($75), which is available in eye-popping yellow, green and tangerine. Pair with neutral tones to allow the colour to really pop, or, if you’re feeling fashion-forward why not colour-block?
Try Dooney & Burke’s Venus Large Slim Wristlet in Sunflower, $75. 

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