Small Budget, Expensive Taste: 39 Items I'm Buying to Look On-Trend This Season

Affordable spring fashion


The Style Stalker

When it comes to fashion, I'll admit that my sartorial preferences don't quite reflect my available bank balance. I always seem to be drawn to those low-key luxurious designer pieces—sumptuous fabrics, sophisticated silhouettes, elevated styles—that tend to carry a hefty price tag. In other words, I have "expensive taste, small budget" syndrome. And I know I'm probably not alone.

Fortunately, as WWW's fashion market editor, it's my job to test and see every new-season trend and product as soon as it hits the market, and you'd be right in thinking I have a running list of trend-forward items on my computer that not only look luxurious but also carry favorable price tags. Today, I wanted to share some of these trending spring pieces that undoubtedly look expensive and, more importantly, don't cost a fortune. 

This is giving me all the Prada feels.

Yep, sleek platforms are having a major moment right now.

Nothing looks more luxe than a pearl necklace. Opt for a modern silhouette.

Cutouts continue to reign supreme. This one feels super luxe.

It's all about sporty sunglasses this season.

Take on spring's must-have sporty styles with a chic tennis dress.

These will go perfectly with the above dress.

Eye-catching clogs will incite all the compliments.

Welcome loose and low-rise jeans into your wardrobe this season with this fresh pair.

Fashion people are all over oversize leather bombers and moto jackets right now.

The perfect way to add one of this season's biggest color trends to your spring look.

This striking dress hits three trends in one: maxi hemline, cutouts, and bubblegum pink. In other words, add it to your cart immediately.

Grecian-inspired draping was all over the runways and unquestionably adds a sumptuous touch to your look.

If I suggest one spring trend to invest in, it's relaxed tailored trousers. 

Style the above pants with this versatile, chic shirt.

Nothing will look better with your spring mani.

Can you tell I really love sleek maxi hemlines?

The perfect topper for transitional weather.

I'm already thinking about all the places I want to wear this.

I have a hunch these will sell out fast.

Cute, cozy, and cost-effective!

Strappy halters are one of the biggest trends of the season.

Take a cue from Prada and finish your look with pointed slingbacks.

Go bold in a fashion-forward geometric print.

I'm all about posh, preppy styles right now.

The blazer my spring wardrobe has been waiting for.

Pair with everything from miniskirts to jeans.