I'm Going to Spend a Little on These 8 Spring Trends But Wear Them a Lot


Trends are a funny thing. You never really know how long they'll be around. Some peak quickly which leads to trend fatigue while others are more of a slow burn and have some longevity. While I do like to splurge on items from time to time, it's typically ones that I know will last a while, like a great black bag or a nice blazer. But when it comes to trends, unless they're trendy basics, I don't always want to spend a ton if I'm not going to wear them for at least a few seasons. Hence this handy guide.

These eight trends are some of my favorites of the season. I know I'll wear them again and again as the weather warms up, making them quite worthy of their affordable price tags. So if you're ready to make your 2021 wardrobe a little (or a lot) trendier, keep scrolling to shop the items that will take it there, most of which are under $100.



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Flatforms are the comfortable shoe trend my feet are craving these days. Luckily, they're a major trend and can be found for under-$100.

Retro Prints


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All things retro are cool again, so if you're tired of the '90s, swing back to the '60s and '70s for inspiration. These fun prints are a good place to start.

Plissé Pleats


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Plissé-pleated fabric is undeniably pretty and can easily be found at affordable retailers like H&M and Mango.



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I love the bubblegum pink trend, but with so many pretty under-$100 iterations, I don't feel the need to spend a ton on it.

Baggy Jeans


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If the jeans aren't baggy, I don't want them. The market is flooded with cool affordable versions, so I'm skipping the $250 pairs.

Summer Camp Jewelry


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Y2K jewelry is fun for summer, but I'm not sure it'll be a thing year-round, so I'm shopping for cute affordable pieces to wear through August.



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Cut-outs make for beautiful tops and dresses, and there's no reason to spend a ton when you can find it among every retailers' stock. 



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The Who What Wear team is still enamored with all things checkerboard, myself included. The graphic trend is a refreshing change from the usual florals for spring.

Next up, 30 trendy Nordstrom sale finds that are under $75.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.