I Have Expensive Taste But a Tight Budget—25 Spring Buys I Approve Of

I, like many in the fashion scene, have an expensive eye for clothing. I love admiring designer's new collections and saving up for purchases from a contemporary or indie brand. However, while I curate a selection of special pieces I splurge on in my wardrobe, I'm still on a budget, and a majority of what I shop skews affordable. Since I'm always on the hunt for new fashion items for my job, I like to think I've gotten pretty good at finding items that meet the price people want but don't sacrifice style or quality.

Since spring is coming up and many are on the lookout for new items to wear as the weather gets better, I thought I'd offer a little help. Below, I've rounded up 25 items from all our favorite affordable retailers that I think are going to get plenty of wear this season and beyond. I'm talking ballet flats, mini dresses, ruffled tops, and much more. Plus, everything is under $100. Don't believe me? Just keep scrolling and have a look for yourself.


When events are a thing again, this dress will be a show stopper, so why not plan ahead?

I own these in black but want these for when I wear more spring-like colors.

A trench coat is a piece that'll instantly make any outfit look elevated.

Smocked detailing is something that'll never go out of style, in my opinion.

Move over tennis, ballet is the new trend that's about to reign.

I won't be letting go of my cardigans anytime soon.

You can't go wrong with a classic pair of Levi's, and these ones are on sale.

I can promise you this won't be in stock for long.

Comfy and stylish, what more could you want?

I'm always for initial or name jewelry, and this one is the perfect statement piece.

It's like your grandma's couch on a skirt, which is a positive thing to me.

We clearly can't get enough of corsets here at WWW.

I found your new favorite leggings, and they're under $20.

I need to go to the beach ASAP just so I can wear this hat.

If you're looking to include Pantone's color of the year in your wardrobe, we found the accessory for you.

If you're still looking to incorporate leather as the weather gets warmer, opt for a skirt style.

Wear it as a headscarf, top, or tie it around your bag.

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