I Have Expensive Taste But a Tight Budget—30 Spring Buys I Approve Of

I, like many in the fashion scene, have an expensive eye for clothing. I love admiring designers' new collections and saving up for a purchase from a contemporary or indie brand. While I do 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 things that have 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 30 pieces from all our favorite affordable retailers that I think are going to get plenty of wear this season and beyond. I'm talking about ballet flats, maxi dresses, ruffled tops, and much more. Keep scrolling and have a look for yourself.

I immediately hit "add to cart" on this whole look.

I need to find an occasion to wear this skirt as soon as possible.

The perfect lightweight coat for spring.

Pair this top with the pants above and you're ready to go.

Metallics are a favorite 2023 trend here at WWW.

This striking ribbed knit is too good to ignore.

The gold sculptured buttons really add to that luxe appeal.

Meet the bag I'll be taking everywhere this season.

A must-have for the transitional weather ahead.

I usually opt for a rectangle shape, but I'm all for switching things up every now and then. Le Specs is known for making luxe sunglasses at a more accessible price.

This will sell out soon, I'm sure of it.

Another great spring outerwear staple thanks to Nordstrom.

Chili red is the color of the moment.

Now that's one chic pair of cargo pants.

When it comes to bomber jackets, the more oversized fit is for the better.

I have a good collection of basic tees, so why not add a pop of color?

This bright shade of green was spotted all over the spring/summer 2023 runways.

I've seen designer tops just like this at triple the price.

Cute but also just the right size to fit your wallet, keys, and phone.

When the warmer days start to come, I'm prepared to wear a lot of linen and cotton.

I love basics that have unique touches, like the hem of these leggings.

I don't own jeans in this shade, and that's about to change.

If I owned these, I might consider wearing my sweatpants less.

It's the bow that really seals the deal for me.

All three colors are great but I'm particularly allured by this lilac shade.

If hot pink isn't your thing, these cargoes also come in a classic camel shade.