Spring Fashion 2017 — The Pieces You Need Now

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Never mind what the groundhog says! We say now’s the time to start your spring wardrobe planning. In the Midwest, a few random warm days in February is as good a reason as any to get up to speed fast on the trends of spring fashion 2017.

Spring/summer runway shows predict that bold patterns and silhouettes will rule in the upcoming months. Stripes and polka dots and glitter and thick belts and bulky shoulders will work their way into wearable options for the everyday fashionista.

But the challenge for the budget fashionista is an age-old one — choosing garments that show on-trend sensibility, without being so trendy that you won’t be able to wear them next year. We’ve shopped the options for you and came up with our list of 5 fabulous spring outfit essentials for the budget fashionista.

Spring Fashion 2017 Essentials

These spring fashion pieces are perfect for dinner with the girls, to the workplace if you’re in a business casual situation or anytime you want to step up your casual look. If you need to stock up on the basics, see this advice from our friends at GreekU.com.

1. The Girly Top

Michael Kors, Chloe and others brought flirty flowers to their spring ’17 designs — along with baby doll tops, lace and ribbons. The takeaway is that feminine is in, and in a big way. Nod to this trend by adding a few florals to your collection for spring. And since the next item on your shopping list is leggings, we’d suggest you go for at least one floral tunic.

spring fashion 2017 - floral tunic top

Memory Tunic in Retro Floral, from $18, Modcloth

spring fashion 2017 - floral tea blouse

Satin Tea Blouse in Japanese Floral, $19.50, ASOS

2. Leggings with Style

Hot pink leggings with integrated shoes made their way into the Balenciaga collection, but we’re breaking that look down into a more wearable combo: bright leggings and sleek, open-toe booties. This season, you can break out of the black leggings mold and experiment with new colors and fabrics. Corduroy or velvet, anyone?

spring fashion 2017 must-haves - corduroy leggings

Lysse Corduroy Leggings, $35.20, Nordstrom


spring fashion 2017 must-haves - red velvet leggings

Velvet Leggings, $18.50, ASOS

3. Open-toe Booties

The open-toe bootie is a classic that can accompany nearly any trendy piece. They’ll look as great with your fancy new leggings as they will with the jeans you bought three years ago. For ultimate wearability, look for styles with minimal embellishments — no fringe, no big buckles — and a sturdy block heel.

spring fashion trends - open toe, black booties

Fergalicious Dazzle Peep Toe Bootie, $31.95, Shoebuy


spring fashion trends

Vince Camuto Edora Open Toe Bootie, $118.95, Shoebuy

4. Shirt Dress

While feminine styles were aplenty, the runways also featured a selection of menswear-inspired pieces, like mechanic-style jumpsuits from Hermes and Vanessa Seward and a pinstriped shirt-dress from Alexander Wang. That’s your signal to add a shirt dress or two to your wardrobe. We like options made of crisp fabrics that are long enough to pair with a belt. And you get bonus points for pinstripes!

spring fashion must-haves 2017- the man's shirt dress

Vero Moda Pinstripe Belted Shirt Dress, $53, ASOS

Spring fashion 2017 must haves - dark, oversized pinstriped shirt dress

Cotton Shirt Dress with Oversized Cuff, $34.50 (on sale), ASOS

5. Kimono Jacket

The kimono jacket is a timeless wardrobe pick and close cousin to the shirt-dress-and-belt combo. This style nods to the trench coats, cinched waists and belted robes (yes, that is a thing) that showed up in designer collections for the spring. Choose pieces with wide belts for the most impact.

spring fashion 2017 must-haves, long floral kimono jacket

Gestuz Missy Maxi Kimono Jacket, $96, ASOS

Those are our picks for spring fashion 2017 must-haves. Are any of these on your shopping list? Let us know! 

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