Spring has finally sprung, and the urge to shop for new clothes is almost as strong as the need to find a way to pay for them. Luckily, you don't have to spend a lot to look great this season. The biggest looks combine versatility with all-American style, and you only need five must-haves to update your wardrobe. Armed with these lists of essentials for him and her (and where to get them), you can even sneak your look into fall without spending a fortune.
1. The Shawl
Every Recessionista needs one of these versatile, functional, go-anywhere pieces. Use it to add color to a black dress, wear it as a sarong on the beach, or throw it over your shoulders in an air-conditioned theater. I love the oversized seasonless choices from Virginia Johnson.
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2. The Funky Sandal
If you're not jumping up and down about the Gladiator look, there are a ton of equally cool styles to choose from. Colored leather, metallics, and strappy wovens are on the shoes du jour. Urban Outfitters has one of the best selections of fun sandals for under $40.
3. The Boyfriend Blazer
Picking up one of these in a neutral color will take you straight through 'til fall. Wear it over a girly dress, short shorts or any of these season's skinny pants and you have a look that is not only modern, but can translate from work to evening (or from interview to cocktail hour!) Check out Club Monaco's selection and try and snag one from their back-room sale section.
4. The Wrap Dress
When it comes to versatility, you can't beat a classic wrap dress. Doll it up with heels and strong accessories for evening, or dress it down with flip-flops and a scarf for brunch...
Check out more recession-friendly spring styles for men and women on Recessionwire!
—Written by Julie Greene for Recessionwire.
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