This is a guest post by Charlotte Martin. Charlotte is a freelance writer originally from Baltimore now living in Philadelphia. Her love of fashion has been a lifelong affair begun by playing dress-up in her mom's closet. When she's not writing about the latest trends in the fashion world, she can be found catching up on reality TV and exploring the bars and restaurants in the city.
When it comes to tracking down fashion trends and adapting them to fit the budget-conscious diva’s wallet, you just have to know where to look. Just because a style is in the store window with the “brand new” price tag to match, doesn’t mean you can’t find something very similar on a sale rack or in a less expensive store.
We did the legwork for you and found some of our favorite pieces that are totally on-trend with the latest looks seen on the runways for this spring. Being fashionable and frugal can go hand-in-hand, as we try to show you, and that doesn’t stop even when it comes to runway trends.
Here are the five fashion trends from the spring 2016 runways that you can wear for less without lacking style. You’ll be surprised at the affordable fashions we found for you!
1. The Choker
The infamous grungy decade is back and trendier than ever. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin have embraced it, sporting chokers in this article, and you should do the same and try the accessory staple of the era. Because the style has recently picked up so much popularity, you can find chokers in just about every price range, and this lace Akira one is only $12.90.
There’s another decade that’s back for round two, and it’s the groovy era of disco balls and hippy dippy style. Although suede might not be your first thought for a spring fabric, think again. According to this runway report, the material was seen at Rebecca Minkoff among others. Replicate the look with this steal—a Forever 21 faux suede dress for $27, in a bright brick color perfect for the season.
3. Slip Dresses
We love the slip dress for a variety of reasons. Perhaps because it’s a little risqué, yet unique, and also extremely versatile. You can easily un-sex these “sensual” pieces, as this article describes them, with the addition of more masculine accessories like a military jacket or ankle boots. We love this peek-a-boo Nasty Gal number for just $58.
4. Victorian Romance
This season, it seems that many designers took a look to the past for inspiration (fashion and history do have the tendency to repeat themselves, after all). For spring this year, maxi dresses are much more romantic, with ruffles and lace for days. For a trend that looks mighty expensive (but isn't!), we loved finding the Club L style in this collection for only $36.
As far as footwear goes, the mule is all the rage for spring. The flat, simple, slip-on style will no doubt be a go-to for fashionistas everywhere. The look might be a little more masculine for the girly types, so we found this great “how-to-wear” compilation to help you out, no matter your personal style. And you can’t go wrong with a neutral Cole Haan pair on clearance for about $60.