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On a budget?
Updating a spring wardrobe – even if only incorporating a few pieces – can get expensive. Here are a few items we found around town that won’t break the bank.
Lace: Lace-Front Raglan Top in cream, $15.80; Forever 21, Glenbrook Square
Neon: L’Amour Nanette Lepore Sleeveless Back-Zip Babydoll Dress, $30; JC Penney, Glenbrook Square
Black and white: Tiered Sleeveless Striped Top, $34.95; New York & Company, Glenbrook Square
Tropical prints: Pineapple print dress with scalloped hem, $52; Apricot Lane, Jefferson Pointe
Mint: Gloria Vanderbilt Cadence Skinny Ankle Jeans in “hint of mint,” $39.99; Kohl’s stores and
– Kimberly Dupps Truesdell, The Journal Gazette
Trend report

Peek at spring’s closet

Jon Josef shoes
Nanette Lepore blouse
Elaine Turner clutch
Washington Post photos

Neons. Warm-weather leather. Enough black and white to outfit a million Coco Chanel clones. So many trends are buzzing around this spring, a stylista could suffer whiplash. To avoid visits to the fashion emergency room, we suggest a prudent treatment. Dose your closet with a single new item at a time: tropical-print shoes, a lace top, maybe jeans in “it” color mint.

“Yes, a few of these ideas can be mixed, say lace shorts with a bright print,” says Julie Egermayer, owner of the Violet Boutique in Washington. “But the easiest trend? Black and white. It’s something we come around to again and again.” Sort of like spring itself.


Formerly prim, lace gets racy when sewn onto short shorts. Black Sheep shorts ($68,; and Melissa “Prism” wedges ($145) and Alexis Bittar bangles ($155 each), both available at


Tame the shades of traffic signs and 1980s Madonna videos by pairing them with crisp white. Tibi peplum top ($350, Bloomingdale’s); Hudson jeans ($165, Bloomingdale’s); vegan “leather” clutch ($49) and faux gem necklace ($24), both from Violet Boutique; CC Skye bracelet ($315,; and Kate Spade sunglasses ($138,

Black and white

The classic non-color on non-color combo looks fresh in new shapes and styles. Tracy Reese convertible silk pleat shorts ($248,; Maeve black tank ($68, Anthropologie); Alexis Bittar black and white rings ($35 each, The Shoe Hive); Charming Charlie belt ($8, Charming Charlie stores and; and L.K. Bennett “Sandy” strappy heels ($365,

Tropical prints

Are-we-in-Jamaica? patterns scream spring break – in a non-trashy-movie way. BB Dakota pants and tank ($78 and $78, South Moon Under); Remi & Reed belt ($42, South Moon Under); CC Skye cuff ($175, Bishop Boutique); long necklace ($16, Violet Boutique); and MICHAEL Michael Kors wooden “Josephine” wedges ($185,


Skin is now also in for hotter months. It’s especially nice paired with ice-cream-dreamy mint. Vince gray leather motorcycle jacket and gray T-shirt ($995 and $78, Bloomingdale’s); Modern Supply Clothiers mint-green chinos ($88, Bloomingdale’s); and Target bracelet ($20, Target stores).


Nanette Lepore coral blouse ($228, Bloomingdale’s); Elaine Turner black and white clutch ($75,; Jon Josef pastel blue raffia shoes ($140, The Shoe Hive); and J. Crew mint and teal bag ($295, J. Crew stores).