Spring Getaway – Five Different Outfits with Five Must-Have Spring Basics

Glory hallelujah! Spring break is here! Well, not quite, but since I only have class separating me from that sweet week of relaxation, I can’t get spring out of my mind. Today, I am talking about my top five closet must haves (all under $50!) and showing you all five different outfit combinations. Of course, there are many more ways to wear, especially if you like to get creative with your closet! Basics are a great way to get your closet rolling into a new season without having to break the bank. Since they tend to go with everything (hence the term “basic”) you can create several different outfits using only one piece. This allows you to save up for those more unique (and possibly more expensive) items that might not be quite as easy to wear!

PS: If you’re traveling over spring break, basics are another great way to get you through your trip without having to check too many bags!

 Outfit One

Outfit 1

I live in these American Apparel leotards all summer! I, personally, have three different colors and sleeve lengths. They are perfect for layering that that open back is to die for! If you love showing off some skin, while still keeping it classy, you need to get one of these immediately. In this outfit, I have paired the leotard with another one of my spring basics, the scalloped short! Universally flattering, a scalloped edge short is a classic silhouette that looks super professional (as long as you keep them at an appropriate length) but doesn’t compromise on interest. Basically, it’s like taking your favorite pair of linen shorts and adding just a hint of spice.

Outfit Two

 outfit 2

First off, you can’t go wrong with a pleated skirt! When choosing a “basic” item, you don’t have to always stray away from prints. Simple and small patterns like polka-dots and stripes, especially in black and white, can go with anything! If you are a master pattern mixer, try a funky monochromatic floral or animal print! Patterned basics, like this skirt, are my go-to item this spring!

Outfit Three

Outfit3

This outfit is an absolute dream! When I found this dress on Forever 21 for only $25, I knew I had to have it. This little denim dress is a blank-canvas for layering! I went “french girl” chic by layering my leotard under the dress. This adds a little hint of pattern, and also is perfect for those chillier spring days! Throw on a pair of white sneakers and a cute hat and you’re ready for a perfect day out!

Outfit Four

 Outfit 4

Since the last outfit layered UNDER the dress, I just had to throw this super chic sweater over our basic denim dress! A lightweight sweater is a life-saver in the spring, especially in the south, as those rainy days can get rather cold. Also, if you get too warm you can always rock your sweater 90s style and tie it around your waist as an interesting accessory!

Outfit Five

Outfit 5

Personally, I will never stop singing the praises of the graphic sweater! A simple graphic sweater is the definition of a must-have basic. It looks amazing paired with a pattern (as seen in outfit two), but it also can act as the focal part of your look. With a graphic sweater, you will never feel sloppy or under-dressed. Pair it with denim shorts or go for a more “up-town” look by pairing it with some linen shorts and heels. This will be one purchase you won’t regret!

5 Plaid Street Style Looks to Copy

The Plaid Coat

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 We have had a pretty mild winter in my sweet southern home, but as January nears the weather is getting colder and I have found myself finally needing a real winter coat. The plaid coat is one of the cutest and (easiest) styles I have seen this season. The best part about the sudden popularity of the plaid coat is that it can now be found in a variety of silhouettes, making it perfect for every body type!

Here are some of my favorites:

Save: Nasty Gal (70% Off Sale!)

Smart Buy: ModCloth (50% Off!)

Splurge: Topshop

The Babydoll Dress

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Who doesn’t love a good babydoll dress? They are a classic feminine style that never seems to get old! Add some plaid, a cute peter-pan collar and some tights and you have the perfect winter dress!

Check out these affordable styles:

Maude ($45)

Forever 21 ($23)

ASOS ($51)

The Tailored Plaid Pant

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Straight from the 1960s, the plaid trouser is a more flattering alternative to plaid leggings. Tucked in with a turtleneck (as styled by my blogger crush on the left) or styled with an graphic sweater, these pants are to die for!

Styles I love:

Save: ModCloth (50% Off!)

Smart Buy: Gap ($48)

Splurge: Piperlime ($190)

Just For Fun: These Nasty Gal pants may not be tailored but they are just great!

The Wool Skirt

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Ever since the 90s I have been obsessed with the plaid skirt, in fact many a childhood picture features the fashion staple. Although my taste is now a little more Gossip Girl and a little less Britney Spears, I’m still crushing on this seasons Wool and Plaid trend.

Three different styles to try:

The Flare Mini: Ruche ($49)

Above the Knee: Lauren by Ralph Lauren ($112)

The Classic Pencil: Madewell ($98)

Just for fun:

Rumor has it my girl T-Swift and I are rocking the same Banana Republic Plaid Fit and Flare skirt this winter. It is currently sold out online but can still be purchased in select stores!