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!

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Casual Contrast… A bold look for everyday wear

You know those pieces that we have stuck in the back of our closets? The ones that we couldn’t live without, but then never quite figured out how to wear? Yeah, I thought you would. Well for me, that “piece” are these amazing floral pants. I saw them when I was working at my old job and I simply had to have them. Honestly, how could anyone pass these up? However, when I got home, nothing quite worked. I tried t-shirts, tunics, stripes, basically anything I could even think of. Then I remembered this Brandy Melville Kimono I had purchased last summer before I went on vacation and then stuffed in the back of my closet. After that, this outfit basically styled itself. The high-contrast floral goes perfectly with the burgundy of the overlay, so I wore a simple silk camisole as a neutral in the colorful look. I then decided I wanted a pair of heels to add some femininity to this edgy look and these wedges worked perfectly and of course some layered necklaces, help bring a little more interest to the top of the outfit. I am loving this colorful look, especially since it proves to my boyfriend that not all impulse buys go unloved.

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Kimono: Brandy Melville (old,floral version here), Pants: Riffraff, Shoes: Unknown (blue here, similar here), Jewelry: Riffraff