Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

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With spring hovering right around the corner, we’re all looking forward to pushing aside our dreary, winter wardrobes and making room for some lighter, brighter spring staples.

We’re not exactly running out and buying a whole new wardrobe (that would be more than a little impractical), we do know that a new season calls for some fun new things to wear. The key here is knowing which spring essentials to invest in (a.k.a. splurges), and which to buy at more affordable prices (a.k.a. steals).

From runway-inspired pieces like black-and-white stripes and crop tops to seasonal must-haves like a modern trench or a colorful maxi dress, we’ve mapped out a few key items that we consider to be essential ingredients for a killer spring 2013 wardrobe. And: To make your shopping experience even better, we’ve included options that range in price you’re looking to treat yourself to a (well-deserved!) splurge, or save some cash with a few steals.

Click through the gallery above to start building your spring essentials collection—no matter what your budget. Happy shopping!

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  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Click through for a look at 12 spring essentials to buy now—in every price range!

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Monochrome Printed Blouse

    Splurge!
    Equipment Earl Exciter Stud Print Blouse, $288.00; at Equipment

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now
    Splurge!

    Thakoon Addition Graphic Print Blouse, 390; at Intermix

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Audrey printed stretch-georgette blouse, $225; at DKNY 

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Polka Dot Blouse, $43; at Pixie Market

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Shirt With Layered Collar And Monochrome Panels, $61.04; at ASOS

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Half Stripe Chiffon Shirt, $19.80; at Forever 21

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Chic Crop Top

    Splurge! 

    Printed Crop Shirt, $122; at Pixie Market

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!
    Tibi Leather Crop Top, $398; at Tibi

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!
    Victoria Beckham Denim Boxy Cropped Tee, $125; at Bergdorf Goodman

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!
    Loose Cropped Sweater, $49.90; at Zara

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!
    Boutique Lyla Racer Front Crop Top, $36; at BooHoo

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    MINKPINK 'Oh La La' Off Shoulder Crop Top, $44; at Nordstrom

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Statement Sweatshirt

    Splurge!

    3.1 Phillip Lim Leopard-Sleeve Sweatshirt, $550; at Saks Fifth Avenue

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    Splurge!

    3/4 Sleeve Chest Pocket Quilted Sweatshirt, $92.99; at Lacoste

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    Splurge!

    Jeweled Sweatshirt, $118; at J.Crew

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Sweater, $49.95; at H&M stores

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Liz Claiborne Sport Print Sweatshirt, $25; at JCPenney

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Crop Top, $36; at Topshop

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Structured Satchel

    Splurge!
    Sophie Hulme Envelope Mini Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag, $415; at Net-a-Porter

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!
    Pashli Mini Satchel, $625; at 3.1 Phillip Lim

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!
    Robinson Spectator Middy Satchel, $525; at Tory Burch 

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!
    Kristen Cross Body Bag, $89.99; at Vince Camuto

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!
    Buckled Canvas Satchel, $32; at Forever 21

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!
    Kimchi Blue Glossy Satchel, $49; at Urban Outfitters

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Trench With A Twist

    Splurge!
    Crossweave-Sleeve Trench, $178; at Madewell

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    Splurge!

    A.P.C. New Classic Trench, $575; La Garconne

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    Splurge!

    Issey Miyake Cauliflower Trench Coat, $456.08; at Farfetch

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!
    S
    teve Madden Colorblock Trench Coat, $98; at Nordstrom

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Darling Flared Trench, $67.82; at ASOS

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Leather Sleeve Contrast Trench Coat, $88; at Pixie Market

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Colorful Maxi

    Splurge!

    Rachel Pally Randi Skirt, $188; at Revolve Clothing

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    Splurge!

    Alice + Olivia Shannon Printed Chiffon Maxi Skirt, $484; at Net-a-Porter

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Alice by Temperly London Long Nijinsky Print Skirt, $490; at Shopbop

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    River Island Digital Print Skirt, $50.87; at ASOS

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Ombre Maxi Skirt, $58; at Nasty Gal

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Galaxy Adventure Skirt, $25; at Tobi

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Ladylike Pumps

    Splurge! 

    Contessa Snakeskin-Bow Pumps, $278; at J.Crew

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Valentino Metallic Kitten Heel Pump, $801.88; at Farfetch

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Manolo Blahnik Lace BB, $695; at Saks Fifth Avenue

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Black and White Combination Heels, $79.90; at Zara

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Python Pointy Ankle Strap Heels, $60; at Pixie Market

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Rosie Pump, $58; at Need Supply Co.

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Neon Sweater

    Splurge!

    Peter Jensen Waffle Knitted Sweater, $271.28; at ASOS

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Kenzo Fluorescent Sweater, $455; at SSense

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Tes Giberson Pierced Plate Sweater in Neon Blue, $450; at Forward by Elyse Walker 

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Waffle Knit Sweater, $49; at Style by Marina

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Cropped Cable-Knit Pullover, $12.50; at Charlotte Russe

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    V-Neck Button Cardigan, $44.50; at LOFT

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Tailored Trousers

    Splurge!

    Alice + Olivia Tie Dye Arthur Pants, $242; at Shopbop

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Lustre Twill Pants, $225; at J.Crew

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Mara Hoffman Pleated Silk Pants, $173.23; at The Outnet

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Paisley Print Trouser, $59.90; at Zara

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Working Girl Trouser Pant, $58; at Nasty Gal

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Crepe Cuffed Joggers, $80; at Topshop

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Bermuda Shorts

    Splurge!

    Todd Oldham Patchwork Shorts, $188; at Nasty Gal

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Current/Elliott The Army Bermuda Shorts, $218; at Shopbop

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Splurge!

    Marni Printed silk shorts, $550; at Net-a-Porter

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Cargo Twill Shorts, $78; at Free People

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    Mural Flower Print Shorts, $48; at Nordstrom

  • Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now

    Steal!

    City Shorts in Geo Print, $59.34; at ASOS

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