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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!

  • Monochrome Printed Blouse

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

  • Splurge!

    Thakoon Addition Graphic Print Blouse, 390; at Intermix

  • Splurge!

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

  • Steal!

    Polka Dot Blouse, $43; at Pixie Market

  • Steal!

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

  • Steal!

    Half Stripe Chiffon Shirt, $19.80; at Forever 21

  • Chic Crop Top

    Splurge! 

    Printed Crop Shirt, $122; at Pixie Market

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

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

  • Steal!
    Loose Cropped Sweater, $49.90; at Zara

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

  • Steal!

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

  • Statement Sweatshirt

    Splurge!

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

  • Splurge!

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

  • Splurge!

    Jeweled Sweatshirt, $118; at J.Crew

  • Steal!

    Sweater, $49.95; at H&M stores

  • Steal!

    Liz Claiborne Sport Print Sweatshirt, $25; at JCPenney

  • Steal!

    Crop Top, $36; at Topshop

  • Structured Satchel

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trench With A Twist

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

  • Splurge!

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

  • Splurge!

    Issey Miyake Cauliflower Trench Coat, $456.08; at Farfetch

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

  • Steal!

    Darling Flared Trench, $67.82; at ASOS

  • Steal!

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

  • Colorful Maxi

    Splurge!

    Rachel Pally Randi Skirt, $188; at Revolve Clothing

  • Splurge!

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

  • Splurge!

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

  • Steal!

    River Island Digital Print Skirt, $50.87; at ASOS

  • Steal!

    Ombre Maxi Skirt, $58; at Nasty Gal

  • Steal!

    Galaxy Adventure Skirt, $25; at Tobi

  • Ladylike Pumps

    Splurge! 

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

  • Splurge!

    Valentino Metallic Kitten Heel Pump, $801.88; at Farfetch

  • Splurge!

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

  • Steal!

    Black and White Combination Heels, $79.90; at Zara

  • Steal!

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

  • Steal!

    Rosie Pump, $58; at Need Supply Co.

  • Neon Sweater

    Splurge!

    Peter Jensen Waffle Knitted Sweater, $271.28; at ASOS

  • Splurge!

    Kenzo Fluorescent Sweater, $455; at SSense

  • Splurge!

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

  • Steal!

    Waffle Knit Sweater, $49; at Style by Marina

  • Steal!

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

  • Steal!

    V-Neck Button Cardigan, $44.50; at LOFT

  • Tailored Trousers

    Splurge!

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

  • Splurge!

    Lustre Twill Pants, $225; at J.Crew

  • Splurge!

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

  • Steal!

    Paisley Print Trouser, $59.90; at Zara

  • Steal!

    Working Girl Trouser Pant, $58; at Nasty Gal

  • Steal!

    Crepe Cuffed Joggers, $80; at Topshop

  • Bermuda Shorts

    Splurge!

    Todd Oldham Patchwork Shorts, $188; at Nasty Gal

  • Splurge!

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

  • Splurge!

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

  • Steal!

    Cargo Twill Shorts, $78; at Free People

  • Steal!

    Mural Flower Print Shorts, $48; at Nordstrom

  • Steal!

    City Shorts in Geo Print, $59.34; at ASOS

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Splurge vs. Steal: 12 Spring Essentials To Buy Now


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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