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

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  • LONG SLEEVE EARL EXCITER STUD PRINT $288.00.jpg

    Monochrome Printed Blouse

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

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  • Thakoon Addition Graphic Print Blouse.jpg
    Splurge!

    Thakoon Addition Graphic Print Blouse, 390; at Intermix

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  • NY Audrey printed stretch-georgette blouse, $225.jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • Polka Dot Blouse, $43.jpg

    Steal!

    Polka Dot Blouse, $43; at Pixie Market

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  • ASOS Shirt With Layered Collar And Monochrome Panels, $61.04.jpg

    Steal!

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

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  • Half Stripe Chiffon Shirt, $19.80.jpg

    Steal!

    Half Stripe Chiffon Shirt, $19.80; at Forever 21

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  • Printed Crop Shirt, $122.jpg

    Chic Crop Top

    Splurge! 

    Printed Crop Shirt, $122; at Pixie Market

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

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

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    Steal!
    Loose Cropped Sweater, $49.90; at Zara

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

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    Steal!

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

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  •  3.1 Phillip Lim Leopard-Sleeve Sweatshirt, $550.jpg

    Statement Sweatshirt

    Splurge!

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

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  • 3:4 Sleeve Chest Pocket Quilted Sweatshirt, $92.99.jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • Jeweled Sweatshirt, $118.jpg

    Splurge!

    Jeweled Sweatshirt, $118; at J.Crew

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  • Sweater, $49.95.jpg

    Steal!

    Sweater, $49.95; at H&M stores

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  • Liz Claiborne Sport Print Sweatshirt, $25.jpg

    Steal!

    Liz Claiborne Sport Print Sweatshirt, $25; at JCPenney

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  • Crop Top (2), $36.jpg

    Steal!

    Crop Top, $36; at Topshop

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    Structured Satchel

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

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

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

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  • Kristen Yellow Cross Body Bag, $89.99.jpg

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

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

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

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  • Crossweave-Sleeve Trench, $178.jpg

    Trench With A Twist

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

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  • A.P.C. New Classic Trench, $575.jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • Issey Miyake Cauliflower Trench Coat, $456.08.jpg

    Splurge!

    Issey Miyake Cauliflower Trench Coat, $456.08; at Farfetch

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  • Steve Madden Colorblock Trench Coat, $98.jpg

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

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  • Darling Flared Trench, $67.82.jpg

    Steal!

    Darling Flared Trench, $67.82; at ASOS

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  • Leather Sleeve Contrast Trench Coat, $88.jpg

    Steal!

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

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  • Rachel Pally Randi Skirt, $188.jpg

    Colorful Maxi

    Splurge!

    Rachel Pally Randi Skirt, $188; at Revolve Clothing

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  • Alice&Olivia Shannon printed chiffon maxi skirt, $484.jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • Alice by Temperly London Long Nijinsky Print Skirt, $490.jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • River Island Digital Print Skirt, $50.87.jpg

    Steal!

    River Island Digital Print Skirt, $50.87; at ASOS

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  • Ombre Maxi Skirt, $58.jpg

    Steal!

    Ombre Maxi Skirt, $58; at Nasty Gal

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  • Galaxy Adventure Skirt, $25.jpg

    Steal!

    Galaxy Adventure Skirt, $25; at Tobi

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  • Contessa Snakeskin-Bow Pumps, $278.jpg

    Ladylike Pumps

    Splurge! 

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

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  • Valentino metallic kitten heel pump, $801.88.jpg

    Splurge!

    Valentino Metallic Kitten Heel Pump, $801.88; at Farfetch

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  • Manolo Blahnik Lace BB.jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • Black and White Combination Heels, $79.90.jpg

    Steal!

    Black and White Combination Heels, $79.90; at Zara

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  • Python pointy ankle strap heels, $60.jpg

    Steal!

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

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  • Rosie Pump, $58.jpg

    Steal!

    Rosie Pump, $58; at Need Supply Co.

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  • Peter Jensen Waffle Knitted Sweater, $271.28.jpg

    Neon Sweater

    Splurge!

    Peter Jensen Waffle Knitted Sweater, $271.28; at ASOS

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    Splurge!

    Kenzo Fluorescent Sweater, $455; at SSense

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    Splurge!

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

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  • Waffle Knit Sweater, $49.jpg

    Steal!

    Waffle Knit Sweater, $49; at Style by Marina

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    Steal!

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

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    Steal!

    V-Neck Button Cardigan, $44.50; at LOFT

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  • alice + olivia Tie Dye Arthur Pants, $242.jpg

    Tailored Trousers

    Splurge!

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

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  • Lustre Twill Pants, $225.jpg

    Splurge!

    Lustre Twill Pants, $225; at J.Crew

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  • Mara Hoffman Pleated Silk Pants, $173.23.jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • Paisley Print Trouser, $59.90.jpg

    Steal!

    Paisley Print Trouser, $59.90; at Zara

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  • Working Girl Trouser Pant, $58.jpg

    Steal!

    Working Girl Trouser Pant, $58; at Nasty Gal

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  • Crepe Cuffed Joggers, $80.jpg

    Steal!

    Crepe Cuffed Joggers, $80; at Topshop

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  • Todd Oldham Patchwork Shorts, $188.jpg

    Bermuda Shorts

    Splurge!

    Todd Oldham Patchwork Shorts, $188; at Nasty Gal

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  • Current:Elliott The Army Bermuda Shorts, $218.jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • MARNI Printed silk shorts, .jpg

    Splurge!

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

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  • Cargo Twill Shorts, $78.jpg

    Steal!

    Cargo Twill Shorts, $78; at Free People

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  • Flower Print Shorts, $48.jpg

    Steal!

    Mural Flower Print Shorts, $48; at Nordstrom

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  • City Shorts in Geo Print, $59.34.jpg

    Steal!

    City Shorts in Geo Print, $59.34; at ASOS

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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!

More on StyleCaster: Spring 2013 shopping ideas, top spring trends, and amazing spring pieces!

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