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Spring Fashion On a Budget

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Christina Morgera

Rebecca Martelotti
Staff Writer

From fun, feminine clothes
 to studded shorts and leather jackets, there is something about spring fashion sure to suit everyone. Spring trends are hitting retail stores, as the season slowly begins to change. As a college student
on a budget, it can be depressing seeing all the new clothes and not being able to splurge on the most coveted items.

Spring is a time when jackets are not only instyle, but needed. With the weather slowly starting
to warm up, pairing a jacket with
a summer outfit is an effortless way to stay warm. Right now, denim vests are trendy. They can be purchased at retailers such as Bloomingdales and Nordstrom costing between $50.00$70.00.
If you do not want to purchase one, you can make one yourself; simply cut the sleeves off a denim jacket you no longer use!

Leather jackets are also in for spring, especially colored ones, such as beige, gray and blue and ones with studs. sells a studded leather jacket for $80.00.

Popular stores for college students including, Urban Outtfitters, Victoria Secret’s, Anthropologie and Abercrombie, are close by in Americana Manhasset on Northern Boulevard and Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City on Old Country Road. Victoria’s Secret sells popular spring items like shorts, cropped sweatpants, hooded jackets and classic v neck tees. They always have coupon deals and online sales. For the shirts, they offer a 2 for $40.00 deal.

Other stores, geared towards college students that are also close to campus include Ruby and Jenna in Plainview on South Oyster Bay Road, Reign Boutique on Merrick Road and Lester’s in Greenvale on Northern Boulevard. Lauren Pizzimenti, a sophomore Health Sciences major and Business minor, said, “The Wheatley Plaza Shopping Center on Glen Cove Road at Northern Boulevard in Greenvale has stores like Scoop NYC and

Vince Camuto, but those are definitely more expensive.”

There are many different ways to look like you just left the runway without having to pay the high fashion prices. Websites such as and have clothes at cheaper prices. Also, register for discount sites like and that have different brands and designers everyday at discounted prices.

Shorts are guaranteed to make an appearance during spring weather. There is nothing better than feeling the sun on your skin for the first time in months. Denim shorts, ripped and studded, are trendy right now. An alternative to purchasing shorts can be to cut old jeans into shorts. With a stud kit, you can easily add studs to your shorts without spending money. For those of us who are less crafty, shorts can be purchased from retailers like Lester’s, Free People, Lord and Taylor, and many others. Brands like 7 For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion, and Joe’s Jeans offer a variety of denim shades and styles.

Shorts, jeans, pants and skirts can be worn with virtually anything on top. Throw on a baby doll top, a tight fitting tank, a leather jacket, or a cozy sweater. “My favorite spring clothes are jeans and a cute sweater or long sleeve off the shoulder with ballet flats or boots,” said Pizzimenti. “I wear gold jewelry only and always my watch.”

Day dresses and maxi dresses are a must have item in spring. They are not only comfortable and stylish, but they are so easy to just throw on in the morning and go on with the day. Floral print and bright colored dresses are fun to wear in the spring. Wear dresses with a jacket and flip flops or wedges.

Spring shoes include wedges and t sandals. Brands like Sam Edelman and DV Dolce Vita
sell for $60.00 and they can be purchased from Nordstrom or Bloomingdales. For cheaper prices, go to, they sell hundreds of shoe brands, and have free shipping and returns.

Havaianas have adorable flip flops and are relatively cheap. They can be purchased at as well as many retailers. Designer Tory Burch also has fun patterned and colored flip flops for the spring, but they are a bit pricey, starting at $60.00 and get as expensive as $300.00.

“I personally love the Tory Burch flip flops. They are expensive but I feel most shoes are,” said Alyssa Yannuzzi, a sophomore Public Relations major. “I wear mine almost every day during the summertime.”

Of course, sunglasses become an accessory worn on most once the weather heats up. “Sunglasses are my favorite accessory to every outfit and my Rebecca Minkoff

black tote,” said Pizzimenti. The most popular sunglasses would be designer like the RayBan Aviators and Wayfarers. Other designers like Michael Kors, Burberry, and Coach also have highly coveted sunglasses. These are all a bit pricey, usually starting from $150.00. If you can’t splurge, you can buy a pair cheap for about $30.00 at Urban Outfitters, Zara, or Topshop, among others.

Without paying expensive prices for spring fashions, a girl can still look stylish and put together. Try some DIYs and buy clothes early at discounted prices. Save your money for the summer parties, and still look fashionable while attending.

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