Ah, warm weather and the inevitable desire to shop. But just because your wardrobe needs an update doesn't mean your paycheck got any bigger (#truth). So, because we love you, we've broken down spring's best looks by budget. You're welcome.
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Stephania Stanley & Courtesy of Mango
Boyfriend Dressing
Even if you don't have a beau to actually borrow from, you can still get in on the "I-raided-his-closet" fun with a pair of slouchy low-slung jeans. (Bonus points if they look a little lived-in). Cash: Women's The Boyfriend Button-Fly Jeans in Jackson, $34; oldnavy.com Charge: Boyfriend Angie Jeans, $69.99; mango.com
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Courtesy of Zara & Net-a-Porter
Military Mania
Since the palette du jour is olive, gunmetal, khaki and camouflage print, we're totally feeling the army appeal. Instead of sporting a head-to-toe utilitarian uniform, look tough enough with an army jacket worn over your favorite strappy sundress. Cash: Zara Combined Army Jacket, $99.90; zara.com Charge: Current/Elliott The Infantry Cotton-Twill Jacket, $270; net-a-porter.com
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Courtesy of Nordstrom & Shopbop
'70s Statement Shoes
No disco? No problem. Thick soles and sky-high chunky heels are just as welcome on the sidewalk this season as they were at Studio 54 back in the day. The trick is to keep your outfit minimal so that your footwear really stands out. Cash: Steve Madden Jillyy Platform Sandal in Gold Glitter, $99.95; stevemadden.com Charge: KG Kurt Geiger Heidi Platform Sandals, $245; shopbop.com
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Courtesy of BooHoo & FarFetch
Go for (Dark) Gingham
Aside from floral, what other fabric print instantly evokes warm, happy thoughts of spring than Americana check? If an all-over plaid print frock feels too overwhelming, opt for an oversize boyfriend button-down instead. Cash: BooHoo Imogen Gingham Wrap Front Chiffon Blouse, $30; boohoo.com Charge: Hache Gingham Check Asymmetrical Dress, $386.97; farfetch.com
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Courtesy of TopShop & Ballet Beautiful
Ballerina Off-Duty
Five years later, the Black Swan effect is still going strong. In lieu of black leotard and frilly pink tutus, play the part of the prima fashionista in a long-sleeved top that ties off-to-the-side at the waist. Cash: TopShop Space Dye Ballet Wrap Top, $38; topshop.com Charge: Ballet Beautiful Belle Wrap-Front Knitted Jersey Top, $155; balletbeautiful.com
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