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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Affordable Spring '08 Trends & Where To Buy Them

I've scoured my favorite shopping sites to bring you my favorite picks for 3 of the hottest spring '08 fashion trends. I know it can be hard to get excited about lightweight dresses, flimsy sandals, and other warm weather attire when it's downright cold outside! Lucky for me, the sun is shining today and I was inspired to do some spring shopping research.

hippie styleFirst up is the 1970s hippie revival. This trend seems to reappear quite frequently, and fortunately, I still have a few handmade peasant tops that I picked up while on vacation in Mexico in the summer of '05. I also have a great peasant skirt with embroidery from Urban Outfitters that could double as a tube dress whe the weather warms up. Pictured above:

1. Sam & Max embroidered dress, Nordstrom, $44

2. Beaded necklace, Forever 21, $10.80

3. Ribbon floppy hat, Forever 21, $9.80

4. Steven by Steve Madden 'Insist' ankle boot, Nordstrom, $148.95

ombre fashion trend Ombre has been making a slow comeback for a couple of seasons, and now the trend has trickled down to the mass market. Too bad I just donated a gauzy pink ombre top from Esprit that I bought about 7 seven years ago. In fashion, what goes around comes around, so sometimes it's good to hold on to things! Pictured above:

1. Twilight blues ombre cardigan, Urban Outfitters, $19.99

2. Lux Twilight dress, Urban Outfitters, $78

3. Faded V-neck tunic, Forever 21, $22.80

menswear fashion trend

A carryover from fall, the menswear trend picks up strength for spring in the form of tailored pumps, crisp blouses, fitted vests, and wide-leg trousers. Pictured above:

1. Striped tuxedo shirt, Bebe, $69

2. Miley patent leather pump, Bebe, $149

Another important trend this spring will be safari-inspired details. It seems that Old Navy has caught on to this and currently has some great woven blouses and skirts on their website that exhibit this trend in an understated and elegant way.

Photo credit: Forever21.com, nordstrom.com, bebe.com, urbn.com