Spring is still in and out (it’s so cold and windy here lately but it’s almost May!), but everyone’s still trying to stay positive and dress like the sun is shining and birds are chirping. My spring style lately has been different than I thought it’d be. Limited because I share a closet in my small dorm room, I mostly just have some transition pieces and a lot of tank tops to work with. So my style has gone towards the tomboy-ish side of things. No flowing maxi skirts for me (I left mine at home!); it’s all about cropped jeans and Keds lookalike sneakers. I’m kinda digging my more laid-back looks, so I thought I’d share some budget-friendly ways to achieve an easy-breezy, casual look.
It all started with me vowing to wear two pairs of sneakers I had bought the spring before more often. Both are from H&M and are Keds-style – one gray and cotton, the other pair blue. I’ve found it fairly easy to incorporate them into my looks, and I can’t help but feel like that cool, casual girl that can be completely dressed down but still look chic. They’re comfortable, they go with a lot, and the best part – they’re cheap. Go for a real pair of Keds for at least $40, or pick cheaper version a la H&M or Charlotte Russe – ranging from $12-$23.
The perfect bottoms to wear with those sneakers – a pair of cropped jeans (preferably destroyed). I have an old pair from Charlotte Russe that get more ripped every season, which I love. Uniqlo has a cool, boyfriend-shaped version for $40, and Mango has some chic options for only $25. Wear white for a nautical look, boyfriend jeans for around town, or a true-blue pair for picnics and summer events.
All you need to complete your look is a cute tank or tee. This is where you let your personality and style shine through. Wear a button-down tank for a more put-together and feminine look, studded or vintage tanks for cool girl vibe, and graphic tees to bring a little more edge. All of these shirts are $25 or less, and you’re sure to find countless others at these stores (especially H&M – I just scored some great tanks there on sale).
Be coo, be casual, and also be fabulous with these great pieces that’ll take you through spring, summer, and fall.