Spring Fashion Trends: From The Runway To Your Closet

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Spring is finally here! And in San Diego that means we are definitely basking in sunlight, balmy-er temps, and ladies are starting to replace boots and scarves with sandals and maxi dresses.

New York Fashion Week was just a few months ago, and the wearable trends for this spring are already available at most of our favorite big box stores as well as many local boutiques, if you’re willing to hunt for them.

Everyone loves a good sale and it makes it much easier to stay on trend if you shop less expensive stores. On, Bridget Lappert, founder of the site, uses wardrobe pieces that are under $100. When it comes to getting what’s in this season, there’s no reason you can’t get those spring items for well under triple digits.

Where to score this cheap and trendy swag? From big box stores to boutiques and online, Lappert scoured the internet and the streets of San Diego to bring you some of the most wearable trends for this spring all under $100. Yep, this is real life. Here we go.

fashion1 1. Floral

Now, floral isn’t some earth shattering new trend that is rocking the fashion world. Floral has been around for a while, but this season it’s a little less girly and a bit more literal and artistic.

Where you can get it online or at big box stores:

Prabaly Gurung for Target $50

Prabal Gurung’s collection for Target was a pretty hot seller. Many Target locations sold out very quickly. If you’re loving this dress I suggest ordering it. Your local Target might not have it anymore.

Nasty Gal Floral Pants $25

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Where to get it in SD:

fashion3Eden Boutique (520 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101) – This boutique is in the heart of the Gaslamp District (Just around the corner from Searsucker). They carry everything from clothing to handbags and accessories from up and coming designers. This great maxi skirt is available in a really cool floral-ish print for $56.

fashion4Mimi and Red (3032 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92104) – With locations in North Park and La Jolla, this is a favorite boutique in San Diego. All of the salespeople are excited to answer questions and help you find that special something. Many accessory treasures can be found here as well as trendy clothing items at low prices – especially for a boutique. 

2. Bold Stripes

Big, bold and uncomplicated. Bold stripes made a big statement this season on the NYFW runways and are easy to pull of in an everyday look. From a suit jacket to a simple top and skinny jeans or cropped pants, stripes are certainly a statement and they aren’t too hard to find in flattering silhouettes for all body types.

Where you can get it online or at big box stores:

Peplum Stripes Blazer $50 –

The peplum silhouette of this blazer is very flattering and will give you a power lady edge. On top of the stripe trend that you’d be rocking with this number, black and white is also a big spring trend. Two trends with one jacket AND it’s only $50. Eh oh!

Striped Dress $23 – Forever21

Thanks, Forever21! You’re always the first to get them trends and keep those cute things at a price that makes my wallet happy. This dress channels a bit of Dolce & Gabbana’s line – just the right amount of nautical with a wink of sweetness.

Where to get it in SD:

fashion7Vocabulary (414 W. Cedar St. Little Italy, San Diego) – As if Little Italy wasn’t adorable enough, this little gem of quirky class and style sits right in the heart of it! This whimsical boutique is filled with tons of bright spring colors, feminine statement pieces and special treasures from some of San Diego’s best jewelry and accessory designers.

fashon8Eden Boutique – This adorable tank is at Eden Boutique for $48. Perfect with everything from a cute pair of bermuda shorts to a simple skirt.

3. Exotic Prints and Textiles

fashion9Print and fabrics are a great way to express your personal style with something a little more unexpected. Designer’s from Vera Wang to Marchesa channeled their inner globe trotter and gave us vibrant patterns and flowing textiles.

Where you can get it online or at big box stores:

AKIRA – Tribal Print Cutout Dress $43

This Chicago based retailer tailors the merchandise, music, and visuals in each store to reflect the signature style of its geographical location. Dresses, denim, jewelry and handbags from over 200 designer brands and smaller fashion houses are available at Akira, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

Volcom Spirit Animal Skirt – $40 

Channel your inner skate rat San Diegans! Grab this tribal print bodycon skirt and hit the beach or the taco shop. It’ll work with everything from a collared shirt to a simple tank and gladiator sandals.

Where to get it in SD:

fashion111. Dolcetti Boutique (635 5th Ave  San Diego, CA 92101)Owned by Minet and Natalie, it’s pretty obvious that this sister duo loves all things fashion. They have a plethora of one of a kind dresses, tops and accessories. Stop in and pick up some of the latest trends or get your hair done – their hair salon A Style Concierge is right upstairs!

fashion122. VocabularyThis oober cute a flowy top is at Vocabulary for $64. It would be cute with pants but summer is just around the corner, it could work as a pool cover up too.

Special Thanks to Bridget Lappert from San Diego based for contributing this story. is quickly becoming one of the nation’s hottest new blogs for young women for those wanting a cashmere life on a cotton budget.

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