From virtual events to intimate lunches with close friends, my spring calendar is slowly and surely on its way to getting booked up. Part of me still wants to spend 95% of my time indoors snuggled up in a sweatshirt for the rest of the foreseeable future, but the time has come to start wearing real clothes, and I'm on the hunt for fun and affordable options to take me through the season.
My friends, who have been my go-to's for spring inspiration, recently put together some of the chicest looks I've seen in a minute, and honestly, I still can't believe that they all hit the under-$250 mark. From how to incorporate a trendy touch to the virtual wedding I'm attending to packing a bag full of cool classics for a weekend away, I'm eyeing these four stylish looks all found at Macy's.
A Touch of Trend
If you're an avid reader of Who What Wear, you know cut-outs are a major trend of the season, and what better way to pull them off than by styling something like this dress for a dinner date with friends. Anneliese Dominguez suggests this tangerine version with a pair of white strappy heels, and I'm here for the sorbet tones.
Avec Les Filles Cut-Out Rib Knit Midi Dress ($99)
Love the poppy shade here.
Guess Aubrea Dress Sandals ($79)
These under-$100 strappy sandals are extremely occasion-ready.
Melie Bianco Claire Small Vegan Leather Shoulder Bag ($79)
The early-'00s called, and it's begging you to throw this baguette-shaped bag over your shoulder.
Keeping It Casual
Kelsey Floyd is my resident loungewear girl, and I love the way she puts together ensembles that feel so effortless and cool. I have a few play-dates planned this season with friends I haven't seen in over a year, and a look like this easy cardigan-and-shorts combo is perfect for running around with toddlers but still looking as stylish as can be.
Cotton On Reid Button Through Cardigan ($20)
The dainty floral print on this cropped cardigan gives all the spring vibes.
Cotton On Poppy Pull On Shorts ($25)
Cool and effortless.
For something that requires a little more dressing up, like a small engagement party with close friends, I love a statement top and skirt combo à la Keyma Morgan. The style-setter has a knack for incorporating color into her wardrobe, and I'm taking cues by adding an interesting top with cut-out details and ruched sleeves to my spring wardrobe.
International Concepts Printed Ruched Keyhole Top ($32)
I still can't believe this top is under $50—it looks way more expensive than it actually is.
International Concepts x Misa Hylton Eyelet Skirt ($90)
Also feeling this skirt with sneakers and a racerback tank.
I vowed to myself that if I am to wear pants this season, I'll try to think of outfits that steer clear of denim and maybe even dabble in a little floral print. A wide-leg pant situation (Natalie Cantell's go-to) is a classic way to pull off looking put-together but low-key.
Cotton On Wide Rib Tee ($15)
You really need a classic white tee in your wardrobe at all times, but my favorite element about Natalie's pick is the ribbed cotton that gives it a slight '90s vibe.
Roxy Midnight Avenue Printed Wide-Leg Pants ($36)
Secretly extremely comfortable.
Similar option here.
Ray-Ban Hexagonal Flat Sunglasses ($154)
Fashion people love these vintage-inspired frames.
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