From CollegeFashion: 4 Spring Must-Haves for Under $50

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Usually I feature items that I consider timeless; things that you can wear again and again no matter the season. For the very last edition of the Fashion Essentials series, I’ve decided to highlight something that a lot of people either skip entirely or go overboard on: seasonal trends.

I consider trendy items essentials in a college girl’s wardrobe. Adding a trendy item to an outfit full of classics is a fun way to experiment with fashion, and proves you know “what’s in”. However, having a closet full of last season’s hottest trends isn’t realistic or smart: trendy items should be simply for fun, and not investment pieces or long-lasting essentials. Because no one wants to spend big money on short-term items, I’m going to focus on spring trend essentials for under $50.

1. Clear Accessories

Transparent jewelry and accessories were hot trends on the runway this spring. Fendi’s spring show featured clear lucite clutches (above right) and wedges, while Burberry Prorsum sent models down the runway with transparent amber bangles on their arms.

I think clear accessories can be integrated into many different styles: they can be super modern with a sleek, monochrome outfit, or fun and girly with spring florals. A thick, clear lucite bangle looks 60’s mod, and clear rimmed sunglasses imitate the clear bags, heels, and shades Prada sent down the spring runway (above left). Here are some cheap items that will achieve the same look:

Product Information: Transparent blue necklace – Lord & Taylor, Clear rimmed sunglasses – Windsor, Clear stone bracelet – Lori’s Shoes

Find out the other must-have trends you can get on a budget here.

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