Recession-Friendly Spring Fashion

With the economy on everyone's mind, shopping feels somewhat out of style. But if you're thinking about spending a little, we've found inexpensive spring picks you'll love.

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Made in the Shade


A simple A-line is always classic, but an ombre pattern that swishes from deep amethyst to rich cream is fresh.
Necklace: Coldwater Creek, $39.50
Dress: Converse One Star at Target, $33
Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters, $29.50

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Even in down times, polka dots have an uplifting effect. Pair them with a solid to keep the look grounded.
Earrings: Foxy Originals, $24
Necklace: Foxy Originals, $40
Top: Esprit, $69.50
Capris: Dockers, $36
Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters, $29.50

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Raising the Bar


Horizontal, vertical, skinny, wide — bright stripes are always fun. Worn with dark denim they can go from desk to dinner.
Necklace: Roberta Chiarella, $68
Cardigan: Boden, $58
Tee: Boden, $24
Bag: Felix Rey for Target, $45
Jeans: Old Navy, $34.50
Heels: Dr. Scholl's, $69

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Top Tier


The ruffle trend brings out the girly-girl in anyone. From dainty, barely there details to full-on frills, there's a look that jibes with your personal style.
Necklace: Laila Rowe, $25
Bangles: US Jewelry House, $10
Dress: Dressbarn, $50
Shoes: Old Navy, $24.50

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Checks Please


Earthy greens and browns upgrade this preppy perennial from schoolgirl to sophisticated.
Necklace: Coldwater Creek, $49.50
Top: Dockers, $36
Skirt: Lands' End, $54.50
Belt: Comeco LLC, $25
Bangle: A. Tierney, $50
Shoes: Attention, $20

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Paint Job


Muted hues and subtle brushstrokes create airy prints that are perfect for shaking off a long winter.
Necklace: Laila Rowe, $10
Top: Mushka by Sienna Rose, $59
Bracelet: Wendy Mahr, $45
Clutch: Gap, $39.50
Skirt: United Colors of Benetton, $79
Sandals: Target, $25

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Sweeping Statement


You'll be happily hooked on this new long length once you've tried it — we are. It's a triple play: elegant, comfortable, and flattering.
Necklace: Boden, $64
Dress: Attention, $40
Sandals: Target, $20

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Fusion Fashion


Like yin and yang, the flowy quality of a kimono skims curves beautifully while the tie waist defines your shape.
Top, Dana Buchman, $60
Tee: Gap, $19.50
Bracelet: Matt Bernson, $55
Pants: Ann Taylor Loft, $54.50
Heels: Simply Vera Vera Wang, $70Originally published in the April 17, 2009, issue of Family Circle magazine.