Easy Updates

By Chandra Orr

March 14, 2012 5 min read

No need to spend a fortune to stay in style this spring; a few key pieces will instantly update your warm-weather wardrobe. Look to bold accessories, mix-and-match prints, colored denim and maxi skirts to stay in vogue with the runways without breaking your budget.

*Hot Hues

Neon adds a perfect pop of color for spring, and orange, in all its variations, is the must-have hue of the season, but skip the coordinates and focus on a few accessories. A tangerine clutch, ginger pumps or a stack of bangles in various shades of coral makes quite a statement when paired with a sleek, monochromatic ensemble in black or rich brown.

"Orange has been named the color of the season, so styling-in anything from coral to tangerine will be stylish without going overboard," says Natasha Fussell, Web stylist for Lonnys.com, a contemporary women's boutique. "An orange accessory is both on-trend and easy to incorporate. A handbag, belt or even a shoe in the shade will brighten up any outfit."

If orange simply doesn't play to your personal style, look for pumps, heels and wedges in one of spring's other neon tones.

"Statement shoes in this season's fluorescent shades will breathe fresh life into any outfit, especially as we transition from winter to spring," says Renata Certo-Ware, founder of the fashion blog "ScorpionDisco" and style contributor for Stuff magazine. "Go for highlighter shades like hot pink and neon green on your feet, and keep the rest of the outfit sleek and neutral."

*Mixed-Up Prints

From funky geometric patterns and art deco designs to playful polka dots, prints are back in a big way, but it's the bold florals that take center stage for spring -- especially when mixed with other wild prints.

"Clashing is the new matching, and florals are a foolproof ticket to achieving this season's ironic take on mix-and-match," Certo-Ware says.

"This wild and kooky colorful trend is a nod to 'The Brady Bunch,'" explains "The Image Guru" Montgomery Frazier, contributing editor to Zink magazine and stylist to the stars. "It's all about bold, nostalgic graphic prints in bright colors, but in simple silhouettes, so get out your mother's '60s op-art, A-line or shift dresses and funk them up with gingham wedgies or wild chunky pumps in majorly contrasting patterns and bold jewelry."

The mix-and-match look is loud and youthful, but even mature fashion mavens can incorporate spring's wild floral prints with style.

"Incorporate bold prints into or with unexpected pieces like pants or blazers," Fussell says. "Whether they're the center of attention or just a peek of pattern, these standout pieces are huge for spring."

*Colored Denim

Skinny jeans in a bold, electric blue or basic red may sound daring, but they're one of the most versatile trends of the season and likely to carry into fall and winter.

"Brightly colored denims are worth the splurge," Fussell says. "They've been around for about a year now and still haven't shown signs of slowing down. Colored denim has staying power for its bright and fresh yet simple and versatile structure."

Wear the look as you would any pair of jeans. Just throw on your favorite flirty camisole or basic tee and go. It's an easy, no-brainer look -- but stick to solid colors on top to keep it sleek and stylish.

"Color blocking is a big trend for spring that many like to wear this type of pant in, but even if that trend goes out of style, the bright pieces individually won't," Fussell says.

*Maxi Skirts

As with colored denim, maxi skirts and dresses are the perfect grab-and-go wardrobe fix for summer. They look like a million bucks with minimal effort.

"When in doubt, throw on a maxi skirt," Certo-Ware says. "It will add drama to anything from a T-shirt to a denim jacket, and keep you looking effortlessly polished, pulled together and feminine."

From the office to the beach, the look is versatile, and the long, full, feminine silhouette is flattering on any body type.

"Maxi dresses and skirts are effortlessly chic," Fussell says. "They have been in style for a while now, mainly because they are easy to wear and not too extreme. They can be thrown on as a beach cover-up or for a casual outing -- perfect from vacation to parties."

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