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Monarch Style: Four Spring Essentials and How to Style Them

Kim Bering
Staff Writer

Since April showers bring May flowers, your wardrobe needs to be equipped with fashionable fundamentals for the upcoming weather. The rainy days, exams, concerts and beach trips provide a long list of pieces to buy in order to be ready for warm weather. For the sake of saving cash, buying the right pieces from budget friendly brands help students stay prepared and presentable.

Spring just arrived, so rain boots are the first essential item to store away for when you need them. Obviously, Hunter rain boots’ stylish variety easily tempts the wallet, but the over $100 prices do not. That’s why Overstock.com’s large assortment of styles provide colorful or simple rain boots predominantly under $50. Pick from the habitual shaft or ankle rain boots!

Styling an outfit around rain boots can be fun, particularly if they are brightly colored or patterned. Jessica Camerata of popular fashion blog My Style Vita styled her army green wellies with a striped dress, neck scarf, lapelled rain coat and red lips of course. The posh approach to rain apparel is easily replicated.

Courtesy My Style Vita

Courtesy My Style Vita

The second essential item for warmer weather is a floral wrap dress. This trend’s comfy versatility and unique style lasts all spring, summer and even a little into fall. Yes, Free People and Anthropologie’s choices are undeniably perfect, but not student budget friendly. But Amazon’s selection surprisingly offers a vast amount of inexpensive and adorable wrap dresses. Pick a price range or a brand and search for the perfect dress!

Styling a floral wrap dress has the potential to look simple and chic or posh and fancy. Pair a floral dress with a denim jacket and some neat sneakers for a casual approach. This style is perfect for comfy class attire. With the same dress, you can ditch the sneakers and replace them with a delicate heel and clutch, a look composed for a fun date night outfit.

The third item to get is a ball cap. This trend has been going strong for several months now, so why not hop on that trend train? Baseball caps pitch the suitable amount of casual street style for regular school days (no pun intended). Most of them can be purchased for around $20 or under, particularly the ones at H&M. This store sells a multitude of colors, patterns, fabrics and printed caps.

The casual baseball cap trend is not only relatively cost effective and diverse in options, but also masks bad hair days. They go with denim, yoga pants, plain T-shirts, 8 a.m. classes and just about anything else. Every student needs one for an impromptu casual outfit to throw on during exams or test days. You cannot lose with a ball cap.

Courtesy JessaKae.com

Courtesy JessaKae.com

Rompers are the fourth must-buy for this season. The effortlessness of rompers could be the easiest outfit to possibly assemble, because one romper is all you need for a solid outfit. Lulu’s online shop sells dozens of varieties of fabulous rompers, but can be slightly pricy. For a more inexpensive approach, Charlotte Russe also offers adorable options for half the price.

Accessories can spruce up rompers for a more complete posh look, but they don’t need to be styled meticulously. That’s part of the fun in rompers—they can be dressed up or down. Layered necklaces, gladiator sandals, kimonos or sun hats could be styled with them, or they can simply be left alone. Every wardrobe needs one or two fun rompers.

Courtesy Margo & Me

Courtesy Margo & Me

With those four ideal fundamentals, spring and summer fashion can be casual or chic because of the fun versatility of warm weather apparel.