Style Syllabus: Dress Trendy Without Being Spendy

There is very little gray area when it comes to trends; they’re either good, bad, or just plain ugly. But still, each season, we follow our whims to incorporate a few key items that push our usual boundaries of style and also make our wardrobe feel a bit more modern. Of course, when on the budget of a college student, risky trends must come cheap since the long-term investment potential is low.
That's why we followed our fashion savvy instincts and rounded up five trendy pieces that are affordable and aren't headed out of style immediately. Must-haves for the spring semester: florals, fruit, and fresh colors to set you on the right track towards total adorability.
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Last season everyone was like "Ummm, not sure how I feel about the flatform." But its return this season proves that the shape has staying power, and in these muted spring colors, the ankle-strap shape is an on-point piece with classic pizzazz.

ASOS VERITY Mary Jane Flatform, $53.72, available at ASOS.
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Tangerine is the color of the year and, to be frank, it really grows on you. It’s bright and bold but more modern than its sister, red. Get it in a classic shape like this full-skirted dress; the color will speak for itself.

Dorothy Perkins Orange Circle Dress, $55, available at Dorothy Perkins.
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Nothing says you’re looking forward to spring and sun better than a sandy-hued bag. This carryall is big enough for books but still luxurious, and will pair with your wardrobe as well as blasic black.

Topshop Twist Lock Leather Bucket Bag, $110, available at Topshop.
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Printed pants may be hard to pull off, but once you work them into your style repertoire, they could become a staple. These are cut in a flattering shape, showing a glimpse of ankle to hint at warmer weather — when they will translate into an awesome swimsuit cover-up.

Pixie Market Black Floral Pants, $64, available at Pixie Market.
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A silky button-up in a fruit motif? You say grandma’s pajamas, we say, rock this shirt like you mean it. Wear it under a sweater until it’s warm enough to tuck it into a high-waisted skirt. How do you like them apples lemons?

Mountain Avenue RVCA, $79, available at Need Supply.
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