How To Upgrade Your Warm-Weather Wardrobe On An Entry-Level Salary

You're on an entry-level salary. Congrats! You qualify as an adult who has a real job that pays real money. The only problem? Clothes aren't quite adequately factored into that budget you made for yourself. We hear you — but we also know you've probably held onto that one white T-shirt for so long that it can't be worn one more time without falling apart. So, to put a spring in your warm-weather wardrobe and still keep you on track to hit that savings goal, we've gathered the essentials you need this season, all on an entry-level budget.
And, thanks to Parcel's new budget calculator (our favorite service for organizing our online shopping), if you're not sure how much to spend or what to buy, you can let the site do the work (read: calculations) for you. All you have to do is sign up if you haven't already, create a new Parcel, select the "Guided" option, and follow the steps on the screen. And to get you started on your budget-conscious shopping spree, you can cherry-pick a few favorite pieces ahead until you tally up to your total, even if it isn't even into triple-digit territory. Not bad for an entire wardrobe revamp, right?
Yes, keeping up with the changing seasons can stress out your closet as well as your wallet. But with the must-haves ahead, you'll be able to feel good about what you and your bank account look like. Click on to shop away, without any buyer's remorse.
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Show A Little Skin
You've been cooped up in heavy sweaters and have covered every bit of skin for long enough — try a lighter-weight sweater with a bright hue and a little shoulder.

Pixie Market Shoulder Tie Cardigan, $98, available at Pixie Market.
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Slip Into Swim
Yes, swimsuit season is upon us, so start strong with a happy-hued purple one-piece for under $40.

Zara Swimsuit with Side Knots, $35.90, available at Zara.
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Refresh Your Outerwear
Swap your parka for something a bit more transitional, like a vintage-inspired windbreaker that's ideal for in-between weather.

Forever 21 Chevron Hooded Windbreaker, $29.90, available at Forever 21.
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Upgrade Your Trousers
Millennial pink is the move, obviously.

StyleNanda Wide Leg Slacks, $55, available at StyleNanda.
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Dress Up (Or Down)
Look for a dress that you can throw on for just about any spring activity, like weekend brunching or an outdoor concert.

Topshop Mix Ruffle Midi Dress, $35, available at Topshop.
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Try A Mule
Mules are going to stay the shoe of the season (we're calling it). So, test-drive the trend in a gold shade that'll feel so fresh compared to the black boots you've been living in.

Mango Metallic Mule $39.99, available at Mango.
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Bling It Out
Ditch your studs for cool hoop earrings that'll add something special to even the most classic look.

H&M Twisted Hoop Earrings, $7.99, available at H&M.
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Break Out The Shorts
Instead of going straight for the denim cut-offs, ease into wearing shorts again with a clean, longline pair that's both trendy and transitional.

Everlane The Pleated Short, $48, available at Everlane.
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Put A Choker On It
For music festivals and outdoor hangs, a choker is a fun addition to your casual, shorts-and-a-tee outfits.

Ventrone Chronicles Baby Petal Gold Chain Choker, $30, available at Ventrone Chronicles.
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Skirt The Issue
A flattering wrap skirt might just be what it takes for you to ditch jeans for good.

Wilfred Free Tara Skirt, $50, available at Aritzia.
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Step Up Your Tote
Admit it: Your everyday tote has seen better days. Swap the one that's falling apart at the seams for a fun embroidered one that'll double as a beach bag on vacation.

Lazy Oaf Fruit Embroidered Frill Edge Tote Bag, $32, available at ASOS.
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Swap Your Sunnies
Spring is your chance to have fun with your eyewear, so give that black cat-eye a rest. This is the closest you'll get to a Miu Miu vibe for just $20.

Crap Eyewear The Saloma Tropic, $20, available at Crap Eyewear.
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Get Into Tank Season
It's time to stock up on comfy and casual tank tops to carry you through to summer, and we love this go-with-everything one that boasts a sweet tie detail at the shoulders.

Reformation Quinn Top, $38, available at Reformation.
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Step Up Your Socks
A fun sock is an easy and affordable way to make any shoe or outfit feel way more interesting. You'll be surprised just how much wear you can get out of this sheer pair.

& Other Stories Sheer Nylon Socks, $7, available at & Other Stories.

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