Style on a Budget~

Every fashion and style lover appreciates the trends that each season brings. Investing in those trends can sometimes prove to be quite costly for any budget. Our editors have searched the trends and scoured the deals to maximize your budget for style. We will show you how to work different key trends into your look by pairing it with classic pieces, basic staple pieces, as well as mixing with other trend pieces.

Monthly Fashion Budget: $275.00

Key Trend Piece: Florals

Style on a Budget~

1. The floral corset from Topshop is a total bargain at $60.00, and it's the perfect key trend piece because of the flattering silhouette and bright colors.

2. Classic black shorts are a great staple for any wardrobe. Pair these H&M shorts with your floral print corset for a fabulous date look or night out with the girls. These pleated shorts will transition into your fall wardrobe effortlessly and will look great with leggings or tights. Shop H&M; $25.00.

3. The Halogen 3/4 length sleeve jacket will top your floral corset and black shorts for a eye-popping summer suiting look (summer suiting is a trend for spring/summer 2012). The color of the jacket is called "red clay", but it's more orange than red (remember tangerine tango is the color of 2012). The color will last you all year! Shop Nordstrom; $99.00.

4. This sleek envelope clutch from Asos (on sale for $28.65) will take you all the way through 2012. Clutches alone are a huge accessory trend for spring and summer. You cannot go wrong by adding this white clutch to your look.

5. The silhouette of your classic heel combined with the hottest color of the year (the brand says the color is red, but they are more coral than red), the Fergalicious wedge espadrille is completely fun and totally comfortable. These wedges will make your floral trend outfit stand out. Shop DSW; $39.95.

Total spent: $252.60

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Trend Alert ~ Electric Brights

From the runways to the red carpet, supercharged hues are popping up on everything from bags to dresses. It's true, neon is back in an electric way! Celebrities like Elizabeth Banks, Viola Davis and Olivia Palermo are embracing this eye-catching trend with glamorous and striking looks. Whether you opt for an accent or go head-to-toe in the high-wattage look you'll shine wherever you go this spring.

Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass Viola Davis in Juan Carlos Olivia Palermo DVF clutch

Shop The Neon Look

Trend Alert~ Electric Brights

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: InStyle

Style Icon~ Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is a mother, wife, philanthropist, spokes model, actress, producer and style icon. Witherspoon stole our hearts as Elle Woods, the fashionable, sorority girl turned law student in Legally Blonde. She had numerous hits that followed, including a sequel to Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, Four Christmases, and last year's romantic movie box office smash Water For Elephants staring opposite Robert Pattinson. Her career hit the highest of notes in 2006, as Reese won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the dramatic film Walk the Line. This month her latest film, This Means War, has Reese dating to two guys, but not just any two guys -- CIA agents played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy.

As the brand ambassador for Avon and the face of Swedish clothing brand Lindex, Fall 2011 “California Denim” campaign, Reese knows a thing or two about beauty and fashion. Reese is most comfortable in a casual wardrobe rather than couture. She has said, “My personal style described in three words would probably be casual, simple and lots of color.”

Some of Reese's favorite brands and designers include Citizens of Humanity, Nina Ricci, Christian Louboutin, Jason Wu, Zac Posen, Rebecca Minkoff and Neil Lane. She has had a plethora of stunning red carpet looks and sophisticated casual looks over the years. Here we take a look at her ten best looks ever.

At the Oscars in 2007, Witherspoon turned heads in this stunning, strapless, purple Nina Ricci by Olivier Theyskens gown with flowing train. She added Van Cleef & Arpels jewels to complete her look. Reese made an entrance at the 2002 Oscars in this stunning black, Valentino beaded gown featuring cap-sleeves.


At the Country Music Awards in 2008, Reese wore this sensational, black, single-shoulder Marchesa lace gown paired with Bulgari diamonds. In December of 2010 for LA red carpet premiere of How Do You Know, Reese wore this fabulous strapless, black and pink Zac Posen bustier dress. She added stacked YSL pumps to complete the look.


Reese selected this classic black and white Giorgio Armani Privé strapless gown and dazzling Neil Lane gems for the 2011 Oscars.   The blonde beauty turned heads in this strapless, canary yellow Nina Ricci cocktail dress paired with red Brian Atwood heels at the 2007 Golden Globes.


At the Vital Voices 2010 Global Leadership Awards, Reese wore this strapless, cobalt blue Jason Wu peplum cocktail dress.  The actress chose another elegant Jason Wu design for the NYC premiere of her movie Water For Elephants. Reese accessorized her ladylike look with strappy Christian Louboutin heels and sparkling jewels.


Witherspoon makes a casual day of running errands look fabulous with her skinny jeans and black turtleneck. She completed her look with studded flats and a Rebecca Minkoff cross-body bag. Reese took home her Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Walk The Line, wearing this dazzling vintage Christian Dior beaded gown.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Images, Zimbio, InStyle, People

Look of the Day~ Kate Bosworth

Kate attended the Burberry Prorsum Fall RTW show wearing this adorable ensemble from the iconic brand. Her look included this cozy Owl print sweater paired with a tweed peplum pencil skirt.

Kate completed her look with lace up suede booties and a sleek black woven clutch.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

London Fashion Week RTW ~ Antonio Berardi

Bold colors, jagged hemlines and ruffles marked the Antonio Berardi Fall 2012 runway show. Void of any mixed prints, the collection featured stark solids including teal, crimson, black and white. Layered ruffles paired with form fitting bodices and created feminine, hourglass physiques.










Berardi combined intricate detailing, in beadwork and lace, with solid color in a Yin-Yang effect. The S-shaped swirl was commonly featured in the dresses and jackets of the collection. Also featured were ruffles at the hips, sometimes only on the right side of the garment for added flair.




The models wore blunt cut bob hairstyles with severe straight-across bangs. The shoes were lace up stilettos in teal or black, with variations of a feathered front plate.



~Jamie Collyer @JamieCollyer on Twitter

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2012 Grammy Awards~ Kelly Rowland

Kelly walked the red carpet in this beautiful blush Alberta Ferretti gown featuring a sparkling bodice.

The singer finished her look with dazzling Lorraine Schwartz gems.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Celebrity Style~ Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer attended the LA premiere of Think Like A Man in this colorful Gucci ensemble featuring a white scoop neck tee and two-tone pleated skirt.

The singer added bright cornflower blue Guiseppe Zanotti bow bedecked heels and statement jewels to complete the look.

What do you think of Jennifer's look? Is this good look for the singer? Do you think the accessories helped or killed the look?



~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Look of the Day~ Ashley Greene

Ashley attended the Louder Than Words launch in LA wearing a sparkling, strapless Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress.

She accessorized her look with platinum Cathy Waterman jewels and classic black heels.


Look of the Day~ Keira Knightly

Keira attended the UK gala premiere for her movie A Dangerous Method in this elegant, burgundy, floor-sweeping Burberry column dress featuring key-hole detailing.

She completed her dramatic look with sultry smoky eyes, dazzling diamond studs, Louboutin heels and a quilted Chanel clutch.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Look of the Day~ Blake Lively

Blake walked the red carpet for the launch of Jason Wu for Target in NYC last night wearing this sophisticated black and white cocktail dress from the designer.

The Gossip Girl star added Lorraine Schwartz gems Christian Louboutin heels to complete her ladylike look.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

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