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Spend or Save: Spring 2015 Fashions

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Freshen up your wardrobe and great ready for spring! Fashion journalist Mana Mansour shows how you can pull off the season's trendiest looks with both affordable and couture finds! Can you spot which of these items were a splurge or a save? Also, get tips on how you can make "save" items in your wardrobe look like a "spend."

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Look 1: Casual Cool

Shirt dresses are a huge trend for spring 2015. You can wear this look dressy or casual. This casual take pairs nicely with an edgy moto jacket . This is a great look for the weekend or when you are on a sunny vacation. The gladiator sandal is also making a comeback, seen in either wedges or flats — it's comfortable and cool!

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Look 1: Casual Cool

SPEND: Diane von Fürstenberg printed shirt dress available at Hudson’s Bay, $450

SAVE: Forever 21 White embossed leather backpack, $35

Get the rest of the look:

Iro Pink Leather moto jacket: Holt Renfrew
Gladiator wedge sandals: Winners 
Aviator sunglasses: Winners 

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Look 2: Classic with a Tropical Twist

Denim is making a huge statement for spring 2015, and we're seeing it in many different reincarnations, even denim on denim head-to-toe. This suit is a canvas-like material, but it has the look and feel of denim, making it a great option for a casual work look. Tropical and floral influences have made their way into menswear as well!

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Look 2: Classic with a Tropical Twist

SAVE: H&M navy canvas suite with white buttons, $118

SAVE: TOPSHOP navy and white floral printed dress shirt, $50

Get the rest of the look:

Red and navy geometric printed silk pocket square: Harry Rosen
Brown leather dress shoes: ALDO
TUMI brown leather and grey felt briefcase: Holt Renfew

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Look 3: Bold But Ladylike

Midi skirts that came back a few seasons ago are here to stay for spring 2015! This is an updated version of the midi skirt, with the added windowpane print. Print on print is another trend that's here to stay, and don't be afraid to wear this look to the office!

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Look 3: Bold But Ladylike

SAVE: TOPSHOP yellow leather structured satchel, $60

SPEND: Etro floral printed silk blouse, available at Holt Renfrew, $695

Get the rest of the look:

Windowpane printed birdcage midi skirt: TOPSHOP 
Black leather wedge pumps: Winners

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Look 4: Disco Dahling

If there is one era that is coming back bigger than the rest this season it's the 1970s! Huge designers like Derek Lam or Celine have been taking inspiration from Saturday Night Fever and The Brady Bunch. Wear 70s inspired pieces during the day or night!

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Look 4: Disco Dahling

SAVE: H&M bell-sleeved blue, white and black striped blouse with obi/wrap belt $60

SAVE: Winners blue silk chantung trousers $99

Get the rest of the look:

Franco Sarto Black and White colour-blocked sandals: Hudson’s Bay
Black and white quilted leather clutch: Winners

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Look 5: A Preppy Weekend

Bermuda shorts are a carefree, and comfortable piece to include in your spring and summer wardrobes. This piece can be worn in neutral colours or in fun prints! To keep it a bit more sophisticated and less surfer-like, wear classic menswear pieces like loafers and a cardigan.

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Look 5: A Preppy Weekend

SPEND: Phillip Lim plaid bermuda shorts, available at Hudson’s Bay $525

SPEND: Brunello Cucinelli knit cardigan, available at Harry Rosen $1,300

Get the rest of the look:

Polo shirt: Harry Rosen
Driving loafers: Harry Rosen

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Look 6: Graphic Glamour

Adding bold prints is a great alternative for evening wear. You'll stand out, while adding colour and personality. Just keep the accessories muted when wearing such a bold print as this.

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Look 6: Graphic Glamour

SAVE: Betsey Johnson graphic printed cocktail dress, available at Hudson’s Bay, $130

SPEND: Lanvin Metallic silver embossed leather clutch, available at Holt Renfew, $2400

Get the rest of the look:

Vince Black and silver metallic open-toe heels: Hudson’s Bay

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How to make "save" items in your wardrobe look like a "spend"

  • Fit is incredibly important, it will always look great if the garment fits you properly. If you're unsure, invest some of the money you saved on a great tailor.
  • Choice of fabric is also key. fabrics like chiffon, polyester will look far better and rich than cotton or acrylics that loose their shape over time.
  • With handbags, they should have structure, and be sturdy, even if it's faux leather. It will look like the real thing if there's some structure and weight to it.
  • Less is more sometimes! For example, the navy suit or the black sleek pumps were both simple and understated, which made them look far more high-end. Too many embellishments, rips, colours, fades etc., can make your save items look like their price tag!
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