Today, my husband found himself half an hour early for a meeting in Orlando, temptingly close to a mall with Zara, H&M, and some other favorites. Okay, for me it was tempting, but for him, it was obligatory. Still, he was sweet about it. He actually called me to see what he could pick up for me since he was there. Love! I tried not o get carried away, but let’s face it – that’s impossible. Because everyone knows that the new Marni line just hit H&M on March 8, and while in cities like New York and Chicago it’s already long gone, Orlando can be a bit slower to catch on. I told him to walk, no run, to the floral prints. “Just grab some of the floral prints for me,” I pleaded. “It’s what they are known for. Oh, and stuff for Lola.” Fortunately, he came through. While I forgot (sniff sniff) to ask for the gold sweater that’s been in all the mags, and the skinny floral print pants were not yet in the store, he did manage to snag the prettiest little dress in a very Marni-esque print. Sigh. And some cute stuff for Lola. So this got me inspired. What other cheap-chic collaborations are hot for spring, and where can I get my hands on them. Here’s my list:
1. Isabel Toledo for Payless yellow wedges, $59.99: Chic and slightly edgy, these look much more expensive than they are.
2. Boxy tee, $19.99, Target: A graphic print makes this basic piece upscale. Check it out in this Target look put together by stylist June Ambrose.
3. Printed pants, about $35, Topshop: Printed skinnies are one of spring’s most striking trends, and these are sharp and chic and totally wearable, if you dare.
4. Marni for H&M dress, $79.95: Sophisticated and unforgettable, this is the kind of look that Marni does best.
5. MNG by Mango top, $25, and skirt, $30, JCPenney: Very chic and very spot-on spring’s trends, these are two pieces you will wear together and separately all season long.