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Outfits Under $100: 4 Tricky Spring Fashion Scenarios


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Now that the days are long and the temperatures are rising, I’ve been coming up with reasons to go outside – everything from longer dog walks to drive-in movies. But along with glorious weather comes an interesting sartorial twist: What do I wear to the music festival? The baseball game? The bonfire party?

Don’t fret, my fellow fashionistas: I have plenty of tips to ease the pain of dressing for awkward spring fashion scenarios. Below, I’ve created four outfits for different spring occasions, with each look under $100 total.

Music Festival – Total: $97.34

Outfits Under $100: What to wear to a music festival - dress, headband, bandeau, sandals, sunglasses
Product Information: Dress – Quiksilver, Sunglasses – Dorothy Perkins, Shoes – H&M, Bandeau – Wet Seal, Flower Crown – Free People

We’ve all been there: it’s Coachella/Stagecoach/insert-other-outdoor-music-festival-here and you are wearing the wrong outfit. You’re sweating like crazy, dirt is sticking to your face, your linen dress is wrinkled, you’re wearing boots and socks, and your hair has completely deflated. Follow these tips to avoid the above situations:

  • The looser, the better. Go for loose, flowing clothing. Anything is too tight will make you sweat and then absorb it, which will leave you feeling self-conscious and gross all day. So skip the skinny jeans and rock a carefree dress! Just make sure to check the wind report, as you don’t want to go with a weightless dress in 20-mile-an-hour winds.
  • Go boho. There is no better place than a music festival to wear hippie headbands, tons of bracelets, and flowers in your hair.
  • Always wear flat shoes. You will be miserable in heels after the first hour, I promise.
  • Don’t wear anything too expensive. Losing that priceless piece of jewelry would be a disaster, and your clothes will likely end up dirty anyway.
  • If you’re smaller on top, leave your bra at home. I’m not suggesting going commando or anything, but bras can feel more like straightjackets when worn for several hours in the heat. For support and coverage, try a bandeau.
  • Check your fabric. Avoid flannel, polyester, linen, and, if the festival is during the day, anything all-black.
  • Sunscreen is an absolute must. You may have seen us rave about it before, but we cannot over-stress the importance of SPF!

Baseball Game – Total: $98.85

Outfits Under $100: What to wear to a baseball game - Shorts, tank, baseball hat, converse
Product Information: Top – Wrigleyville Sports, Shorts – Old Navy, Hat – Nike, Shoes – Journeys

It’s baseball season and I could not be more excited. For those of you headed to the games this spring, be sure to glance at these tips to avoid baseball game fashion faux pas:

  • Be supportive of your team! Although I would never suggest wearing Cardinals or Brewers gear because it would be sacrilegious for me to do so, it is key to support your team by donning their logo and/or colors.
  • Wear the right makeup and bring along a ponytail holder. I once attended a spring training game in Arizona where it was so hot that my fingernail polish began to melt off my nails! Now that was something I hadn’t expected to deal with. So don’t be afraid to wear as little makeup as possible and throw your hair in a pony with a cap.
  • Don’t wear anything too delicate, expensive, or precious. It’s almost guaranteed to have beer spilled on it.

Rainy Day on Campus – Total: $97.77

Outfits Under $100: What to wear on a rainy day on campus - Striped dress, jean jacket, ankle booties, bubble umbrella
Product Information: Dress – Forever 21, Jacket – H&M, Umbrella – Target, Shoes – Zara

Rainy day outfits are always tough to put together, especially if it’s warm outside. You’ll probably want to spend a rainy day curled up inside anyway, but for those of you who actually have to go out and still want to look cute, follow these tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to wear a dress. As long as it’s a warm spring rain, wearing a dress in the rain is perfectly acceptable and you avoid having to wait for your soaking wet jeans to dry!
  • Do keep a jacket around. You will want something around your shoulders. Although we chose a standard denim jacket above, hooded jackets are also good in case your umbrella breaks!
  • Galoshes are great! We’ve covered stylish rain boots, and even more cute rain boots to fit your style.
  • …but don’t fear wearing heels either. With snow, one must be very careful of falling on ice. But with rain, there’s no reason not to wear your heels and look your best – just don’t jump in puddles!
  • Don’t wear leather or suede shoes, otherwise they will be ruined. And no one wants that. (If you really need to wear them, make sure you use waterproofing spray first!)
  • Waterproof mascara is a must, for obvious reasons.

Bonfire Party – Total: $97.93

Outfits Under $100: What to wear to a bonfire - Black skinny jeans, heart crop top, ankle booties, beige moto jacket
Product Information: Top – H&M, Jacket – Kohl’s, Pants – Dorothy Perkins, Boots – Tilly’s

You lucky girl, you, headed out to a bonfire party. I have dreams about roasting marshmallows and making s’mores, surrounded by good friends and maybe someone with a guitar. But I have had nightmares about what to wear to a bonfire. Since I now consider myself well-versed in the ways of dressing for outdoor night parties, here are my tips:

  • Don’t stay in because it’s too cold. This is key, because I am notorious for whining about being out in the cold, when really anything above 50 degrees is perfectly acceptable bonfire weather. Isn’t that the whole point of cozying in around a hot fire?
  • Crop tops make for a great party look. Since you’ll be wearing a jacket to cover your shoulders from the cold, a crop top is a trendy way to sneak in some skin. If you’re self-concious about it, wear a tank underneath. You’ll still be on-trend.
  • Flat shoes are a must, and booties are even better!

What do you think?

Leave a comment below and please share! What spring situations do you find the most difficult to dress for? Which of the looks above is your favorite? Can you relate to any of the frustration of dressing for these situations? Do you have any handy tips or tricks?

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17 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: 4 Tricky Spring Fashion Scenarios”

  1. 1
    April 11th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Love all of these looks! I completely agree with your music festival tips, especially the one about wearing something breezy and loose. There’s nothing worse than being stuck outside in the sun for hours in tight, uncomfortable clothes, especially when you can’t leave for fear of losing your spot. Thanks for this!

  2. 2
    April 11th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Good tips… except for the Cubs shirt! Go Cardinals! :p

  3. 3
    April 11th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    These looks are super cute, so kudos to that, but I do feel like they can be done for way cheaper! $100 is not a realistic budget for some college students I know. $50 isn’t, either. But these looks are easily re-creatable for a tighter budget.

  4. 4
    April 11th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Why shouldn’t you wear leather shoes in the rain? I always wear leather shoes in the rain because they’re waterproof…
    I like the bandeau in the first look!! and I like the unbrella (i love being able to have it cover my face, but still see through it). I would totally get those animal umbrellas with the clear eyes if it wasn’t completely juvenile, lol.

  5. 5
    April 11th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    This is a really great post! I’m probably going to a music festival or two this summer, and having not really done that scene before, I honestly wouldn’t have really known/thought of some of this.

    And even if certain parts of these outfits aren’t my style, the tips are definitely helpful.


  6. 6
    April 11th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Does anyone have suggestions for what to wear to a theme park with water rides?

  7. 7
    April 11th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Love your rainy day look. Green and navy stripes are one of my favorite color combos right now.

    I’m really hoping to get out to a music festival this year, just so I can play dress up! ;)

  8. 8
    April 11th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I definitely would NOT recommend wearing sandals to a music festival, you get stepped on and there’s dust flying everywhere. a comfortable shoe like vans or converse would be way more appropriate. your feet won’t get filthy and you won’t get bruised or broken toes if you get stepped on.

  9. 9
    April 11th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    YES I l0o0o0ove the music festival outfit!! I go to a reggae fest every year in the end of may and now I know what Im wearing!!!!

  10. 10
    April 11th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Can you make a post on practical outfits for theme parks? I never know how to carry all my stuff, having a purse on rides is a a pain!

  11. 11
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Is that Nicole from ANTM in the rainy day look?

    Anyway, these are good tips! As for theme parks, I always wear converse, jean shorts, and a loose tank. My friends and I all go in on a locker usually, and we keep hoodies and stuff in there for nighttime or rain.

    For keeping your things in a park, I think a small cross-body bag is perfect. At Cedar Point I was allowed to wear it on all of the rides, but it did come loose on the Dragster, which was really inconvenient!

  12. 12
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Baseballs games are so hard to dress for! Because at the A’s games it’s either freezing or super hot! Great tips! Oh and I think we can get colder than 50 degrees for a bonfire because the fire keeps you super warm and some states get really cold at night ;) Great post!!

  13. 13
    April 11th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    These are wonderful!!

  14. 14
    April 11th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Ali, I usually wear Nike shorts, comfortable sandals and a cotton t-shirt or tank top to theme parks, especially if I’m going on water rides. Although it’s not the most fashionable ensemble, I’ve found that denim tends to take a really long time to dry, even in hot weather, so I’ve always worn mesh shorts so I’m not soaked all day long!

  15. 15
    April 11th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Nice post. I like the last outfit best — minimal, well put-together, and comfortable. I disagree about wearing heels in the rain, though; women have been known to trip in them even in normal weather, and slippery surfaces only double that hazard. Why risk falling and hurting yourself when you can toss on a pair of nice flats instead?

  16. 16
    April 12th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    For baseball games (or really any sort of stadium event) I recommend at least knee length shorts. Plastic seats can get super sticky, and you don’t want that on your legs.

  17. 17
    October 1st, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Nice clothes :]

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