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You need only to flip through the recent issues of InStyle, Allure and People magazines to see how celebrities are smartly sporting the best in spring fashion trends and, simultaneously, showing the rest of us how to dress like the current Hollywood It Girls.
Thankfully, you don’t need a full-time stylist or an endless cash flow to snap up the Spring 2016 style trends. Many major retailers offer key pieces for $50 or less, making it wonderfully easy (and stress-free on the budget) to inject some pizzazz into our closets.
Here are five celebrities who are worth watching — and copying — for their head-turning spins on five of the top trends for Spring 2016:
DREW BARRYMORE: Boho Chic.
Harken back to the hippie days of the 1960s, and you have a delicious head-start on this trend that seems to have staying power. Almost everything Drew wears reflect boho chic. Although our wild child is all grown-up now, Drew still demonstrates equal parts whimsy and rebel heart in her dress-up and dress-down choices.
If Drew’s fashion flair strikes your fancy (and how could it not?), then start with the essential frock — a fab paisley maxi dress. To top off your boho-chic look, add an Adelita Sun Hat and a funky pair of wedge sandals with faux-cork heel.
Accessories are a girl’s best friend, too, in pulling off this happy, live-in-the-moment ensemble. Teardrop earrings add a bit of affordable sparkle and charm.
REESE WITHERSPOON: Prints Charming.
As we witnessed repeatedly during New York Fashion Week last fall, prints are in prime time for Spring 2016 with designers reveling in a plethora of prints from the ’70s-inspired tie-dye print, striking abstract designs and animal patterns to delicate florals, gingham checks and stripes of all sizes.
One of our favorite celebs who always gets it right when interpreting the latest fashion trend is Reese Witherspoon. The mom of three has helped usher in an era of ladylike dresses and keeps unapologetic in asserting her print power. (It’s no wonder the actress is regularly admired on Pinterest boards.)
First things first, a la Reese Witherspoon: Don’t go overboard with prints. Moderation is the wise rule-of-thumb here. If you go all out floral with a dress, then tone down accessories, handbags and shoes and stick to solid colors. With that in mind, we are quite crazy for the dresses at Old Navy, not just only for their great prices but also their fashion-forward approach to all things print. The geometric-print chambray dress, for instance, would look absolutely adorable on Reese. Add a pair of strappy, open ankle booties, and you’re ready to meet spring with carefree confidence.
JESSICA ALBA: Dash for Denim.
Whether dark-washed or shamelessly faded, dressed up or ripped, chic celebs know how to do denim. Take a cue from Jessica Alba for easy yet star-worthy turns in blue jeans: Make sure your jeans fit and flatter your figure. The enviably toned “Sin City” and “The Fantastic Four” star is a natural for skinny jeans, for instance, but she also knows how to rock the equally popular, more relaxed boyfriend jeans.
But denim this year is not all about bottoms. The denim jacket remains a true classic for spring, giving you an effortless look for any time of the day. I especially love the interesting and always fresh contrast when a dark jean jacket is paired with white jeans. Toss in a black-and-white striped top, and you have a breezy, just downright cute, ensemble appropriate for just about any casual weekend event.
And, just for fun, give that outfit some extra mileage. Take the striped top and, this time, pair it with a denim pencil skirt in blue. Finish this playfully flirty outfit with a pair of strappy black sandals, silver hoop earrings, and a red cross-body handbag and you’re set — and sexy — for date night.
MIRANDA LAMBERT: Kickin’ It With Boots.
By all accounts, the boots that so faithfully carried us through all the snow and slush of winter will gamely transition into spring as well. Just peel off the heavy tights, and opt for bare legs, a short skirt and tank top and boots of any height or style, and you will surely summon the bold and feisty allure of country superstar Miranda Lambert. (It’s no surprise the singer has her own line of boots sold at several major retailers.)
While the cowboy boot endures as a staple just as tried-and-true blue jeans do, think outside the shoebox for spring and step into other attitudes as well in footwear.
Ankle boots are everywhere, and for good reason. You can wear them with dresses or skirts, but they also sizzle with rolled-up boyfriend jeans, cut-off shorts or skinny pants. If you want to stay one step ahead of the in crowd, then opt for booties that swing with a little fringe. Or nurture your inner tough girl with booties that pack some serious buckles.
Speaking of Miranda, the Southern belle has been nominated for the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards. We can’t wait to see what the now-single Miranda will be wearing on the red carpet for the awards ceremony April 3.
JESSICA BIEL: New Rules for Preppy Cool.
Our girl Jessica makes preppy outfits stand out by pairing them with cool (and surprising) pieces. What would the actress-businesswoman do with a standard-issue gray cardigan sweater? I bet she would pair the prepster classic with a tribal-print, burn-out loose tank top, ankle-length skinny jeans in vibrant pink, mesh espadrille flats and a brown leather belt.
The actress (who, according to the rumor mill, is expecting twins with hubby Justin Timberlake) keep things admirably basic, but still chic, by employing the best of the preppy mindset and adding a dash of edginess through unexpected colors and prints.
Another way to mix things up for the preppy-with-a-twist wardrobe theme is to add a lightweight infinity scarf featuring a bright floral print. As any movie star would rightly advise, making a bold style statement is a sure way to take center stage.
This article was written by Suzette DeSart for The Daily Clutch.