Runway Looks for the Real World: Spring Fashion for Less

Balmain and Phi marched forth the military trend with structured jackets and pants.

A structured jacket is the simplest way to rock this trend. Instead of a run of the mill raincoat, when April showers hit, opt for Volcom's army-green belted jacket, $87.58 at Zappos.com. Looking for a dressier option? Try Arden B.'s military shine jacket, $58, or Forever 21's structural military jacket, $27.80.

Ruffles and Romance

The antidote to structured style? Ruffles and romance, frills and froth. Alberta Ferretti and Joseph Altuzarra sent gowns down their Spring 2010 runways that evoked visions of daisy-filled meadows and cerulean-blue skies.

Alberta Ferretti and Joseph Altuzarra's dresses sing springtime.

Create the same feeling with Calvin Klein's chiffon shift, $105.90, Tracy Reese's violet organza dress, $90, or Elan's flouncy, lavender strapless dress, $39.

Not down with dozens of ruffles? Dip a toe in the trend with a frilly top, like Arden B.'s trimmed tunic, $39, or Ann Taylor's ruffle-paneled cardigan, $39.99. And hey, if you really want to be fashion forward, throw a military jacket on over all those ruffles -- you'll look as fresh as spring's long-awaited sunshine.

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