Putting some spring in your step

Kristy Eckert

I'm so antsy to get into my spring wardrobe that I'm wearing a skirt with bare begs and oxfords as I type this, while the rest of the (sane, smarter) world is wrapped in coats.

But I think a boatload of you are right there with me - in spirit, at least, if not in stupidity.

So let's talk spring style - and how you can be on trend without breaking the bank (and while staying comfortable enough for the soccer game and cute enough for dinner with the girls).

Here, five tips for doing just that:

Wow in white: White is hot, and white on white is even hotter (and my personal favorite trend of the season). My two best bets? Banana Republic's timeless v-neck tee ($22.50) and J. Crew's chino shorts ($45 in various lengths, though I favor the 3-inch). I own them both, have had my little guy's food, drink and/or sticky fingers on both, and can attest to how well they wear and wash.

Embrace your 50 shades of fabulous: Several designers cited photographers as their inspiration this season, which meant a whole bunch of black and white walked the runways. It's an easy trend, because you can likely pull it off with pieces that are already in your closet. Want edgy? Examine your black and white options, and then mix patterns - a black-and-white polka-dot dress, for example, with a black-and-white striped blazer. Yearn for classic simplicity? Pair black pencil pants or shorts with a crisp white button-up. If you want to add a pop of color (brights are also on trend), do it with ballet flats or a handbag.

Be pretty in prints: The fashion world has resurrected florals…and then some. From watercolor silks to tribal weaves, prints are all over. Tops will give you more bang for your buck, since you can pair them with pants, skirts or shorts, and under jackets. And The Limited is a great place to find them (often discounted to $25 or $30). Boho 72 in Dublin's charming historic district is another option for trendy-but-inexpensive, mom-appropriate styles.

Be a savvy shopper: Bookmark this link on your smart phone: printable-coupons.blogspot.com. Then check it before you shop. It offers a retail tab with printable coupons for several retailers, from Macy's to The Limited. You don't even need to print them ahead of time; just flash the screen with coupon code to the clerk upon checkout, and voila! - you've just justified another purchase.

Shop online: It's a great way to discover deals you might never have found in person. Saks Fifth Avenue has an abundance of sale items on its website (saksfifthavenue.com) that cost less than full-priced items at a Kohl's or even Target. (I just found two adorable maxi dresses there that were each $40.) Nordstrom's website (nordstrom.com) is also a treasure trove, particularly for shoes.

-Kristy Eckert is the editor of Capital Style.