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Spring's Best Floral Tops Under $50

Vibrant floral prints were in full bloom on the Spring 2009 runways of such designers as Diane Von Furstenberg and John Galliano. Ok, so maybe taking this trend from the catwalk to the sidewalk isn't "essential" but you must admit it's tempting. And it's definitely easy to do on a budget, just hit up stores like Forever 21 or Old Navy if you think you'll only wear this trend once or twice. Or, check out Newport-News for those over-the-top upholstery fabric florals that they carry year-round—you know what I'm talking about—just please do not wear them like their models do. (These will require an advanced stylistas touch to look current and chic.) Same goes for Nicole Miller's bold printed tops for JCPenney, some of which look really good in person. (Tell people it's Tibi or Milly or Shoshanna, they won't know the difference.) I have three floral tops that I usually just wear with jeans, nothing too crazy, and I can't wait to pluck some more from my favorites stores. How about you?

I love the John Galliano off the shoulder. This one from wet seal is actually really cute in person and is also off the shoulder
#1 Alexis on 2009-04-02 08:28 (Reply)
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-04-02 21:13 (Reply)
I just bought a great one from Ann Taylor Loft that I can't wait to wear!
#2 Real Style Real people (Homepage) on 2009-04-02 08:48 (Reply)
I love the pleated floral top by Forever 21. During the spring cool temperatures (at least where I'm from), I would pair it with a cardigan or shrug. I scored a sweet clearance deal on a beautiful floral top from Maurices yesterday (no online picture to show).
#3 Carolyn (Homepage) on 2009-04-02 08:48 (Reply)
The white sleeveless forever 21 top is actually in my F21 online cart as we speak. So feminine , i love it!
#4 Dina on 2009-04-02 08:56 (Reply)
Most of these tops are beautiful but some look like my grandma's housecoat.
Be careful when you buy florals.
#5 sohoaccessories (Homepage) on 2009-04-02 10:22 (Reply)
who knew nicole miller had such cute stuff???
#6 Cupcakes and Cashmere (Homepage) on 2009-04-02 12:07 (Reply)
got a floral top..print similar to F21 in this post..but with flutter sleeves in Target..was on sale for $10..can't wait to wear it :-)
#7 nonie on 2009-04-02 13:19 (Reply)
i agree w/sohoaccessories, some floral tops can look too grandma at times or if worn w/the wrong pieces ! anyways h&m got some good ones but they're limited in colors
F21 also has a good one similar to the "old navy" one but better & also sheer.
#8 piggy on 2009-04-02 14:08 (Reply)
I really like the forever21 one on the left. I've tried shirts on from f21 in that shape tho...and it usually doesn't work for me. :-( boo. Makes my boobs like enormous and that's an area I like to minimize.
Ah it's so cute maybe I'll give it another try. hehe

Hey BB, you said you're out east? ARe you in the Boston area? You should check out this thrift store called Poor Little Rich Girl. They have really cute stuff!
#9 Angela on 2009-04-02 15:20 (Reply)
Thanks for the tip. I'm in Connecticut but Boston's just a short drive away (like 2 hours). I'll try to check it out next time I'm there. :-)
#9.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-04-02 21:09 (Reply)
I just bought the prettiest tiered flowered mini from H&M, $16!! It's banded at the waist and has a black liner inside (sort of like a Spanx material) so it doesn't flip up and does a 'panty peek' ;-) Love it! It would be cute with a simple tank and belt, and some jeweled flats, me thinks...
#10 LAgurl1997 on 2009-04-02 16:02 (Reply)
Nice! Saw lots of these in NYC, paired with black tights, black boots or flats and leather jackets. Love this look, although I don't think I could pull it off myself. Also saw a gorgeous floral lace corset at H&M on sale for $20 but my hands were already full so I had to leave it :-(
#10.1 The Budget Babe on 2009-04-02 21:07 (Reply)
I just got this this top from F21:
It looks so much better in person but I can't wait to wear it. It's so versatile.. you can dress it up or down. I love it!
#11 Vanessa on 2009-04-03 13:52 (Reply)
I just bought the F21 shirt on the left. I love it!
#12 taylor (Homepage) on 2009-04-03 21:37 (Reply)
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