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Fashion Word of the Week: Chevron

Impress friends with your fashion know-how by dropping the word chevron into a conversation, which is just a fancy way to describe those rad V-shaped stripe patterns that are cropping up everywhere for Spring. Vivid and bold, chevron stripes punctuate accessories and fool the eye for your figure's benefit on swimsuits. Get your chev-ron with the budget-friendly finds above.

Clockwise from top: Naughty Monkey Chevron Striped Pump at Lulu's, $72; Jovovich-Hawk for Target Swimsuit, $29.99; Arrowstripe Longsleeve Dolman at, $22.80; Printed Scarf Bag at, $11.70; Chevron Stripe Onepiece at, £28.00; Background: Chevron Apron at, $14.00

How to Wear High-Waist Wide-Leg Jeans

Dear Budget Babe,
I had a question for you about wearing HIGH WAISTED WIDE LEG JEANS! I thought there was no way I could pull them off, but i tried them on and i LOVED them. Now I'm wondering how to wear them (what shirts, shoes etc) to make them look casual or for going out. I don't want them to turn out as a disaster!! Thank youuuu!! —RD

Hi RD,
Thanks for the great question! High-waist wide leg jeans have an old-school, feminine flavor that I just love. Just keep your top simple - wear a solid color, nothing too full or voluminous, and be sure to tuck it in. This spring, a button-down blouse with a simple ruffle detail would be very on-trend with these pants.

For evening, pair your wide legs with a body-conscious yet sophisticated tank top. Something with a sweatheart neckline would be especially glam, in a throwback kinda way.

Pull the look together with a dark-colored medium wide belt, or a metallic or bright skinny belt. And make sure the top of your pants stop at the narrowest part of your waist to create a slimming, hourglass silhouette.

Finally, be sure to wear these pants with heels as they can otherwise have a "widening" effect on even the slimmest gals.

Good luck rockin' those wide-leg jeans out!


Got more styling tips for wearing high-waist wide leg trousers? Share them in the comments.

Target's Go International Private Label Collection

Target just loves to spoil us. Their Go International collections have been so successful that the retailer has decided to create their own in-house fashion line, the GO International Private Label Collection. Prices range from $17-$50 and each Go International Private Label Collection will be available for one month.

The first such group launches April 13 and features, among other things, these "goddess" inspired dresses - something we've been hunting for on a budget! There's a one-shouldered bright blue frock, a girly Grecian number, and a steel crisscross mini that all play-off this popular spring trend in a manner that's light, romantic and modern.

We're smitten. How about you?

>> See more looks from the GO International Private Label Collection.

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Spring Florals You'll Want to Wear

Stella McCartney mix-and-matched fresh florals in her Spring 2008 ready-to-wear collection. Recreate the vibe for a whole lot less with carefree, flower-print frocks and lazy-day totes from American Eagle Outfitters.

At left: Looks from the Stella McCartney SS08 runway. (
On right: AE Flower Tote in blue or coral $34.50 $24.95; AE Flower Garden Dress in red or purple floral print $69.50 $39.95

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