Not counting eating, sleeping or shopping, reporting on spring 2014’s biggest trends has consumed my life lately. I’ve listed every new denim shape out there, explained why wearing a tight crop top isn’t nearly as terrifying as at it sounds and defended the honor of ugly shoes (not that many of your agree with me—I’m talking to you, Facebook commenters!); I’ve decoded the formula to wearing flats with fancy dresses and laid out the rules for sneaker dressing. If it was on a runway last September, then I’ve written about it.
Yet even with all my compelling (well, I think so) arguments as to why yes, you really can pull these looks off, there’s still one lingering reason to hesitate: seasonally updating a wardrobe gets expensive. So why would you do it for something you’re not 100 percent sure about? That’s why I’ve put together the gallery above, which you’ll find filled with under-$100 options for nine giant trends you’ll be seeing everywhere in the upcoming months. Click through to try each one with minimal commitment.