While a classic T-shirt and jeans pairing will always work in a pinch, certain colors and patterns emerge as fashion favorites each season. You don’t have to break the bank to model the latest trends—it just takes a little creativity. Here are some of the top fashion trends for spring 2012 and some less-than-genuine tips for how to rock each look:
Floral Prints: Dresses, tops and even pants are featuring big, bright floral prints this season. Grab a bouquet of plastic flowers and tape them to your favorite green sweater for a trendy garden of style.
Geometric Shapes: Solid colors and art deco-inspired designs are aiming to be a hit. Cut out circles, squares and triangles out of old clothing, then sew them all together to create a one-of-a-kind shirt. Picasso would be proud.
Pastels: Pale colors reminiscent of sorbet and Easter candy are making their way into the spotlight. What better time to pull out Mom’s wedding dress and dye it a pretty pink.
Polka dots: Pretty, playful polka dots are a perfect way to ring in spring. A teenie-weenie yellow polka dot bikini is a great way to make a statement the next time you hit the town.
Tangerine: The bright orange-red hue is a stunning way to stand out in a crowd. Buy three tangerines and juggle them constantly to make the brightest (and tastiest) fashion statement of the season.