Wendy's Spring Budget: $4,000
Wendy's Spring Budget: $4,000
HER STRATEGY "When summer starts, I'm living for the weekend. Friday through Sunday you'll find me in sun-faded denim tops and a bandana-print dresses that remind me of lazy afternoons in Texas, where I grew up."
HER INSPIRATION "I recently found this old shot of my Peepaw on his farm in Texas. Look at him rocking that denim on denim. So cool!"
Cotton Shirt, $99
"This chambray button-down also works as a cardigan or swimsuit cover-up."
Cotton shirt, The Shirt by Joe's, $99;
Gold-Plated Studs, $65
"I'm not usually an earrings girl, but these barbed wire studs were irresistible."
Gold-plated studs, Tom Binns Design, $65; 917-475-1412.
Silk Dress, $680
"I'll wear it to work with wedges and then slip on a pair of leather flip flops to get my weekend started."
Silk dress, Thakoon, $680;
Plastic Sunglasses, $15
"You don't need to spend a lot of money on stylish sunglasses. These give my look a '50s flair."
Plastic sunglasses, Fantas-Eyes; $15
Brass Cuff, $55
"I love the rugged toughness of this bracelet, a clever twist on a railroad spike."
Brass cuff, Giles & Brother, $55;
JUNE TOTAL: $914
REMAINING BUDGET: $18
HER STRATEGY "This time of year I try to stay cool in the heat and still look professional when running around the city on showroom appointments. My summer uniform is wedges and skirts, with a shot of red to liven up my neutral wardrobe."
HER INSPIRATION "Lou Doillon has that casual/sexy French thing going on. How could she not with Jane Birkin as her mom?"
Silk Blouse, $334
"I'm replacing all my T-shirts with blouses that I'm styling casually, with the sleeves rolled up."
Rachel Comey; 212-219-2688.
Ruched Jersey Skirt, $110
"This skirt is made of the softest T-shirt-like material. I'm going to pair it with the slouchy blazer I got in March."
T by Alexander Wang, $110; at
"I'm totally into this new jewelry line. The pieces are small and delicate but have a nuts-and-bolts kind of vibe."
Etten Eller, $285;
Wedge Sandals, $444
"I love high heels, but in summer I just want to be comfy. Wedges are the perfect compromise."
Surface to Air, $444; at
MAY TOTAL: amp#36;1,148
REMAINING BUDGET: amp#36;932
HER STRATEGY "I have a lot of neutral items. Now I want things that are more eye-catching. I usually don't choose shiny clothes—I'm too pale to wear gold—but this spring feels like the right time to try pieces in silver."
HER INSPIRATION "Burberry Prorsum always does classic shapes but in unexpected materials, like this metallic python trench."
Sequin Jacket, $615
"I love this jacket! The metallic sequins aren't flashy, and the whole thing fits like a soft sweatshirt. I'd pair it with black or white jeans and push the sleeves up."
Silver-Plated Bracelet, $180
"This modern bracelet is spiky, which is perfect for me. But it's also stretchy, so it's really comfortable around your wrist."
Metal Pointu, $180; at
APRIL TOTAL: amp#36;795
REMAINING BUDGET: amp#36;2,080
Wendy Wallace, Senior Market Editor
"You'll never find me in pink or ruffles. I definitely gravitate toward more slouchy tomboy silhouettes and lots of denim."
HER SPRING INSPIRATION (clockwise from top): "I recently read Patti Smith's memoir, Just Kids. She is such an intelligent, independent woman, with a rebellious menswear style."
"All of the models in the spring Mulberry show came out in red wigs, convincing me to pick clothes that play off my hair color."
"Silver and gold Minx nails were all over runways, like Alexander McQueen's. The chrome shine makes me think futuristic jewelry."
Leather Skirt, $430
"For me, mustard yellow is a new neutral. When it's chilly, I'll combine this skirt with chunky-heeled sandals, tights, and a V-neck sweater. In the summer, I'll go with bare legs and a button-down."
Linen-Cotton Blazer, $695
"I'm going to wear this supercool slouchy blazer instead of a cardigan."
Theyskens' Theory; 877-242-3317.
MARCH TOTAL: $1,125
REMAINING BUDGET: $2,875