As you can imagine, I adore the entire shopping experience. Walking into a department store and taking in the clean, shiny sights and scent of new fashion (or the latest fragrance) can be downright intoxicating. The only thing that can diminish this feeling is finding the most perfect item, only to turn over the tag and see that it’s not on sale. With my motto, ‘never pay retail,’ I frequently will make notes of these items and watch until they do go on sale. Sometimes, however, you need a fashion fix immediately and this spring, Belk has some great clearance options that are still applicable for spring. Many new items, though potentially out of your budget, can serve as inspiration on how to stay in style on a budget. Some designer trends starring at Belk this season are flirty florals, ruffles, yacht-inspired sophistication, structured tailoring and the neverending, ever-luxurious trend of animal prints. So naturally, I took note and headed straight to the clearance section and found options for all of those. My favorites included a Tina B Petite Lace Belted Babydoll Dress (retail $86, sale $60), a go-with-everything, nautical-esque New Directions Slug Roll Sleeve Cozy (retail $40, sale $28), a black, silver studded Nine West Jet Analog Silver Tone Watch (retail $39, sale $29) and a structured, leopard print tote from Anne Klein (retail $89, sale $62). If shopping online, try this tip: type in “everyday value” in the search bar at Belk.com and watch as tons of basics from crew shirts to baby items and athletic gear all pop up for as low as $5! Saving on designer trends and basics is easy – see how low you can go with these tips!