10 Easy Ways to Update Your Spring Wardrobe
WHY IT WORKS With its tailored silhouette and neutral color, this timeless wardrobe staple can be worn with nearly any outfit.
HOW TO WEAR IT Follow the lead of cool girl Alexa Chung and wear the coat open with casually scrunched sleeves, or look to the Christian Dior collection and try a cropped version belted over print dress.
WHY IT WORKS A colorful print can be matched with a variety of solid-hued tops.
HOW TO WEAR IT Consider Cameron Diaz and pair a floral skirt with a single-tone lace blouse for a soft and feminine look or take a more graphic print and add a boxy crop top a la Dries Van Noten for a super-modern ensemble.
WHY IT WORKS A long-sleeved lace blouse is stealthily sexy, offering both coverage and sneak peeks of skin.
HOW TO WEAR IT Tone down the material's naturally seductive nature like Scarlett Johansson and pair the top with a high-waist tulip skirt or go all-out girlie with a tiered skirt as seen on the Dolce & Gabbana runway.
WHY IT WORKS Nothing says spring like flowers! A short, sleeveless dress in a micro-print is ladylike without being fussy.
HOW TO WEAR IT Choose simple, classic accessories that pick up the print's palette, like Diane Kruger's skinny black belt and ivory quilted bag or the orange Anna Sui flats that coordinated with a citrus-hued shift.
Striped Sailor Top
WHY IT WORKS Nautical but not preppy, a simple black and white Breton shirt is endlessly versatile.
HOW TO WEAR IT Pair a sexy, off-the-shoulder version with jewel-toned shorts a la Oscar de la Renta (any shade will work with the neutral stripes) or top one off with a sleek black blazer (like Halle Berry's) for an office-ready alternative.
WHY IT WORKS A sunny blazer is an unexpected way to add punch to an old-favorite outfit.
HOW TO WEAR IT Let the bold hue top off jeans and a T-shirt just like Miranda Kerr or make an even bolder statement with a monochromatic look in various shades of tangerine, magenta or teal, as seen at Diane von Furstenberg.
WHY IT WORKS Its neutral tone allows a sexy draped design (like that from Lanvin) to transition seamlessly from day to night.
HOW TO WEAR IT Think of master accessorizer Rihanna and accent the subdued shade with playful jewelry.
WHY IT WORKS Flowing and silky, a pair of lightweight trousers are a cool and easy alternative to a skirt
HOW TO WEAR IT Contrast the pants' loose, airy quality with a structured shirt (as seen on the Chloe runway) or a strong-shouldered black sweater over a simple white top like Audrey Tautou.
WHY IT WORKS A sparkly top in a simple shape is streamlined enough to wear with jeans for day and special enough to pair with an embellished skirt (like that from Derek Lam's collection) for after dark.
HOW TO WEAR IT Take a lesson from Rachel McAdams-a shimmery scoop-neck tank is a spotlight-stealer, so skip the accessories.
WHY IT WORKS Fresh add-ons transform last season's basics, without breaking the bank.
HOW TO WEAR IT Swap out a solid tote for a bright satchel (here from Derek Lam), or play up your newly-bare wrists with ornate stacked bracelets (as on the Lanvin runway). Ready to show off your new pedi? Indulge your feet with fabulous wooden wedges like these from See by Chloe.