10 Runway-Inspired Outfit Pairings = Fashion Gold

Utility Jacket + Flirty Dress
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We're no mathematicians, but even we know there's only a finite number of outfit permutations out there (think: tops and pants, tops and skirts, tops over dresses), all of which we've exhausted to no end. But the spring/summer 2014 collections are chock-full of sartorial gems that have us considering (and reconsidering) styles for fresh, unexpected pairings.

We turned to the runways, like those of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi (pictured, above), Rag & Bone and Jason Wu, for ideas and struck fashion mathematics gold. To wit: A sweatshirt + graphic asymmetric midi = the perfect solution to tricky in-between season dressing. Minimalist overalls + cropped cami = a chic new take on the dungarees trend. A basic shirt + shimmery pencil skirt = a way to elevate a closet basic, or to ground an overly showy piece.

This spring, breathe life back into your wardrobe with 10 runway-inspired pairings. See our gallery!

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Sweatshirt + Graphic Midi

Sweatshirt + Graphic Midi
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Runway Inspiration: Preen

A sweatshirt (HampM, $25; hm.com) and a graphic asymmetric skirt (Rachel Comey, $495; rachelcomey.com) seem like an unlikely union, but the unexpected combo works in a chic, casual-cool way.

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Overalls + Crop Tank

Overalls + Crop Tank
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Runway inspiration: Rag amp Bone

The '90s are back! Reminisce in overalls in a fresh shade of white (Frame Denim, $150; nordstrom.com) paired with a cropped top (Topshop, $12; topshop.com). If exposing skin isn't your thing, a cami works just as well.

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Floral Top + Vest

Floral Top + Vest
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Runway inspiration: Peter Som

Florals for spring isn't groundbreaking, but layering moodier petals (Dorothy Perkins, $44; dorothyperkins.com) under a crisp white vest (By Malene Birger, $575; net-a-porter.com) is.

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Varsity Jacket + Little White Dress

Varsity Jacket + Little White Dress
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Runway inspiration: Victoria Beckham

Drive home the sporty 'tude by teaming a varsity jacket (J. Crew, $118; jcrew.com) with fresh tennis-inspired whites (Band of Outsiders, $645; lagarconne.com).

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Long-Sleeve Top + Metallic Skirt

Casual Long-Sleeve Top + Metallic Skirt
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Runway inspiration: Jason Wu

A basic long-sleeve tee (Madewell, $55; madewell.com) can be found in everybody's closet. Dig it up and let it take the spotlight with the help of a shiny skirt (Jonathan Simkhai, $563; matchesfashion.com).

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Trench Coat + Full Midiskirt

Trench Coat + Full Midi Skirt
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Runway inspiration: Derek Lam
Integrate outerwear into your outfit by topping off a voluminous ladylike midi (O'2nd, $325; farfetch.com) with a classic utilitarian trench (Mango, $100; mango.com).

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Printed Shift + Printed Maxi

Printed Shift + Printed Maxi
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Runway inspiration: Celine

Double up on dresses with varying lengths to achieve an intriguing effect. Layer a shift or tunic dress (Whistles, $325; whistles.co.uk) over a flowy asymmetric maxi (Mason by Michelle Mason, $475; intermixonline.com) for the perfect print-on-print action.

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Crop Top + Pencil Skirt

Crop Top + Pencil Skirt
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Runway inspiration: Lela Rose

Rock a crop top at work! Here's how: Pair a loose belly-grazing tank (Wilfred, $110; aritzia.com) with a high-waisted pencil (River Island, $44; riverisland.com). Try the combo in pretty pastel shades and abstract prints.

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Slouchy Cardigan + Lace Skirt

Slouchy Cardigan + Lace Skirt
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Runway inspiration: Burberry Prorsum

Mix winter and spring textiles with a knitted shawl-collared cardigan (Joie, $158; joie.com) and a lace pencil (Topshop, $76; topshop.com). Instead of overdosing on lace with matching separates, we recommend a striped tee (Sea, $185; net-a-porter.com)-bonus points if it hints at lace detailing.

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Utility Jacket + Flirty Dress

Utility Jacket + Flirty Dress
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Runway inspiration: Tibi

Fun, playful dresses are the hallmarks of spring, but this season, take a different approach by countering a too-girly dress (Sandro, $315; sandro-paris.com) with a no-nonsense, no-frills cargo jacket (American Eagle, $90; ae.com).

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