The $4,000 Budget
“For me, spring isn’t about pastels and girlishness. It’s my normal dark denim and leather, minus the tights and sweaters.” My Spring Inspirations 1. “These Balenciaga rings come in a set of five—one for each finger. They’re like chic brass knuckles.” 2. “Dries Van Noten did grunge in a ladylike way this season. There’s none of the typical flannel.” 3. “I gravitate toward pyramids, whether they’re simple studs or I.M. Pei’s Pyramide du Louvre in Paris.” —Wendy Wallace, Market Director
“These studs are really cute, and you’d never expect to see bees on earlobes.” Bronze earrings, $110, Pamela Love; henribendel.com.
“The angled pocket placement cancels any concern that horizontal stripes might be unflattering.” Cotton skirt with leather trim, $285, Maje; at Maje.
“The shape of these rings echoes a honeycomb.” Brass rings, $90 each, Jennifer Fisher; jenniferfisherjewelry.com.
“I love a slim, cropped silhouette—and that the pattern is subtle, not crazy.” Silk pants, $168, J.Crew; jcrew.com.
Elizabeth and James
“I’m never without sunglasses. I’m particularly into the burnt-honey hue of this pair.” Acetate sunglasses, $265, Elizabeth and James; nordstrom.com.
Rag & Bone
“I’ll toss this sweater over a sleeveless T in a shade that’s too bright for me on its own, such as turquoise.” Cotton-polyester sweater, $325, Rag amp Bone; nordstrom.com.
“Most people don’t associate industrial jewelry with spring, but I consider it a daily staple. This bracelet goes with everything.” Gold-plated bracelet, $575, ALC; glamboutique.com.
3.1 Phillip Lim
"I like the shape of this skirt-it's short but not tight." Cotton-viscose skirt, $350, 3.1 Phillip Lim; 212-334-1160.
Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer
"I'll wear this modern global necklace with silky T-shirts and not much other jewelry." Enamel and rope necklace, $215, Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer; jaclynmayer.com for stores.
"A subtle pattern makes this anorak special." Cotton parka, $219, Maison ScotchALC; scotch-soda.com for stores.
"When you want a little extra polish, this easy dress is ideal for hot days." Silk dress, $268, Equipment; nordstrom.com.