Spring Staples

In this economy, no one can afford to drop thousands on a fresh wardrobe -- and why should you? We spoke with Ken Downing, the fashion director for Neiman Marcus, to narrow down spring 2010’s 7 must-have trends.

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Draping

With menswear, structured jackets and boyfriend jeans dominating the fall runways, it was a nice breath of fresh air to see designers show a lighter, more feminine look on spring runways. "At the antithesis of the scale with all this tribal and fusion of multicultural dressing, we also saw a lot of feminine draping," Downing says. "We saw it at the runway at Balenciaga last season with the draped skirts, blouses and draped dresses even;  we saw it on red carpet at the Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago, too. It's a very romantic and very feminized spirit."

Pictured: Banana Republic heritage draped top, $79.50

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