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4 Fun spring style swaps

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Spiced up spring style

Spring is a great time to change things up style-wise, and updating your wardrobe can be as simple as making some on-trend swaps. We suggest four ways to freshen up your wardrobe with a few of this season’s hottest runway trends.

Our pick: Knitted crop sweater in coral (forever21.com, $23).

Long sweaters for crop tops

Get ready to show a little skin this spring. Several designers put the midriff front and center including Proenza Schouler and Oscar de la Renta. Not to be mistaken for the (often tacky) ‘belly shirts’ of youth, this season’s shorter shirts are fun and flirty while maintaining a polished look. Layered over a bodysuit, camisole or body-hugging long-sleeve shirt, a cropped top adds depth and texture to any daytime ensemble. Paired with high-waisted skirts or ankle-length pastel trousers and round toe pumps, a crop top can even be evening or office-friendly.

Our pick: Knitted crop sweater in coral (forever21.com, $23).

Our pick: Marc by Marc Jacobs sleevless drop waist dress (nordstrom.com, $268).

Slim pencil skirt for a pleated drop-waist style

Pencil skirts may be a timeless office classic, but this spring, switch things up with a drop-waist and pleats. We saw an homage to the 1920s on several runways, from Marc Jacobs to Etro, and the most popular Jazz Age gems were pleated, drop-waist dresses and skirts. Both work-appropriate and evening-ready, you can easily give your spring wardrobe a fresh yet feminine twist with these pretty pieces. Paired with either flats (for day) or a stacked heel or platform (for the office or evening), these Gatsby-inspired looks work well for most body types and provide a simple yet polished look for a new season.

Our pick: Marc by Marc Jacobs sleeveless drop waist dress (nordstrom.com, $268).

Our pick: Pretty pastel pink A-line skirt (stylebop.com, $200).

Gray for pastel separates

If gray and beige are your go-to basic hues, inject a subtle spark into your array of separates with pretty pastels. No longer relegated to children’s dresses or Easter bonnets, this spring’s pastels offer a cool, confident yet ladylike vibe. Several designers put their stamp on softer, eggshell-inspired shades, including Carolina Herrera and Narciso Rodriguez (who gave us fresh, expertly draped spring dresses) and Preen (who gave pantsuits a new twist with a light-as-air shade of yellow). T-shirts, trousers, skirts and sweaters all look spring-ready and fashion forward in pastel tones.

Our pick: Pretty pastel pink A-line skirt (stylebop.com, $200).

Our pick: Cheap Monday bomber jacket in basic black (asos,com, $200)

Denim jacket for a bomber

Trade your denim jacket this spring for a bomber or varsity style. The quintessential school age staple is back – with a decidedly designer twist. Everyone from Prada and Chloe to Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent has embraced the bomber in various hues and textures. Whether in leather or something lighter, the 1950s-inspired outerwear classic gives any outfit a slightly masculine feel (great for toning down more feminine or floral pieces) and adds interest to more staid outfits.

Our pick: Cheap Monday bomber jacket in basic black (asos.com, $191).

More style tips and trends

Jeans & tees: Perfect the look
MommyStyle: 5 Ways to wear a basic black cardigan
Pretty Little Things: Pretty pastel finds

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