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).
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).
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).
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).
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