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Update spring wardrobe 10 ways

Even if the sun isn't out, a brightly colored blazer lifts spirits and punches up a basic outfit.
Even if the sun isn't out, a brightly colored blazer lifts spirits and punches up a basic outfit.
  • You don't need to board a yacht to sport the season's nautical trend
  • Take a break from stick-skinny leggings and go for softer pants this spring
  • Pair a sequined tank with fall's dark pants and skirts and wear minimal jewelry

( -- These key pieces will get you ready for the new season!


Why it works: With its tailored silhouette and neutral color, this timeless wardrobe staple can be worn with nearly any outfit.

How to wear it: Wear the coat open with casually scrunched sleeves, or look to the Christian Dior collection and try a cropped version belted over print dress.


Why it works: A colorful print can be matched with a variety of solid-hued tops.

How to wear it:: Pair a floral skirt with a single-tone lace blouse for a soft and feminine look or take a more graphic print and add a boxy crop top a la Dries Van Noten for a super-modern ensemble.


Why it works: A long-sleeved lace blouse is stealthily sexy, offering both coverage and sneak peeks of skin.

How to wear it:: Tone down the material's naturally seductive nature like Scarlett Johansson and pair the top with a high-waist tulip skirt or go all-out girlie with a tiered skirt as seen on the Dolce & Gabbana runway. 20 amazing spring fashions under $100


Why it works: Nothing says spring like flowers! A short, sleeveless dress in a micro-print is ladylike without being fussy.

How to wear it: Choose simple, classic accessories that pick up the print's palette, like Diane Kruger's skinny black belt and ivory quilted bag or the orange Anna Sui flats that coordinated with a citrus-hued shift.


Why it works: Nautical but not preppy, a simple black and white Breton shirt is endlessly versatile.

How to wear it: Pair a sexy, off-the-shoulder version with jewel-toned shorts (any shade will work with the neutral stripes) or top one off with a sleek black blazer for an office-ready alternative.


Why it works: A sunny blazer is an unexpected way to add punch to an old-favorite outfit.

How to wear it: Let the bold hue top off jeans and a T-shirt just like Miranda Kerr or make an even bolder statement with a monochromatic look in various shades of tangerine, magenta or teal, as seen at Diane von Furstenberg. 10 under $10 -- spring beauty must-haves


Why it works: Its neutral tone allows a sexy draped design to transition seamlessly from day to night.

How to wear it: Think of master accessorizer Rihanna and accent the subdued shade with playful jewelry.

Find your little black dress style


Why it works: Flowing and silky, a pair of lightweight trousers are a cool and easy alternative to a skirt

How to wear it:: Contrast the pants' loose, airy quality with a structured shirt or a strong-shouldered black sweater over a simple white top.


Why it works: A sparkly top in a simple shape is streamlined enough to wear with jeans for day and special enough to pair with an embellished skirt for after dark.

How to wear it::: A shimmery scoop-neck tank is a spotlight-stealer, so skip the accessories.

How to wear spring's hottest colors


Why it works: Fresh add-ons transform last season's basics, without breaking the bank.

How to wear it: Swap out a solid tote for a bright satchel, or play up your newly-bare wrists with ornate stacked bracelets. Ready to show off your new pedi? Indulge your feet with fabulous wooden wedges.

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