Ten Wardrobe Essentials for Spring 2012

As we enter March this week, it’s almost time to pack up those gloves and winter coats. True, we were blessed with the mildest winter I can remember, but I’ve been ready for spring since November. Below, I show you ten wardrobe essentials that are on trend for spring. Not to break the bank, these pieces can be matched together and transition easily into summer and fall.

Midi Dress

The in-between dress, perfect for spring days at the office. Pair with a blazer and flats or wedges to give you a boost. For the most flattering look, make sure the dress doesn’t hit at the widest part of the calf. From left to right: Aqua Dress ($88), Daniel Raiin Floral Maxi Dress ($89), MM Couture Dress ($68), Free People Embroidered Cotton Midi Dress ($268).

Colored Pant

For a bold trend such as the colored pant, I’d recommend not maxing out your budget on these; H&M and Target offer a wide selection of colors. For an investment you can wear year to year, I’d suggest purchasing a pair of white denim, such as the DL1961 ankle jeans. Clockwise from top left: Days of Bold Pant ($80), H&M Ankle-Length Pant ($15), Latramoda Denim ($148), J.Crew Cafe Capri ($90), Free People Colored Cropped Denim ($98).

Chambray Shirt

Pair with the above mentioned colored denim, white skirt, pencil skirt, or layer over a striped tank. From left to right, Anthropologie Swingy Chambray Tunic ($88), Ralph Lauren Chambray Patched Western Shirt ($90), Old Navy Utility Pocket Chambray Shirt ($27).

Maxi Skirt

The maxi skirt is one of my favorite pieces for spring that easily transitions into summer and fall. Pair with a tank, flats, and a denim jacket for a casual look. Don’t to forget to accessorize! Clockwise from top left: Aerie Chiffon Maxi Skirt ($39), Asos Maxi Skirt in Sheer and Solid Stripe ($80), Hive and Honey Chevron Striped Maxi Skirt ($49), Stem Burnout Diagonal Stripe Maxi Skirt ($49).

Neon accessories

Always the cheapest way to incorporate a seasonal trend into your style, the neon accessory this spring is no exception. Clockwise from top left: ASOS Fluro Skinny Belt ($11), F21 Neon Hint Bangle Set ($6), Gorjana Graham Leather Wrap Bracelet ($55), Marc by Marc Jacobs Neon Enamel Bracelet ($55), ASOS Canvas Contrast Handle Shopper ($40), Kate Spade Elina ($225), ASOS POW Ring ($11), Lacoste Watch ($95).

Not Your Basic Blazer

An easy way to add a pop of color to your basic wardrobe, and a great way to move from day to night with a LBD or cropped pant. From left to right: RD Style Pop Color Blazer ($89), H&M Striped Blazer ($49), Tinley Road Draped Blazer ($69).

Blush Tones

Despite that fact that celebs made this a fave on the red carpet this season, this is one spring trend that will fit into your wardrobe season after season. Clockwise from top left: F21 Chiffon Dolman Blouse ($20),  T by Alexander Wang Semi-Sheer Ribbed Jersey ($54), F21 Wayfarer Sunglasses ($6), J.Crew Eden Cardigan ($60), Wyatt Dress ($63).  

Tribal Prints

As this trend trickled down to America’s mainstream malls, you can snag a tribal print piece at any price. Pair with something classic, like a basic denim or white. From left to right: Express Aztec Graphic Shirt ($40), Aerie Tribal Print Top ($40), Windsor Zig Zag Tribal Print Mini Skirt ($20).

Colorblock shoe

Colorblocking can be used for more than just outfits! It’s a fun way to spice up a neutral outfit for a party, wedding, or work event. Clockwise from top left: Marc Fisher Tumble Pumps ($79), Jessica Simpson Cathi ($99), Nine & Co. Neon Colorblock Ballet Flats ($30), Guess Kringana Platforms ($120).

High-Low Dress

Similar to the midi dress, the high-low dress brings a hint of elegance to an otherwise simple dress. Dress it up or down with accessories. From left to right: Free People Hi-Lo Color Block Dress ($148), BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress ($83), F21 Burnout High-Low Tank Dress ($20), Hive and Honey High Low Midi Dress ($54).

What trends will you be wearing this Spring?

-Erin

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