Spring cleaning is a dreadful task, but there's one area of the house we'll always happily attack: the closet. If looking through last year's clothes doesn't spark instant joy (hat tip, Marie Kondo), you don't need to chuck everything and start from scratch. Just focus on spring 2017 trends, find outfit inspiration that grabs your attention, and start mixing with what you've already got.
1 Cropped T-Shirt + Shorts
Whether you refer to it as the newsboy, baker boy, cabbie, or page boy—there's no denying this topper is taking over. It girls and supermodels alike have adopted this staple of the early 20th century 'working class' and news boys, and turned it into the ultimate cool-girl must have on or off the red carpet.
1 The Icons
Leave it to the French, like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, to make anything chic, even a hat was once traditionally worn by men.
2 The It Brits
The hat became synonymous with glamorous supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss in the '90s keeping an air of incognito.
Whether you're in your 30s, 40s or 50s, the new season is full of fresh and colorful updates to give your closet the glamorous makeover it deserves.
Channel your inner rock chick in dark florals.
From top left, clockwise: Rag & Bone dress, $450, Neiman Marcus, 888-888-4757; Shinola watch, $950,shinola.com; Coach 1941 dress, $795, coach.com; Edun dress, $1,290, Oxosi NYC, 646-661-7732; Etro earrings, $445, etro.com; 3.1 Phillip Lim top, $495, shopBAZAAR.com; Sam Edelman shoe, $130, thebay.com; Furla bag, $748, furla.com; L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Electric Blue, $10, lorealparisusa.com.
In all sorts of thrilling shapes and colors, gingham is now anything but square. Here, shop 10 pieces that upgrade the classic summertime print. (Sitting on/rolling around in the grass still highly encouraged.)
This little T-shirt swim silhouette is It this summer, and you can't beat the price (or color) of this one.
::garbled squealing:: (P.S. This guy by Gaia is made by female artisans who are paid a living wage, so SOLD.)
Your all-black Kawakubo-esque outfit might say "Keep away," but your Hanky Panky bra can say "Moi je joue."
From crisp pantsuits in ivory white to a new take on the trench, spring's latest in workwear is nothing short of stylish.
The Deconstructed Suit
Keep the look clean, opting for a sleek high-neck blouse.
From left: Max Mara jacket, $2,690, blouse, $595, jacket, $1,190, skirt, $475, 312-475-9500.
How to Wear It
Finish the look with white boots in geometric lines and modern gold earrings.
From left: Louis Vuitton tote, $3,850, 866-VUITTON; Fossil smartwatch $255, fossil.com; Pomellato earrings, $5,100, 800-254-6020.
The Ivory Pantsuit
Choose a tailored white blazer with a notched-lapel collar.
From left: Max Mara jacket, $1,450, 617-267-9775; Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, $198,ralphlauren.com; Monica Rich Kosann necklace, $1,450, monicarichkosann.com. Escada pants, $995, escada.com.
How to Wear It
Moms are always warning you that, if you go out without a sweater, you'll contract all kinds of potentially life-threatening diseases. And although we've kind of debunked the great mom myth of not going to bed with wet hair, we're still far too respectful (read: frightened) to disagree with them on the topic of outerwear preparedness. That's why, ahead, we've selected seven ultra-affordable jackets—just in case.
Easy. Dries-y. Beautiful.
2 FRONT ROW SHOP
Okay, the matching mini might put you over the top, but what's a $20 deficit when you can look like the type of girl who rolls down a grassy knoll in a skirt suit, eh?
White jeans are the workhorse of your spring and summer wardrobe. With its blank canvas nature all you need are a few key accessories to them from a Bermuda-ready outfit to a date night look. Here, five completely different ways to style your white jeans no matter where you are (except a black tie event; trust us, we tried).
Typically, there's more intrigue surrounding the ballerina than the ballet flat, but our combination of both might just change your mind. Fresh for the warm-weather months, American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary modeled this season's most striking pieces with supple leather ballet flats and pumps from Clarks, and the results will definitely make you rethink the streamlined shape.
As denim designers begin branching out with more than just blues, why not make your favorite label a one-stop-shop for all your closet needs? Check out these winning spring outfit picks from the brand our editors are currently obsessing over: Mother.
When others zig with a basic leather jacket, zag with this plush, patch-adorned bomber.
Letterman Patch Fur jacket, $365; Insider Crop Step Fray jeans, $228; both at motherdenim.com.
This look is literally FIRE (and gives a whole new meaning to the term "hot pants").
Sweatshirt, $138; Insider Crop Fray jeans in Liar Liar, $268; both at motherdenim.com.