8 Must-Have Spring Wardrobe Essentials

There are certain pieces that all women should have at-the-ready in their wardrobe arsenal.

These are the items that are guaranteed to go with everything and make the final result seem ever so effortless—even when it was anything but. Commonly referred to as “basics” or “staples,” they are a fashion dilemma’s best friend and our go-to uniform when we need to be out the door in five minutes flat. While we always seem to hear about the next little black dress, classic trench, or striped tee, here are a few recent fashion trends turned wardrobe must-haves:

1. Crisp White Shirting

This season, look for modern variations to the classic cotton button-down shirt. An asymmetrical hemline, side slits or knife pleats are guaranteed to lend an interesting twist.

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Net-A-Porter, Net-A-Porter, Net-A-Porter

2. Leather Separates

Super-soft leathers are now being used to create supple T-shirts, flirty skirts, and lightweight leggings. Leather separates, particularly in black, are guaranteed to pair well with everything and lend a sleek appeal to your look.

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River Island, Reiss, Lyst

3. Tailored Blazer

A tailored blazer is a wardrobe have-to-have. It adds polish to your favorite threadbare tee and skinny jeans, and an updated tuxedo-inspired version is the ultimate in chic atop fancier evening attire.

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Reiss, Mango, The Outnet

4. Midi Skirt

Hemlines typically incur a seasonal shift; however, we continue to see skirt lengths remain longer. Instead of your maxi, consider a skirt that hits from just below your knee to just above your anklebone. Also, play around with pleating, another big trend for spring.

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Farfetch, Topshop, Coast 

5. Wide-Leg Trouser

When was the last time you said “trouser pant?” Whether high-waisted, cropped or cuffed, the spring collections showed a variety of wide-legged styles. Lean toward silhouettes with a slender frame and higher waistline to ensure a flattering fit.

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Moda Operandi, The Outnet, Farfetch 

6. Simple Shift

A shift dress is an easily adaptable garment option that looks chic when paired with heels or flats. This season, look for fun prints as well as sleeved versions (finally, sleeves!). Even better, a fabric like lightweight wool allows for year-round wear.

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Lyst, Shopbop, Moda Operandi

7. Flat Shoe

We have definitely turned away from sky-high stilettos in recent seasons in favor of more comfortable shoe options. A snakeskin sandal or pink ballet flat is now suitable footwear for a lunch date or evening soiree.

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Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman

8. Effective Extras

While accessories should be used thoughtfully and sparingly, the addition of a printed scarf, a statement necklace, or an embellished clutch can give any outfit an instant pick-me-up.

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Tory Burch, Lori’s, Banana Republic