Whip out those sunglasses, spring has finally sprung! But there's no need to go on an expensive shopping spree to refresh your look. Slight tweaks in shape, fabric or color can breathe new life into your entire wardrobe, allowing you to do a lot more with less. From a sleek vest to a split-thigh skirt, trying even just one of these items can transform your entire closet for the new season.
Instead of a little black dress … try a little white dress
White feels fresh no matter the time of year. As an unexpected alternative to sterile black, try pairing an ethereal white frock with darker sandals or boots to create a boho vibe.
ASOS Lace Shift Dress, $72
Instead of a sleek blazer … try a sleek vest
By now you know that blazers are a staple for the boardroom and beyond. But what happens when you remove the sleeves from this chic piece? A longer-length, structured vest feels modern yet totally appropriate for both an important meeting or dinner with friends. Pair it with straight or wide-leg pants for a playful spin on the classic suit.
Topshop Sleeveless Ponte Jacket, $80
Instead of a maxi dress … try a jumpsuit
The '70s are back with wide-leg pants, maxi dresses and feathered hairstyles making a serious comeback. With this trend comes the easy-to-wear, flattering jumpsuit. Nervous to try it out? Look for loose-fit fabric and a nipped-in waist. You'll love the way you look!
Red Carter Halter Jumpsuit, $99
Instead of ballet flats … try d'Orsay flats
Meet your new everyday shoes. Sharp and sophisticated, these soles are just as feminine as a rounded toe flat, but with a dressier, more grown-up aesthetic. Wear them day through night as an elegant (and comfortable) alternative to heels. Plus, the cut-out shape is a well-known way to make your legs look longer. We'd say that's a win-win.
Charlotte Ruse Perforated Pointed Toe D'Orsay Flats, $23
Instead of a button-down … try a turtleneck
If you like to layer a white button-down under almost everything you own, try switching it up with a forgotten favorite: the turtleneck. Opt for a tissue-thin version and watch how well it works under a dress, a shell, a v-neck sweater or even under that beloved button-down shirt. In a nutshell, it's the perfect piece for transitional weather.
J. Crew Tissue Turtleneck Tee, $41.50
Instead of skinny jeans … try flared jeans
Skinny jeans have become a closet staple, but it’s worth trying in a looser silhouette this season, too. A flared or wide-leg jean offers a nice change of pace and looks great with everything from blouses and sweaters to blazers and tees. If you're feeling adventurous, try out a high-rise version — it's more flattering than you may think!
American Eagle Hi-Rise Artist Flare Jean, $45
Instead of a leather jacket … try a suede jacket
Supple suede offers a feminine update on this off-duty layer. So go ahead and swap out your edgy leather biker jacket for something with a softer touch. While it's a bit of an investment piece, trust us that this fabric is here to stay.
Mango Suede Biker Jacket, $130
Instead of a standard pencil skirt … try a split-thigh pencil skirt
This updated version of a pencil skirt throws all notions of prim and proper out the window. While you can certainly wear this skirt to work, the slit makes a sexy silhouette for a night out on the town.
Express Studio Stretch Slit Front Midi Pencil Skirt, $60
Instead of a scoop neck tank … try a muscle tank
A true hybrid between a tank and a tee, add this item to your arsenal for easy off-duty dressing. A muscle tank is the best of both worlds by keeping you cool in warm weather and working as an ideal layering piece no matter the occasion.
Everlane’s The Ryan Muscle Tank, $22
Instead of a dress … try a matching set
Add an instant “cool” factor to any look by swapping out a simple dress for matching separates. Not only can this look work at every age
, a coordinating set also gives you endless options for additional outfits. Wear them together or mash it up — the styling is all up to you!
J.O.A. Athletic Stripe Bustier Top, $58 and Stripe Skirt, $108