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The same scenario seems to happen every year without fail: As soon as spring actually starts to feel like spring, we think it’s time to run out and cop a completely new wardrobe. And while a total seasonal refresh sounds nice (and expensive) in theory, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Sure, there will obviously be some of-the-moment things you’ll want to jump on (gingham! ruffled tops!) — and you should. But as far as those more timeless things go, things that you most likely already have — like a breezy floral dress, light-washed denim, and a crisp button-up — it’s more about thinking up new ways to style and wear them than having to totally replace them. Because wouldn’t you rather spend your money on vacation anyway?
From layering tricks to monochromatic styling, these looks ahead will inspire you to give the things already in your closet a new feel, and to look really good while doing it.
The whole “shorts and a T-shirt” thing can look really boring and sloppy really fast. Solution: Add a blazer, the least sloppy article of clothing in existence.
The only thing better than adding texture to your outfit is adding more texture to your outfit — don’t be afraid to double up!
Never underestimate the power of a dress over your jeans.
Avoid making a matching-set outfit feel too busy by pairing it down with your favorite pair of worn-in sneakers.
Pairing a graphic T-shirt with a pair of fancy pants is the best high-low combo.
Extra points for double gingham.
Too soon for a strapless dress and/or jumpsuit? Want to be able to wear it to the office? Wear it over a T-shirt or short-sleeved turtleneck. Done and done.
If you’re a monochromatic dressing fan, you’ve probably been stuck wearing lots of grays and blacks since November. Brighten things up starting now.