Spring Staples Under $100
Sweater haters rejoice! Spring's around the corner which means warmer weather and a cooler wardrobe. But with April showers and May flowers comes unpredictable weather. The key? Stick to affordable and transitional basics. Here are our picks under $100.
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Jackie O. Knows Best
A lightweight cardigan is a must! It can be worn buttoned up, open or on warmer days tossed around your shoulders. Black and white cardigans are Spring essentials, but feel free to add color to your basic wardrobe. Our favorite? J. Crew's Jackie cardigan that comes in ten shades. A matching shell is also available.
Style guide tip: Always dry clean sweaters. The extra cost will prevent stretching and guarantee wear year after year.
Dance Through Spring
It's too warm for Uggs and too soon for sandals. The perfect shoe for running around this Spring is a season-less ballet flat that will always stay fashionable. To mix things up a bit, opt for silver and gold instead of black and brown.
Style guide tip: Wear silver shoes with black and white pieces, and gold shoes with brown and beige pieces.
Chino Chic
A pair of chinos is the # 1 must have for Spring because of its versatility. Dressed up or dressed down, the J. Crew chino comes in a slew of fits and colors. My favorite? The city-fit in white and warm stone that will match everything in your closet.
Style guide tip: Yellow is the hottest color for Spring. Add flair to your Spring wardrobe with a bright pair of yellow sandals.
Layer Up
The best way to deal with the changing weather is to layer up! On warmer days, a classic oxford is perfect by itself and on cooler days, wear underneath a sweater. This striped shirt from the Gap is a fave because of its ruffled collar and slim fit.
Style guide tip: Avoid oxfords, which are boxy. Instead, look for a fitted buttondown with stretch that will flatter your feminine figure.
Signature Style
Jewelry is a great way to snazz up any Spring basic. Choose pieces that can be worn over and over with many different styles like this bamboo bracelet from Old Navy.
Style guide tip: Unlike clothing, a great piece of jewelry can be worn often and be considered your "signature piece." Make sure this is something classic and simple that goes with everything.
Pack it Up
As the weather gets warmer, so does our social calendar. Whether it's cocktails with co-workers after a long day, or a trip to the gym to get in shape for summer, this tote is perfect for a change of clothes.
Style guide tip: For a personal touch, have your tote monogrammed.
Wrap It Up
A wrap dress, which is flattering on all body types, is a comfortable yet classy way to look great. This one from Isaac Mizrahi is pretty in shell pink and a good deal.
Style guide tip: A wrap dress is often held together by a tie, which can loosen up throughout the day and reveal a bit too much. Wear a tank underneath to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.
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