11 New Classic Spring Wardrobe Additions

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Much as you need some perking up after a long, dreary winter, so does your wardrobe. These classics-in-the-making will brighten your fashion outlook.

1. Wide-Leg Pants
The newest trouser silhouette is tailored, with a dramatically voluminous leg. Try these pants with a blouse, a T-shirt, or a short jacket.
To Buy: Express polyester-blend pants, $69.50, 877-415-4551. DKNY blouse. R.J. Graziano necklace.

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2. Long Casual Dress
Cut simply in a fabric that's as breezy as a spring day, an ankle-length dress is loaded with laid-back chic.
To Buy: Madewell silk dress, $235, madewell1937.com. Chinese Laundry sandals. Me & Ro necklaces. Alexis Bittar bracelets.


3. Short-Sleeve Jacket
The crop-sleeve jacket is as pulled-together as its long-sleeve sister, with just a bit more edge. A luxurious, hip-length satin version with a hood gives character to workaday trousers and sophistication to jeans.
To Buy: Walter polyamide-and-polyester jacket, $297, Omi Boutique, 662-842-9599. Lee Angel bracelets.



4. Ruffled Blouse
A blouse flowing with ruffles looks notably feminine, no matter what you pair it with. This one in peach silk looks completely fresh and relaxed yet offers plenty of buttoned-up styles.
To Buy: Tommy Hilfiger silk blouse, $150, 646-638-4812.


5. Oversize Clutch
Finally, an evening bag that's incredibly smart in both looks and size. (You do tote around more than lip gloss and a few mints, right?) And with its practical handle and touch of beachy raffia, it will complement low-key ensembles equally well.
To Buy: Maxx New York raffia clutch, $98, maxxnewyork.com. Madewell shirt. Morgane Le Fay skirt. Colette Malouf cuff. Alexis Bittar bracelet.

6. Platforms
The neutral shade of these platforms will work almost universally, and the stylish design will boost a drab outfit to dramatic.
To Buy: Maxstudio.com lizard-embossed leather platforms, $159, maxstudio.com. Morgane Le Fay dress.


7. Bright Bangles
An armful of bold enamel bracelets gives impact to the sleeveless looks of the warmer months.
To Buy: Anne Klein enamel bracelets, $50 each, 800-578-4552 for locations.

8. Light-Colored Bag
Don't bring down a sunny outlook with a heavy black bag. One in white or cream will harmonize with spring's lighter palette.
To Buy: Furla leather handbag, $795, furlausa.com. Morgane Le Fay dress.

9. High-Waisted Skirt
Designed to sit above the natural waistline, this cut is a genteel antidote to those belly-baring, hip-slung numbers of late.
To Buy: Club Monaco cotton skirt, $119, clubmonaco.com for locations. Loeffler Randall jacket and platforms. Grassroots T-shirt. Helen Ficalora necklace. Coach bracelets.


10. Safari Dress
Nothing has quite the snap and polish of a crisp safari dress. Cool earth tones and easy lines will keep you comfortable even as things heat up.
To Buy: Camilla and Marc nylon dress, $439, net-a-porter.com. Hunter boots. Moschino belt. Allison Daniel bracelet. Alexis Bittar ring.


11. Lingerie-Inspired Dress
When the weather grows softer, swap your overworked sheath for a romantic slip dress. Button a cardigan or a jacket over it and this delicate, knee-length style can enter the workforce.
To Buy: Max Azria silk dress, $582 (available at the end of March), maxazria.com. Pono bracelets.


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