New sale pieces are always popping up, and these spring essentials should help you maintain a high-quality wardrobe for much less. If you stock up on the simple stuff, you can put together winning outfits in no time.
If you think putty or tan when you see neutral-colored skirt on the list, you're mistaken! A neutral skirt can be in black, white, or cream, and it should be in the most figure-flattering style you can get your hands on. My top choice is a black pencil skirt, but I know plenty of people who love a good a-line piece.
A Patterned, Lightweight Top
This simple top can add color under a blazer, can be worn unbuttoned over a silk tank, or can be tucked into a dressy skirt of choice. Don't let the pattern trip you up, either—you have more options out there than just florals. Try a patterned top with swirls or other abstract designs, or a willy-nilly geometric in black and white.
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A Bright T-Shirt with Scoop or V-Neck
These tops won't just work for every day—they are excellent for working out as well. Try a scoop neck and then wear a scarf around your neck, or go for a tucked-in plain t-shirt with a billowing blouse worn up top. Grab a v-neck shirt with elbow-length sleeves if your office is chilly, and you don't want to have to layer all summer.
A Simple Cardigan
I always reach for black when it comes to cardigans, but you definitely don't have to. A simple cardigan that needs a boost can easily have its buttons replaced, too, and you'll have a brand-new look for the following season. Because cardigans can be carried over from year to year, buy the best one you can afford.
A New Dress
A cockatail-length dress with a slightly more conservative shape will flatter women in the office or out on the town. A brand-new dress is always a good investment, because you can try wearing a button-down underneath or a jacket on top to change the look entirely. It's worth it.
A Pair of Jeans
Invest in a summer-weight pair of jeans if you are a die-hard denim wearer like me. While dark jeans are amazing for matching and looking elegant, nobody would fault you for going a shade or two lighter to complement summer pastels and whites.
If you are looking for a good way to cobble together your spring wardrobe, I highly recommend you swing by a sale or two and get going! These basics will lighten up your wardrobe enough to keep you going until summer.