When you think of the bare bones basics—we mean, the utter necessities of the modern functional wardrobe—what do you picture? A sexy black dress? The monochrome sweater that will pair with everything? Those pieces are all well and good, but for spring, we're feeling a slightly fresher approach to the foundations of fashion. Designers are happily reworking our wardrobe staples so that getting dressed for work and play is a lot more fun. Why not let your little black dress be a bit more interesting and a little less obviously sexy? How about a super-colorful chunky sweater as your new everyday knit? We're especially feeling a new take on the everyday flat: one that's more statement than demure. Click through for reasons we're excited to remix our wardrobes with the newest twist on your everyday staples.
Little Black Dress
The essence of the LBD is to be a go-to sexy frock. We say, turn that concept on its head with this swingy long-sleeved dress. A demure, floaty answer to an endless row of expected body-cons.
$150 at Topshop.
When you think of flats for everyday, you're probably picturing Repetto ballet flats, right? Those would be a great investment, but so would these cool slip-ons. It's clear that metallics are basically always in style, and the cool, deconstructed silhouette brings these shoes a bit of edge.
$188.99 at Modcloth.
When we find a soft, well-fitted striped shirt, we tend to pounce. But we also like the stripe theory on this pretty silk-georgette blouse. The floral element makes it fresh for spring, but this shirt could definitely work year-round.
$285 at Net-a-Porter.
The knee-length skirt is a necessity in every working girl's wardrobe. This voluminous number by Comme des Garçons is sneakily subversive.
$410 at Barneys.
The thick gauge of this multicolored sweater makes it an attention-grabbing piece, but we can totally see it working with both leather pants for errand-running and with a mini for party-going.
$114.34 at ASOS.
The New Button-Down
Equipment is definitely the ultimate brand in button-downs, and we like this one for its sheer properties—with modesty pockets, of course—and cool polka-dot-inspired gold flower pattern.
$246 at Net-a-Porter.
The cardigan is pretty much a necessity. We like the cool sheer-textural thing going on with this Alexander Wang number. From Opening Ceremony, natch.
$525 at Opening Ceremony.
Trendy Satchel that Endures
This bag is unabashedly trendy—hello, pretty color and metal animal hardware—but it's a kind of combo that we can see coming back in a few years, the way fads go. It's also mighty cute and pitch-perfect for spring.
$61.57 at ASOS.
Sensible heels are crucial. We like this super-affordable pair because of the pastel-pretty floral pattern. Semi-quiet statement shoes for the win!
$79 at Nordstrom.
The mixed-media approach to these danglers is super fresh—it's like a remix of nostalgic bracelets and princess baubles—and we sense that they'd look really cool with tons of different outfits. They're just begging to be paired with a gray crewneck sweatshirt.
$28 at Topshop.