It happens every season: you stand in front of your closet and sigh, looking at the same old, same old. Thoughts of a new wardrobe dance in your head, but we're in Great Recession recovery mode, who's really going to go all out? Okay, some of us will. Though it would be faster (and less expensive) to acquire a few pieces that'll update your favorites, standbys and classics. The perfect print, shape, and cut to herald in new trends doesn't have to come in the form of dozens of new pieces. As you'll soon see, one, two or seven new pretties for your wardrobe will be more than adequate.
When it comes to pants, you shouldn't ditch what's in your closet already. These days, dozens of styles are "in." But for chic versatility, it's all about the tailored ankle-length look. Whether it's in denim or stretch cotton, pink or black, these will take you far for day and night. Beware, plenty of these shorter pants in stores have a too-loose hem that feels dated. Stick to the close crop.
$89.50 at J.Crew.
To the Point
Any city girl knows the value of flats, and you'll never be at a loss for your ballet style. But coming up on the trend roster are pointed toe versions that add freshness to your standards. From Zara to Topshop to Forever21, these can be had on the cheap.
$56 from Topshop.
Sure, we're tired of hearing "boyfriend" as the erstwhile adjective for a slouchy fit. But, the term is still going strong. Instead of looking for a feminine cut in a slouchy "boyfriend" style, why not go to the source? This men's shirt from BR is going to be so chic tucked into high waisted bottoms, worn over leggings, skinnies or even as a beach coverup.
$79.50 at Banana Republic.
A recent episode of The Rachel Zoe Project had her buyers dissing her maxi dress offerings. They're going to be sorry because maxi dresses are everywhere. And we love them. Ultra comfortable, chic and completely transformed with accessories. If it's your first, pick a simple style that will go anywhere, then feel free to follow up with stripes or print versions.
$68 at Need Supply Co.
The Future Is Now
As you can see, this mini is hot with a T-shirt and would look stunning with heels, blazer and blouse.
$21.99 at Mango.
Have yet to take a trip to romper/jumper land? Tsk. Tsk. Onesies are so easy, can be worn during the day and dressed up for night. It's literally one piece! That's it. Put it on and you're done. These also come in a variety of price points, so there's no excuse! Break the bottom and top up with a belt, for a quick styling trick.
$110 at Piperlime.
In a world where designer collabs are getting yawn-worthy, Derek Lam pulled it off in a big way for Kohl's. A graphic print like this one in a simple shift dress is just the thing to break out of a solid-hued rut.
$70 at Kohls.