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Modern Classic Style Inspiration From Head to Toe

The phrase “modern classic” may seem like an oxymoron, but it happens to be our favorite style philosophy. Modern classic style involves taking iconic silhouettes and concepts and reimagining them with a modern twist — like repurposing a traditional bun into a fresh top knot or combining stripes and florals into a next-level print. Learn how to pull off modern classics from head to toe with these must-try tips.

Stick Your Neck Out

Neck scarves are definitely in for spring. Take a cue from this street style look and bring new life to a classic striped top with a red bandana wrapped around your neck.

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It’s in the Bag

You don’t have to follow all the trends to make a real statement. Just introduce a concentrated pop of color via a structured bag to amp up your look.

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Lace It Up

Pair this Talbots Eyelet and Floral Lace Shell with a pair of wide-leg jeans or a bold patterned skirt for a fresh take on a classic. It's the perfect foundation for practically any look.

The Eyes Have It

If you’re searching for a modern way to turn heads, simply employ a dramatic cat eye. The makeup trend may have risen to fame in the 60s, but the winged look is more popular than ever.

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Strike a Balance

When you’re wearing a dynamic pattern like the one showcased on this Orchid & Stripes Pleated Skirt from Talbots, you need to balance it out with a solid separate. This luxe Elbow Sleeve Sweater is a prime pick for topping off the look.

Have It Made in the Shade

Sunglasses are a must as the weather gets warmer and the classic aviator shape is more popular than ever. Forgo mirrored lenses for a modern, everyday edge.

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Add Some Subtle Bling

Complement a classic off-the-shoulder neckline by adding a set of delicate drop earrings a la Kerry Washington. Skip a necklace to keep the overall look from appearing too overcooked.

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Show Your Stripes

Whether it’s 1976 or 2016, a striped top worn with crisp white pants and sandals is a winning combination. Just pair the Victoria Stripes Top with The Flawless Five Pocket Flare (both from Talbots) and you’re set for spring.

Kick Things Up a Notch

Put some spring in your step with a colorful pair of pumps. Opt for a classic silhouette in an unexpected shade like lemon yellow for a contemporary spin.

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