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Spring Checklist: All the Essential Pieces You Need to Update Your Look

When we're stalking our way through runway photos, looking for top trends and favorite looks, we're also thinking about our budget. What are the essentials? The perfect pieces we can make our own using our existing wardrobe? We've pulled the crucial categories from the mass of trends, not only for their versatility, but for their wearability, too. As much as we love the aspirational runway looks, we live in the real world. The one where we hit snooze one too many times, where trends need to be tempered for certain occasions (like work) and where six-inch heels aren't always an option. So what are we planning to add to our closets this spring?

We're coveting a perfectly pleated skirt to pair with our favorite crisp button up for the office as well as a mini to sport with flat sandals and tanks. We want an update to the black pencil skirt, one that shows a little leg for after-hours cocktails. And while the crop top trend seemed scary at first, we're delving into it with our high waisted bottoms and skirts. When it comes to mix mastering, we're definitely going to pair our leather leggings (faux or real) with a pair of vintage-inspired sneakers for the ideal MOD look. But that's not all…check out the slideshow below to see our picks. From high-end to low, we've got your finances in mind as well as our own.