Spring is here, and it's time to freshen up your wardrobe. Of course, you want to be in style, but a major clothing overhaul can put a serious dent in your wallet. Instead, look for these seven essential pieces that can be worked into any number of outfits. Basing your look on versatile pieces is the key to fashion that doesn't break the bank.
Baggy pants, both floor-length and the shorter gaucho style, are in this year. All sorts of colors and patterns were spotted on the fashion runways, but white ones are especially hot right now. It's best to balance the pants' volume with a fitted shirt. However, low-waisted wide-leg pants offer you greater latitude for pairing a loose top with them. A high-waisted pair, on the other hand, is good for creating a long and lean look.
Menswear is a popular trend right now, and an ideal way to sport this look is with a vest. A tailored piece is an office-friendly option that's dressy and put-together. But on the other hand, loose cuts are all the rage this season, so you can't go wrong with an oversized vest, either. Whichever you choose, a vest has the potential to automatically take any outfit up a notch.
Like a dressy version of a t-shirt, a shift blouse is a short-sleeved, boxy top that usually hits at the waist or higher. Silk and similar materials are common, so this look is also known as the silk tee. Whether you choose a solid color or a pattern, pair the top with a skirt or fitted pants.
The 1980s are making a comeback in this year's jeans. Whether you're looking for extra coverage or just want to try a new look for your casual pants, add a pair of these jeans to your wardrobe. High waists are just coming back into fashion, so getting in on the trend now will have you right on the cutting edge.
Short, belly-baring shirts are all the rage, so consider adding one to your wardrobe this spring. For the most versatile options, choose a slim, fitted shirt in a basic color. Mix up how you wear it by adding a jacket or colorful accessories. If you're concerned about showing too much skin, pair a crop top with this season's popular high-waisted pants, so just a little glimpse peeps out (or even none at all).
Keep away the chill of a spring breeze with a classy trench coat. The more common belted version lends a bit of shape to this look, but since oversized cuts are in right now, the belt isn't a necessity. Neutrals are always a good choice, but if you want to opt for one of this spring's hottest colors, go for pink or an icy pastel.
Every woman needs a good pair of flats. Comfortable and feminine, they can be dressed up or down. Flats are a particularly versatile addition to your wardrobe, as they pair nicely with skinny or boyfriend jeans, leggings, dresses and more (plus they give your feet a break from those painful stilettos). Bows, buckles and flowers are common embellishments that add interest to a pair, but for the most versatility, keep the decorations to a minimum. Also, pointed toes are especially in right now.
Which of 2014's new trends are you most excited about sporting? How will you combine it will pieces you already own?
Meghan Ross is a freelance writer covering all things home and living. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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