New Fashion Dos and Don’ts

It’s time to update your wardrobe. Here, 10 tweaks that will take you from frumpy to fashionable

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Fashion DON’T: Boxy khakis

Fashion DO: On-trend track pants. Before you balk (who, me?), you should know that this is a huge trend that works on all sizes and shapes. Look for traditional styling (elastic waist, cinched cuffs) but go for dressier fabrics. Pair with a heel of any kind (pumps, sandals, booties) for a pulled-together look, Joie Talina B Pant, $258;

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Fashion DON’T: Carrying a massive tote everywhere

Fashion DO: Hello, clutch! We know, WE KNOW, you have a lot to carry, Here’s our tip: Find a clutch that’s big enough to hold the essentials (wallet, phone, reading glasses, mints and gloss) and stow it inside your tote. Then, check the tote at the door (or leave it in your car or office) and carry the clutch for a look that’s less “Sherpa” and more “style,” Lizzie Fortunato Jewels ‘Front Row’ Clutch, $275;

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Fashion DON’T: A spectrum of greige

Fashion DO: Think pink. The happy hue is a big trend this spring, and stores will be stocked with every shade. Pink is an instant face brightener and pairs beautifully with all the gray, khaki, white, black and denim in your wardrobe, Talbots Silk Utility Shirt, $99;

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Fashion DON’T: Same old black pumps

Fashion DO: A novelty shoe. We all rely on neutrals to anchor our wardrobes, and for good reason (easy to mix and match, goes with all). But why not try a shoe in a color, or a print? Tiny placement of something bold, huge impact realized, Charles by Charles David Pact Pump $100;

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Fashion DON’T: Floral overload

Fashion DO: Ikat prints. The slightly ethnic feel of an Ikat print is cool and casually chic. We’ve seen them in every hue—all vibrant, saturated colors—and we think them smashing. How best to give it a try? In a tunic or blouse, paired with white jeans, Theodora & Callum, $119;

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Fashion DON’T: That old black bag

Fashion DO: A sleek, white bag. You and your black bag have been through a lot together, and your loyalty is noted. But enough already. White bags (and white shoes) are having a major moment this Spring and we’re loving the change of pace. How to wear it? Choose a sleek style (limited hardware, square, structured shape) and wear it with everything, Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote, $255;

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Fashion DON’T: Another cardigan

Fashion DO: A sporty sweatshirt. Pretty sweatshirts started popping up last season and by now they’re really gaining momentum among the fashion crowd. There are lots of options in stores, and you’d be wise to give it a try. Avoid anything with words, or styles that are overly fussy with too many colors and too wild a design but do look for subtle embellishment. It’s an ideal weekend topper for jeans, J.Crew Jeweled Chandelier Sweatshirt, $168;

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Fashion DON’T: Flip-flops

Fashion DO: The updated Birkenstock. They’re baaack, and they’re updated and modern. Look for colors galore. Buy yourself a pair, and your feet will thank you, Nanette Lepore Chi Chi Sandal, $298,

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Fashion DON’T: Baggy sweats

Fashion DO: Fitted and feminine exercise clothes. If you’ve been working out in your husband’s old college t-shirts and baggy draw strings and wondering why you cringe any time you get a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, you need to update your look.  Great colors, amazing fit and stylish details have moved exercise clothes into the fashion forefront, Athleta Jaya Tank 2, $59;

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Fashion DON’T: Mom jeans!

Fashion DO: perfect fit denim. When the waistband comes up to your arm pits and your legs are swallowed by baggy, shapeless fabric, you’re not doing your body any favors. Get one, good, pair of perfect fitting jeans and step into the here and now. Now! NYDJ AMI Super Skinny in Premium Lightweight Denim, $104;

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