This romper (an all-in-one with shorts) is totally frivolous and deeply inappropriate for any work-related event. But perched on a barstool, with strappy heels? Go for it. Rachel Rachel Roy polyester romper, $119; macys.com. Prabal Gurung for Target crystal necklace, $20; target.com.
Printed jeans are hot this season, so go ahead and have a fling. For maximum impact, pair with a top in a wild pop of color. Panty-line alert: The leg is super slim, and the fabric is weightless. Michael Michael Kors cotton pants, $125; bloomingdales.com.
At this life stage, more is more. Layer on some glittery gold and add sky-high heels (next slide)—the point is to have fun with fashion rather than invest for the long haul. Buy the things you love right now, wear them into the ground and then move on to something else next season. Simply Vera Vera Wang metal necklace, $80; kohls.com.
Aah, to be young, lithe and leggy. The shorter length and boxy shape of this shirtdress is perfect for you now on casual Fridays. Then you can wear it even more casually into your forties and beyond, perhaps as a beach cover-up. Canvas Lands’ End cotton shirtdress, $88; 877-877-1963.
The cropped, collarless, zip-front jacket puts an amusing spin on a traditional blazer, while the shell makes a startling pattern play that’s just on the right side of wacky. Boss orange cotton blend jacket, $395; hugoboss.com. Joe Fresh cotton blend top, $16; joefresh.com for stores.
Unlimited color and pattern? It’s now or never, and textural accessories create yet another dimension of interest. The platforms have a slightly Asian appeal (another strong theme this spring). Via Spiga leather wedges, $250; nordstrom.com.
Let us be clear: Your skin is young, lovely and elastic, so show it off in a big way. The pattern on this dress draws the eye to a trim waist, and the neon yellow stripes give it some exuberance. BCBGMaxazria silk blend dress, $268; bcbg.com.
The sheer shell can be worn under a jacket or, if you’re feeling fun and very fabulous, on its own with a black bra underneath. TT Collection silk top, $234; ttcollection.com. Sequin cord and metal necklace, $68; sequin-nyc.com.
The bag (here) and sandal (next slide) make the most of this season’s love affair with all things ethnic. You should give it a whirl. You should give everything a whirl. Tommy Bahama seagrass tote, $95; tommybahama.com.
Nothing beats the ease of a knit dress, and the longer length here won’t provide a peep show when you’re in and out of a car all day or chasing after your kids. Rachel Rachel Roy rayon blend dress, $79; macys.com. Coldwater Creek metal and resin necklace, $70; coldwatercreek.com.
The genius of this machine-washable blouse is in the styling: The faux wrap is actually stitched in place, so it will stay put all day long. The pretty cuff detail is a bonus. Anne Klein polyester blouse, $99; anneklein.com.
Harried and overscheduled? A bright hue can wake up your mood as well as your wardrobe. Pairing two cuffs adds oomph in an instant (we know that’s all you have time for). Lands’ End metal bangles, $34 each; landsend.com.
The classic styling of a satchel looks modern in this neon (it’s available in neutral colors as well), and though the price makes it a splurge, we feel you’ll have this bag for life. Kate Moss For Longchamp leather satchel, $1,215; longchamp.com.
’Tis the season for white denim, and the tux stripe is the right trend for you to try. These jeans are made with lots of stretch and a patented hidden-tummy-control construction—you can thank us later. Word to the wise: Buy a size smaller to get the fit just right. NYDJ cotton blend jeans, $130; nydj.com.
The peacoat is back. In this flashy version, the dark lower third works its color-blocking magic by hiding a tummy bulge or wider hips, if that’s of any interest. Wear this over something narrow, such as pants or a pencil skirt. CH Carolina Herrera cotton jacket, $645; 212-744-2076.
Don’t fear horizontal lines. The dress is roomy enough that it won’t cling (though if you’re short, skip it). Twenty Tees rayon blend dress, $158; twentytees.com. Target plastic sunglasses, $17; target.com.
You’ve worn chinos in black and khaki for years, so now opt for a youthful pop of something bright in a slightly-roomier-but-still-narrow leg. The cotton blend is practical: shrink and wrinkle free. L.L.Bean Signature cotton blend pants, $79; llbeansignature.com.
Everyone, and we mean everyone, should invest in a shapely, chic leather jacket. This color flatters skin tone, and the open neckline shows it off. Donna Karan New York leather jacket, $3,495; dkny.com for stores.
After a few seasons of square heels and rounded toes, designers are shifting back to pointy. Wear gold now and with all your whites and tans this summer. Kate Spade New York patent leather flats, $258; katespade.com.
Now is the time to buy well-made, highly designed pieces that can be worn a multitude of ways. Cases in point: the dress and blouse (next slide) are ruched at the midsection and in colors and luxe fabrics you won’t tire of. Helmutsilk blend dress, $345; bloomingdales.com.
If you’re still experimenting with novelty sunglasses (cat-eye, etc.), stop it. We declare the hexagon shape super chic, and we love the decidedly retro vibe. Warby parker acetate sunglasses, $95; warbyparker.com.
From the department of “You only live once”: Pair these with a black knit top for day; add heels for nighttime glamour. The only thing missing is the cocktail. Chico’s cotton blend jeans, $99; chicos.com.
A good dress is hard to find, so look right here (left). It’s deceptively structured—seemingly simple but actually engineered to lend control in all the right places. Zspoke Zac Posen jersey dress, $490; neimanmarcus.com.
The peplum top, so popular last season, is trendy again, and for good reason: It’s sleekly feminine and tummy concealing. Eileen Fisher silk georgette top, $158; eileenfisher.com. C. Wonder stone and gold-plated necklace, $98; cwonder.com.
Yours may last forever, but it looks its age. We suggest this one: beautifully designed, perfectly sized, deliciously soft. Come on, it’s time to treat yourself. Furla For Saks Fifth Avenue leather shopper, $745; saksfifthavenue.com.
Instead of the same old, same old, choose something singular and, dare we say, artistic. This oversize duster will look great over everything from sheaths to jeans. Tracy Reeselinen coat, $448; amazon.com.
The narrow folds of this skirt create a textural look and keep bulk at bay (you say pleats aren’t for you? Then follow your instinct). Choose a blouse to keep top and bottom similarly voluminous; a formfitting upper will make you look bottom heavy. Coldwater Creek polyester blend skirt, $100; coldwatercreek.com.
The palazzo style is plenty comfortable, and this striped take is more polished than, say, a floral print. Worn with flats, it’s a smart evening look (and forgiving enough that you can eat your dessert and his, too). Coldwater Creek polyester blend trousers, $80; coldwatercreek.com.
This cardigan, an homage to Chanel, looks just as rich as the famous tweed jacket but can be had at a fraction of the cost. The lack of a lining will keep you cool and leave you feeling less constricted. Load up the pearls and make Coco proud. Ann Taylorcotton jacket,$98; anntaylor.com. R.J. Graziano glass-bead necklaces, $55 to $75 each; rjgraziano.com for stores.
We know: If you buy another purse, it’ll just hang in your closet. But ask yourself, Is your current, long-beloved bag aging you faster than fine lines ever could? This one (lighter than it looks) has stellar hardware and is versatile (carry it by the handle or over your shoulder). BCBGMaxazria leather satchel, $428; amazon.com.
The allover print hides quite a lot, if that’s your issue, but this also looks great when cinched with a wide belt (two inches is ideal). The fabric is divine—so soft and silky—that you’ll wear the blouse repeatedly. For the slenderest silhouette, try with slim, ankle-length pants; for fun, choose a colorful shoe. Lafayette 148 Nysilk blouse, $728; lafayette148ny.com.
Enjoy an Audrey Hepburn moment in this Parisian-inspired beauty. And why would you suffer buyer’s remorse? You’ll wear this three seasons out of four. Kate Spade New York cotton and silk coat,$628; katespade.com.
No need to splash blooms across your body when a trendy accessory will let you do more with less. Wear either the cuff or the shoe (next slide) but never both at the same time. H&M plastic cuff, $15; hm.com for stores.
Got great arms? This shows ’em. Arms not your favorite feature? Then top the dress with a jacket or cardigan. We’re mad for the dots and appreciate the lack of frump here. If you’ve RSVP’d to a spring or summer fête, you’re set. Strenesse Gabriele Strehle silk dress, $820; Anik NY, 212-249-2417.
You already own basics and classics, and if you take home one more sensible tote, you’ll scream. Well, you don’t own one of these, and it will make you happier than it should, we promise. Kate Spade New York rubber basket, $198; katespade.com.