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.