We're all in favor of over-hauling your spring wardrobe, but now more than ever, transforming your closet from winter to spring requires a smart strategy as much as style savvy. That's why we've assembled the ultimate hit list of what to buy now that spring is finally awakening (yes, finally!). Our list was initially longer, but given we're all stretching our spare change as far as it can go these days, we decided to streamline it even further, choosing only the pieces we felt were seductively of-the-moment but also classic enough to take you a few seasons on. Among our fail-safe spring essentials: The short suit, indispensable for casual Fridays or a late night out; big bangles to mix-and-match (the more, the merrier); and a floral one-piece bathing suit, so chic under a cropped cardi and baggy trousers, are just a few of our favorite things…read on for more springtime inspiration.
2. Platform Sandals—Clockwise, from top left: Pierre Hardy for Gap 3-Strap Platform Sandals, $98, available at Gap; Opening Ceremony Lace-Up Wedge Sandals, $405, available at Opening Ceremony; A.P.C. Wooden Heel Sandals, $240, available at A.P.C; LD Tuttle Platform Sandals, $440, available at Creatures of Comfort.
6. Round Sunglasses—Clockwise, from left: Urban Outfitters Round Frame Sunglasses, $20, available at Urban Outfitters; Karen Walker Helter Skelter Sunglasses, $170, available at Gargyle; Urban Outfitters Encircle Sunglasses, $24, available at Urban Outfitters; Topshop Preppy Plastic Sunglasses, about $20, available at Topshop UK.
11. Short Suits—From left: Boy by Band of Outsiders Double Breasted Blazer, $1,650, available at The Grocery Store; Boy by Band of Outsiders Shorts, $300, available at Barneys New York and La Garçonne; Karen Walker Pilgrim Jacket, $520, available at Suite Orchard; Karen Walker Mid-Thigh Cuffed Shorts, $342, available at Pas de Deux; Lover College Long Blazer, $410, available at Jumelle; Lover College Pleat Shorts, $245, available at Suite Orchard.