No-Brainer Guide To Perfect Spring Style

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Is this weather crazy or what? One day, it's 65 degrees and sunny. The next, we're subjected to freezing temperatures and frigid winds. Puffer or trench? Tights or bare legs? Are open-toe shoes a bad idea? These are just a few of the questions we mull over each morning when checking the forecast. Because, in the early weeks of spring, anything is possible. But, we're here to make sure dressing for the season isn't quite so guess-and-check.
So, we're bringing our no-brainer guide to perfect spring style to your closet. Find out how to mix and match new purchases with your wintertime staples so that the unpredictable weather doesn't get the better of you. And, peep a few seasonal ways to wear black clothes without getting too dark. We've got plenty of pastel looks to try, too. Whatever your flavor, don't sweat the fashion stuff: Click ahead to check out 20 inspirational outfits for your real-girl lifestyle. And, consider your transitional-dressing woes solved.
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Go basic: Pair your black and white pieces for a fresh-off-the-runway style — Proenza Schouler, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, and many others opted for pared-down minimalism this season. Leather pants and a lightweight jacket (with sleeves you can roll up) create a look that's cool-girl dressing at its best.

Boutique Long Weave Coat, $295, available at Topshop; Madewell Leather Ankle Zip Pants, $529.50, available at Madewell; Ann Taylor Perfect Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt, $69.50, available at Ann Taylor; French Connection 'Randy' Mule, $139.95, available at Nordstrom.
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This denim-effect trench makes for a chic errand outfit. Style with Converse and a pair of skinny jeans, then tackle that weekend to-do list.

ASOS Soft Chuck-On Mac in Tencel Denim, $84.69, available at ASOS; Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneaker, $49.95, available at Nordstrom.
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Pastel perfection in a nutshell. This short-sleeve sweater and wide-legged pant will score you tons of envious onlookers. Not to mention, it's an easy and on-trend way to brighten up your closet without breaking out shorts yet.

Rochas Short Sleeve Sweater, $835, available at Shopbop; Rochas Silk Pants, $1,150, available at Shopbop; The Row Cat Eye Sunglasses, $425, available at Shopbop; Anya Hindmarch Valorie Glitter Clutch, $550, available at Shopbop; Acne Studios Tillie Snakeskin Sandals, $520, available at Shopbop.
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When in doubt, pair your dress with ankle boots and a cargo jacket for a springy outfit that doesn't sacrifice warmth. Slip into semi-sheer tights if needed, but steer away from opaque varieties that will add unwanted heaviness to the look.

Free People Eyelashes Slip, $68, available at Free People; Jeffrey Campbell Buckle Back Ankle Boot, $248, available at Free People.
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Rachel Comey's white-lace jumpsuit gives you a super-feminine take on the look. Wear as is indoors, and style with a cropped jacket when venturing out. And, in case you were wondering, it's completely lined. No wardrobe malfunctions on our watch.

Rachel Comey Glinda Jumpsuit, $656, available at Rachel Comey.
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We'll never say no to full skirts. And, this Grace Kelly-esque style is one of our favorites. Pair with a pastel sweatshirt (as shown above), or opt for a graphic one to add even more statement-making flair to your outfit.

Tibi Raffia Organza Full Skirt, $475, available at Tibi; Uniqlo Middle GG Pique Sweater, $29.90, available at Uniqlo; Olympia Le-Tan Moby Dick Embroidered Felt Clutch, $1,771.78, available at Farfetch; Zara Pointed High Heel Court Shoe with Ankle Strap, $99.90, available at Zara.
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Cropped cigarette pants, striped boatneck tops, and army-green cargo jackets are the epitome of classic spring fashion. Invest in staple items like these, and incorporate them into dozens of new outfits.

J.Crew Hooded Fatigue Jacket, $138, available at J.Crew; J.Crew Long-Sleeve Sailor-Stripe Tee, $49.50, available at J.Crew; J.Crew Point Sur Slim Stacker Jean, $238, available at J.Crew; J.Crew Lanie Stacked Heel Sandals, $228, available at J.Crew.
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April is at our doorstep, but we aren't retiring our cold-weather duds just yet! Keep your black coat handy for brisk mornings, but be sure to freshen it up with a few seasonal buys like a rad pair of mules and a pastel-infused blouse.

Zara Wool Coat, $119, available at Zara; Akris Cashmere Silk Knit Pullover, $1,290, available at Akris; Banana Republic Fitted Non-Iron Sateen Shirt, $69.50, available at Banana Republic; Coach Mackenzie Heel, $428, available at Coach.
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Classics are classic for a reason. Take this simple jeans-and-blouse pairing: The cherry-red V-neck pops against a light-wash denim. Delicate jewelry and a baseball cap complete the look. Rinse and repeat with the rest of the color wheel.

Madewell Embroidered Openview Tunic, $92, available at Madewell; Madewell Flatdash Necklace, $45, available at Madewell; Gap 1969 Curvy Skinny Skins, $69.95, available at Gap.
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But, remember that warm weather doesn't automatically require you to saturate your closet with color. An understated ensemble, like this white, asymmetric skirt and ombré, open-knit sweater, is just the ticket for a subtler fashion "do."

Steven Alan Degrade Boyfriend Sweater, $395, available at Steven Alan; Acne Studios Ilon Linen Mix Skirt, $250, available at Steven Alan; Steven Alan Oxford Sling Back, $285, available at Steven Alan.
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Dark-wash denim and a graphic knit, like this Proenza Schouler style, will bring the tropics to you — without forcing you into Hawaiian T-shirt territory. Save that and the piña coladas for vacation.

Proenza Schouler Long Sleeve Crewneck, $625, available at Proenza Schouler; Scotch & Soda La Parisienne Zip Jean, $139, available at Scotch & Soda; alice + olivia Tori Embossed Leather Espadrille Sandals, $345, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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A metallic, leather jacket is a nice departure from classic blacks and neutrals. Pair it with sporty pieces, like a tie-waist, knit pencil skirt and flat, strappy sandals, and you've got a going-out getup that's way comfortable and cute.

Acne Studios Mape Silver Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $1,950, available at Acne Studios; Acne Studios Debbie Lurex Gold Skirt, $320, available at Acne Studios; Acne Studios Lenna Sandal, $550, available at Acne Studios.
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In fact, a healthy dose of metallics is just what the doctor ordered — for skirts, dresses, jackets, you name it. The sparkly fabric is making a name for itself way beyond the holiday-party circuit.

Three Floor Midas Touch Skirt, $113.19, available at Three Floor; Three Floor Surprise Sweatshirt, $163.12, available at Three Floor.
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Sometimes, a good ol' pair of sweats is what we really need to help us through the day. And, Miranda Kerr demonstrates that wearing our favorite knit pieces doesn't automatically read lazy or sloppy. In fact, we think this looks pretty chic when teamed with a basic, white tee and a cropped, black blazer. You'll be the cool kid at brunch — guaranteed.

H&M Tuxedo Jacket, $29.95, available at H&M; LOFT Petite Lace Yoke Tee, $44.50, available at LOFT; Dolan Slash Pocket Sweatpant, $99, available at Revolve Clothing.
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A flowy maxi, like this peridot Elizabeth and James skirt, is casual enough for day but can easily be dressed up for night. Bonus: Our limbs stay warm without feeling constricted in pants.

Elizabeth and James Marian Ruffled Voile Blouse, $285, available at Net-A-Porter; Les Prairies de Paris Column Maxi Skirt in Silk Stripe, $498.70, available at ASOS.
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Try a monochrome, pastel outfit for the office. Seriously, go ahead. This pairing of a cable-knit sweater and cropped pant in a soft blush is a work-appropriate way to show off your personal style.

LuLu*s Willing and Cable Knit Peach Sweater, $42, available at LuLu*s; LuLu*s Love on the Rocks Peach Pants, $68, available at LuLu*s.
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While many all-denim outfits are ill-advised, this tailored suit is a major win. Trademark's modern interpretation of the jean jacket feels completely polished — although, we're sure the patterned, silk scarf is partly to blame, too.

Trademark Cornflower Denim Jacket, $168, available at Trademark; Trademark Cornflower Jean, $148, available at Trademark; Trademark Checker Scarf, $138, available at Trademark.
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Toughen up your closet with a ribbed, zipper-front skirt. The edgy piece will obviously pair well with leather, but crop tops and tucked-in styles will look just as cool, too. If you're feeling the sporty trend this season, pair with sneakers for a chic, athletic effect.

T by Alexander Wang Cotton Rib Knit Long Skirt, $325, available at Alexander Wang; Dorothy Perkins Black Leather Quilted Biker, $151, available at Dorothy Perkins.
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We'll probably never tire of our chunky knits. Perfect for winter, spring, and even chilly summer evenings, they'll always have a place of honor in our dresser. Try styling yours with relaxed Bermuda shorts and wedge booties for a getup that has a decidedly menswear feel to it.

Chinti and Parker Cotton Textured Sweater, $324.58, availablea at Chinti and Parker; Chloé Light Viscose Cady Shorts, $759, available at LuisaViaRoma;
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Lastly, where would we be without a great spring jacket? This long, robe-style coat from AYR is one of those investment pieces you'll own for years. It's the perfect weight, the perfect length, and the perfect shape, too. Classic blue denim, a plain T-shirt, and two-tone loafers instantly feel about 10 times more fashionable with it, don't you think?

AYR The Robe Coat, $485, available at AYR.
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