Spring Your Best Foot Forward

Wrapped Skirts — The wrapped skirt helps hide a multitude of sins (lunch belly, anyone?), which is why we've been relying on its layers for seasons. However, the look to go for in 2013 is a more structured and origami-like construction rather than the fluid, jersey skirts of yesteryear. To combat the severity of the skirt, look for versions with shorter hemlines. 


Instead of: Looser, longer shapes 

Wilt Maxi Skirt, $75, available at Les Pomettes. 


Try: Something structured and short 

ASOS Wrap Skirt, $46.55, available at ASOS.


Button-Down Shirt — If you're part of the R29 family, button-ups are a mainstay in your closet, but the long-sleeved, slim-fit version of season's past feels a little too stuffy for spring weather. We love a looser silhouette for warmer days — and this swingy Uniqlo number is the perfect combination of ease and polish.

 


Instead of: Slim-fit, long-length shirts 

Equipment Blouse, $180, available at Moda Operandi. 


Try: A looser silhouette 

Uniqlo Chiffon Blouse, $29.90, available at Uniqlo.

White Shoes — You might have not worn a white shoe since those patent Mary Janes you wore with your 8-year-old Easter outfit, but they're back in a big way. The modern way to do it is with an all-over-white shoe with a skinnier silhouette. Thick wedges and platforms and contrast-hued soles this season suddenly feel clunky with our spring dresses — pack 'em away for future wear!



Instead of: Shoes with a cork heel 

Jean-Michel Cazabat Wooster Sandals, $225, available at Shopbop


Try: All-white pumps with a skinny heel and thin sole

Preen For Aldo Rise Musilova Shoe, $155, available atAldo.


Sunglasses — For the most part, sunglasses' popularity exists on a cycle that probably rotates more often than apparel trends. We still remember when the cat-eye seemed like a novelty, but these days, they feel more like a throwback. In our opinion, the freshest shape takes the best assets of a cat-eye and makes them more extreme. Call 'em alien-eyed if you like — we dig 'em!


Instead of: Your subtle cat-eye 

Tod's Feminine Cat's-Eye Sunglasses, $410, available atSaks 


Try: Something more extreme and retro 

C Wonder Kathmere Cate Eye Sunglasses, $68, available at C Wonder.


Halternecks Tops — There is a ton of different styles of halterneck tops, but the main characteristic involves one looped-neck strap that holds the shirt up. This season's on-trend style features delicate straps that exposes your collarbones and shoulders, but connects in the back. It's not quite time yet to dig out those choker-style halternecks you've kept around since the early '00s. 


Instead of: Frilly, choker-neck-style tops 

Gucci Halter Tank, $535, available at Yoox. 


Try: Sleek tanks with two straps, a higher neckline, and cuts high in the back like a racerback 

Tibi Silk Halter, $198, available at Tibi.


Short-Sleeved Sweatshirts — The fancy sweatshirt was the breakout trend this winter — and good news is you can still ride its success into spring. Be aware, though, that short-sleeved styles can easily make you look like you're training for a jazzercise competition. Avoid shapeless tops in thin materials in favor of a little more stiffness and structure. Pro tip: Cuffing the sleeves helps make the look all the more modern. 


Instead of: Soft, fleecy, shapeless material 
Calvin Klein Performance Top, $42.99, available atMacy's. 

Try: Something stiffer 
Sandro Tintamar Sweatshirt, $200, available at Sandro.








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