When your regular winter rotation of sweaters, boots, and coats start to feel out of sync with the warmer weather, it’s time for a pre-spring recharge. For every occasion, keep the style math simple: seasonless basic plus statement piece plus easy shoes. Think of these five outfit formulas as your fashion flashcards.
Dress + Moto Jacket + Booties = Date Night
Top a playful dress with a blazer or leather jacket to add a bit of coverage for still-brisk spring Friday nights. Ankle boots or ballet pumps with a chunky heel make everything feel after-hours ready.
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Rag & Bone Mercer Leather Jacket, $995, mytheresa.com; Coach Mixed Print Circle Dress, $750, coach.com; Auxilary Dalen Crossbody, $275, aritzia.com; J.W. Anderson Multi-Sphere Drop Earrings, $450, matchesfashion.com; Clarks Grace Lola Dark Grey Leather Heels, $130, clarksusa.com
Pullover + Jeans + Jacket + Flats = Casual Saturday
For the most laid-back of days, stick to a pullover and straight-leg cropped jeans. Whether a Breton stripe or cashmere sweater, choose an easy throw-on-and-go without thinking; top it off with a textured jacket for a bold pop. Stick to a pair of timeless ballet flats for a go-with-anything look.
Thakoon Cropped Fleece Jacket, $295, thakoon.com; La Ligne Blue Lean Lines Tee, $115, lalignenyc.com; Acne Studios Row Crease Mid-Rise Cropped Jeans, $250, matchesfashion.com; Madewell The Lisbon O-Ring Mini Saddlebag in Calf Hair, $148, madewell.com; Clarks Grace Mia Dusty Pink Leather Flats, $120, clarksusa.com
Cami + Bright Skirt + Heels = Cocktails
Instead of re-wearing the same dress on multiple Saturday nights, play with separates that are easily interchangeable. Wear a bright skirt with a delicate camisole and finish it off with neutral heels that will work with any combo.
The Kooples Silk Camisole With Lace, $139, stylebop.com; Maje Wraparound Skirt With Frills, $240, maje.com; Oscar de la Renta Petite Evening Clutch, $1390, modaoperandi.com; Jemma Wynne 18-/karat Gold, Pearl, and Diamond Earrings, $2940, netaporter.com; Clarks Grace Isabella Dark Gray Leather Heels, $130, clarksusa.com
Structured Top + Jeans + Carryall + Flats = Friends’ Brunch
Just because you’re hanging with those who may have seen you at your worst doesn’t mean you should show up wearing sweats. Pair an interesting top with your favorite denim, add understated flats, and finish it off with a chic carryall.
Roksanda Bell Sleeve Top, $613, bysimphony.com; M.I.H Jeans Daily High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans, $223, matchesfashion.com; Zara Tote With Metallic Handles, $40, zara.com; & Other Stories Triangle Studs, $19, stories.com; Clarks Grace Mia Black Leather Flats, $120, clarksusa.com
Blazer + Trousers + Block Heels = Typical Monday
Amp up a work outfit with detailed classics, like a tuxedo jacket and trousers with piping. Mix in a top with dramatic details and opt for a bag that’s shaped differently than a traditional tote, but still carries everything you need.
J.Crew Hugh Satin-Trimmed Wool Blazer, $260, netaporter.com; Tibi Spectator Silk-Trimmed Woven Wide-Leg Pants, $395, netaporter.com; Tibi Crinkle Ribbed Knit Cropped Top, $375, tibi.com; No. 21 Black Leather Knot Borsa Bag, $830, avenue32.com; Clarks Grace Eva Dusty Pink Leather Heels, $130, clarksusa.com