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5 (Practical!) Ways To Refresh Your Spring Wardrobe

Ditch the dark shades of winter and lighten up your closet with these bright hues.

March 29th, 2013

YouBeauty’s style maven and the author of “The Wow Factor: Insider Style Secrets for Every Body and Every Budget,” shares her favorite, fresh fashion picks for spring.

Courtesy of Zara
Zara Pique Floral Blazer

The Fresh, Floral Blazer
Floral suits ruled the spring runways. Not ready for matchy-matchy? Stick with just the jacket instead. A lightweight blazer is an essential layering piece for spring’s crisp temperatures. Pair with a simple tee and jeans for the weekend or with black pants and polished pumps for work.

Zara Pique Floral blazer, $99.90

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Rag and Bone Harrow ankle bootie

The Ankle Bootie
No need to run around in impractically tall heels to look stylish—try ankle booties instead. Anyone can wear them—even if you have less-than-slender ankles, as you can wear them under a pair of longer length skinny jeans. I tracked down this pair in SoHo for a private styling client—and she wears them with just about everything.

Rag and Bone Harrow ankle bootie, $495, Ron Herman

For a more affordable option, try Merona Kamoni Wedge bootie, $24.48, Target


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Nars Satin Lip Pencil

A Pink Lip
A bold pink lip is the best way to wear spring's hottest shades in beauty, so steal inspiration from Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Donna Karan and 3.1 Philip Lim. It’s the perfect color to liven up your complexion, so wear it with the edgy graphic black and white stripe trend to downplay its girly-ness or with a stronger, less feminine silhouette such as drawstring pants and a leather moto jacket. I'm loving the NARS Satin Lip Pencils because they’re moisturizing as well as creamy. Try Yu (a shocking pink), Jardin des Plantes (fuchsia) or Rikugien (a rosy pink).

Nars Satin Lip Pencil, $25

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Shopbob DVF
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus
Michael Kors wedge


The Transparent Heel
No, we’re not talking hooker heels—runway designers are all loving these sophisticated lucite accessories. Clear accents instantly lighten up any pair of heels, sandals or booties, so don't be scared to try the transparent trend—they clearly go with everything in your wardrobe.

Michael by Michael Kors Lana Clear-Wedge sandal, $175, Cusp by Neiman Marcus

Diane von Furstenburg Patmost sandals, $325, Shopbop

Courtesy of Macy's
Macy's BCBGeneration

The Oversize Envelope Clutch
Ditch your bulky hobo—today’s clutch is big enough to fit all of your goodies. The envelope clasp lends a put together vibe for your next date night or happy hour. Hold in the crook of your arm to look extra chic. I’m loving this one in on-trend silver metallic, which can easily be dressed up or down.

BCBGeneration Rayna envelope clutch, $58, Macy’s

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