10 Wardrobe Essentials

Adding any one of these versatile closet all-stars will take your outfit to new heights of fabulousness. From a white tuxedo jacket to statement heels, click through to see the pieces you’ll want to help you stand out this spring.

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White Tuxedo Jacket
It stands out in a sea of traditionally neutral blazers (you’ve already got navy or black down). And unlike its more predictable cousins, a white jacket can do fancy (lightly tossed over the shoulders of an evening gown) as easily as it can go casual—with jeans and a T.

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Vibrant Scarf
Instead of a necklace, try a soft loop of bright fabric to perk up a mundane outfit instantly. It’s a fun and simple way to mix prints. Wrap it once or twice around your neck, letting both ends hang loose.

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Studded Flats
If you have a glamorous event and your feet are begging for a break from stilettos, slip into some decorated flats like the ones shown here. This contrast of edgy and feminine suits cocktail dresses, of course, plus flirty skirts and dark trousers.

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Polka-Dot Blouse
Punch up your office wear or faded denim with this snappy classic. Reveal a little (top it with a crewneck sweater so only your collar shows) or a lot—untucked and flowy over white jeans or a solid navy or gray skirt.

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Eye-Catching Heels
Make your outfit interesting from the front and back. This vivid design allows you to color-block with clothing in everything from silver or white to cobalt, orange, or yellow.

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Pleated Skirt
When so many options for your bottom half are solid basics, kicky printed pleats are unexpected. With this drop-waist silhouette, you don’t need to worry that you’ll be adding volume to your middle. Try it on with a T or tank in white, gray, or black, and finish with a denim jacket.

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Statement Necklace
Not as over-the-top as last season’s versions, this new incarnation combines darkened metal with glitz and a bit of color for results that don’t seem wildly out of place during office hours.

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Bright Bag
A sleek, colorful purse will complement neutrals, brights, or pastels. Just don’t match it with clothing in the exact same shade. (Go for versatility: This one converts to a clutch!)

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