The Best Spring Trends

There’s a point at the beginning of every season when a modest mental shopping list inevitably morphs into something daunting and not especially wallet-friendly. But in truth, a few key pieces—the kind that can freshen up an existing wardrobe without the need for a top-to-bottom overhaul—are really all it takes. Here, the three spring 2016 pieces for the job (and how to style them).

The Ruffled Top

Part crisp button down, part feminine blouse, this top works especially well as part of a white-on-white ensemble. And it’s OK if the whites don’t match perfectly—mixing contrasting textures like poplin and canvas or playing with volume and proportion actually makes it more dynamic. Add streamlined black accessories and a pop of color via lipstick.

The Track Pant

We’re not talking about your average joggers here, this silk pair is meant to be dressed up. The relaxed shape accommodates off-the-shoulder silhouettes especially well, while the tapered ankle works with both heels and flats alike (though we think a strappy sandal is best). Finish with a single statement earring and a little shimmer on the shoulders care of body oil.

The Denim Skirt

The key to keeping a denim midi-skirt from skewing too hippie is to team it with menswear-inspired shirting and leg-lengthening shoes—these structured Pierre Hardy platforms balance out the demure hemline particularly well. Polished accessories and unexpected splashes of silver complete the look.