Want to shop smart? Consider adding these five pieces to your closet - they'll work well now and see you through summer in style.
¢ Something floral. A dress? A blouse? Printed pumps? That part's up to you. But know that anything in an edgy floral print equals a shortcut to style this spring.
¢ Something navy. It's as easy to wear as black, but twice as chic. Consider a crisp shirtdress, a striped sailor tee or a skinny patent belt.
¢ A cropped trench. Choose one that hits at low-hip, and you'll be able to pair it with pants or a skirt. One tip: Navy and black dress up easier than standard-issue khaki.
¢ A bright little dress, emphasis on the "little." Look for one in coral, lemon or grass green, crafted from lightweight cotton. You can wear it on its own at the beach, or as a tunic over slim slacks.
¢ Platform sandals. Sky-high's the limit this season. Platform sandals can go boho or black tie - just make sure to choose a pair you can actually walk in.
¢ Floaty, filmy fabrics turned up on the spring runways of such designers as Marc Jacobs and Rodarte. How to wear the trend without looking like you accidentally left your nightie on? Try layering a feminine top in a see-through fabric over an opaque camisole, then adding a structured jacket.