Key Piece #1- Denim Jacket
Why it works: You already know how versatile it is. The trick is to make this workhorse feel a little more thoroughbred. Look for of-the-moment details: a band collar and zippers instead of metal buttons. Then, for a pleasing contrast, pair it with silky floral shorts and saunter into the winner's circle.
Key Piece #2- The Striped Dress
Whether it's soft and subtle or big and bold, this pattern seems to signal warm weather and always feels fresh.
Why it works: You can take a blue-striped classic shirt-dress anywhere. Red and white accessories will always look right with it- but add one pattern you won't see on a flagpole, like this abstract print scarf.
|CAROUZOS by CASTAÑER|
Why it works: For a Coco Chanel in St. Barts vibe, select a dress with horizontal sailor's stripes and a long, skinny silhouette. Give the look polish with a canvas and reptile skin bag in place of a straw tote, or strappy studded sandals instead of espadrilles.
|Calypso St. Barth|
Key Piece #3- Flowy Pants
They're a nice change from body-hugging, curve-revealing clingers. I love you, skinny jeans, but sometimes I just want to exhale.
Why it works: A fluid material, like silk, creates a beautifully slouchy drape. Choose a top that's equally relaxed, like this drop-shoulder sweater. If you're craving a bit of structure, try a crisp white blazer and neutral pumps. Top it off with a sophisticated top handle purse.
|Weekend by Max Mara|
|Weekend by Max Mara|
|LAUREN by Ralph Lauren|
Why it works: Don't be afraid of combining a bold pattern with a loose silhouette. Elastic at the ankles keeps the volume in check. Top with a cool leather blazer that echoes the breeziness of the bottoms.
|Zero + Maria|
|Elizabeth and James|
Key Piece #4- White Jacket
I'd never call this plain vanilla. It's fresh, cool, and as sweet as you want it to be- the perfect topping for a dish like you.
Why it works: Tired of your tough black moto jacket? Time to trade it in for something a little lighter and frothier. Girl it up with satiny pastel trousers, sexy heels and rose gold accents.
Why it works: Restraint is the secret to this ladylike look. Nothing distracts from the pristine silhouette- no collar or lapels, no scarf, no frills. It's just pure shape and simple lines. Punctuate with black and white accents.
|House of Harlow|
Key Piece #5- The Flippy Skirt
What do you get when you cross a ballerina with a figure skater? Not sure, but I think she'd want to give this cut a whirl.
Why it works: Especially graceful in a longer length, this skirt is also super-comfy thanks to the forgiving folds of fabric. Balance the romantic bottom half with more graphic pieces, like a striped top, a bold bag, and textured heels.
Why it works: A shorter hem gives this look a playful feel. Go with a top in the same spirit, like this totally fierce animal-print pullover. The next best thing to bare feet? Flats that showcase your brilliant pedicure.