10 KEY PIECES

We round up the styles we're loving for spring

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THE DECONSTRUCTED SHIRT

Shirt Tibi

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THE DECONSTRUCTED SHIRT

Forget everything you thought you knew about tailoring. Putting paid to the philosophy that you shouldn’t mess with tradition, spring’s deconstructed shirts are turning a boardroom mainstay on its head. Collars are flying south of shoulders and waistlines are defined with cinching ties – and that’s just the beginning! Fashion favors the brave when it comes to officewear origami. It’s time to get creative.

How We Wear It: When tackling the deconstructed trend, it’s best to be fully committed. Add a skirt that breaks the mold and take the buttons as high as you dare.

Shirt Tibi

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THE STATEMENT TOP

Top Rochas

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THE STATEMENT TOP

The party is top heavy this spring: we’re talking blown-up bows, embellishment and a whole lot of attitude. Impact is signed, sealed and delivered thanks to spring’s statement separate. With their confident colors and personality to match, they’re a go-to for any after-dark wardrobe. You won’t forget this look in a hurry.

How We Wear It: It’s all about achieving the right balance. Bring some yin to the yang, counterweighting your top’s charisma with simple tailored pants.

Top Rochas

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THE ASYMMETRIC SKIRT

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THE ASYMMETRIC SKIRT

Whoever said ‘beauty is symmetry’ clearly hasn’t seen this season's runways. This season, designers skewed spirit levels in favor of sloping hemlines and asymmetric angles, giving rise to the ubiquitous skirt of spring. Is it a midi? Is it a mini? We couldn’t care less! This is a high-low chemistry in which opposites attract (as evidenced by Emilio Pucci), and we’re too busy reveling in the results to fuss over labels. Note: concertina pleats are optional, but encouraged.

How We Wear It: Slides? Check. Slip top? Check. Sun? Check, check, check! When the occasion dictates, gild the lily with delicate jewelry.

Skirt Emilio Pucci

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THE TRENCH COAT

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THE TRENCH COAT

As much as we’d like to believe that spring means uninterrupted sunshine, the reality is far from the blue-sky thinking! A trench coat is the chicest line of defense – a lightweight option that’s both practical and polished, wrapping you up without weighing you down. From uniform solution to universal must-have, the blueprint was reimagined on this season's runways via modernized shapes, tones and materials. We love them all, but you also can’t beat the classic!

How We Wear It: With literally anything. Yes, really! This is sartorial carte blanche, given that it’s frankly impossible to find pieces that won’t work with it. Trust us, we’ve tried.

Coat Helmut Lang

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THE UTILITY JACKET

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THE UTILITY JACKET

A utility jacket = the non-negotiable must for your off-duty wardrobe. A natural accomplice to anything casual, spring’s answer to the leather biker gives an army-green light to practical fixtures and fittings. It’s not so much ‘battleground’ as it is absolute weekend necessity: reliable, refined and cool to the core. It’s the kind of jacket you want to take home and introduce to your parents. We should know, we’ve done it!

How We Wear It: Denim, denim and more denim. That said, if jeans aren’t your bag, a little white dress will bring a touch of boho to the scene.

Jacket Derek Lam 10 Crosby

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THE ONE-SHOULDER DRESS

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THE ONE-SHOULDER DRESS

With our shoulder obsession reaching an all-time high, spring’s hero dress trend well and truly satisfies a need. One is the magic number if Stella McCartney, Emilio Pucci and more are to be believed – and they are! In other words, it’s what your dress is lacking that counts. In this case, it's an arm, and it makes a whole world of difference.

How We Wear It: In the absence of an appendage, the very best styles pack a punch elsewhere. Choose the boldest palette you can find and prepare to make an entrance.

Dress Stella McCartney

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THE LOGO T-SHIRT

T-shirt J.W.Anderson

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THE LOGO T-SHIRT

Lost for words? Let your T-shirt do the talking! Bringing a whole new meaning to staples that make a statement, this season’s outspoken styles broadcast their fashion credentials in the most literal sense. With logos, slogans, signatures and everything in-between, get the conversation-ball rolling with creations that are as charismatic as you are. We’re using ours to pledge allegiance to J.W.Anderson – what will you say with yours?

How We Wear It: When your tee is all talk, the only action is to go bold elsewhere! We’re echoing our look’s vibrant palette with a crayon-bright midi to match.

T-shirt J.W.Anderson

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THE WIDE-LEG PANT

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THE WIDE-LEG PANT

We can all breathe a sigh of relief! Comfort is in vogue and, like most trends, this one starts from the ground up. Wide-leg pants walked off the runways and into our wardrobes this season, letting loose with silhouettes that were equal parts flattering and fluid. Between the paper-bag pairs that ride high on the waist and the low-slung strides that rest on the hip, these new proportions measure up, whether they’re worn on or off duty.

How We Wear It: Fashion says ‘relax’, so who are we to argue? We’re sticking to airy camisole tops that mirror the message, however a fine knit would work equally well for cooler evenings.

Pants Iris & Ink

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THE OVERSIZED BLAZER

Blazer Helmut Lang

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THE OVERSIZED BLAZER

Not content with being a perennial style essential, the blazer is making its presence felt as a key piece as well. And size? It does matter. Bigger is definitely better! Think Melanie Griffith’s ‘Working Girl’ meets modern styling. Translation: the ’80s called, they want their shoulders back. And yet it’s not all about the retro redux. Thanks to clean lines and contemporary flourishes, this look is modernity itself.

How We Wear It: That logo T-shirt you just bought? (See above.) Well, now’s the time to wear it!

Blazer Helmut Lang

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THE ROMANTIC DRESS

Dress Jason Wu

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THE ROMANTIC DRESS

If you’re not already in love with fashion, one glance at this spring key piece and you’ll be utterly enraptured. Romance is in the air and, thanks to oh-so-pretty gowns, midis and more, in our wardrobe this season. Unapologetically delicate and all sorts of elegant, these are the kind of dresses you dreamed of as a child. Don’t believe everything you hear: romance isn’t dead!

How We Wear It: When the look is this beautiful, it’s best not to embellish. Pared-down sandals and gossamer-light jewelry guarantee a fairytale ending.

Dress Jason Wu