This Way, Or That Way: Spring’s Most Versatile Pieces

April 6, 2018

What’s the difference between a good dress and a great dress? A nice jacket and a need-it-now jacket? The jeans you wore to brunch and the jeans you would never dream of traveling without?

If you ask us, it’s all about versatility. Our favorite pieces are those that can go from day to night, timeless to trendy, spring to summer. Far from one note, they’re proven team players that can mix and mingle their way through our closets, resulting in endless looks.

Christy Michal, our senior stylist, is always on the lookout for versatile staples. “These are the pieces you can build a wardrobe around,” she says. “And they’re perfect for this time of year—they’ll transition from spring to summer, and they make packing a breeze.”

Here, Christy shows us how to style some of her favorite spring pieces two distinctly different ways.

The Claudia Striped Shift Dress
This way: “There’s nothing easier than a linen shift. With casual sandals and a printed bandana, this one is out the door.”

That way: “For chillier days, I love the way this floral jacket pairs with the stripes—when you vary the scale of the patterns, they complement each other instead of compete. I added a belt for a little more structure.”

The Abbey Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans
This way: “These AG jeans are white denim perfection—they’re lightweight, super soft, and the rise is just right. For a classic look, add a striped tee and fitted jean jacket—you can’t go wrong.”

That way: “The great thing about white denim is that it creates a blank canvas. You can layer on a ton of color, pattern, and texture without things looking too busy.”

The Plaid Tunic Dress
This way: “All this easy little dress needs is a baseball hat and sneakers—it’s an all-in-one outfit.”

That way: “But you can also wear it as a top. Layer it over jean shorts, tuck in just so, and it’s a completely different piece. This is the type of dress you’ll wear all season long.”

The Marcela Striped Blazer
This way: “A lightweight blazer is a great layering piece that can easily transform a look. It adds a little polish to even the most casual jeans-and-tee ensemble.”

That way: “This blazer also works great with a dress, so you’ll get a ton of wear out of it. One of my favorite print-mixing tricks is using a monochrome palette—it simplifies things and keeps the look sophisticated.”

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