One Piece, Two Ways

The ultimate test every item must pass before entering the coveted closet is whether or not it can pull double-duty. Check out how to pull off these four hard-to-wear spring trends two different ways.

The ultimate test every item must pass before entering the coveted closet is whether or not it can pull double-duty. There is nothing more frustrating than having a wardrobe full of one-hit-wonders, which sadly can rule out many fun trends that don’t necessarily seem practical at the time.

No longer will you have to forego a favorite for lack of inspiration—check out how to pull off these four hard-to-wear spring trends two different ways. –Angela Bobo

  • Tory Burch Geraldine Lace-up Sandals
    $325; bloomingdales.com.Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's.

  • Maison Scotch Raffia Bomber, $165, and Shorts, $89; shopbop.com
    This season is all about matching sets. Tie an outfit together by finding pieces in similar colors and composition. The ability to wear each piece separately greatly increases the number of outfits that you can create. Photo courtesy of Shopbop.

  • Chiffon Frill Dress, $100; topshop.com
    Play off of the natural elements like raffia and linen in the sandal by pairing with an easy-breezy little white dress. The ruffled sleeve adds a bit of glam without detracting from the overall carefree vibe. Photo courtesy of Topshop.

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim Irregular Pleated Skirt
    $375; saksfifthavenue.com. Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

  • Tibi Racerback Draped Top, $325; piperlime.com
    Instead of shying away from the tangerine color, combine it with an equally juicy punched-up pink for an overall vibrant look. The fold detail on the top blends perfectly with the skirt for a streamlined look similar to a dress. Photo courtesy of Piperlime.com.

  • Guipure Lace Top, $79.90; zara.com
    We love pairing army green with orange hues (see our January issue) and this outfit is a more modest warm-weather option. Lace sleeves are an elegant way to show some skin without revealing too much. Photo courtesy of Zara.

  • Colour Block Shirt Dress
    $100; topshop.com. Photo courtesy of Topshop.

  • Marni Leather and Metallic Laceless Loafers, $680; saksfifthavenue.com
    Keep with last falls menswear trend by throwing on a pair of white oxfords. The lack of laces and metallic pieces gives the classic style a modern update. Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Elisa Pointed Toe Slingback Pumps, $135; bloomingdales.com
    Balance the masculinity of the dress with a sleek pump. The traditional lady-like shape is anything but boring with high-shine metallic leather. Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's.

  • Guess Fringe Chain Top
    $79; bloomingdales.com Photo courtesy of Bloomingdale's.

  • Victoria Beckham Skinny Chino Pants, $295; shopbop.com
    These slim-fitting trousers are the best way to make a fun top work from day to night. Finish the outfit off with a crisp white jacket and you have the perfect professional and fashion-forward look. Photo courtesy of Shopbop.

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim Neoprene-Piped Leather Track Pants, $1295; saksfifthavenue.com
    Leather can still work for warm weather, especially in a spring-appropriate blush tone. The mix of textures maintains visual interest. Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

(May 2014)

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