Spring Fashion: New Takes on Classic Black and White

Take classic black and white, add bright leather and bold stripes, toss in colored lace and glittery gold and you've got the freshest ways to serve up style this season.

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Sparkle Plenty

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Our favorite desk-to-dinner look: a shimmery tee and studded pencil skirt. The shapes are go-with-everything classic, the shine says spring 2013.

Top, Talbots, $59.50. Skirt, Talbots, $139. Belt, Express, $25. Shoes, Franco Sarto, $70. Clutch, Apt. 9, $49. Bangles, Lulu's, $19.


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Bright Idea

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A lightweight leather bomber in a hot hue will make everything in your closet look current.

Jacket, Prabal Gurung for Target, $200. Tee, Nautica, $22. Pants, Derek Lam for Kohl's, $54. Bag, Dooney & Bourke, $50. Shoes, Zara, $40. Earrings, R.J. Graziano, $25.


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Gilt Complex

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A golden trench is a wardrobe wonder. Ideal over any outfit from dresses to denim, the tailored topper adds a perfect dose of dazzle.

Trench, $75; skirt, $35; clutch, $30; heels, $50; all Duro Olowu for JCPenney. Turtleneck, WD.NY, $48.


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Power Couple

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To make this classic color combo seem new, go for an ultrafeminine embroidered blouse and skirt with a flirty flounce. Lace-up heels add a bit of edge.

Top, $108; skirt, $78; belt, $44; all White House Black Market. Clutch, CelebBoutique, $79. Heels, Prabal Gurung for Target, $40.


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Sheer Perfection

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A pretty pastel layer underneath makes this lacy sheath feel modern, especially paired with accessories in bold citrus.

Dress, Maggy London, $148. Shoes, Prabal Gurung for Target, $40. Clutch, Prabal Gurung for Target, $35. Middle bangle, Prabal Gurung for Target, $17. Yellow bangles, Coldwater Creek, $40 each.


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Geometry Lesson

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How's this for math? Assorted colors + diagonal lines = super slimming. Pair with neutral accessories for a perfect wear-anywhere outfit.

Dress, Derek Lam for Kohl's, $70. Shoes, BCBGMaxAzria, $325. Bangles, R.J. Graziano, $45 each. Earrings, R.J. Graziano, $65. Clutch, Nila Anthony, $58.

Originally published in the April 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.