Spring Work Essentials

Give your work wardrobe a seasonal update with some key pieces straight from the Spring 2012 runways.

Runway Inspiration

  • Elevate your basics this season by switching out the usual black, gray, or white for a palette of pastels and sherbet shades.

  • Floral prints were all over the Spring 2012 runways, and we can't think of a better way to wear them than paired with a simple white t-shirt.

  • Dont be afraid to wear white on white — this monochromatic combo is a huge spring trend and looks crisp, not clinical.

  • Get sporty this season by testing out some of the athletic-inspired pieces that were quite popular on the runways.

  • A little bit of chaos can be a good thing — mixing prints is a sure-fire way to create an interesting, unique look.

Basic (Not Boring) Bags

  • This classic box bag is something we would wear to pieces. $238, at J. Crew.

  • This roomy, cobalt blue tote is as striking as it is practical. $685, at Shopbop.

  • Not only is this retro bag a fashion editor favorite, it comes in a variety of sizes and in every color of the rainbow, so you can personalize it to truly create the handbag of your dreams. From $117, at Cambridge Satchel Co.

  • Every woman should have a bright red bag, and this classic circle shape couldn't be more perfect. $695, at Kirna Zabete.

  • This structured carryall is our ideal go-to bag for every day. $79.90, at Zara.

Wardrobe Staples

  • A floral piece is an absolute must-have for spring, and we're confident that you'll get a lot of mileage out of a sweet, comfy dress like this one. $75, at Topshop.

  • Pastel pieces are going to be insanely popular come spring, and this pair of pink pants would help you incorporate the trend into your wardrobe effortlessly. $350, at Net-A-Porter.

  • We're betting that you already have a blazer that you live in, but why not pick up one in this pretty blush color for spring? $130, at Topshop.

  • Once you find a black maxi skirt that fits you perfectly — and seems to go with everything that you own — you'll never want to wear anything else again. $275, at Net-A-Porter.

  • A loose silk shirt is a perennial closet staple, so why not invest in one that's the color of the season to update your collection? $210, at Net-A-Porter.

Simple (& Sexy) Shoes

  • White shoes were once considered a no-no, but that mentality is long gone — here's a sexy pair of pumps to get you started. $152, at ASOS.

  • This is the basic black shoe that you'll throw on with everything when the weather finally warms up. $90, at Topshop.

  • You'll wear these versatile booties with everything. Trust us. $475, at rag & bone.

  • These sunny yellow pumps with a silver cap toe are subtly sexy, but still perfect for the office. $129, at Zara.

  • These might not be the highest heels of the season, but they're certainly in the running for the most beautiful. $485, at Alexander Wang.

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