The 5 Spring Basics You Need: And How To Wear Them

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Spring was awash with minimalist accents and structured basics, but thankfully they are anything but boring. To help you hone in on the pieces you need to add to your closet this season, we’ve rounded up the best options – each for under $300 – and given you an outfit that can be built around them. If that’s not easy glamour, we don’t know what is.

Freija Crossbody

$170

Club Monaco

Pastel Bag

The pastel purse is summer's rebuttle to the bulky, black bags of winter. Pick one up in buttery hues like praline and mint.

How To Style It

Wear the pastel purse with a printed dress in a similar color family, and top with a casual jacket and bright pumps.

Quilted Denim Jacket

$535

Isabel Marant Etoile

Orange Suede Dulce Heel

$148

Jeffrey Campbell

Printed Dress

$405

Sea

Clare High Waisted Pant

$195

Rachel Zoe

Slouchy Pant

Slouchy tailoring is having a major moment this spring, and a pair of louche pants packs quite a punch. Wear them to the office with a blazer and heels, then switch in a racerback tank and slides for the weekend.

How To Style It

This high-waisted pair looks particularly great with a detailed crop-top and luxe accessories.

Bryn Sandal

$60

Sam Edelman

Cotlin Fold Over Clutch

$195

Zara

Floral Applique Crop Top

$56

Topshop

Round Reverse Choker

$200

Jennifer Fisher

Metal Choker

A sleek, rose gold choker is a great statement piece that blends with all of spring's minimal silhouettes.

How To Style It

A high-necked, sleeveless dress, fringed sandals, and a rim of kohl liner offer the ideal canvas.

Behati Slit Dress

$60

Artizia

Black All-Nighter Eyeliner

$20

Urban Decay

Fringe Sandal

$100

Zara

Auden Top in Signal Pink

$195

J Brand

Structured Top

A structured, neoprene t-shirt is a chic alternative to the classic slouchy tee.

How To Style It

Wear with distressed jeans, bold sandals and a scorching, matte lip.

Lipstick in Matte Orange Red

$26

NARS

Cadaudda Sandal

$80

Aldo

Relaxed Skinny Distressed Jeans

$130

R13

Celina Ankle Strap Sandals

$180

Schutz

Ankle-Strap Sandal

The skinny band and ankle strap of this sandal ooze sex appeal. Wear with casual basics during the day, or team with bare legs and a mini-dress at night.

How To Style It

Keep it casual with a printed top, dark denim, and playful sunglasses.

Cream-Colored Sunglasses

$16

ROMWE

Brant Paneled Top

$295

Elizabeth & James

Paris Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans

$198

M.I.H. Jeans