From the overhyped new year to the dreaded start of another school semester, not all fresh beginnings stir up genuine excitement. That said, there is one transitioning time that is most welcome in our books: the arrival of spring. However, this lovely change of seasons can prove tricky when it comes to transitioning your wardrobe, which is why we advise you to use today’s seven stylesetters as inspiration for creating new and noteworthy outfits of your own.
WHO: Jessica Alba
WHAT: Spotted at the Diesel+Edun launch party in Paris earlier this month.
WEAR: Maje Apples Sweater; black high-waisted pants; Vita Fede Mini Omega Bracelet ($315) in Rose Gold, Titan Rings ($175) in Rose Gold and Rose Gold/Peach Crystal ($290), and Mini Titan Bracelet ($375) in Rose Gold/Peach Crystal; leather heels.
WHY: An abbreviated sweater and trousers that hit just above the navel allow you to try the bare-midriff look in a subtle way.
GET THE LOOK: Opening Ceremony Pearl Embellished Pullover ($335); Topshop Crop Sweater ($60); Dries Van Noten Poetry Wide Leg Trouser ($596); Reiss Sara Front Fold Trousers ($230)
WHAT: Photographed at the airport in Los Angeles last month.
WEAR: Topshop Check Smock Dress ($76); black tights; ankle boots.
WHY: A babydoll plaid dress is a foolproof way to get that on-point grunge look this season.
GET THE LOOK: Steven Alan Sadie Dress ($265); Harper Renee Dress in Party Plaid ($126); Miss Hoe Criss-Cross Plaid Dress ($74).
WHAT: Leaving a London hotel earlier this month.
WEAR: Rihanna for River Island Split Side Knitted Maxi Dress ($150).
WHY: The key to a skin-revealing look is balance. A daring, up-to-there side slit adds subtle sex appeal to a high neckline and streamlined silhouette.
GET THE LOOK: J Brand Denim Jacket ($148); Amanda Uprichard Silk Slit Maxi Dress ($260); ONE bySEN Rasha Maxi Dress ($170).
WHAT: At a Tommy Hilfiger store opening in Los Angeles last month.
WEAR: Tommy Hilfiger Navy Tuxedo with Black Satin Lapels ($278) and Tuxedo Pants ($148, visit Tommy Hilfiger stores for similar styles).
WHY: A pantsuit errs on the sophisticated side, but the addition of a graphic tee and punchy red heels make the wardrobe staple feel thoroughly fresh for a night out.
GET THE LOOK: Theory Shinna ND Blazer ($395) and Testra Trousers ($245); Topshop Jacquard Notch Neck Jacket and Cigarette Trousers ($190); R13 Concert Printed Cotton-Blend Jersey Top ($245); Prince Peter Vinyl Tap Tee ($62).
WHAT: Attending Vanity Fair’s Campaign Hollywood event in Los Angeles last month.
WEAR: Vintage jacket; Theyskens' Theory dress; Giuseppe Zanotti heels; Jill Milan clutch.
WHY: During the winter months, a shearling jacket is an unexpectedly cool addition to a dressed-up party look.
GET THE LOOK: Shoshanna Celia Faux Fur Jacket ($495); Nasty Gal Shearling Aviator Jacket ($78); Max & Cleo Lillian Scalloped Lace Minidress ($148); ASOS Shift Dress In Crochet Lace ($144).
Photo:Billy Farrell Agency
WHAT: Snapped at a dinner hosted by Purple magazine and Bulgari in Paris earlier this month.
WEAR: Printed maxi dress; tan coat.
WHY: A cozy puffer jacket allows you to start wearing your favorite floral maxi dresses now, while the weather is still chilly.
GET THE LOOK: Monclear Short Lightweight Puffer Jacket ($675); ASOS Puffa Jacket with Pockets ($127); MICHAEL Michael Kors Floral Print Crepe Maxi Dress ($195); Viva Vena Art Collector Maxi Dress with Knot Front Detail ($127).
WHAT: Making an appearance at the Love N’ Courage Benefit in New York last month.
WEAR: Grid-print sweater; ruffled polka dot dress; pink heels.
WHY: A feminine mix of prints, such as checks and polka dots, is a quick way to freshen up your standard weekday repertoire.
GET THE LOOK: J. Crew Windowpane Check Cardigan ($268); Rebecca Taylor Polka-Dot Silk Tie-Waist Dress ($350); Anne Klein Cap Sleeve Polka Dot Swing Dress ($83)