New month, new you! As we head into May, now is a good time to the hit the refresh button and start preparing your wardrobe for summer’s impending sun-soaked days and hot nights. Instead of partaking in an expensive closet overhaul, consider these quick and easy styling tips from some of your favorite fashionable tastemakers. Outfit inspiration awaits you just beyond this slide.
Tip: Style your favorite little white dress with a pastel scarf.
Hough stylishly combined two major trends for spring—pastels and white dresses—with her periwinkle scarf and Banana Republic Floral Drop-Waist Dress ($140).
Alice + Olivia Chap Cotton-Blend Lace Dress ($330)
Keep this dress feeling sweet with a pair of ballet flats and structured satchel.
Zara Jacquard Scarf ($60)
It’s always a good idea to have a cotton scarf on standby for spring’s chilly days
Tip: Contrast white-on-white with sultry pops of red.
During the Haute Living fete in Miami early this month, Kurkova’s cherry red lip and heels popped against her all-white layers. The cool contrast is a fitting choice for a night out.
Banana Republic Martin Fit White Sateen Straight Leg Pants ($80)
White trousers are a perfect canvas for playing with color.
Proenza Schouler PS Denim Vest ($350)
We love this denim vest over everything from a worn-in tee to a work blouse.
Kurt Geiger Britton Ultra Pumps ($385)
Let your feet do all the talking by pairing these heels with a mix of neutrals.
Tip: Throw on a bright blazer to instantly spring-ify your look.
When in doubt, add a bright blazer! That’s what Chung did at the Marchesa S/S 15 Bridal collection show in New York this month, layering a red Reese + Riley blazer over her white camisole and Elizabeth and James Heyden Mesh-Overlay Skirt ($295), and the results were nothing short of chic.
Mango Frayed Edge Blazer ($110)
It’s the subtle details—frayed hems and a polka dot lining—that give this blazer its appeal.
Tip: Double up on lace for an ultra-feminine look.
To celebrate the launch of Jimmy Choo’s CHOO.08 collection earlier this month, Belle opted for a look that was rich with texture with a slate gray Monique Lhuillier lace top and black pencil skirt from the brand’s fall collection.
Reiss Della Lace Jersey Top ($130)
When you’re not dressing up this feminine top with a pencil skirt, give it the weekend treatment with denim shorts and bright sandals.
Tory Burch Debra Skirt ($325)
Let this flattering skirt take you stylishly through every work event, bridal shower, and ladies’ brunch this season.
Tip: Dare to bare skin with a crop top and full skirt.
At the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, Alba offered a subtle way to try the crop top trend in a white Piece d’Anarchive top and high-waisted Kenzo Pleated Neon Neoprene Mini Skirt ($505, available in Coral), finishing the look with Bottletop by Narciso Rodriguez’s Jessica Hand-Braided Clutch ($1000) and Jimmy Choo Abel Woven Point-Toe Pumps ($688).
Nasty Gal Scuba Skater Skirt ($38)
A skater skirt in touchable neoprene is a fun and flirty pick for the season.
Elizabeth and James Upton Crop Top ($225)
If you’re not sure about wearing this sporty crop top on it’s own, then try it over a classic shirt for an of-the-moment layered look.
Tip: Mix varied tones of the same hue for a directional result.
Kerr added further intrigue to her denim-on-denim look with Etoile Isabel Marant’s Fara Raw Edge Denim Coat ($620) and Frame Denim jeans with the addition of a pastel blue button-down shirt and blue suede Manolo Blahnik heels.
ASOS Denim Duster Coat ($113)
If you’re smitten with Isabel Marant’s denim coat, you’re sure to love this more affordable look-a-like.
7 For All Mankind Slim Button Up Shirt ($168)
Wear this boyfriend shirt with everything from dark-wash jeans to a flippy mini skirt.
Tip: Add a tomboy spin to a slinky dress with a tuxedo jacket and oxfords.
Leaving The Late Show with David Letterman two weeks ago, Decker showed off her tomboy side in an Emilio Pucci jacket and dress paired with Christian Louboutin black oxfords. The tailored look is an unexpectedly chic alternative to a cocktail dress.
Madewell Duskfall Blazer ($168)
The quickest way to freshen up your nine-to-five mix this spring: a crisp white blazer.
Tip: Protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays with a wide-brim hat.
A floppy felt hat, like Lawrence’s Rag & Bone Dunaway Hat ($195), paired here with Etoile Isabel Marant’s Ebba Cotton-Blend Blanket Coat ($620), is the perfect finishing piece for sunny errand runs and lounging poolside.
Topshop Wool Floppy Hat ($56)
Soak up the sun (safely) with a wide-brim floppy hat.
Tip: Take your blazer from work to weekend with distressed jeans and flats.
Palermo added polish to her go-to weekend jeans—AG Adriano Goldschmied’s Ankle Legging Jeans ($224)—and casual loafers last week by simply adding a patchwork blazer.
Current/Elliott The Fling Distressed Jeans ($228)
You’re a weekend warrior, so dress like one in these relaxed boyfriend jeans.
Scotch & Soda Printed Blazer ($139)
This lightweight, drapey blazer proves dressing for work doesn’t have to be difficult.
Tip: Play up a girly silhouette with ladylike accessories.
Prim accessories, such as Dolce & Gabbana’s Large Agagta Shoulder Bag ($1677) and Shellys’ mary-jane shoes, were the perfect complement to Swift’s retro-inspired Kimchi Blue Ruby Keyhole Fit & Flare Dress ($59).
Reformation Parque Dress ($218)
Style this vintage-inspired dress with white oxfords for a trip to the flea market.
ZAC Zac Posen Eartha Soft Mini Top Handle Bag ($450)
Meet your new everyday bag!