18 Spring Essentials to Wear Right Now

From explosive floral prints to dresses with collars, here are 18 spring essentials to add to your spring wardrobe.

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Now that spring is officially here, it's time to get your wardrobe in order. Here, we break down 17 must-have items to add to your closet this season, starting with Explosive Florals. Whether it's an eye-catching shell that you layer with more minimal pieces, or a full-on dress like this Peter Som piece, this one's a can't-miss.
Printed Pants: This one's tricky, but a pair of slouchy pants with a dazzling print is most definitely an It-item this season. For the brave, there are bright florals, or for the less courageous, these watercolor-esque Phillip Lim printed trousers.
Ankle-Strap Sandals: In a bit of good news for heel-wearers, the look for sandals this season is a more ladylike ankle-strap silhouette, which also happens to be a bit more supportive for those who tend to wobble. (At left, a neon-flecked DVF option; at right, a more elegant style by Alexander Wang.)
A Pop of Neon: Yes, neon is back. While we wouldn't recommend wearing the ultra-bright colors head-to-toe, incorporating pieces like this lacy J.Crew top (the lace really softens the look) is exactly the way to go.
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Island Prints: Forget everything you may have heard about tacky Hawaiian shirts, and snap up a colorful printed skirt, tank, or dress -- like this one from Suno's resort collection (already in stores).
Pastels: For those with an aversion to loud colors and bold prints, we'd suggest going for something pastel. Pale pinks, soft yellows, and robin's-egg blues are lining the racks of most stores, and the truly fashion-forward can try layering pieces like this Phillip Lim vest with other pastel hues.
A Bright Little Bag: Instead of buying a series of new neon pieces, snap up a bright little carryall to add a bit of pop to your wardrobe, like this lemon-y DVF bag.
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Versatile Satchels: For those who carry their lives in their bags, spring's bigger satchels are extra functional, offering more room, more pockets, and -- in the case of Phillip Lim's 31-hour bag -- matching smaller bags and clutches that fit easily inside.
Wide-Leg Pants: The trend in pants this season is swinging away from the ultra-skinny silhouettes of years past and towards maxi dressing, like these Parisian-inspired Alice + Olivia trousers.
A Dress with a Collar: Girlish collars are in this season, especially when it comes to daytime dresses. A Miu Miu dress is really the gold standard here, though more affordable options are readily available.
A Statement Necklace: The over-the-top trend in necklaces has yet to wear out, and we're betting it will run straight through fall, providing even more reason to invest in something really dazzling, like this piece from New York label Dannijo.
A Tea Party-Appropriate Dress: The look for spring is all about ladylike dressing, and it's amazing how versatile a crisp dress with girly touches (like the little bows on this Oscar de la Renta dress) can be. Wear the look with spring sandals now, and then add patterned tights and a blazer come fall.
A New Suit: Few things look more put-together than a suit, and the season's colorful options (like this pink Preen suit) offer plenty of playful takes that are anything but stuffy.
Pointy-Toe Pumps: While clunky platforms and open-toe wedges have taken a strong hold over the past few seasons, this season is seeing a resurgence of a classic-looking pump to round out all the ladylike dressing. (At right, a colorful option from Asos.com; At right, an edgy take on the look from Theyskens' Theory.)
Something Sheer: While the runways may have featured some truly scandalous sheer looks, the look off the catwalk is much more wearable: sheer panels built into dresses, gauzy tanks like this Chloe top, and more.
Metallic Accents: Whether it's a splash of silver on a jacket or a glint of metallic on these Marc by Marc Jacobs sandals, a little bit goes a long way.
Maxi Silhouettes: Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, and others showed breathtaking, voluminous skirts on their runways, but a more wearable take on the trend is a feminine pleated maxi-skirt like this Halston Heritage option.
Color-Block Pieces: Adventurous dressers can make this trend work by pairing bold tops and bottoms in inventive ways, or the less sure-of-step can snap up dresses like this Preen frock that take care of the work for you.
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