Mother-Daughter Closet Swap

These age-defying trends bridge the style gap between mother and daughter.

Réneise Francis May, 16, 2014

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Pleats can feel like back to school days when paired with flats, which is perfect if you're a student, but toss in sophisticated elements like a belted cardigan and sexy strap heels if you're all grown up.

Daughter: Dress, BCBGMaxAzria, $298, bcbg.com. Head scarf, Foreign Exchange, $9, feclothing.com. Earrings, Jennifer Fisher, $525, jenniferfisherjewelry.com. Necklace, Guess, $30, guess.com. Plate necklace, Lulu's, $15, lulus.com. Bracelet, Steve Madden, $30, macy's.com. Sandals, Ash, $295, NYC, 646-422-7098.

Mom: Dress, BCBGMaxAzria, $298, bcbg.com. Cardigan, Uniqlo, $30, uniqlo.com. Earrings and necklace, Carolee, $32 and $65, Bloomingdale's. Belt, L.L. Bean, $35, llbean.com. Sandals, T.J. Maxx, $170, tjmaxx.com for store locations.

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Rock boyfriend jeans with your casual closet staples and comfortable wedges to avoid looking too trendy and more effortlessly fab.

Jeans, Dittos, $69, lulus.com. Sweater, DKNY Jeans, $90, Macy's. Tank, American Apparel, $15, americanapparel.net. Earrings, Sofia by Sofia Vergara, $10, kmart.com. Necklace, Prima donna, $13, shopprimadonna.com. Ring, Jennifer Fisher, $195, jenniferfisherjewelry.com. Wedges, Carlos by Carlos Santana, $89, zappos.com.

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A crop top adds a girly feel to boyfriend jeans, while sporty sneaker style wedges play up the Tom boy element.

Jeans, Dittos, $69, lulus.com. Sweater, Guess, $158, guess.com. Earrings, Kendra Scott Jewelry, $45, kendrascott.com. Sneaker wedges, Lacoste, $200, lacoste.com.

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Approach shorts the same way you would a skirt, keeping it sexy yet tasteful with a sleek shirt that shows less skin and balances the look. Let your legs be the main attraction.

Shorts, Calvin Klein, $70, bloomingdales.com. Top, Asos, $72, asos.com. Earrings and necklace, Jaclyn Smith, $13 for set, kmart.com. Clutch, Big Buddha, $65, zappos.com. Sandals, Nine West, $89, ninewest.com.

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Crop tops are the perfect way to show off your high waist shorts, and flats feel fun, not overly sexy.

Shorts, Calvin Klein, $70, bloomingdales.com. Top, Lulu's, $40, lulus.com. Headband, Forever21, $4, forever21.com. Earrings, Vince Camuto, $38, vincecamuto.com. Necklace, BaubleBar, $32, baublebar.com. Bracelet, Steve Madden, $22, macys.com. Flats, Soludos, $36, soludos.com.

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Jean jackets give a youthful touch to typically serious pieces like a button down shirt.

Jacket, Jessica Simpson Collection, $69, macys.com. Shirt, Uniqlo, $30, uniqlo.com. Skirt, Zara, $70, zara.com. Earrings, R.J. Graziano, $35, rjgraziano.com. Watch, Gossip, $24, qvc.com. Mules, Forever21, $37, forever21.com.

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Denim a fool proof solution to pair with anything –– even a wildly printed jumpsuit that's hard to match.

Jacket, Jessica Simpson Collection, $69, macys.com. Jumpsuit, Eva Mendes exclusively at New York & Company, $77, nyandcompany.com. Earrings, Foreign Exchange, $10, feclothing.com. Bracelet, Steve Madden, $30, macys.com. Sandals, Shellys London, $130, zappos.com.

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