Upgrade Your Style With 100 Spring Essentials

Upgrade Your Style With 100 Spring Essentials
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 01, 2011

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Spring is finally here! After three long months of winter weather, now’s the time to pack away your heavy coat and lighten things up for spring. Selita Ebanks’ classic belted trench is lovely and light. The perfect trench coat is essential for transitioning into warmer weather.

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Spring is finally here! After three long months of winter weather, now’s the time to pack away your heavy coat and lighten things up for spring. Zoe Saldana’s black trench is lovely and light. The perfect trench coat is essential for transitioning into warmer weather.

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Simply Very Wang trench, $98. Available at Kohls.com.

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Topshop trench, $180. Available at Topshop.com.

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Veronica Beard trench,$495. Available at Kirnazabete.com.

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Topshop trench, $180. Available at Topshop.com

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Paul & Joe Sister trench, $420. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Burberry trench,$1,500. Available at TheOutnet.com.

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Cacharel trench,$438. Available at Shoplesnouvelles.com.

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Old Navy trench,$50. Available at OldNavy.com.

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Lanvin trench,$1,985. Available at Barneys.com.

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Diane Von Furstenberg trench, $565. Available at Net-a-Porter.com

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When it comes to brightening things up for spring, colored pants are the way to go. Rachel Roy looks red hot in her bright slacks and here are a few of our top picks to help you get on trend.

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Red Valentino pants, $122. Available at TheOutnet.com.

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3.1 Phillip Lim pants, $469. Available at Mytheresa.com

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Tory Burch pants, $235. Available at Mytheresa.com

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J. Brand pants, $176. Available at Singer22.com

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Willow pants,$395. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Vanessa Bruno pants,$425. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Topshop pants, $75.00. Available at Topshop.com

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DVF pants,$285. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Gucci pants, $805. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Roksanda Ilincic pants, $1,050. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Our First Lady is no stranger to amazing style, and the bright flats she’s been wearing lately have caught our attention. For the perfect pop of color, try out a pair of these essential bold flats.

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Talbots flats, $64. Available at PrettyBallerinas.us.

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Frye flats,$148. Available at Fryeboots.com.

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Miu Miu flats, $349. Available at Mytheresa.com.

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Louis Vuitton flats,$675. Available at LouisVuitton.com.

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Pretty Ballerinas flats, $229. Available at PrettyBallerinas.us.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs flats, $250. Available at SaksFifthAvenue.com.

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Prada flats, $450. Available at SaksFifthAvenue.com.

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Dolce Vita flats, $96. Available at LorisShoes.com.

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Pretty Ballerinas flats, $245. Available at PrettyBallerinas.us.

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Christian Louboutin flats, $995. Available at Barneys.com.

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Although warmer weather is on the horizon, it’s great to have a scarf for chilly spring nights. Zoe Saldana rocked a multi-colored scarf to keep the cold at bay and we love it. These springy scarves are our top essential picks…

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Jil Sander scarf, $395. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Tory Burch scarf, $95. Available at ToryBurch.com.

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LOFT Ann Taylor scarf, $35. Available at AnnTaylorLoft.com.

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Vivienne Westwood scarf, $250. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Gucci scarf,$595. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Accessorize scarf,$20. Available at Accessorize-USA.com.

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Matthew Williamson scarf, $495. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Gap scarf, $29. Available at Gap.com.

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Hermes scarf, $305. Available at Hermes.com.

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J Crew scarf, $48. Available at JCrew.com.

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After three months of heavy sweaters and leggings, it’s time to feel the freedom of a long, flowing maxi dress. These dresses are perfect for your spring flings, and they can easily go from day to night. Here are our top picks, which we love because of the bright, fun prints…

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3.1 Philip Lim dress, $825. Available at Mytheresa.com.

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Jil Sander dress, $2,885. Available at Mytheresa.com.

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All Saints dress, $185. Available at Allsaints.com.

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Etro dress, $1,380. Available at Stylebop.com.

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Topshop dress, $145. Available at Topshop.com.

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Matthew Williamson dress, $675. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Quiksilver dress, $60. Available at Quiksilver.com.

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All Saints dress, $145. Available at Allsaints.com.

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Delia’s dress, $50. Available at Delias.com.

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Mara Hoffman dress, $420. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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If you’re not quite ready to embrace the bright wardrobe choices that summer brings, try lightening things up with a fun, bold bag. These spring staples are eye-catching and come in an array of sizes that are perfect for a day at the park or a night on the town.

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Proenza Schouler bag, $1,225. Available at kirnazabete.com.

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Prada bag,$695. Available at SaksFifthAvenue.com.

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Diesel bag, $170. Available at Zappos.com.

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Tory Burch bag, $395. Available at Bloomingdales.com.

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Miu Miu bag, $1,095. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Diane von Furstenberg bag, $445. Available Net-a-Porter.com.

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Rebecca Minkoff bag, $295. Available at RececcaMinkoff.com.

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Bebe bag, $100. Available at Bebe.com.

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DKNY bag, $295. Available at Zappos.com.

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Marc Jacobs bag, $1,500. Available at Nordstrom.com.

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A girl can never have too many shoes! Wearing boots all winter definitely makes us excited to unleash the power of a fabulous, high heeled shoe. We can’t wait to step into spring with a pair of hot, color rich pumps.

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Brian Atwood pumps, $580. Available at Nordstrom.com.

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Prada pumps, $595. Available at SaksFifthAvenue.com.

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Steve Madden pumps, $70. Available at SteveMadden.com.

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Brian Atwood pumps, $535. Available at Net-A-Porter.com.

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Jessica Simpson pumps, $98. Available at JessicaSimpson.com.

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Manolo Blahnik pumps, $575. Available at Barneys.com.

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Topshop pumps, $110. Available at Topshop.com.

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Christian Louboutin pumps, $995. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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ASOS pumps, $140. Available at Asos.com.

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Isabel Marant pumps, $620. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Wedges are the perfect balance of comfort and fashion. The wider sole makes them perfect for long spring walks and late night springtime fun. These new statement wedges are definitely on our must-have list. Check them out!

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L.A.M.B wedges,$375. Available at Couture.Zappos.com.

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Jimmy Choo wedges, $595. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.

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Vicky wedges, $225. Available at NeimanMarcus.com.

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Christian Louboutin wedges, $595. Available at SaksFifthAvenue.com.

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Steve Madden wedges, $100. Available at VictoriasSecret.com.

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Yves Saint Laurent wedges, $695. Available at Barneys.com.

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Aldo wedges, $90. Available at AldoShoes.com.

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Topshop wedges, $150. Available at Topshop.com.

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Miu Miu wedges, $550. Available at Barneys.com.

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Lanvin wedges, $1,400. Available at ShopZoeOnline.com

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You know what they say — “April showers bring May flowers!” As the rainy season gets underway, you have to be prepared for sudden downpours. Keeping a pair of chic rain boots nearby is a smart move for any fashionista on-the-go. These top pics will keep you high and dry…

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Sperry rain boots,$60. Available at Nordstrom.com.

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SM rain boots, $60. Available at DSW.com.

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Burberry rain boots, $195. Available at Zappos.com.

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Steve Madden rain boots, $70. Available at JildorShoes.com.

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Loeffler Randall rain boots, $165. Available at Zappos.com.

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Hunter rain boots, $156. Available at Zappos.com.

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Jimmy Choo Hunter rain boots, $350. Available at mytheresa.com.

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Tretorn rain boots, $70. Available at revolveclothing.com.

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Steve Madden rain boots, $79. Available at Bloomingdales.com.

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Gucci rain boots, $270. Available at Gucci.com.

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No fashionista wants to subject her chic attire or hot hair to Mother Nature’s rainstorms. Beyonce had the right idea by packing this ultra glam umbrella, and you should follow suit. These umbrellas are must-have items for spring that are sure to come in handy.

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Barney’s New York umbrella, $130. Available at Barneys.com.

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Bloomingdale’s umbrella,$30. Available at Bloomingdales.com.

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Burberry umbrella, $275. Available at Bloomingdales.com.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs umbrella, $48. Available at Bloomingdales.com.

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Felix Rey umbrella, $65. Available at Bloomingdales.com.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs umbrella, $48. Available at saksfifthavenue.com.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Collection umbrella, Available at saksfifthavenue.com.

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Felix Rey umbrella, $80. Available at shopbop.com.

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Urban Outfitters umbrella, $24. Available at urbanoutfitters.com.

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Futai umbrella, $16. Available at Target.com.

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