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How to Refresh Your Spring Wardrobe, Whether Your Budget is $150 or $1,000

Make your existing wardrobe feel fresh with a few strategic additions.

By Madeleine Kim

Every spring, I can count on two things: allergies and the sudden feeling that I hate everything in my closet. 

The thing is, I don’t actually hate my clothes—at all. In fact, I think I’ve amassed a pretty great collection of pieces over the years. But there’s something about this hopeful new season that makes me crave new colors, new shapes, a new identity…or at least just a new top.

I don’t have the desire (or the budget) to do a complete wardrobe overhaul every spring, but I’ve found that a few strategic additions go a long way toward helping me see my existing pieces in a new light. So in case you’re experiencing your own case of sartorial spring fever, I’ve pulled together a guide to what you should buy next. And thanks to the excellent sale we’re having, there are recommendations for any budget, whether you want to spend $150 or $1,000.

If your budget is $150…

Focus on versatile pieces in light, spring-ready neutrals. The stretchy Shiloh pants in pearl (currently on sale for $70) would be a great investment, because they can make your go-to tops feel fresh again. Speaking of tops, have you tried the Mori henley? If not, now’s your chance—because it’s currently on sale for just $40. You’ll reach for this soft, tuckable pima top on days when you want the comfort of a T-shirt, but with a bit more visual interest. Of course, nothing says “it’s spring!” like getting a new sundress. Try the easy, breezy Renee dress, which works equally well as a beach cover-up and a casual party dress—just add heels, a belt, and some jewelry.

If your budget is $300…

Now’s your chance to snag that sleek slip dress you’ve been eyeing—because the Elsa dress in forest just went on sale. Stretchy and substantial enough to offer full coverage, this is one of those all-season dresses that you’ll find yourself wearing every month of the year. In the springtime, it looks great with slides and a lightweight jacket. In the winter, sub your slides for tights and boots and add a cashmere sweater. If you’re planning to travel this summer, you should also snag the Delaney joggers, made from our packable OrigamiTech fabric. They’re breathable, wrinkle-resistant, machine-washable, and chic enough that you won’t have to change after you get off the plane (plus, the elastic waistband is key for long flights).

If your budget is $500…

You’re about to be the best-dressed person at every wedding/birthday party/baby shower on your calendar this summer, because the Jillian dress just went on sale. Featuring elegant asymmetrical draping, machine-washable, odor-resistant fabric, and a joyful green hue, it’s one of our customers’ favorite dresses—ever. And while we’re on the topic of favorites, now would be the perfect time to try our CEO’s favorite sweater, the Chadwick. This is the piece she throws on (with her Better Than Denim jeans, of course) for days when she needs to look polished—but also needs to be comfortable enough for playtime with her three toddlers. A tall order, but not a problem for this outfit.

If your budget is $800…

Go for a fun but easy-to-pair layer, like the newly discounted Allison anorak in black-and-white gingham, that will add some interest to your everyday outfits. And for those everyday outfits, try subbing your usual pieces for elevated knit styles, like the square-necked Joya top in silk jersey and the sleek Felda dress in 3D-knit cotton. (Nothing says “quiet luxury” like a simple but beautifully constructed knit.) Finally, a bold new accessory can go a long way toward giving your existing wardrobe new life. Try the on-sale Beebe belt to add structure and texture to any outfit.

If your budget is $1,000…

Invest in the Demi jumpsuit in gingham linen and make it part of your signature look this year. You can pair it with heels and jewelry for special occasions; with sneakers or sandals for casual weekend days; or with the matching Dolly jacket to create a pseudo-suit. For another one-and-done outfit, grab the Ruth dress, a customer-favorite A-line made from our lightweight scuba knit. If you like the Ruth’s swingy skirt, you’ll probably love the Astor skirt, which is like a pencil skirt on top and an A-line on bottom—the best of both worlds. On top, swap your winter sweaters for the Kara top in 365Knit, which is equally comfortable, but better for warm weather. And finally, add a splash of color with the washable silk charmeuse Tatum top in vintage rose, which will help you manifest spring blooms in your neighborhood.

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is the Senior Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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