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4 Ways to Instantly Update Your Wardrobe for Spring

DRIVEN BY both a lack of excessive disposable income and a fear of amassing too much stuff, I’ve always been a strategic and minimal shopper. It’s rarely easy. I agonize over the decisions, revisiting various pieces of designer clothing and accessories to determine whether each is “The One.” This may sound tedious, but what voracious style consumers—women who can indulge in big seasonal hauls—may not realize is that one or two pieces, when properly selected, act like a key that unlocks and updates your entire existing wardrobe. But again, what to buy? To save you from the sort of inhumanely prolonged pondering I impose on myself, we came up with four approved options. A caveat: These are not what you’d consider basics. To look like you’re not stuck in 2010, you need a dose of trendiness. But all will single-handedly do the job.

1. A Mannish Blazer

If you’d don’t own a long, square-shouldered jacket in a menswear fabric, now is the time. Demna Gvasalia introduced the piece into fashion’s biosphere last fall in his debut collection for Balenciaga, and it’s gone viral since. Wear it over a crew neck sweater and straight jeans. Wear it over that old dark jersey dress to make it both office-friendly andcool. Blazer, $4,200, gucci.com; Jeans, $290, shopredone.com; Bracelet, $51,000, Van Cleef & Arpels, 212-896-9284

2. A Satin Day Shoe

Yes, you own satin shoes, but the teal pumps from your sister’s wedding don’t count. These counterintuitive slingbacks are a clever collaboration between upstart fashion collective Vetements and cobbler-to-the-elegant Manolo Blahnik. Sporting satin casually before cocktail hour is fresh—and fun. Wear these with everything but your evening clothes. Vetements and Manolo Blahnik Pumps, $1,585, net-a-porter.com; Jeans, $290, shopredone.com; Coat, $2,690, loewe.com

3. Something Yellow

The fashion world has done a 180 on this previously unloved color. On the spring runways, yellow was second only to pink. A little dab will do but why not have some fun with this tulle confection of a skirt. Pair it with any neutral top you own. Skirt, $3,950, rochas.com; Sweater, $425, nililotan.com; Michael KorsCo llection Belt, $290, michaelkors.com; Shoes, $3,995, dolcegabbana.com

4. A Logoed It Bag

Anonymity is so yesterday. Luxe brands have newly revived the must-have logo. Carry Chanel’s new Gabrielle backpack every day, with everything. Bag, $3,000, Chanel, 212-355-5050; Coat, $2,815, Miu Miu, 212-641-2980; Dress, $2,390, Carolina Herrera, 212-249-6552