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After a long, cold and dark winter, spring is *finally* here. Instead of wasting time staring blankly into your closet when you could be eating alfresco, try these trusty three-piece outfit formulas. Each easy-to-wear style takes the guesswork out of getting dressed in the morning, leaving more time for you to enjoy the warm (but not too warm) temps.

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1. Minidress + Blazer + White Sneakers

A printed minidress can read a little young, but a few clever accessories can elevate this playful piece. The sneakers keep a short dress from looking club-ready, while the bold blazer adds a grown-up (but not-too-serious) touch.   

Get the look: Roxy dress ($49); Madewell blazer ($178); Puma sneakers ($80)

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2. White Jeans + Button-Down + Flats

We firmly believe that white jeans can be worn all year round, but we admit that spring is really their time to shine. Think of this getup as a slight upgrade to simple jeans and a T-shirt. Contrast the relaxed slouch of an oversize button-down-and-mom-jean silhouette with a feminine, pointy flat.

Get the look: Inc International Concepts jeans ($59); Grayson button-down ($128); Sam Edelman flats ($100)

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3. Three-Quarter Sleeve Top + Maxi Skirt + Belt

Maxi skirts are frequently overlooked at this time of year, but we’re here to tell you that they deserve a spot in your spring rotation. The key to wearing one—without being swallowed whole by all that fabric—is to pair it with form-fitting pieces, like a slim top and a wide belt. Opt for a slight heel instead of flats, which run the risk of giving your polished look a frumpy vibe. 

Get the look: Lucky Brand top ($80); Scotch & Soda skirt ($135); Treasure & Bond belt ($49)

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4. Flowy Dress + Belt Bag + ballet flats

Florals for spring might not be inherently groundbreaking…but that’s not to say this blossoming pattern can’t be styled in fresh and modern ways. We suggest cinching a looser frock at the waist with a belt bag and, instead of the expected sandal, dusting off your favorite ladylike ballet flats.

Get the look: Free People dress ($90); Uri Minkoff belt bag ($95); Madewell flats ($98)

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5. Ruffled Top + Wide-Leg Trousers + Denim Jacket

This is one of those ensembles you can wear a million times without anyone noticing you’re a repeat offender. To throw everyone off even more, you could swap out the ruffled top for a graphic tee and replace the pointy-toe flats with crisp white sneakers. Voilà, yet another brilliant outfit idea.

Get the look: Paige top ($140); Eileen Fisher trousers ($140); DKNY jacket ($76)

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6. Tank Dress + Button-Down + Converse

Introducing the easiest weekend uniform, ever. Since the pieces are so casual, stick to complimentary neutral tones, to avoid looking sloppy. And trust us, you truly can’t go wrong with a pair of classic black Converse.

Get the look: Michael Stars dress ($88); J.Crew button-down ($70); Converse sneakers ($50)

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7. Shirtdress + Trench Coat + Ankle Boots

Spring showers happen often, making the trench a valuable investment for your seasonal wardrobe. This season, we’re tossing ours over a crisp white shirtdress and finishing off the look with a pair of very on-trend snake print boots.

Get the look: Frank & Eileen dress ($248); Sam Edelman coat ($160); Alias Mae boots ($250)

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