We get it: Spring = florals. Groundbreaking, we know. But you needn't look like a walking garden party to invoke the season's bright and whimsical vibes. In fact, a few of our favorite celebs have spent the last few months proving that subtlety and small adjustments to a full-fledged trend are just as, if not more, effective.
Culottes are seeing a major revival this season—as evidenced by Jessica Alba, who prefers billowy coverage from high waist, down. These wide-leg trousers are great for elongating your bottom half. At the same time, the wider the pant leg, the smaller your waist can look. For the fashion fearless, try a palazzo pant in a graphic print or pastel color for an optimum spring look that's tailored and fun.
A boxy sheath is a no-fuss, chic spring essential, as Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba has so elegantly proved. It's the perfect canvas for all of spring's vibrant motifs. And just like Uzo's blue dress, frocks with side paneling can flatter and lengthen the body. To edge up the prim look, try playing with the portions of the hem; a longer sheer skirt is at both times classy and sexy.
Even in scorching heat, you might find Alexa Chung all covered up. Her trick? Lightweight fabrics. The sheer effect and feminine prints—yes, even florals—counteract and elevate what would essentially be a muumuu.
There was never a cutout or crop top that Taylor Swiftdidn't like. But lately, Tay-Tay has opted for silhouettes with side cutouts. This variety conveys the same effect as colorblocking, and diamond-shaped cutouts help give the illusion of cinching in your midsection like a belt. If you're tummy shy, this is the best way to show a little skin without worrying about what you ate for lunch.