With spring right around the corner, here are 20 investment pieces for your closet that are the perfect balance of trendy and timeless style.

Pleated dress

Pleats offer both a flowy and structured look to dresses that is perfect for spring. They are especially great for highlighting your best features (from pleated hems to necklines).

pleated dress spring trends | 40plusstyle.com

Cold shoulder top

The cold shoulder top is considered to be one of those closet items that can be universally flattering. A great style tip is to tone down the trendiness of the minimally exposed shoulders by pairing your top with a classic piece (such as a classic a-line skirt).

cold bare shoulder tops spring | 40plusstyle.com

White bag

A white bag in spring is almost a sure sign that warmer weather is here. It’s a clean and effortless approach to adding a chic accessory to most any ensemble (especially when it contrasts nicely with silver or gold hardware).

white bags spring trends | 40plusstyle.com

Flat mules

It’s the season of flats and sliders. For those looking for a dressier alternative to more casual flats, a flat mule style is heavy on both style and comfort, which is perfect for dressing up  casual  spring looks.

flat mules spring shoe trends | 40plusstyle.com

Marled sweater

The marled sweater is a perfect seasonal transition piece. It is perfect for layering and the newer styles offer modern cuts and lines that are a great spin on the classic sweater.

marled sweater layer spring looks | 40plusstyle.com

Lace-up flats and heels

Lace up flats and heels have been having their moment and it doesn’t seem to be stopping as we head into spring. The perfect shoe for turning around any basic look, a number of options are available (very long to short laces).

Lace-up flats and heels | 40plusstyle.com

Tie neck blouse

Tie neck blouses does not have to remain a fall staple. Selecting lighter fabrics and brighter tones makes these tops spring ready. Consider alternative ties (from organza to chains) and keep the rest of your look simple to keep the look balanced.

tie neck blouse yellow pink organza | 40plusstyle.com


Colorful mirror sunglasses provide a visually interesting and fun approach to sun protection this spring (and summer). From rose tints to full on polarized hues, aviator style sunglasses are a statement making accessory that instantly adds to any look.

mirrored aviator sunglasses spring | 40plusstyle.com

Wrap skirt

The wrap skirt is a classic option with an almost universally flattering cut. The slit offers a little edge without being inappropriate and still retaining a chic look.

wrap skirt spring trends | 40plusstyle.com

Flat Sandals

A classic spring and summer staple, a flat sandal is always a must have for the complete spring wardrobe. Consider adding some new elements to your flat sandal selections by going with bright colors, tassel embellishments, and buckle features.

flat sandals spring trends | 40plusstyle.com

Distressed hem jeans

Distressed denim is still going strong with designers experimenting with raw hems. We love this look for its broken in tone, and the immediate casual feel it brings to any look. There are a number of options from subtly to heavily distressed hems.

distressed hem jeans | 40plusstyle.com

White sneakers

White sneakers are going strong, and for good reason. They add a crisp and clean edge to different looks, and offer a sporty chic look that doesn’t look like you just stepped out of the gym. Keep it visually interesting by selecting a pair with unique embellishments of patterns.

sporty chic white sneakers spring | 40plusstyle.com


There is something very effortless and Parisian chic about saddlebags that makes them a closet workhorse. They can be dressed up or down, and can add a pop of color to a monochromatic look.

bright saddlebags spring trend | 40plusstyle.com

Cropped jacket

Cropped jackets are perfect for the bit of warmth needed in transitional weather. They are also a great approach to creating an elongated look by layering with longer pieces.

cropped jacket spring 2016 trends | 40plusstyle.com

Trench coat

A trench coat and spring absolutely go hand-in-hand. From classic beige/tan options to bolder and punchier colors, a mid-weight to light trench can dress up the most casual looks (think jeans, a t-shirt, and flats) and perfectly complement a dressier look (such as a sheath dress).

spring trench coat must have | 40plusstyle.com

Pointed toe loafers

Pointed toe loafers are the perfect balance between the chic edge of a pointed toe and the classic appeal of a loafer.  Extremely versatile (from slim fit jeans to dresses), pointed toe loafers can be dressed up or down for a comfortable and stylish look. For spring, go with a bright, punchy color for a warmer look.

pointed toe loafer spring shoe trends | 40plusstyle.com

Midi Skirt

Midi skirts can be universally stylish (this is where tailoring for your height makes a big difference) and are a perfect approach to dressing up your look.  From pencil skirt styles (we love the floral options) to the fuller a-line styles, they are the perfect skirt for a very feminine and classic spring look.

floral striped midi skirt spring style | 40plusstyle.com


A flashback to the 70’s, suede is a perfect material for spring when the weather is not too hot or cold. From rusty tones to the traditional sandy hues, there are a number of options to incorporate suede into your look. The key is not to go to heavy on the suede and add in other textures to maintain a material balance.

suede skirt dress shirt spring style | 40plusstyle.com

White oxford

The white oxford is a closet staple that will always be a must have for the perfectly tailored wardrobe. But, this spring designers are experimenting with creative takes on the classic white oxford. The new styles are more exciting to play with and add an exciting edge to a classic staple.

white oxford spring 2016 trend | 40plusstyle.com

High heel mules

Yes, the high heel mule is reminiscent of the 90’s. But, this style of shoe offers a chic and minimalist appeal that easily dresses up a look. Get the most mileage by selecting a neutral tone that will go with most any outfit in your closet.

high heel mules spring trends | 40plusstyle.com

What are your “must have” spring items?


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