A new season is the ultimate excuse to add new pieces to my wardrobe. And this spring, I’m craving styles that are classic, yet fresh – no more winter drudgery here. Below, peep the five essential pieces I plan on scooping up for my seasonal spree – then get ready to take on a closet revamp of your own.

Spring Wardrobe Pieces

1. Neutral leather jacket: As good for spring as they are for fall, leather jackets add a just-right pop of edge. Lightweight but still warm enough to protect against breezy winds, this tan jacket will look great over everything. I love the striking contrast it adds to girly sundresses, and it makes jeans-and-a-tee even cooler. (Bonus points for the snazzy collar on this one.)

2. Something yellow: To me, nothing screams spring like a nice dose of yellow. It popped up all over runway collections for this season, and while the hue may seem like it’s not for everyone, there is definitely a shade for everyone. This breezy top in a soft, pale yellow is bright and sunny without being too in-your-face.

3. Printed pants: Printed denim is having a major moment. These pants add some fun flair, whether kept simple or dressed up for girls’ night. While they’re not denim, they have the trend down pat.

4. Bright maxi dress: Maxi dresses are the epitome of laid-back style, and I love this one in a vibrant orange. Outfit inspiration: It’s just begging to be paired with the aforementioned leather jacket.

5. Slouchy tank: If I could afford to buy a slouchy tank in every hue, I would. Wear them under a blazer, with jeans and a cardigan, or solo with cutoffs when summer hits full stride.

Got a dose of sartorial spring fever yet? I thought so. Just in time – our Theory Women and Theory Men Boutiques open Tuesday, March 26, at 11AM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 26, 2013

This is proof that color speaks louder than words: from work presentations to meet-the-parents dates, bridal showers to manic Monday mornings, the colors we wear can help – or haunt – the statements we’re trying to make. So whether you’re acting outside your comfort zone (in scarlet) or channeling your spiritual side (in violet), consult The Rue Color Wheel and make spot-on impressions every time.

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Our Be Bold, Be Bright: The Hue-Happy Wardrobe Boutique opens Tuesday, January 15, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 15, 2013