While clear-cut trends definitely emerged for Spring 2016—ruffles, ’70s suede, and slip dresses, to name a few—there were also a lot of eye-catching styling choices used by designers on the season’s top runways that were less about actual pieces and more about how they were worn. Even better: Most can easily be re-created using stuff you already have.
We’ve compiled 40 of our favorite spring styling tricks to copy now, from thoughtful ways to layer to adding a thin bandeau under a plunging dress. Not only are they all incredibly cool, but these thoughtful, easy tweaks can make old pieces look like new and inexpensive new pieces look like you totally just walked into Barneys with an Amex Black Card—even if you only hit your local Zara with your debit.
Pair a "going-out top" with high-waist jeans.
Try layering an off-the-shoulder shirt under a slip dress.
Skip the minidress on nights out and wear a slinky blouse (unbuttoned as low as you can go!).
Skip the cheesy cover-up at the beach and opt for a chic kimono (and a few necklaces, too).
Try adding a super-casual tee underneath a slinky evening dress.
Add your own pins and patches to a varsity jacket that you can throw on all season.
To replicate Gucci's detailing, pin a faux flower in the center of a pussy bow.
Add a bandeau to a plunging-V dress.
To loosen up a suit, play with the length of your top.
Shorten a standard strapless summer maxi to right below the knee for a chic update.
Add a solid black tank to a long-sleeve dress.
Add a white tee under a sweater, then pair with a swingy skirt.
Try wearing a dress backward with a tee underneath.
On chilly spring days, wear a slouchy winter sweater with a maxiskirt.
Temper the glitz of sequins with a camo jacket.
Dress up a pair of track pants with a lightweight flowing shirt.
Try adding a maxiskirt over a bandage dress.
Wear a belted trench as a dress.
Let an oversized cardi hang off one shoulder.
Keep a stole in place with a belted piece of ribbon or rope.
Add an oversized sweater to a spring dress instead of wearing a jacket.
Try wearing sneakers with a dressy dress.
Wear a shirtdress unbuttoned over trousers and a tee.
Belt a cardigan over a dress.
Try layering a minidress over a knee-length skirt. It makes it less dressy and wearable for day.
Play with suspenders if you're looking for new accessories.
Knot a scarf and layer it over a blouse.
Treat pastel pink as a neutral and pair it with bold primary colors.
A minidress + button-down + skirt = one cool outfit.
Instead of a boring tank top, pair your casual denim shorts with a chic blouse.