12 Mix & Match Essentials to Elevate Your Look This Spring (PHOTOS)

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If New York Fashion Week has you thinking your own wardrobe could use an overhaul, you're not alone. With spring right around the corner, it's the perfect time to spruce up your look. Now imagine if you could put together several cool and casual outfits using many of the same pieces for prices that won't have you still paying them off well into next year?

Personal stylist and founder of Simply Chic Styling, Elaine Wang Yu, recognizes busy moms still want (and deserve!) to look their best, but they also don't need to break the bank. So the fashion maven put together a spring collection of 12 mix-and-match essentials, priced at less than $100 a piece, that will put a little "spring" in your step and your closet this season.

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"Spring is all about light layering and bringing out some color in your wardrobe," the stylist says. "Celebrate the warmer / transitional weather with lighter pieces. This season's trends to look out for include safari, gingham, '70s, and sporty chic." 

Excited to see what's in store? Check out these key components. We love all of them -- especially #5!

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? 

  • Scoop Neck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

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    Image via Old Navy

    This long-sleeved t-shirt is perfect for school pick-ups or casual weekend wear. It's available in a variety of colors and can be layered with other fave tees. (Old Navy, $9)

    It looks great paired with the must-have spring jacket, pictured in the next slide. 

  • Military-Style Jacket

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    Image via ShopBop

    You're going to see military-style jackets popping up again this spring. With plenty of pockets, they're ideal for moms on the go and provide the right amount of warmth for this transitional season. (ShopBop, $80)

  • Slip-On Sneaker

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    Image via Gap

    Who's got time for laces? Plus, think of how good it will feel to finally wear a lighter shoe rather than the bulky boots of winter! These slip-on sneakers in a blue print pattern are versatile and will pair nicely with a range of ensembles. (Gap, $39.95)

  • Skinny Ankle Jeans in White

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    Image via Loft

    Who says you can't wear white before Memorial Day? These jeans brighten up your look. And moms who spend plenty of time on the playground will be glad to know they're machine washable. (Loft, $59.50)

     

  • Boy Shirt in Crinkle Gingham

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    Image via JCrew

    Don't gingham prints make you feel like summer is right around the corner? According to Wang Yu, we're going to be seeing a lot of them this spring (thank heavens!). So give your guy his shirt back, you've got your own now and it looks great with the jeans in the previous slide. (JCrew, $78)

  • Vegan Leather Dome Satchel

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    Image via Nordstrom

    This handbag is a handsome catch-all that looks far more expensive than it is. The optional crossbody strap adds a convenient carrying option and is adjustable so you can tailor it to your ideal length. (Nordstrom, $59.95) 

     

  • Floral Maxi Dress

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    Image via Loft

    This exotic floral maxi dress is the perfect blend of comfort and style. Dress it up for an evening dinner with beaded earrings and wedges (see slides 11 and 12 ) or keep it casual at a Sunday brunch by pairing it with your military jacket (slide 2) and slip-on sneakers (slide 3). Love it! (Loft, $98)

  • Parker Crossbody Tote

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    Image via JCrew

    This tote bag in neon flame adds the perfect pop of color to any outfit. Whether you're chaperoning a class trip and need your hands free or going out on the town with friends, you can't go wrong with this deceptively roomy tote bag. (JCrew, $98) 

  • Gold Layered Hoop Earrings

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    Image via Viv & Ingrid

    These gold layered hoop earrings have been spotted on gorgeous actress Uma Thurman. Wear them to dress up a casual look and you'll feel a bit more chic as you're running errands around town. (Viv & Ingrid, $89)

  • Heather Cotton T-Shirt

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    Image via Everlane

    This u-neck cotton t-shirt is sure to become a springtime favorite because it's as versatile as it is comfortable. You can wear it on its own or beneath the shirts in slides 1 and 5. It also looks great under the military-style jacket pictured in slide 2.

    Another key feature about this tee is that the company that makes it, Everlane, is committed to offering customers low prices by eliminating the brick-and-mortar middle man. (Everlane, $18)

  • Beaded Earrings

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    Image via Anthropologie

    Turquoise and silver is always a winning combination and these stunning beaded earrings will take your maxi dress (pictured in slide 7) to another level. Wear them and prepare to receive plenty of compliments.   (Anthropologie, $58)

  • TOMS Wedges

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    Image via Nordstrom

    This classic wedge has a peep toe, so coordinate your pedicure accordingly! These comfy sandals will not only look great with your maxi dress, they'll make you feel good too. TOMS' one-for-one policy means for every pair you purchase one is donated to someone in need. (Nordstrom, $68.95)  

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    To find all of these pieces in one place, Simply Chic Styling's Wang Yu created a Pinterest board so you have no reason not to look fabulous this spring!  

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