Top 10 Must Have Women's Fashion Basics for Spring 09
For a look that will transcend the seasons you can't go past the fashion designers and fashion classics. Investing your clothing budget on timeless fashion pieces that will have lasting power in your wardrobe is a smart move - proving not only a great way to stay in style but also useful in keeping a rein on personal finances.

We take a look at the hottest colours and fabrics for the upcoming spring season with Australian fashion and the essentials you need to keep your look fresh and timeless throughout the year.

1. The Trench
The classic trench coat will take you effortlessly from season to season. This designer fashion item is essential in every woman's wardrobe, it's available in a variety of lengths and a multitude of Spring time colours.

2. White Shirt
With so many styles and cuts to choose from, a classic white shirt can be teamed with a multitude of outfits and looks fresh in every season. Blouses with ruffles, bows and in sheer fabrics are the perfect piece to complement the spring wardrobe, adding loads of femininity to any tailored look. A great white T-shirt is also a cheaper alternative and looks great under a blazer or over a pair of blue denim jeans.

3. The Pencil Skirt
Depending on what you pair it with this classic fashion item is versatile enough for work, a night out or a dressy event. This coming Spring, straight styles and the mini high waisted pencil will be everywhere. Simple lines help achieve this look and create a very feminine silhouette.

Make sure that whatever skirt you get flatters your figure - straight if you are petite or top heavy. A-line if you are heavier around the hips/thighs; bias if you have a boyish figure.

4. Great Dress
It's impossible to go past the stylish, sexy, glamourous and timeless little black dress. Slimming and versatile, the LBD flatters any figure and can be personalised with a range of this season's bold accessories.

Definitely not replacing the LBD this Spring is the white dress. Decked out with ruffles, in maxi-lengths and sheer fabrics, it is a fresh twist on this perennial classic.

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At least one classic bag is a must.

A great bag can really make an outfit, so choose one that flatters your body shape.

This Spring, it's all about the smaller sized clutch or mini-bag, although some larger styles like the oversized leather tote in a variety of colours and textures - mock-croc, faux snakeskin, vinyl, textured and smooth styles - will also be around and very tempting.

6. Shoes

Making any woman feel feminine and sexy, it seems that ultra high heels will never go out of fashion - and this coming Spring is no exception. A pair of classic black high-heel shoes are timeless, but can be easily mixed up with the seasons colours.

7. The Blazer

A well-tailored blazer is a timeless fashion piece that is a must-have item for the coming season. Easy to dress up or down, a well-tailored blazer adds an edge to a range of outfits from well-cut pants to a a pair of jeans.

Keep things feminine by teaming your blazer with a frilly or lacy shirt. Add some glamour with a sparkling brooch from a classic range.

8. Cashmere
As Fran Lebowtz put it - 'I do not believe in God. I believe in cashmere'. The classic cashmere cardigan is a great piece to wear with whatever's trendy each season. Its simple, basic style makes it versatile enough for whatever your style is. This Spring - it's perfect for providing an extra layer on chilly days and cool nights, and looks great over Springs floaty, feminine dresses. You can so easily look fashionable and be warm with this perennial touch of style.

9. Denim
Blue jeans are a staple in most women's wardrobe's. Relaxed, simple and sexy - denims can be casual or elegant depending on the mix. If you're tired of spending hours finding the perfect pair - remember that the bootleg suits everyone.

10. Jewels
Big statement pieces will persist throughout the year. This Spring, high impact pieces - deco cuffs, statement style necklaces, layered gothic rosaries, and chunky bangles will rule supreme.

Fashion Techniques

For some final tips to keep your look elegant and stylish - take some advice from top fashion designers and invest in classic well-tailored quality fashion pieces to provide a solid foundation in your wardrobe and one on which you can begin to build your signature style.

Shopping at discount stores for fashion clothes to enhance classic pieces with seasonal colours, scarves, and accessories is also a great way to avoid splurging on rarely permanent fashion trends and keep your look in tune with the season. The Spring colours to look are for lemon yellows, neon oranges, reds, cobalt blues, classic black and whites, neutrals and mint greens; sheer fabrics, bows and ruffles are also big on the agenda.

The fashion business relies on convincing us that we must have the latest fashion styles but this doesn't look after our wallets, so shop smart, go for style, even invest in a wardrobe stylist or a fashion consultant to help define your own unique fashion style so you look great and your fashion budget can stretch a long way.

Just remember that while fashion trends may come and go, if you stick to the classics you'll never go out of style.

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Contributing Writer Alex Brown

Contributing Writer Alex Brown

Alex is a holiday writer, with a love of languages and a background in economics. Interests in travel, linguistics, fashion news and celebrity trivia.

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