Shopping Help: Plain and Playful Spring Pieces

As I’ve been building my wardrobe I have come to appreciate a good mix of plain, solid basics and playful pieces.  Since spring is in the air here I’ve been giving attention to my spring “outfit formulas” and the kinds of pieces I have that are the building blocks to my spring wardrobe.  
I compiled a few of them, with ideas for both plain pieces and more playful versions.  
Blazers – White blazer (H&M)  |  Coral blazer (Wallis) (Forever 21 option here)
Instead of doing a black, navy, or grey blazer I showed a white blazer as a fresh neutral for spring.  If you want to make an even bigger statement, go for a blazer in a bright color like coral, cobalt, yellow, or in a floral pattern!
Pencil Skirts – Teal skirt (Target)  |  Floral skirt (Target)
A teal skirt is a safe way to do color, but it’s a little more interesting than a standard neutral.  I showed this awesome floral pencil skirt from Target as a great spring addition that will really make your outfit pop.

Maxi Skirts – Grey skirt (Target)  |  Striped skirt (Target)
I love a solid grey maxi skirt!  For the “playful” version I originally had a brightly colored and wildly patterned skirt, but I felt that might be too out of many of your comfort zones.  I opted for the next step up from a solid neutral–stripes!  I don’t think you can really go wrong with stripes.  🙂
A-Line Skirts – Pink skirt (Dorothy Perkins)  |  Floral skirt (ModCloth)
Pink may not feel plain to some, but a solid skirt in a saturated color is a helpful piece to have in a wardrobe.  I also showed an a-line skirt in black and pink florals, which *might* actually be easier to pair than a solid pink skirt.  You could wear the floral skirt with a solid pink, green, white, black, or even mint top!  Throw a denim jacket over it for an easy, cute spring outfit.  Or wear it with a coral blazer.
Cardigan – Oatmeal cardigan (Target)  |  Mustard cardigan (ModCloth)
Cardigans are a must for me year round, but especially in the spring.  A neutral one in oatmeal will help tone down any of the “playful” bottoms, while one that’s slightly punchier like the mustard cardigan will brighten up any outfit, whether full of neutrals or full of other bright colors!
Flats – Tan flats (Target)  |  Mint flats (Target)
If you haven’t noticed, tan flats are essential to my wardrobe.  (Well, tan shoes in general, of any heel type…)  But I also really love colored flats!  I have a pair of mint flats that I picked up last year, which I love.  As I walked around Target I was delighted to see several pairs of mint shoes!  The ones I showed also come in some neutrals as well as a deep pink.  

Do you lean more towards “plain” or “playful,” or do you feel like you have a satisfying mix of the two?
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