Photo courtesy Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue has released its favorite spring trends, and we couldn't help but share. The first, they note, is "Ladylike Refinement." This is the time to pull out your fuller skirts, sheer fabrics like lace and chiffon, and pieces with embroidery. Also making a statement is the 'Urban Sport" look, where jackets and active wear bring a sporty vibe. How can you achieve those looks? Saks makes it simple with some key pieces to complete a spring 2012 wardrobe:

-Waist-Defining Dresses: In this season of ladylike refinement, the dress with a defined waist is the perfect addition to any woman's wardrobe.Look for floral prints and special embroideries, in an array of feminine fabrications.Remember, whether nipped in with a fuller skirt, or a slimmer hourglass shape, the focus is on the waistline. Create further definition by adding a belt to accessorize the look.

-Sporty Jackets:One of the key items to emerge from the sport-inspired trend on the runways is the sporty jacket.From zip-front blouson jackets, to cropped trench-style jackets, to blazers in high-tech fabrications, this is a versatile item that will suit the more casual side of a woman's lifestyle.It will be the perfect go-to layering piece in her wardrobe for the spring months ahead.

-The New Skirt:While the Waist-Defining Dress remains an important item for the season, it was refreshing to see so many novel skirts on the runways and in the showrooms for Spring/Summer 2012.New skirt silhouettes include the pleated skirt, the fuller skirt (which is most flattering when it is still slim through the hips), and the skirt with a flounced hemline.Longer lengths are on-trend, whether hovering right around the knee or in ankle-grazing maxi lengths.

-Petite Purses:This season's must-have bags are scaled back in size and are a demure companion to the refined ladylike look. We've seen an assortment of large handbags the past few seasons, so a petite purse offers a fresh finishing touch.

-Mixed-Media Wedges:This season's must-have shoe combines high-contrast materials in varying colors and finishes for a whole new breed of wedges.

-Vintage-Inspired Jewelry:Classic vintage glamour with a focus on design inspired this season's richly embellished jewelry. Intricate 21st century metalwork, new stones, and an innovative aesthetic give these pieces a modern appearance with a nod to the past.

-The Tropic of Color:Spring brings with it an assortment of tropical color palettes for makeup. Exotic eyes reflect the saturated shades of a sunset. New self-tanners, bronzers, and blushes provide a sun-kissed glow. Add an orchid pink pout and island essences for a floral finishing touch.

-Heather Weekley