Cincinnati business professionals may not always throw themselves at the mercy of high fashion, but boutiques around town make it easy to update classic looks for spring without a complete wardrobe overhaul. For example, Lauren Carr, manager of Sara Benjamin’s in Mariemont, describes the style as more “trend-aware” than “trend-driven.”

“The important things that we’ve found for spring are using the classics that are already in your wardrobe and updating them,” says Carr. For women, she adds, that could mean pairing a floral top with a pair of distressed jeans, or adding a new lightweight sweater or scarf to an outfit. Or it could be as easy as taking a longer jacket at the back of your closet and adding a belt at the waist, suggests Donna Wesselman, owner of Bella Donna in Glendale.

For men, a spring accessory update might include a new tie. “The big thing is that ties are getting narrower,” says Dave Hall, vice president and buyer at Hunt Club Clothiers downtown. Bigger cities are seeing young men in ties as thin as two inches, he says. And for spring, a bright color is always a good bet. This year, the colors are especially bright in ties as well as sportswear. The trend is toward unique shades, such as melon instead of orange, and raspberry instead of the traditional red, Hall notes.

Wessleman advises business professional women not to be afraid of being feminine. For example, they can add trendy spring-like touches such as a floral print blouse, downplayed ruffles or a colorful scarf to a suit. For men’s professional attire, Hall notes that there’s been a general trend away from three-button suit jackets and toward two-button suit jackets with side vents. Younger men opt for the plain front pants, while older customers still prefer the pleated front.

Outside of the office, expect to see a lot of denim. “I think denim is going to be bigger than ever,” Hall says. “Some of our older customers who have never worn jeans are starting to wear them.”

Carr confirms denim’s popularity, pointing out that some of the trends are more torn and ripped looks. And skinny jeans are still in for women, who can transition them from boots to flats for spring. Denim dresses will also be popular, says Amy Maynard of Soho Boutique in Hyde Park, as will dresses with cutout or “peekaboo” designs. Hall has also noticed that, along with the popularity of denim, customers are seeking the five-pocket model in other materials, such as cashmere, flannel and linen.

In patterns, look for big plaids and the classic striped, nautical style. “Navy and white, and stripes,” Maynard says. “These are two trends you will see everywhere this spring and summer.” And along with spring’s traditional bright colors, Carr notes that this season’s designs often feature earthy tones. Wesselman adds that she’s seeing a lot of grays, but popped with citron yellows, pinks and turquoise blues.

In outerwear, military inspired jackets, “boyfriend” blazers for women and the traditional, cotton zip-up Baracuta jacket for men are all seeing renewed popularity.