While it hardly feels like it here in New England, spring is just around the corner. Stores are already bringing out their spring and summer clothing, so now feels like an appropriate time to share some of my must-haves for transitioning into spring weather!
1. Barbour jacket
My number one jacket for transitioning from winter into spring is my Barbour jacket. I have the Beadnell Waxed Cotton Jacket in an olive green color and it’s the perfect mid-weight jacket for fall, winter, and spring. I love that it has the option of zipping in an additional liner in the form of a vest for extra chilly days. I’ve had it since 2013 and it’s held up incredibly – I’ve only needed it re-waxed one time. They are pricey coats, but last a lifetime – make sure to sign up for Rakuten here so you get cash back on your purchase!
I also really love their quilted jackets – they’re SO perfect for spring! For reference, my Barbour is a size 4 (UK 8) and fits perfectly.
2. Denim jacket
Denim jackets are a staple for me in the warmer months – they’re definitely not warm enough for winter, but they’re the perfect layer to throw on during the spring, summer, or fall. I love jackets from Levi’s and I also love my jacket from Tuckernuck that has a removable fur collar.
3. Lightweight field coat
4. Neutral-colored booties
While I love to wear black leather booties all winter long, I find myself reaching for my tan suede ones more often when spring rolls around. Mine are by Dolce Vita, and I love that brand for booties – I have two pairs from them. I love taupe or brown suede booties paired with jeans and also with dresses.
Not your running sneakers, but rather a pair of nice, polished, white sneakers. I am partial to Adidas – I have Stan Smiths that I’ve worn and loved for years, but since they’re looking a bit beaten up I purchased these Sleek Leather Sneakers toward the end of last year. I love wearing crisp white sneakers because they go with so much – they can be worn with everyday athleisure or loungewear, or dressed up with a more on-trend outfit – even worn with a skirt!
I recently saw one of my favorite bloggers Kathleen Post wearing these Adidas Supercourt sneakers and I love them! Another one of my favorite bloggers, Fashion Jackson, often wears Veja sneakers – those are next on my shoe shopping list. Some of my other favorite sneaker brands are Superga and Tretorn.
These white sneakers with a pop of neon pink from J. Crew are SO cute!
My Gucci mules are my most worn shoe during the fall and spring – whenever it’s warm enough to wear them. The Princetown mule became super popular a few years back, but they really are a timeless shoe. I think they’re well worth the price considering how high quality they are, although I should have put sole protectors on mine right when I got them. Sole protectors help prevent the leather sole from wearing down so quickly. For reference, I wear a size 9 shoe and my Gucci mules are a size 39.5. I could have easily worn a size 40, but since they are mules (and they do stretch out a bit) the 39.5 fits perfectly.
Thankfully, there are lots of dupes for this shoe. Brands like Sam Edelman, Steve Madden and even Target have released their own iterations of the Gucci style. Amazon also makes excellent dupes – I’m thinking of ordering a pair in white for this spring.
7. Mom jeans
Mom jeans have made a comeback and stayed on-trend for the last couple of years, which is why I don’t think the trend is going anywhere anytime soon. I love mom jeans because they’re flattering and body-hugging without being as tight as skinny jeans or as loose and unflattering as boyfriend jeans. A good mom jean with some distressing and a nice high waist can be so flattering with anything, whether you pair them with a nice blouse, oversized sweater, or a t-shirt.
I’ve recently fallen in love with Abercrombie’s mom jeans – they fit true to size and come in a variety of lengths, as well as a new style meant for people with more curves. American Eagle also makes great, affordable mom jeans. Of course, Levi’s makes great jeans, too – the 501 or Wedgie Fit jeans are the closest to “mom jeans” from Levi’s.
Make sure to find a pair that’s cut at the ankle – I always find jeans to be more flattering when a bit of ankle is showing, especially with booties!
8. Lightweight sweaters & sweatshirts
Sometimes the easiest thing to throw on is a sweater or sweatshirt and jeans. Dressing in layers is also key to mastering spring style – sometimes, it’s so darn cold on spring mornings before warming up to a balmy afternoon, and having a sweatshirt on in the morning is the only way to keep warm.
This ribbed Aerie pullover is one of my new favorites. It’s soft and perfectly oversized – I like to wear it on its own or over a t-shirt with leggings and jeans. Another one of my favorites is the Free People Found My Friend Sweatshirt – it’s sort of a popcorn knit, but it’s the perfect weight for those early spring days.
9. Classic T-shirts
Finding the perfect t-shirt is harder than it looks. I have a drawer full of white t-shirts simply from lots of trial and error. Some of my favorites are from Project Social T, Madewell, and Lou & Grey.
This Madewell v-neck is probably my most-worn and most-purchased tee, along with the tank top version as well. I’m a new fan of Lou & Grey after discovering their Signaturesoft Plush Wide Leg Pants (THE best sweatpants for dressing up or down), and I really love their Softserve fabric t-shirts. The v-neck and crewneck are both great.
Now that the sun is finally creeping back into our lives, it’s time to break out all your sunglasses! While I’m a sucker for a good pair of Ray-Bans (these are my most-worn pair, and these are an amazing dupe), I’ve been loving this pair from Amazon lately. At $12, you don’t have to worry about losing them or about them going out of style. I’m usually a bit hesitant about cat-eye shapes, but since these are more squared off and a bit oversized, they are more flattering than most. They elevate every outfit to look a bit more trendy. Amazon is a great place to shop for sunglasses as there are tons of dupes for more expensive pairs. Another great place to look is Sak’s Off 5th if there’s one near you – I’ve found Dior, Gucci, Tom Ford, and more designer brands for under $200 or less!
I’ve been eyeing this travel sunglasses organizer for a few months now – it has the same Louis Vuitton print as my Neverfull, but holds four different pairs of sunglasses and is under $30. I’m so bad about keeping track of my sunglasses in my own home, so this would be a great way to keep them all in one place.
What are your spring must-haves? Let me know in the comments below!