9 Spring Wardrobe Essentials That Never Go Out of Style
There’s something about spring that makes us want to go shopping. OK, fine, we feel that way when fall hits as well—but knowing that the coming months will involve more outdoor activities just makes it that much more exciting. While we can’t help but indulge in the trends of each season, there are also nine wardrobe essentials that we can’t live without—especially for spring. Whether you’re fashioning a look purely out of the classics, or need perfect basics to go with your statement item-of-the-moment, these are the pieces you need in your wardrobe.
The Leather Jacket:
With a little more warmth than other spring jacket styles, this edgy moto style is a great denim topper on the weekends, but also a fun addition to a cocktail dress when heading out at night.
The White Button-Down Shirt:
For work, a date, or the weekend, a button-down shirt will always be appropriate. Not only is this piece universally flattering—in cuts from fitted to boyfriend—you can style it with everything from a pencil skirt to a pair of boyfriend jeans. Bonus? Button it up to your neck or leave it hanging open for true layering potential.
The Striped T-Shirt:
You can never have too many striped shirts. Our style suggestion? Try pairing the print with—that’s right—more prints. It’s classic enough to go with checks and florals alike.
The White Sneaker:
Lowtop or hightop, a white sneaker is a forever style. While we’re currently loving the dressed-down way of pairing them with a skirt or dress for spring, it’s a sure bet they’ll always look good with your favorite pair of jeans.
The Denim Jacket:
Cropped or oversize, every girl should have a denim jacket in her closet. An off-duty favorite, it’s a great mild-weather outfit topper. Fashion a double-denim look with a pair of blue jeans, or mix up your textures with a great pair of leather pants or suede skirt.
The Little Black Dress:
Oversleep your alarm for work or have a last-minute party to attend at night? A little black dress will always be a safe go-to. Rock your favorite sans accessories for a clean look, or pile on the jewels when you’re feeling more festive.
The White T-Shirt:
Stock up. Seriously. Not only will this wardrobe essential never go out of style, but you’ll never outgrow it either. What’s more? While designers surely have styles in a full range of dollar signs, a T-shirt doesn’t have to break the bank: Keep it simple and affordable for this classic style.
The Straight-Leg Jeans:
While denim itself is a true American classic, silhouettes and styles come and go. The one forever pair you can invest in now and wear until they literally fall off? Straight-leg jeans. Not too figure-hugging but lacking a dramatic shape that you may tire of, these jeans will always be in rotation.
The Trench Coat:
Lightweight, waterproof, and Old Hollywood chic, the trench coat is the perfect spring layer for any weather. In classic camel, it goes with everything, and the midlength cut is beyond elegant, even when you’re rocking a pair of cutoff denims!
DKNY leather biker jacket, $995, net-a-porter.com
Equipment Margaux cotton shirt, $275, mytheresa.com
Saint James slouchy T-shirt, $90, jcrew.com
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star canvas sneakers, $55, net-a-porter.com
Moto denim western jacket, $75, topshop.com
Halter-neck dress, $50, zara.com
The 1950s boxy tee, $78, shopredone.com
MiH Jeans Jeanne cropped distressed straight-leg jeans, $325, net-a-porter.com
Icon trench coat, $298, jcrew.com
For more spring fashion:
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Cute and Chic Work Outfit Ideas for Transitional Spring Weather
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