Updating your wardrobe from winter to spring- struggle right? It’s that weird time of year where you don’t know if you should wear a sweater, a raincoat or a windbreaker. Or bring all three and sweat all day. I tend to over-prepare when it comes to my winter/spring outfits because here in Portland, the weather changes every 5 minutes. So I am generally in a thick jacket with a blazer underneath. And I work in a fast environment, so I can just take my jacket or blazer off anytime when I am working which makes it easier for me to move around and do my job. It literally can rain at any given moment here, so I am generally prepared for anything.
But switching your wardrobe pieces can be confusing and tiring, especially if you want to stay warm but also be comfortable and not overheat. I keep the main pieces that my wardrobe needs in my mind when I am shopping, and I am going to share them with you so you can know how to transition your closet seamlessly. (pun,ha).
So here are my key pieces and style tips to make it easier for all of you who want some closet help!!
Store away for winter: Knits, thick parka’s and fur coats, sweaters and thick boots/socks/gloves/scarves. These are too warm!
I broke it down to garment types that you need to have for your spring closet update to make it easier to shop- so take this list with you when you go out!
First things first, you need denim. It always has been and always will be a staple piece for everyone. You can rotate it easily in outfits and through all seasons, and yes- it is breathable and comfortable. (I advise getting some denim that has stretch to it as well). I LOVE my denim. When I am looking for new pieces for a season transition, it is my go-to because denim is flexible and so damn fun to style.
Choose a style that fits your own taste and a fit that you feel comfortable in.
Here is a rundown of denim fits to make it a little easier while shopping:
The Straight Leg
“The classic straight leg is a classic for a reason. Slim through the waist, hips, and legs, this style does not restrict as it hugs the body comfortably. Whether worn with heels or with flats, this shape is timeless.” — Scott Morrison
Wear this style with a cute basic tee, some fun boots
Skinny is on my top favorite list because it is super flattering and fitting. I pair blue/black denim with everything, so go crazy with your outfit. There are no rules with these.
Another versatile fit-it is loose fitting all around and hugs at the waist. It may not be form-fitting but it keeps its shape.
One word: Classic. I am obsessed with bell-bottoms and anything over-the-top so I adore this style of denim. It hugs the hips and waist and flares out below the knee.
My absolute favorite denim. This style goes well crop tops, fun button-downs
What is spring without dresses? My go-to dresses are usually maxi and made of a thinner material that has breath like
An essential for any warm weather! I enjoy these the most as they can be paired with a cute leather jacket, sandals or boots.
This dress refers to any dress or skirt that has a hem which hits at mid-calf – halfway between the knee and ankle. Cute with an edgy boot and cropped jacket!
The classic, this dress is wider at the hem and fitted at the hips-giving the shape of an A. Goes well with a low heel and a strappy sandal.
Spring is for heels, boots
Boots and Booties
It will be rainy this spring, so
Easily the most go-to shoe for any wardrobe and taste level. For this season, pick a lighter color like white, coral (color of the year!), a marigold or light grey/red. And of course, black is always in style.
Undoubtedly the most popular style of shoe this season- and it’s not going anywhere.
From super chunky and dad style, this sneaker trend is here to stay. Pair with skinny jeans or a fun dress.
Crop tops, button-downs- all easy and breezy for that spring transition. Ruffles are always a must- and of course, a dramatic sleeve! But I love an over-the-top shirt. Also, graphic tees are a staple. This season look for smocking (that scrunch effect on tops), gingham print, snakeskin and lots of animal prints.
Goes with anything and adds a little edge to any outfit!
Puff Sleeves/Balloon Sleeves
Adds a little drama to your look and looks great with skinny jeans or a fitted skirt.
Easy for spring and super breathable fabric.
This is such a throwback trend- and it always finds a way back in style. Neon green- you need it.
Classic White Tee
Do I need to explain why you need this in your wardrobe? Just get it. It will be worn a lot, trust me.
Something lightweight is essential for
I own about 8 of these, and they are in all different fabrics and colors. Neutrals and darker shades are what I enjoy most but the options are endless here.
Goes with literally anything and adds that extra something to any wardrobe. Also can be layered under a long coat (see image above) for extra warmth without getting too hot.
Puffer Coat/Denim Jacket
My newest love. It reminds me of Drake every time I wear my puffer. They come in such fun colors now and you feel like your in a fun sleeping bag. And denim jackets are just a must.
Staple. Staple. Staple. Thank
Springtime must. Super light, easy to pair with any outfit and keeps you comfortable with breathable fabrics.
So I will admit, I have an addiction to earrings. I probably have 30 pair, and about 10 pairs of sunglasses. But no outfit is complete unless you add
Tortoise Shell Print
This is everywhere- that lovely orange and brown pattern you see on everything. Fun and vibrant!
Tiny/Medium sized Sunglasses/Acrylic
I will always be in love with these small 90’s sunglasses. They remind me of Clueless or TLC.
Straw Bags/Bum Bags
Good for not only the beach,
I hope this list has helped you with your spring transition for your closet!!
I love how detailed this guide is! Personally, I never change out the clothes in my wardrobe in between seasons. Mostly because I’m lucky enough to have a wardrobe that fits all of my clothes, but also because I live in Belgium, where the weather can be so unpredictable! We’ve had 20 degrees Celcius in February and terrible storms in June. However, I do find this post very interesting as some sort of shopping ‘check list’. I LOVE those red Jeffrey Campbell heels and those Topshop tortoise shell earrings!
I’d never thought to later leather jackets with longer coats or dusters, such an awesome idea! Thanks for writing this!
Love the styling tips! I have the same issue with trying to decide what to wear based on the weather. Here in NC it can be sunny one minute and raining sideways the next.
This guide is so detailed, and it has so many pieces that often slip my mind when putting together my spring wardrobe!
This is so handy! I live in WV so the warm weather doesn’t arrive quickly I always have a struggle with spring outfits!
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