As we head into a new season, it’s natural to reassess your wardrobe, especially if your routine looks a little different than it did last year. And while there’s no hard-and-fast list of spring wardrobe essentials that work for everyone, there are a few universal pieces that have a place in most — if not all — spring wardrobes. A good knit cardigan, especially one made from a mid-weight wool blend, is great to have on hand for transitional days. Meanwhile, a pair of tailored pants or jeans make sense for anyone who’s regularly leaving the house. A tissue tee is a given.
Depending on your style, you might swap out a leather moto jacket for a black blazer — or opt for a linen button-down over a silk one. Either way, these foundational, must-have spring pieces will carry you through spring’s temperamental days and nights.
Cropped Linen Button-Down Shirt
Even if you already have a lightweight linen button-down in your closet, this boxy cropped version is great to have on hand to pair with your favorite high-waisted denim.
There are tons of trench coats out there, but this relaxed, double-breasted iteration from Nili Lotan happens to nail the proportions — and goes with everything.
Swap out your winter creepers for a spring-ready ballet flat, which is gearing up to be one of the season’s biggest trends.
Have you ever seen a more vacation-appropriate tank top? Even if you’re skipping spring break, keep this crochet top on hand for alfresco summer dinners to come.
Denim Maxi Skirt
Forget the mini this season — for 2023, the denim maxi reigns supreme. Size up for a low-waisted fit, then pair it with a baby tee for a look that’s reminiscent of 2002-era Jennifer Aniston.
Sweater weather may be on its way out, but if history bears repeating, it usually takes a while to leave. This striped, open-knit mohair style is the perfect antidote to chilly spring nights.
This semi-sheer, body-skimming tissue tee might be this season’s MVP. It’s that good.
Tiered Midi Dress
A ruffled, tiered midi dress is still a must-have for spring thanks to its comfortable versatility.
Leather Tote Bag
There’s a time and a place for a modest crossbody, but sometimes, you need to keep your wallet, keys, laptop, and a change of clothes in tow. This elevated tote from Danish brand Aesther Ekme means you won’t need three tote bags to do it.
Perfect for spring days when a T-shirt isn’t enough but a long-sleeve sweater is too much, this cotton sweater top makes for the perfect layering piece beneath a denim jacket or poplin blazer.
High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
The ever-popular ribcage jean is ever-popular for a reason: It looks good on everyone. The cropped style is made from non-stretch cotton, so size up for a more 2023 fit.
Wear Khaite’s timeless, super-soft cashmere cardigan with nothing underneath for a modern look.
The thick waterfall heel and subtle platform on these heels from Proenza Schouler make them deceivingly comfortable. (The square toe and woven upper make them obviously chic.)
Cropped Satin Button-Down Shirt
This drape-y satin shirt makes any pair of jeans feel that much more elevated. Wear it with heels for date night or with sneakers for a more effortless look.
Not everyone thinks of a moto jacket as the ultimate spring layer, but this one from NYC-based brand VEDA might just change your mind.
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