After months of dreary weather and dark mornings, it’s natural to be excited about spring’s arrival. However, as much as we look forward to the start of the new season, adjusting your wardrobe to accommodate the unpredictable forecasts in March and April can be tricky. There’s more to assembling your spring outfits than you might think. There's a whole host of new trends to consider, and it's important to get the balance of being warm but not swamped under thick layers just right.
So I am here to help you streamline this process by presenting you with the pieces my knowledgeable colleagues and I consider to be the most versatile and classic spring fashion items you can own. Essentials, go-tos, wardrobe fail-safes—whatever you want to call them, these 12 timeless spring pieces will be the unshakable foundations of any capsule wardrobe for the season ahead.
You can throw practically any of the below items together, and you’re guaranteed they’ll work seamlessly together. They’ll also pair well with statement pieces in your wardrobe, helping you to carve a more elevated-looking aesthetic in the process. So which classic spring fashion items would I recommend? Scroll on to see all 12.
1. LIGHTWEIGHT BLAZER
Style Notes: After opting for woollen textures for winter, one of the first spring style switches I make is transitioning to a lighterweight blazer. If linen feels too summery for you, consider another fluid material.
2. SQUARE SCARF
Style Notes: Although the square scarf is having a moment, I think it’s one of the most classic accessories you can wear any time of the year. For spring, fashion types are wearing theirs loosely around their necks with thin knitwear (more on that later).
3. STRAIGHT-LEG JEANS
Style Notes: While you can absolutely have fun with your denim, it always pays to have a pair of classic straight-leg jeans at your disposal. They’ll work best to offset bright and statement separates like Smyth’s chic electric blue blouse above.
4. OVERSIZED SHIRT
Style Notes: Shirts are a year-round staple, but I think they look their chicest in spring, worn with either ankle boots or loafers, tucked nonchalantly into jeans. Leave the collar unbuttoned for a relaxed feel.
5. WOVEN TOTE
Style Notes: As the brighter days begin to roll in, I tend to find that the black leather handbag I’ve been carting around all winter feels too stark against the lighter shades I seem to favour. To rectify this, I’ll be changing it up with a woven tote bag—the sort influencers dig out each spring.
6. NEUTRAL TRENCH
Style Notes: It’s still too soon to go out sans coat, but you can absolutely start thinking about trading in your woollen wonders for something lighter—and there's really no other choice than a trench coat.
7. FLORAL DRESS
Style Notes: We all know the quote from The Devil Wears Prada, but florals are and will always remain integral to the spring aesthetic, and it doesn’t get more classic than a floral dress.
8. THIN KNIT
Style Notes: Don’t get me wrong—I have a huge soft spot for chunky cable knits and fluffy cardigans, but by the time spring kicks into gear, I’m more than ready to wave goodbye to them until autumn. Instead, once temperatures start to rise, I start donning thin (most likely ribbed) knitwear.
9. TAILORED TROUSERS
Style Notes: I’ve never been much of a trouser person, but this spring, it’s hard to ignore just how chic the tailored pairs on offer look. With more options than ever before, perhaps 2022 is the year I finally embrace them for myself after admiring them from afar for so long. When I do, I want to wear them exactly like Grace Ghanem is.
10. MINIMALISTIC LOAFERS
Style Notes: We live in Britain, where boots remain a solid footwear solution year round. Still, when I get fatigued of my pairs—something I suspect is imminent—loafers become my go-to. Less flimsy than other flats, they have a practical feel to them but also look inherently classic.
11. SLIP SKIRT
12. BRETON TOP
Style Notes: I know it’s borderline cliché, but I’m here for anything that makes my outfits feel more French. This is probably why my drawers are populated with Breton-stripe tops. Tucked into jeans or worn with the above slip skirts, they’re a spring-style staple I’ll never be without.