Five Spring Wardrobe Staples for Women

Spring is a time of unpredictability, especially in Michigan. One day it’s snowing, and the next it’s 70 degrees. Sometimes you’ll experience all four seasons in 24 hours!

Because of the random temperatures and weather patterns that change often, it might be difficult to find something in your closet that’s suitable to wear. I’ve put together a list of what I believe are five items you must have in your wardrobe to get you through the season in comfort and style! You even may have some of these already!

A Versatile Denim Jacket

Layers are vital during spring because you just never know if you’ll be hot one minute and cold the next. Denim jackets, no matter the wash or distress level, are fantastic layering pieces since they’re heavier, yet allow your body to breathe when unbuttoned. They also look great on just about everyone and are incredibly versatile! I wear my denim jacket, which I purchased from the now bankrupt Areopostale, over dresses and short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts that I pair with black or white jeans. It’s a piece that is never far from reach. This one is very similar to my own.

A Comfortable Pair of Flats or Low Wedges

When the sun is shining and the weather warms up, slip-on flats or wedges are perfect for rushing out to enjoy the day. I love my basic black low wedges because they are able to be worn for work or play and are more comfortable and practical than a higher heel. I get excited when I can dust them off again, even if it takes a few days (and sore toes and upper heels) to break them in again! I found mine at Kolh’s, and you can purchase a pair that’s almost the exact same shoe here.

An Airy Scarf

I have a huge love for scarves, and have to practice self control whether or not I’m looking to buy one. An airy scarf is a great accessory for spring, as it will give you a layer of warmth around your neck during those blustery days, yet won’t suffocate you from heat. And it adds a dressy, yet fun (and sometimes whimsical) fashion statement! Like neck ties are for men, something about scarves just makes you look like you’ve gone the extra mile when dressing that day. My favorite place to shop for scarves is Charming Charlie, or what I like to call the Mecca of Accessories. They have more scarves than you can imagine, in all sizes, colors, patterns, fabrics, and styles. Check out their huge selection here. If you can’t find a scarf you love in that store, there’s no hope for you.

A Lightweight Hoodie

Hooded sweatshirts are one of my favorite things, and transitioning from the heavier fabric worn in winter to a lighter one for spring is a great idea. The one I’m loving most is by Harlowe & Graham and I’d like to recommend it to everyone I know. The fabric is so soft it’s like the garment is calling out to be snuggled in, and it’s thinner, yet breathable for spring’s sunshine. It’s one of the most comfortable pieces I own, and thanks to my cousin, I have it in two colors! Though it doesn’t have a standard hoodie pouch, it does have pockets. And though I love how long the hood strings are, they do tend to get in the way at times, but it’s not enough to keep me from wearing it all the time. It can be found at Nordstrom Rack here, in two colors that aren’t yet sold out!

A Colorful Bag

Bags and purses are the most practical way to embrace color into your outfit of the day, regardless of their size! After the darker shades of my fall/winter purses, I adore switching to my fashionable teal shoulder bag, which is bright and cheerful. Charming Charlie, where I bought this purse, sells dozens of purses and bags to suit every style and they’re available in every color under the rainbow. It doesn’t appear the store has my exact bag, but these are very similar!


—Photos by Justin McKee

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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7 Responses to Five Spring Wardrobe Staples for Women

  1. Janet M Schnell says:

    I love scarves also! Casual or classy, they really add to the outfit! Thanks for sharing

  2. Nicole says:

    I didn’t even know that Charming Charlie had scarves!! I will be checking that out.

    I also have my teal bag out right now. It reminds me of the Bahamas because it’s the same color as the police stations. Ha!

  3. Rosemary Terrell says:

    Absolutely love the scarf! And you know how to wear it so well. Beautiful!

  4. Stacey says:

    Have been looking for a denim jacket for a while now. For some reason have had trouble finding one that isn’t all torn up/trashed. I love yours – classic! Thought I had found one last night at the Calvin Klein outlet store. Perfect color, perfect fit, perfect style, great price – until I looked in the three way mirror and saw that it had ‘CALVIN KLEIN’ stitched across the back!! No way am I buying that unless they pay me an advertising fee every time I wear it 😉 The search continues.

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