Lately, I’ve been online “window shopping” at my favorite stores and getting so excited about curating my spring wardrobe. However, it’s always easy for me to get carried away with all of the gorgeous florals and new trends. I had to make sure that I had all of my spring essentials covered first! Once I wrote it all out (I’m a list-maker!), it really came down to 25 key pieces that I must have in my spring lineup.
Spring Essentials You Need under $100
5 Must-Have Spring Blouses
Short-Sleeved Button Down: As I mentioned in this post, my spring work uniform almost always includes a version of the Madewell Central top or Courier shirt with Madewell jeans, of course (I’m an addict). It’s a foolproof combo! I love it because it’s so versatile while also being so flattering when paired with skinny jeans and skirts. I’ll admit that I have the “Courier” style in two colors and the “Central” style in two colors…just that good!
Chambray Button-Down: You can easily dress a chambray button-down up or down for wherever you’re headed. That’s why it’s a must-have when it comes to your spring wardrobe. I love to wear mine with a linen blazer, black jeans, and espadrilles for work!
Everyday Cami: This scalloped cami screams spring staple to me! Such a great price and you can wear it as a light layer under blazers/jackets or dress it up for drinks/dinner with pumps. It comes in 4 colors! Also super in-love with this wrap-style version…
Ruffle-Hem Blouse: This striped, ruffle-hem top that I featured in this Instagram (it’s a funny story how I ended up buying it – read the caption to find out) has become an instant favorite. It’s really easy to dress up with a trench coat and kitten heels for work. Or it was comfy and breezy just with jeans and my favorite white sneakers! If you have a long torso like me, I recommend buying one size up for length (I went with the medium).
5 Must-Have Shorts & Skirts for Spring
Denim: I don’t consider my spring/summer wardrobe complete without THESE high-rise jean shorts. If you haven’t tried a pair yet, what’re you waiting for?! They’re a crazy flattering fit and not too short. But if you do want to wear them shorter you can just roll them up! This spring season, I’m also going to be going a bit lighter with my denim. I’m loving this pair and this pair of vintage wash jeans!
Paper-Bag Waist Shorts: If you’re wanting to wear shorts but be a bit more formal/chic, a pair of paper-bag waist shorts would be your best bet. I love the flattering A-line waist that this style creates! It’s the fit that makes me reach for these so often as the temperatures are warming up. (P.S. If you’re not feeling shorts, opt for a utility skirt with a similar waist like this one!)
Pleated Midi Skirt: It has taken me forever and a day to find a midi skirt that I like. This pleated one from H&M turned out to be a winner for work and with tees and sneaks on the weekend. It comes in so many colors, but I am really loving this shimmery silver hue!
Denim Mini: Consider a denim mini your go-to skirt of choice when it comes to all of your fun, sunny, and springy activities! This darling striped version definitely caught my eye, too, and made it onto my wishlist!
5 Must-Have Spring Dresses
Floral Sundress: Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. But seriously, I’m always attracted to very simple, delicate pattern details when it comes to florals. Wear a dress like this or this with booties now and espadrilles once it’s consistently warmer!
Smock-Waist Dress: The smock waist is my jam; I’m always here for it. I think the blousy top, cinch at the waist, and A-line drape of the skirt makes for the most flattering fit (especially great for pear-shaped figures!)! This one is right under $100 and in the perfect go-to colors for springtime.
Midi Dress: Springtime can mean lots of baby showers, wedding showers, Easter events, etc. where you’ll most likely need a classic satin-texture dress in your arsenal.
5 Must-Have Jackets for Spring
Jean Jacket: Can’t go anywhere without my jean jacket. I love mine from Abercrombie so much because it’s really soft and comfy not stiff like some denim jackets can be. I wear it all the time when I travel!
Trench Coat: The trench coat is the perfect middle ground weight for colder mornings/evenings in the spring. I talked all about why it’s one of your winter staples you can repurpose for spring in this post. I’ve been reaching for mine constantly to add into my work outfits!
Utility Jacket: A cargo or utility jacket is what I reach for to add a more tailored touch to an outfit. It’s the perfect everyday jacket that you can throw on with just about anything. I use mine interchangeably with my jean jacket! Utility jackets are great for traveling as well.
Cozy Cardigan: Just because it’s getting warmer doesn’t mean you should put away your most cozy cardi! Keep a cardigan around to throw over dresses, sleeveless tops, etc. for mornings, evenings, or if you work in a really cold office.
5 Spring Shoes under $100
White Leather Sneakers: Springtime is the ideal time to bring out your white leather sneakers. This pair is not only so classic in design but also very durable. It makes their price tag a major steal!
Slip-On Espadrilles: I love that one of my favorite shoe brands makes a slip-on espadrille sneaker. They’re crazy comfortable, go with almost everything, and add that spring-y espadrille texture to your more casual looks.
Platform Wedges: This pair of low, platform espadrilles are so perfect for spring. They’re a super affordable dupe of a much more expensive pair with the same scalloped detailing! These also come in five different color options.
Flat Sandal Slides: These Hermes “H” flat dupes have been a major hit from this post I did on Amazon designer dupes. I’m waiting for them to come back in stock in my size in white! (In the meantime, my eyes are on this pair, too.) I have a similar pair in tan that I throw on all the time in the spring. They’re a definite must-have spring shoe!
Block Heeled Sandals: I shared this ~$30 pair of nude block heels on my Insta Stories last week! They’re such an amazing staple spring shoe for work, and I love the double band over the toes. I recommend getting these before they’re gone…
Essential Spring Accessories
When I was in Arizona, I picked up this heart chain necklace and haven’t taken it off since. Madewell makes incredible jewelry that really holds up if you want to wear it all the time or rarely take it off. I also grabbed this pair of hoops and have worn them at least 5 days in a row now. I love their texture and how chunky they are but still lightweight!
If you read this post, you’ll know all about the hair accessories trend happening right now. I think this $12 scarf ponytail holder is the perfect spring accessory addition. The bow is already tied, so all you have to do is put it in your hair!
Everybody knows that your spring essentials have to include a new spring lipstick! I just added this one in ‘Coachella Coral’ to the collection, and it has been love at first sight. It’s a very versatile spring color that looks amazing matte or with a shimmery gloss over it.