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Transitional Clothing That’ll Get You Excited for Spring

Design: the Skimm | Photos: Urban Outfitters, Everlane, Amazon
Mar 21, 2022

If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait for spring to be sprung. Birds chirping and getting outside more often to get some exercise? The best. But hold up — spring also means there’s the chance of a slight chill in the air or a quick rain shower. She’s a finicky season, after all. 

It’s all about balance, baby. (And layers, definitely layers.) To keep you dressed for success, we rounded up practical and trendy items to alleviate the morning outfit guessing game. From rain boots to denim jackets, we’ve got ya covered.

A chunky cardigan that goes with literally everything…

Pair with a dress or a T-shirt and jeans. Either way, you won’t be chilly. It comes in 19 colors (yes, that’s right) and sizes S-XL. Take your pick. ($32.29+, Amazon)

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A waterproof clog your middle-school self would be proud of…

Uggs are back, and this time they're in clog form. Since they’re completely waterproof, you can go ahead and splash through springtime puddles with zero fear of soaking feet. If you prefer, you can also remove the inner sock lining. Customers rave that these clogs are both warm and comfy to walk in. ($80, Nordstrom)

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A jumpsuit that makes getting dressed just one step…

It’s giving cute auto mechanic, without having to get your hands dirty. You can layer a long sleeve underneath or a jacket on top if the temps dip a bit. Plus the fabric has stretch so you’ll be comfortable all day long. Customers love how it can be dressed up or down with sneakers or heeled booties. ($128, Free People)

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Low-rise sneaks that’ll put an extra spring in your step…

Bring on the April showers and May flowers with these bestselling, comfy kicks. They’re chic, eco-friendly, and come in TONS of colors and patterns. It’s truly no wonder they’ve got over 15K five-star reviews. Oh, and the best part? They’re finally back after a (*cue spotlight*) 34K waitlist. Don’t wait. (Starting at $79, Cariuma)

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A chic water-repellent trench coat for rainy days…

Consider this the kind of coat your mom wants you to buy as an adult. It’s a light layer that’ll keep you warm and dry, but won’t have you sweating as you commute to work. If the beige is a bit muted to you, there’s an adorable baby blue option that’s a bit more playful. Looking fab. ($160, Nordstrom)

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A flattering straight-leg pant in a perfect spring color…

White pants are synonymous with spring, and these are no exception. Made from ultra-comfy stretch cotton, these must-have pants are high-rise and feel like they’re already broken in. Don’t believe us? Customers say they’ve worn them several times between washes, and they’re still the perfect fit. ($98, Everlane)

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A button-up that’ll add polish to any outfit…

The “Risky Business” look will always be in. This cotton version is oversized and can be layered over bike shorts if you’re going for something more casual. Wear it under a blazer if you’re heading to the office. Honestly, it’ll make getting dressed in the morning so easy. ($17.99, H&M)

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A three-pack of crew socks to buy into the preppy trend…

These ribbed, mid-calf options could be right out of your dad’s closet. Even so, the Polo Bear is just too darn cute to pass up. Slip into a pair and head out the door. ($18, Amazon)

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An exercise dress that easily goes from the gym to brunch…

This cute number from a tennis legend? Count us in. It’s breathable, sweat-wicking, and will look good paired with a jacket or sweater tied around your shoulders. No brainer. ($88, Shopbop)

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A corduroy bucket hat to shield your face from the sun…

PS: You should still be wearing SPF anyway. For those who vote against the classic bucket hat, sit down. This one is spring embodied. From the corduroy to the periwinkle blue (it comes in nine other colors too), it’s perfect for that Insta-worthy park shot. Pair it with other adorable accessories, and you’ll be ready to spend the day outside. ($25, Urban Outfitters)

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A pair of perfectly slouchy ’90s jeans…

Enter: the just-right wide-leg pair of jeans you’ve been looking for. Pro tip…these don’t have much stretch, so if you’re wanting them to be a bit baggy, we suggest sizing up. But no need to grab the scissors yourself; these already have the perfect knee-bearing rip for an added cool factor. ($149, Shopbop)

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A pack of bright claw clips to hold your locks…

Because throwing your hair back into a ponytail isn’t the only option. We’re a major fan of quickly getting loose strands out of your face thanks to one of these. They’re easy to throw into a bag before heading out the door and you won’t have to worry about a hair tie snapping. Phew. ($9.99+/4 pack, Amazon)

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A pleated wide-leg trouser for a more sophisticated look… 

These high-waisted trousers will quickly become your new favorite pants. They can be styled with just about anything and go just about anywhere. A spring wedding in Mexico? Done. Meeting your partner's parents? Check. ($89.95, Eloquii)

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A denim jacket that will become a wardrobe staple…

When the weather gets warmer and your winter jacket feels far too heavy, it’s time for a jean jacket. This one will never go out of style. You can get it in a light wash or dark wash. It’s a versatile piece you can layer over a lighter sweater or hoodie. We can’t think of a better springtime option to add to your closet. ($54.83, Amazon)

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A two-piece matching outfit perfect for running errands…

This combo reminds us of the quarantine days of yore and matching loungewear sets. This is just a much cuter, seasonally appropriate option. It’s easy to throw on if you need to quickly grab some groceries, but somehow also makes you look put together if you need to meet a friend for brunch. It’s like pajamas, but a set you can wear outside of the house. Cozytown, population you. ($18.99+, Amazon)

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A fisherman sandal for trekking around without pain or blisters…

Because there’s a reason you’re always reaching for your tried-and-true Docs in the winter. These are made with the same Goodyear welt bottom for unrivaled support, plus a secure ankle strap. No slipping around even if your feet get a little sweaty. Customers say these weren’t too difficult to break in, but most did size down. ($99.95, Amazon)

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A cozy, long-sleeve cardigan to layer up in…

Choose from a wide range of colors (we love the sweet tangerine option) and sizes to find your perfect fit. Wear it around the house. Call it cottagecore. Customers note how warm the sweater is, plus say the pockets are just right for your iPhone. ($35.86, Amazon)

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A floral mini dress that will take you from the office to after-work drinks…

This dress is capital-C chic. A perfect transitional piece if we’ve ever seen one; it has long sleeves to balance the shorter hemline. And a floral print that’s anything but ordinary. Imagine how good this will look with literally any jacket. A cool leather option or a blazer? Take your pick. ($44.99, Saks OFF 5TH)

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