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Transitional Clothing That’ll Get You Excited for Spring

Design: the Skimm | Photos: Free People, Forever 21
March 2, 2023

This post was originally published in March 2022 and has been updated.

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If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait for spring to be sprung. Birds chirping, exposed skin, and long walks that help your mental health and get you 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. It's a finicky season, after all.

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

Saks Fifth Avenue

A floral mini dress that will take you from the office to a spring wedding…

This dress is capital-C Chic. A perfect transitional piece if we’ve ever seen one; it has puff sleeves that balance the ruffled hemline. And a floral print that’s anything but ordinary. Wear it now with a blazer for work, then later to a wedding or fancy brunch. The possibilities are endless. ($425, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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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 more than 20 colors (yes, that’s right) and sizes S-XL. Take your pick. ($41.99, 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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Free People

A jumpsuit that makes getting dressed just one step…

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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A chic water-repellent trench coat for rainy days…

Consider this the kind of coat your mom wants you to buy as an adult (likely why it comes with an investment piece price). J.Crew revived their classic trench but with an added hood for actual rain showers. The best part? It comes in classic and petite, so you can find your just-right fit and wear it for years. ($348, J.Crew)

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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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Banana Republic

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. ($52.50, Banana Republic Factory)

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Urban Outfitters

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, Urban Outfitters)

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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. ($108, Shopbop)

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Forever 21

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, think again. This one is spring embodied. From the corduroy to the sky blue (it comes in three 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. ($10, Forever 21)

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Free People

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. Psst…we have these and can confidently say they’re one of our favorite pairs ever. ($178+, Free People)

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A pack of bright claw clips to hold your locks…

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. Trust. ($8.99/4 pack, Amazon)

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A wide-leg trouser for a more sophisticated look…

These high-waisted trousers will quickly become your new favorite pants, especially in the punchy pink color. They can be styled with just about anything (grab the matching blazer for a full look) and go just about anywhere. A summer 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. ($50+, 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. ($36.99, Amazon)

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A fisherman sandal for trekking around without pain or blisters…

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. ($73.84+, Amazon)

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

Choose from a wide range of colors (we love the Raspberry 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. ($44.77, Amazon)

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A rain bootie with sherpa lining…

Enter the Ugg rain boot. You’ll wonder how you ever made it through spring showers before you had these adorable booties that pair easily with jeans and leggings. Plus, the added lining will keep your toes warm on still-chilly days. They come in eight solid colors. Rain? It’s handled. ($89.95, Zappos)

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