Yes, I’m disregarding the fact that it’s a chilly 47 degrees Fahrenheit as I write this post. Here at Dressed for My Day we’re pressing on toward the warmer months and getting our closets ready for spring. Even if you put them toward the back of your closet for now, it’s time to make sure you have these 5 wardrobe essentials for early spring.
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Since moving to Ohio from Arizona, I’ve learned that spring is a long, fickle season. At least it is here. It may be shorter in the southern states I’ve lived in, but it’s still somewhat unpredictable. So regardless of where you live, I think it’s smart at least to consider these 5 wardrobe essentials for early spring.
1. Trench Coat
A trench coat is a lightweight coat that can add polish and sophistication to the simplest outfit. At one time we may have reserved this smart jacket for dressier outfits, but for quite a while now it has been popular to top a simple jeans look with a timeless trench.
Of course you can wear this smart coat over dressier attire, too. It’s a truly versatile piece of outerwear. I like having a taupe or beige trench coat like this one in my closet, but if you already have the classic color consider adding another – or its sister Mac coat – in a pretty color you enjoy wearing. This mid thigh length trench coat is indeed water repellent and comes in black and trending orange poppy, too.
I’ve gathered other trench coats along with this one (and that Mac!) for you to peruse in the shopping widget below. I’ve selected coats at varying price points, lengths and styles. Check for the attributes important to you, such as lining, single or double breasted, hood, tie sash or belt, rain repellency, etc.
By the way, I shared tips for how to tie your trench coat in this blog post a couple of years ago. It’s worth a read!
2. 100% Cotton Pullover Sweater in Solid Neutral or Color
I think it’s so smart to have at least one 100% cotton pullover sweater in your spring wardrobe. In fact, I keep my small collection of cotton pullovers in my wardrobe through the summer. It’s smart to take one on vacation, whether you’re going to the coast, mountains or desert, where the evenings frequently get chilly.
I already have a camel colored cotton sweater and a couple of colors, too. So I decided to add this simple white cotton fisherman sweater to my collection this year. I think it looks so bright and cheerful for early spring, but it will work nicely for summer, too. I’ll definitely be sharing more ways to wear this one. It runs true to size; I have a medium. And it’s even roomy enough to fit a shirt underneath comfortably.
I’ve actually ordered the same sweater in trending summer green, too, but I accidentally had it shipping to my parents’ home. 🤦♀️ Since they’re in Florida for the entire month of February, I’ll have to wait and get it when I go down to visit in April. The same cotton fisherman sweater also comes in four other nice hues. But I’ve gathered a collection of cotton pullovers in the shopping widget below.
This year color is trending. Yeah, yeah, we wear colors every year. But this year we’re seeing splashes of bold, beautiful colors, and it just looks right. Know what I mean? I know some people believe the trends are manufactured to cost consumers money, and that may be true to a degree. But truly many of the fashion trends really reflect what’s going on in our culture. And after a couple of years of dealing with a frightening pandemic, people seem to be craving bright, cheerful colors.
On top of that, button-up shirts continue to trend and have, in fact, become all the more popular. I think we’re just hitting our stride in re-learning how to wear them after avoiding them for so many years. So while I do suggest you have a good white button-up shirt in your closet for year round (if that’s your bag), this spring I think you’ll want to get in step with a boldly colored button-up shirt. This outfit is so simple, but that pop of pink in that relaxed button-up shirt elevates it like nobody’s business!
You can certainly still wear your more fitted button-up shirts if you prefer, but the relaxed button-up shirt is very contemporary and so comfortable and easy to wear. This relaxed button-up shirt also comes in a solid blue and it runs true to size. The cotton blend fabric is silky soft and crisp. I’m in love! But I have gathered others for the shopping widget below.
4. Modern Jeans
Of course if you’re a jeans gal like me you’ll want to have some modern jeans in your wardrobe for spring. I like to start wearing ankle length jeans as soon as possible really, but I have a feeling I’ll still be in my full length jeans for a couple of months. Straight leg, boot cut and wider leg jeans are very on trend this year, but you can still wear slimmer silhouettes, too.
If you want to try some additional modern markers on your jeans, consider denim with raw edge hems, a little distressing, faded washes, cowboy creases (as in the relaxed straight leg jeans above), step hems, patches or cargo pockets. But you don’t have to wear any of those contemporary touches if you don’t want to. Really, getting the silhouette modern is the most important detail.
I’ve collected some fun modern jeans at a full range of prices for you to consider.
5. Spring Boots
This is the one of these five early spring wardrobe essentials that I would consider quite optional depending on where you live. But after three springs in Ohio, I’ve learned that I like wearing ankle boots well into April, maybe even May. But I do like to make sure I have some lighter colored boots to choose from.
These Sam Edelman lug sole booties in modern ivory fit the bill. Plus, they’re marked down considerably and available in most sizes. They fit really nicely, true to size. And they slip on and off easily, too. These are not water resistant booties, but the lug sole is about all the weather protection I really need with as little as I’d be outside in them. They’re definitely weather proof enough to get me in and out of snow laden parking lots, and they’ll look great with spring outfits on cold days.
Of course, boots are very picked over this late in the season. But I’ve rounded up a few others to consider if you need to add some to your wardrobe. Otherwise, just hold a couple of pairs of your booties out when you put others away for the season. Oh, and I did add a few pairs of rain booties to the collection.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a great week. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything I’ve shared and I’ll try to hop into the comments feed throughout the day to answer.
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Blessed for My Day
When we just read through the “lovely” parts of 1 Corinthians 13 the beautiful language just makes us sigh and feel warm all over. But when I slow down and really think on these rich words they become more challenging and less soothing. This kind of love is hard to muster up…especially with some people, in some circumstances and on some days. Love is more than a whimsy or a rush of emotion; it’s a weighty responsibility.
As we approach Valentine’s Day, whether we’re celebrating in any way or not, it’s a good idea to evaluate the kind of love we’re showing to the people in our lives. Are we exercising patience when things never seem to change? Are we speaking and acting with kindness even after a long hard day? Are we happy for them, and not just asking them to be happy for us? Are we showering them with encouragement rather than bragging on our own accomplishments? And are we responding to them with humility rather than a stiff neck? These are questions worth pondering in the light of each relationship today.
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4