Regardless of where you live, we can all agree that it’s been a looong winter. From record-breaking colds to torrential rains and endless snow days, we’re all a little more than ready for winter to melt away and let spring do its thing. Luckily, we’re close to getting our wish, and you don’t want to be stressing about what to wear once those temperatures heat up. Check out our list of spring wardrobe essentials you’ll want to have in your closet once spring has officially sprung.

  • Spring Dresses

Ready or not, your legs are about to see some sun, and you’ll want to have a few easy and fashion-savvy sundresses at the ready. Of course, you’ll want to have one or two versatile t-shirt dresses for those casual days but investing in a couple of nicer dresses for fancier occasions or work-wardrobe-ready is a good idea too. Invest in a sheath or shift dress you can layer under a blazer for work or a flowy chiffon midi or maxi dress in a vibrant, trendy floral—both great options to wear to any number of springtime events like weddings and showers that seem to quickly fill up your calendar.

  • Cardigan

A worthy companion to your beloved spring dress, a lightweight cardigan is definitely an essential item for any woman’s spring wardrobe. Not only are cardigans comfortable and cute but they also act as a great transitional wardrobe piece to have on hand as we tiptoe into spring. Great for dressing up a cute lace tank or laying low in a simple pair of white jeans and a t-shirt, cardigans will help keep you warm during those blistery cold spring mornings, so you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort.

  • A Great Pair of Jeans

Of course, this isn’t just something you need in the spring. A great pair of jeans (or three) is an essential item all year round, but not every pair of jeans is appropriate for warmer weather. If the majority of your go-to denim is of a heavier, dark wash material, then you may want to shop around for one or two pair of a lighter weight and wash.

Or go for the lightest wash of all and rock a pair of sleek and stylish white denim pants. Not only can they dress up a casual look in an instant but they also pair great with almost anything from neutrals to pastels. But, like any white clothing, you have to take extra care to make sure they aren’t see-through. That is not the type of “fresh look” you want to be known for.

Whatever your denim color preference, don’t forget to consider the cut when shopping for your spring wardrobe jeans. Boot cut may have served you well in the winter, but spring is a great time to try out a pair of cropped or skinny leg high-rise jeans that will look great with a pair of heels and chic button-down tie top.

  • Lightweight Tops and Blouses:

Now that spring is on the horizon, it’s time to finally put away those cashmere and wool sweaters and start filling their closet void with some lighter-weight tops and blouses. Florals and lace are on trend this season, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding stylish and comfortable tops in either. Just make sure not to stray too far from your own personal style when planning your new season’s wardrobe.

If you’re not the type of person who usually enjoys ruffled sleeves or tie top button-downs, then chances are this isn’t the year you’re going to change your mind. Invest in clothing that you’re comfortable in and confident wearing to get the most wear out of your spring wardrobe.  

  • Midi Dress

The ways to make statements with the clothes and accessories you wear are practically limitless, especially if your outfit of choice includes a dress. One of the most useful types is a midi dress. When you select a midi size dress, you are choosing one that conceals your knees but not your ankles. Where the hemline ends exactly affects how the dress looks on you, but you can change that impact to suit you by wearing your midi dress with different footwear. For example, flats will make you look shorter overall. They can also make your legs look shorter. On the other hand, matching your midi dress with heels can give you an appearance of long legs and height.

  • The Well-Fitting T-Shirt

Whether you’re a corporate goddess or a work-from-home Jane of all trades, everyone enjoys slipping into a comfortable t-shirt from time to time. A crisp white tee is definitely something you’ll want to have on hand this spring, especially since they look so stylish worn under a jean jacket and with heels and statement jewelry. If t-shirts are something you wear more often than not, you’ll definitely want to invest in a few new ones in various colors. Trust us—nothing looks sloppier than a stretched-out tee after too many wears (and washes).

  • Cute Flats

Save yourself some back pain this spring and go shopping for a few cute pairs of flats in various styles and prints. Mules are a great transitional shoe for spring when it’s not quite warm enough for sandals but your boots have officially kicked up their heels. Loafers and pointy toe ballet flats are also popular this season and are a great up-on-my-feet-all-day type of shoe. Step outside of your comfort zone this season and have fun with a pair of trendy animal print flats—like snakeskin or leopard print—and let your wild side out to play this spring.

  • A Lightweight Jacket

Layering is key in the spring, which means you want a couple of different types of lightweight jackets hanging in your closet. A jean jacket looks good thrown over a dress or paired with white pants, whereas a utility jacket in olive is more of an “everyday” outerwear choice. With so many different styles to choose from, you can decide if your jackets should play a part in the overall “look” of your outfit or merely function as an outerwear essential to protect you from the elements. Either way, you’ll complete your look.

  • Sunglasses

Throw some shade this spring with a pair of stylish, round sunglasses adding a bit of glam to your already fabulous look. Not only will they protect your eyes from those harmful UV rays but they also double as a fabulous accessory to an already stylish look.

  • Raingear

Be ready for anything Mother Nature throws at you this spring with some stylish raingear at the ready. Rain boots may be functional during a wet commute into work, but cute rain boots in a fun pattern add a little bit of sunshine to an otherwise dreary day. You should also consider adding a sleek and stylish trench coat to your outerwear collection. Not only is it a great option to wear to the office in a downpour but it’s also extremely versatile and looks just as good on the playground pushing the kids on the swing as it does on the executive elevator.

Don’t stress the change of the season this spring. Include some of these essential spring clothing pieces into your wardrobe, and you’ll be more than ready when the heat hits in earnest.