24 Must-Have Spring Wardrobe Basics

24 Spring Wardrobe Basics You'll Wish You'd Bought Ages Ago

Dressing for spring is fun. The weather is finally warm enough to break out your beloved light jacket and go-to maxi dress, and bright colors are once again finding their way to clothing racks.

In an article for Vogue, Madeline Fass states “the window to wear spring outfits can pass in the blink of an eye, so it’s best to take advantage of the forecast pronto.” The spring season is fleeting, which makes planning out your spring outfits even more necessary — and making sure those spring outfits can last for seasons to come. Here are spring wardrobe basics that you’ll turn to year after year (and wish you purchased years ago).

A Striped Jersey Dress

Few things are as easy as a striped jersey dress. They come in all different styles—sleeveless, T-shirt, longsleeved—and are just as good to wear on a date as they are on a day of errands.

A White T-Shirt

A classic white T-shirt can be worn all year round, but the light colors that fill closets in the spring make a white tee even more necessary. Get yourself a few in the case of accidental spills.

A V-neck T-Shirt

A white T-shirt is a great place to start, but you can really never have too many T-shirts in the spring. Get yourself a v-neck T-shirt in a few colors to wear with a pair of women’s Bermuda shorts.

A Pair of Block Heel Sandals

Low, block-heeled sandals are all the rage in the spring and summer months. They’re comfortable and casual, yet are an easy item to dress up for an outdoor brunch.

A Go-To Light Jacket

At this point, your down winter jacket is packed away until next winter, but the chill in the air requires a jacket of some sort. This is where one of your women’s spring jackets comes in. During the spring months, make sure you have a lightweight jacket that’s versatile enough to go with many items in your wardrobe—try a denim jacket or a cute barn jacket.

A Rain Jacket

A spring jacket isn’t the only thing you need during the time of blossoming flowers. Women’s rain jackets are another necessity for rainy spring days.


While you’re at it, get yourself a pair of trusty rainboots. They’re a true springtime basic that will keep your feet warm and dry during surprise rainy days.

An Umbrella

April showers bring May flowers, right? April is a rainy time. Get yourself an umbrella to complement your spring wardrobe essentials.

A Floral Dress

According to Town and Country Magazine, “a floral dress is foolproof” for spring. So, get yourself a few to wear throughout the season.

Classic Sunglasses

Longer, sunny days are now the reality, which means a pair of sunglasses is an important spring basic to have on hand. Get yourself a pair of sunnies in a classic shape like aviator or wayfarer.

A Flowy Skirt

Spring is a time for skirt-wearing, and an easy-to-wear flowy skirt is a great piece that can make any warm-weather outfit shine.

A Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a great between-season piece, making it perfect for springtime’s unexpected weather. Invest in a nice maxi dress to wear season after season.

A Baseball Hat

The days of just wearing a baseball hat on the baseball field are long gone. Instead, baseball hats are a cute and convenient accessory that goes with most casual things in your closet. You can try wearing a baseball cap with a casual cotton dress and a pair of white sneakers or leggings and a T-shirt.

A Pair of Light Jeans

Light jeans are a classic spring basic that go well with all kinds of tops — white T-shirts, button-down blouses, tunics, and more.

A Light Cardigan

Yes, spring marks the start of warm weather, but there are chilly days that come with the season. Get yourself a cotton cardigan to throw on over a dress.

A White Button-Down Top

A white cotton button-down shirt is good for work, yes, but it’s also a good spring item that you can reach for day or night.

A Flowy Tunic

Short-sleeved or sleeveless tunic tops are a spring basic that can be worn with leggings, jeans, and even tucked into a skirt. Get yourself a few to wear this spring.

A Chambray Shirt

Chambray shirts, particularly in lighter colors, are a wardrobe basic that is perfect for warm weather.


Capri pants are a basic item that's ideal for spring — they’re cropped, so you won’t get too cold, but are long enough to cover you up on chilly days.

Classic Sundress

A sundress in your favorite color is one of those basics that you’ll find yourself putting on all throughout the spring.

Leather Sandals

Change up your go-to rubber flip-flops with a pair of brown or black leather sandals that you can wear with a bright-colored midi dress or a pair of casual jeans.

A Cozy Sweatshirt

For those evenings on the porch that get a little chilly, get yourself a fashionable, cozy sweatshirt to wear. You can go for a sweatshirt in a cute tie-dye print or a sweatshirt that reps your kids’ sports team.

Bermuda Shorts

Spring isn’t the season for short shorts, instead, it’s a time for bottoms with a little more coverage, so your legs don’t end up cold. Get a pair of stylish, long Bermuda shorts to wear throughout the season.

A Light Scarf

The days of wool scarves are behind us, but light, gauzy scarves are an item that belongs in every spring closet.

It's easy to be stylish in the springtime months, and it doesn't even require fancy skirts or sparkly tops. With just some basic pieces of clothing, you'll be prepared to take on any spring activities on your to-do list.


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