Spring Staples: classic, basic looks for the new season

Although we’ve never been big fans of the idea of of “staple” items (Everyone’s lives and tastes are so different that there really isn’t a “one size fits all”…), we’re nevertheless always fascinated by what’s generally considered to be be “classics”. And with the days gradually starting to get longer and lighter, what better time to take a look at the generally accepted Spring staples? These are just a few of the items which normally appear on lists of wardrobe staples for the coming season: they definitely won’t be staples for everyone, but they are classic, basic items which pop up around this time every year…

(P.S. Most of our chosen items came from French Connection, but are the kind of things you can find just about anywhere right now…)

Spring staples: easy looks for the coming season…

collection of spring staples: classic clothing for spring

1. A simple, lightweight dress

Available in every colour and style you can think of, these are the kind of dresses that never go out of style. You probably won’t be able to wear these without something over the top until later in the season, but on the plus side, ¬†you’ll still be wearing them all summer. And as for that “something over the top”…

simple cotton sundresses in a range of colours

2. A denim jacket

3. A selection of lightweight cardigans

4. A blazer

5. A trenchcoat, or other light coat

spring fashion: jackets and coats

You’re probably thinking that’s an awful lot of outerwear for one little season. You’re right. Spring is a season of a change, though: the temperatures can range from chilly to simply chilled, and your outerwear needs to work for all of these possibilities. You’re probably not going to need all of these, obviously, but we’d say a range of cardigans, plus something like a classic blazer, trench or other jacket which will work in a range of temperatures. The trench is often described as a spring staple, but if it’s not your style, there are plenty of other options. Denim jackets, meanwhile, are still seen as a little dated by some, but can look good (and only slightly 90s…) over those summer dresses, or with a pair of cropped pants. Speaking of which…

four spring fashion looks

6. Capris, crops and chinos

After a winter spent in boots, it’s always nice to welcome other forms of footwear back into regular rotation, and what better way to show of those shoes than with cropped trousers, in spring colours? Capri pants, cropped jeans and chinos are all generally described as spring staples, and are a good choice for the chillier days. Red, white and blue are all classic spring colours, as, of course are yellow, green, and pastels. Floral print is particularly big at the moment, so if you want to move away from boring block colours, you’ll have no problem finding some colourful print pants. To wear with them, you’ll need some…

7. Spring knits

selection of spring knitwear

You might think lightweight cardis and sweaters would be all you’d need in Spring. You’d be wrong: or at least, you would if you lived in the UK. Throw a couple of heavier-weight ones in too: you never know when you’re going to need them…

If the weather does warm up, though:

floral and chambray skirts for spring

8. Skirts

We don’t know about you, but we’re dying to ditch the opaque tights, and enjoy the simplest seasons in terms of getting dressed. These outfits are just about as basic as it gets, but you can dress them up to your heart’s desire.

So, these are just a few of the items we tend to associate with spring: our spring staples, if you will. They won’t work for everyone, though, so tell us…

What are your Spring staples?

[All items: French Connection]


  • March 14, 2013


    Not much need for a spring wardrobe in Chicago, it lasts a week if we are lucky.

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  • March 15, 2013


    In Colorado we have to be prepared for everything from burning sun to snow, possibly in one day! I tend to get a lot of mileage out of my cardigans and cropped jeans, though. Just the right amount of warmth.

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  • March 15, 2013


    I’m one of those who thinks the jeans-jacket is still really outdated…. :/ The other trends seem just fine though, they’re not that specific anyways. Dresses? Sure. Shorter pants? Sure. However, I do live in Norway, and being bare legged or wearing capris probably will have to wait till May or later…

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  • May 6, 2013


    Hi, I hate the weather on spring, today for example it’s raining and it was cold, now at lunch time it’s sunny and hot !!! So the spring jacket is necessary to be fashionable but also prepare to every change of the weather. What are you thinking about this cotton jacket http://bit.ly/10BIf6y bye michelenegri.com/en ??

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