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Spring Wardrobe Essentials I’m Reaching For In 2022

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About this time of year, I want a wardrobe refresh. I’m not the same woman I was last spring and I want my wardrobe to reflect that. Today, I’m updating this post from last year with some fresh ideas with new links and rejoining my friend Susan of une femme d’un certain âge to share some of our spring wardrobe essentials.

Every woman’s essentials will vary with her personal style aesthetic, but they should create the backbone of her wardrobe so it’s easier to put cohesive outfits together. Here are the spring essentials I find most helpful:

A Third Layer

Unpredictable weather makes an outer third layer an invaluable wardrobe staple for me. I prefer most of mine in neutral colors for versatility, but a pop of color or pattern is also fun

woman wearing kimono over black top and pants
WEARING –  REVERSIBLE DUSTER  –  TANK TOP  –  BRIGETTE 360 SLIMMING PANTS  –  WEDGE SANDALS  –  SILVER HOOPS

I added this duster this spring because it’ll dress up or down all summer long and add a bit of fun to my neutrals. I’m wearing it here over a simple column of black, so it takes center stage, but love it equally well as a supporting piece like with jeans and a tee.

woman walking in vest and jeans
WEARING –  QUILTED MICRO VEST  /  POLKA DOT SHIRT  /  PEARL EARRINGS  /  SIMILAR JEANS  /  SNEAKERS  –  BUDGET-FRIENDLY OPTION  /  LIPSTICK IN ‘WISDOM’

I added this vest to my wardrobe this spring and already finding it invaluable. I wore it to Mexico earlier this week because I was expecting cooler than normal temps, and was so happy to have it.

woman showing two field jackets
WEARING – TWILL FIELD JACKET ON LEFT  –  TWILL JACKET ON RIGHT

Twill and canvas jackets are a great spring option. I don’t own one but I’m thinking they’d be perfect for my climate. Here are 2 great classics from Talbots I tried on a few weeks ago.

blonde woman wear white denim jacket and jeans from Blair
WEARING –  STRECH DENIM JACKET  /  TANK  TOP /  MID-RISE SLIMMING JEANS  /  PLATFORM SNEAKERS  / CLASSIC CABLE HOOPS EARRINGS  /  SUNGLASSES  /  LIPSTICK IN ‘JOY’

A denim jacket is often my jacket of choice this time of year in either blue, white, or gray. This one was a new find from Blair which fits fabulously.

WEARING –  EVERYDAY OPEN FRONT CARDIGAN  –  TANK  –  PEARL STUDS  –  SIMILAR JEANS  –  CUTOUT OXFORD SHOES

Long and short cardigans are a popular layer for me year-round and on constant repeat in the spring. This time of year I opt for thinner weights that seldom button. Under these, I prefer sleeveless tanks because short sleeves leave a lump under the thin cardigan.

woman wearing pink sweater and black pants
WEARING –  CROPPED CARDI  –  TANK  –  LINEN PANTS  –  BLOCK-HEELED SLIDE

This time of year, my tee shirts also get a thorough going over to see which needs to be replaced. Whites seldom last longer than one season for me because my sunscreen and deodorant, yellow the fabric. I don’t tend to invest much in t-shirts for this reason and many of mine come from Target, etc.

Modern Jean

woman wearing white jeans
WEARING –  SIMILAR DENIM JACKET  –  LIGHTWEIGHT BLOUSE  –  HIGH RISE WHITE JEANS  –  SLIP-ON SNEAKERS  –  PEARL STUDS

Jean styles get dated, so I like to keep up to date with what’s new. I’m leaning toward straight and fuller leg jeans this spring, which helps add balance to my wide shoulders. I love deep wash in the cooler months, but as the spring rolls around, I reach for lighter washes and white jeans. Luckily, high-rise options are still abundant but I’m seeing lots of mid and lower rise making their way back.

Comfy Shoes

Comfy feet top everything for me these days because I’m desperately trying to stave off bunion surgery on my left foot. The level of formality of my outfits has changed to meet my shoe needs but I still won’t wear “gnome shoes”. That has me reaching for modern sports sneakers and shoes with arch support. I have an upcoming post on my current favorites so stay tuned for that.

A FEW FAVORITES

SUNSCREEN

Not a garment but sunscreen is a very important item for me year-round.

MDSOLARSCIENCES MINERAL CREAM /  SOLAR STICK /  QUICK-DRY BODY SPRAY for hard to reach spots  / JOSIE MARAN ARGAN DAILY MOISTURIZER / COLORSCIENCE SUNFORGETTABLE FACE SHEILD

I am very persnickety about my sunscreen because I am a melanoma survivor. Plus, photoaging is really adding up and no amount of beauty sleep will fix that. I prefer a physical block and I want cruelty-free options so I am thrilled to add MDSolarSciences to my repertoire this spring.

What are some spring essentials for you?

Now let’s go check out Susan’s spring wardrobe essentials at une femme d’un certain âge.

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