Chic wardrobe basics to wear now and into spring

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I can’t believe it’s March already! With spring just a few weeks away, I’ve been keeping my eyes on new collections beginning to arrive. Whether your wardrobe could use a refresh, or just an update here or there, here are some winter-to-spring wardrobe basics that caught my eye this week.

Chic basics for your spring wardrobe

Spring weather can be cold and wet one day, sunny and warm the next. Lightweight layers can help us stay comfortable during transitional season fluctuations, and they will travel well too.

This new sweater blazer from J.Crew is perfect for those of you who have classic style, but a casual lifestyle. (But it could certainly dress up for the office or an evening out.) It’s lightweight, but softly structured. It can easily go over another lightweight sweater, or a blouse or tee, or be worn on its own.

3 colors available. The navy (shown above) is probably best on Winters, though I think it’s pretty neutral and could work for others as well. The bright green color lands in between Spring and Summer. The “bleached sand” color is definitely for you Springs & Autumns. Sizes XX-Small to 3X.

Shop more sweater jackets HERE.

A cashmere tee can be the perfect layering piece when a sweater is too warm, but it’s a cotton or linen tee isn’t warm enough. J.Crew has a nice one that’s available in several colors, sizes XX-Small to 3X. But the one above from Quince is more budget-friendly, and very well-reviewed (sizes XS-XL).

For those of you who love a crisp, button-front shirt, this one has some nice details. (Love those extra-wide cuffs which will look good turned up.) Wear this now under a sweater or jacket, and later on its own. This “rose” stripe should be great for Summers. Winters, check out the black and white gingham! Sizes 00-24.

While trench coats are hardly a “trendy” piece, they seem to be very much on-trend for spring. Perhaps because we’ve been getting so much rain, I decided to go on a hunt for one. I’ve tried and tried to make a classic double-breasted style work for me, but they never feel right. So I’ve been happy to see quite a few single-breasted options this season. I have the one above on order and will report back.

But the belted one shown in the collage at top is nice too. Here are a few more good ones:

For me, lightweight jackets are Wardrobe Gold. Throw on now over a cashmere sweater, later over a tee or tank. I love the subtle windowpane pattern on this one. I’m going out on a limb, but the color is subtle enough I think it could work for some Springs, Summers, and Autumns (depending on what you wear it with). In Misses & Plus sizes.

I jumped on this one, both for the color and the shorter length (AND, it’s one of the few jacket styles that’s also offered in Petites!). I have my fingers crossed the color is as warm as it looks here.

What are some of the wardrobe basics you rely on during transitional seasons?

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