Long after the magic of the holidays has faded, winter finally gives way to spring. Blooming flowers and warm breezes are reasons to celebrate, and your spring wardrobe should reflect that notion. Bright colors, light fabrics and pieces that layer well are the order of the season. Stock your closet with pieces that make you smile.
Tops and Tees
Spring temperatures vary widely from region to region, but in most places, short sleeves are appropriate at this time of year. Fill your drawers with soft cotton T-shirts, plus a few long-sleeved knit shirts to layer on for cool days. Spring calls for color and pattern in your wardrobe, so pick up tops with floral patterns and silky, jewel-tone blouses. A man can lighten up in bright white and pastel button-down shirts. Both genders should also keep a few crisp polo shirts on hand, perfect for warm days when a T-shirt is too casual for your social calendar.
All Manner of Bottoms
The perfect spring wardrobe includes bottom pieces of all lengths, especially a woman’s wardrobe. Ideally you’ll have shorts, knee-length skirts, capris and long pants of varying styles in your closet. A man needs at least a few pairs of walking shorts for weekend golf games in addition to a selection of dress pants, khakis and jeans. A woman can embrace spring by stocking her closet with mid-thigh shorts, knee-length shorts, loose A-line skirts and sundresses, linen pants, colored capris and jeans that can be cuffed on warm days.
Sweaters, Coats and Special Occasion Wear
Winter weather has a nasty tendency to stick around even after spring has sprung. Warm layering pieces are essential during those unexpectedly chilly April days and cool spring nights. Shed your heavy wool and instead stock up on cashmere cardigans, cotton sweaters and lightweight blazers. Depending on your region, your winter coat might still be a necessary comfort in the beginning of spring, but dust off a denim jacket or trench to wear after the snow melts. And since May flowers depend on April showers, keep a hooded raincoat within reach. Have any spring weddings coming up? A man needs a lightweight suit in gray or navy; a woman will dazzle in a colorful cocktail dress with coordinating pashmina.
Shoes to Try
Trends come and go, but some classic shoe styles are always in for spring. Slip-ons are perfect for days that are too warm for boots and too cool for sandals. Pick canvas shoes in bright colors or patterns, but beware of light colors: In some areas, the remnants of melting snow make for muddy spring days. A man needs a pair of loafers or boat shoes. Ladies, don’t write off all your winter shoes just yet: Redbook.com suggests wearing your favorite cold-weather booties through spring. Warmer weather also calls for shoes that let you show off a new pedicure. Pick up a pair of sandals with intricate straps across the foot and include at least one pair of open-toe heels in your shoe collection.
Bright, Cheerful Accessories
There’s no better season than spring for a man to have fun with his accessories. Choose ties with gingham patterns or stripes in bright shades of spring green. Tuck colorful pocket squares into a suit’s breast pocket and carry a canvas messenger bag. Canvas is a seasonal fabric choice for any bag; a woman can carry a canvas tote or pick a bright clutch or cross-body bag. Finish any look with colorful bangles and a swipe of pink or coral lip gloss.