Sweet Sixteen: Spring Fashion Must-Haves

I’m bidding farewell to March and all her madness, saying “see ya” to April and her showers, and I’m warmly welcoming May and her spring glory. Even though I’m not much for sports, I do follow style with the sort of discipline many dedicated basketball fans apply to filling out a yearly March Madness bracket. So during the NCAA tournament this year, I got to thinking: what if there was a bracket for what fashion trend will be the champion of the season? I would be a contender in that pool for sure.

So (belatedly) inspired by basketball, I created a collection featuring my very own sweet sixteen must haves. One rule for this “spring vibes only” collection? It’s got to be versatile – wearable in many different ways for a range of occasions. Whether you are trying to minimalize your closet or maximize your options – here are some ways to do it in style.

For my sweet sixteen spring staples, I chose a light coat, two dresses, a tank for layering, and the perfect colorful skirt. You can mix and match all these fashion finds. However, I placed a few ideas below. First things first: the spring overcoat. You know, that perfect blend of not too heavy for the afternoon sprinkles of sun and not too light for the morning breeze. This sweater-coat hybrid from Seven Oaks is a cozy blend of flair and fun. The best part? It can be worn all year ’round. Try pairing it with this tank for the perfect layer of blush charm underneath. It lightly whispers – until coat comes off. Then it screams sophistication.

With a skirt and strappy sandals, this combo is picture perfect for night on the town with gal pals, dinner meetings, or a yummy birthday brunch. For a more casual day – perhaps a baseball game, errands, or coffee catch-ups – it can also be worn with the latest spring stripe staple tank, sneaks, and any color of jeans.

With May comes visions of carefree, fun-filled days. But just because the semester’s ending, doesn’t mean it’s all-casual, all the time. You may still want dress to impress – think end-of-semester galas, ceremonies, and graduations. Dress the part of you with easy-to-throw-on, comfy cotton. I paired two different dresses found here and here with a leather jacket (don’t worry – it has an inner comfy cotton lining!). These dresses can be worn to work (if you job allows for business casual) or a graduation party. Pairing them with a black blazer or jean jacket also adds a perfect touch of class. (The blue dress paired below is almost sold out, but you can check out similar finds here and right here that will look just as great).

Layers are a key for spring. I live in Oklahoma, where 50-degree weather in the morning followed by bright rays of 80-degree sunshine isn’t unusual this time of year. Layering not only adds warmth, but sophistication and versatility to wardrobe options. Check out some ideas below for your spring getaways, summer soirees, wedding showers, or other celebrations. See some of these stylish dress options by clicking here and here. For layering options, try this amazing Ann Taylor piece or here and here!

Cheers to loving this gorgeous season. It’s so many people’s favorite time of year, and I can see why: it’s full of hope, renewal, and style. As I’ve tried to show here with these 16 items, you don’t need a full wardrobe “renewal” to ring in the new season and celebrate those “yay you” moments. All it takes is finding your favorite pieces – those at the top of your bracket ­– and combining them in ways appropriate for any spring occasion, from formal to frivolous.

(Other items corresponding on this page include a must have white tee, similar sneakers, fun accessories, and a spring dress that has me springing for joy.)


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