Dressing for the in-between weather that spring can bring can be tricky. But, it can also give you some of the most stylish outfit options there are. When putting together your essentials for spring, think layers, classic options like a trench coat and the chance to introduce some sunny colors to your looks. You may also like to check out our latest spring capsule wardrobe.

In this article, you will find some key essentials for spring that incorporate latest trends and practical and stylish items for spring.

What to think about when putting together essentials for spring

Are you a fan of the capsule wardrobe idea? Depending on where you live, you might decide to have one capsule wardrobe for each season. Or it may be that you keep some of your basics in your capsule year-round and add new colors or items for spring.

If you are busy putting together a capsule wardrobe for spring, here are some things to think about.

A spring capsule needs layers, layers, layers

As spring is a transitional season, it’s often hard to know what the weather is going to do. Layers and lightweight coats are definitely your style friends during spring.

Add some color and print to your essentials for spring

When spring, well, springs, it can be the perfect time to add some color into your closet. I’ve been inspired by sunny yellow with the odd floral print for this collection as, hopefully, you’re starting to see a touch of sunshine and the flowers are starting to bloom where you are.

More spring essentials inspiration

Read on to see if you agree with my choices for spring – there are 4 tops, 4 coats and cardigans, 4 bottoms, 4 dresses and skirts, 4 pairs of shoes and 7 accessories – so 27 items in total, which should allow you to put together countless outfits.

The clothes and accessories I have chosen feature many of the colors and trends on the spring runways for 2020, including beautiful shades of blue and yellow, come monochrome and polka dots.

For even more advice and inspiration, take a look at the ultimate guide to building a capsule wardrobe.

essentials for spring: Tops

When choosing tops for spring, I’d think about a mix of shirts and t-shirts that you can wear alone, if it’s warm enough, or layered up with a cardigan or sweater.

a white shirt and jeans outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Helen (above) has opted for a classic white shirt worn with jeans.

Recreate her look with this similar button-up shirt, jeans, pumps, handbag and belt.

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Barbour stripe button front shirtEquipment slim silk shirtTed Baker London scarf neck blouseMadewell stripe t-shirt

Spring style: Coats and cardigans

Depending on the weather where you are, you may find your heavy wool coat is simply too warm for spring. Instead, think about a trench or moto, or you could always wear a cardigan rather than a coat if it’s not raining.

wearing white and leopard print for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Jenny (above) opts for a pretty neutral outfit, styled with a long cardigan.

Check out this similar printed top, cardigan, jeans and booties.

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BB Dakota trench coatBB Dakota suede drape jacketAnne Klein waterfall cardiganHalogen open front cardigan

Spring trends: Pants and jeans

Jeans are always a staple of any closet, no matter what the season. You could always opt for a lighter shade of jeans, or a cropped pair to add some spring style.

red and white is a perfect combination for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Nic (above) chooses a perfect combination of red and white. Also take a look at how to wear red.

Steal her look with this similar blouse, crop jeans, sandals, sunglasses and woven earrings.

Essentials for spring - pants and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

FRAME mini boot jeansKut from the Kloth bootcut jeans – JEN7 By 7 For All Mankind skinny jeansBand of Gypsies tie waist wide leg pants

essentials for spring: dresses and skirts

If you’ve been living in jeans and pants during winter, it could be time to mix things up a bit and opt for a dress or a skirt. If it’s still chilly where you are, you could always wear with opaque tights and booties.

polka dot dress and mules outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Karen (above) chooses an on-trend handkerchief hem dress worn with mules.

Check out these dot dress options from Amazon and Julia Jordan, and pair with these similar sandals and sunglasses.

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Julia Jordan dot chiffon dressChelsea28 floral print maxi dressVero Moda midi skirtLa Vie Rebecca denim skirt

Shoes and booties

For spring, you will want a variety of shoes in your style arsenal. A pair of booties and sneakers will be perfect for more casual looks, while sandals will be perfect if the weather is warm enough and a pair of slingbacks will see you through more formal occasions.

wearing booties, stripes and skinny jeans for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Fonda (above) wears her shoe booties with a pair of skinny jeans.

Get her look with this similar stripe top, cardigan, jeans, booties, crossbody bag, pendant necklace and earrings.

spring capsule wardrobe - Shoes and booties | 40plusstyle.com

Linea Pablo slingback pumpFly London wedge sandalFrye bootieJSlides platform sneaker

Accessories to wear in spring

No matter what the season, the difference between a good outfit and a great one is often how you choose to accessorize. Add a lightweight scarf, some sunglasses and contemporary jewelry, and you’re good to go!

how to accessorize in your spring capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Bev (above) perfectly matches her bag, shoes and scarf.

Check out this similar tank top, jeans, flats, handbag, scarf, watch and sunglasses.

Accessories to wear for spring | 40plusstyle.com

AllSaints crossbody bagShiraleah woven clutchBarbour dye scarfTreasure & Bond bucket hatNike sunglassesVince Camuto statement cuffVince Camuto teardrop hoop earrings

Putting together your capsule wardrobe into these spring looks

Below you can see some of the clothes and accessories featured above in one spring capsule wardrobe. You can see now that the outfits are put together how I’ve been inspired by yellows, blues and some monochrome.

While there are 9 outfits below, you could easily put together all of these items in different ways to make countless more. For instance, the bright blue shirt would also look lovely with the white jeans or you could wear the polka dot dress with the moto jacket or yellow cardigan.

I’d love to know what you think of the capsule. Let me know in the comments below.

Essentials for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Do you usually create a capsule for spring? What are your favorite essentials for spring for women? What will you be including in your capsule this year?

Continue reading:

  1. The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You
  2. The latest spring capsule wardrobe
  3. How To Wear Yellow And Brighten Up Your Day!
  4. The Best White Jeans For Women Over 40 – Our Top Picks

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