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8 Styling Tips and Tricks to Craft the Perfect Spring Outfit Idea

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If you’ve been following along with all our spring shopping guides, it’s likely that your capsule wardrobe is nearing polished perfection. If you’ve taken our lead, we can only assume that your shopping list includes a solid roster of wardrobe essentials, whether it’s a timeless transitional trench coat or a more trend-forward item, like a jean midiskirt. Now that your closet is more than prepared for a seasonal switch-up, here comes the fun part: relying on strong styling tips and tricks to craft spring outfit ideas that are as easy as they are elegant.

At the center of any spring outfit is a prized piece of lightweight outerwear. For starters, The Frankie Shop’s gray Gelso blazer achieves a tailored uniform look with each and every wear. Styling-wise, keep it casual yet classic with Bottega Veneta’s striped crisp shirt and a pair of Toteme jeans. Another perennial spring outerwear favorite is a structured black coat. Style Mango’s version with an Everlane tank top and a relaxed trouser to create a look that feels effortlessly cool yet polished. We all know the importance of a plain but perfect T-shirt, and the styling opportunities of The Row’s Wesler tee are endless. Not to mention it adds the perfect pop of color to any spring outfit idea. A quilted shell jacket is one of those top trending items we can’t get enough of this season. The style staple shines atop any outfit, but especially over Lafayette 148’s jean maxiskirt and La Ligne’s nautical-inspired tee. Accessory essentials are equally as vital to a spring outfit formula—think a pair of city sneakers from The Row or springtime loafers from Loewe. 

This season, it’s important to rely on strong styling to craft spring outfit ideas that are effortlessly easy. Below, discover our edit of tips and tricks to help you get started. 

The Neutral Blazer With a Pattern Shirt

The Frankie Shop Gelso oversized blazer

The stylistic opportunities of a notably neutral blazer are endless. In this case, keep the look polished to perfection and style it with Bottega Veneta’s crisp striped button-up and a pair of Toteme jeans. Not to mention, the gray tone of this The Frankie Shop blazer is a welcome change to the classic camel. Finish the look off with Proenza Schouler’s ivory kitten heels and Savette’s sporty shoulder bag. 

Bottega Veneta striped cotton shirt

Toteme high-rise tapered jeans

The Frankie Shop Gelso oversized blazer

Proenza Schouler Spike leather mules

Savette Sport leather shoulder bag

Jenny Bird Nouveaux puff earrings

The Structured Black Coat With a Trendy Tank

A structured black coat, like this one from Mango, is an all-in-one outfit formula that makes dressing for the constantly-in-flux spring weather easy and effortless. For a look that feels cool yet put together, style the staple with Everlane’s ribbed tank and a pair of pleated trousers from Cos. H&M’s black belt with a silver buckle adds some edge to the ensemble, while embellished ballet flats from Bottega Veneta provide pizzazz. 

Everlane The Supima racerback tank

Cos wide-leg tailored trousers

Bottega Veneta Sparkle flats

Sophie Buhai Tiny Essentials hoop earrings

The Bright Tee With a Baggy Jean

The Row Wesler cotton T-shirt

Adding a pop of color to your spring outfit is one sure way to leave those winter blues behind. And what better way to do so than with The Row’s emerald green Wesler tee? Underneath Zara’s suede cropped trench, the wardrobe essential makes a subtle statement. Baggy jeans from Agolde and a pair of Nike Cortez sneakers seal the look to perfection. 

Agolde low-slung baggy jeans

The Row Wesler cotton T-shirt

Gucci Ophidia GG small handbag

Jennifer Fisher Natasha Lilly hoop earrings

The Anything-But-Basic Black Legging With a Timeless Trench 

Wardrobe.NYC high-rise zip leggings

In any spring outfit idea, you can’t beat the basics—and this season, we’re all about the anything-but-basic black legging. Wardrobe.NYC’s elegant iteration is the ideal fashion foundation for other closet classics to shine, like a Toteme trench coat or Tory Burch’s cozy crewneck. Everlane loafers and Zara’s basket bag tie the look together. 

Toteme oversized trench coat

Tory Burch Fully Fashioned crewneck sweater

Rag & Bone Maxine cotton-poplin shirt

Wardrobe.NYC high-rise zip leggings

Everlane The Italian Leather Day Loafers

The Lightweight Liner With a Jean Midiskirt 

The Frankie Shop quilted padded jacket

The Frankie Shop’s lightweight liner is another outstanding offering of transitional outerwear. Worn every which way, this spring, style yours atop La Ligne’s striped long-sleeve tee and Lafayette 148’s jean maxiskirt. Croc-embellished knee-high boots from Khaite give the look some grit, while Cos’ minimalist moon bag keeps it right on trend. 

La Ligne Davie striped cotton-jersey top

Lafayette 148 New York maxi denim skirt

The Frankie Shop quilted padded jacket

Khaite Davis croc-embossed knee-high boots

Cos mini leather crescent bag

DMY BY DMY Valentina oval-frame sunglasses

The City Sneaker With a Camel-Colored Suit

The Row Owen City leather and mesh sneakers

A sleek city sneaker, like this pair from The Row, has the same ability to elevate a spring outfit as a strappy-heeled sandal or a pointed-toe black boot. The neutral tones of these Owen sneakers pair perfectly with J.Crew’s camel-colored utility jacket and matching pants. Accessorize with Neous’ chocolate brown shoulder bag with gold detailing and Laura Lombardi’s chain necklace. 

J.Crew cropped lady trench coat

J.Crew pleated wide-leg pants

The Row Owen City leather and mesh sneakers

Neous Phoenix leather shoulder bag

Laura Lombardi Portrait chain necklace

The Updated Leather Jacket With a Matching Pant

& Other Stories regular-fit leather jacket

Nothing is as prized in a spring outfit idea as a buttery-soft leather jacket. This season, we’re gravitating towards more tailored styles, like this zip-up version from & Other Stories. Continue the leather look and style alongside Agolde’s ’90s pinch-waist pants. Meanwhile, Mango’s chainmail bag takes the look from day to night masterfully. 

Lisa Yang Denise cashmere polo sweater

Agolde ‘90s pinch-waist leather pants

& Other Stories regular-fit leather jacket

Toteme The T-strap faille point-toe flats

Dorsey Bennington white saphire silver necklace

The Springtime Loafer With a Day Dress

Loewe Gate leather loafers

This season, even your loafers get a springtime upgrade. Loewe’s ivory Gate loafers make the perfect mate for Khaite’s Balton double-breasted blazer and Anine Bing’s crepe midi dress. Accessories like sweet jewels from Mejuri and By Alona to Bottega Veneta’s Pipe shoulder bag are also fittingly on theme. You’ve heard of the all-white summer outfit, so let us introduce you to the springtime version.

Khaite Balton double-breasted blazer

Anine Bing Melanie crepe de chine midi dress

Loewe Gate leather loafers

Bottega Veneta Pipe small shoulder bag

Mejuri large pearl huggies

By Alona Naia pearl & gold-plated necklace