10 Classic Pieces to Buy (and wear forever) for Spring


We talk a lot about trends over here, but I thought today we’d discuss the classics.  Pieces that you buy now, and wear until they fall apart.  You might notice there isn’t a single handbag here.  I chose not to include bags this go around, simply because I don’t see a handbag as something seasonal…  buy the bag you love and wear it year round.

1.  A classic trenchcoat.  (Get one in a shorter length to avoid looking like a detective.)  I bought my trenchcoat three years ago with a tax refund.  It is Burberry, and at the time, I felt incredibly frivolous purchasing it.  But you know what?  I wear it constantly… April thru October.  Personally I’d rather spend a lot on one coat that I’ll wear for ten, fifteen years than spend a little bit on a new coat every Spring.  It’s  a classic for a reason.  It can be hard to find a great trench on a budget, but I happen to really love this one by Ivanka Trump (so strange)

2.  A great pair of white jeans.  No zippers, no embellishment, just a great, basic pair.  Mine (by Paige) are something I wear at least once a week.    I personally like a skinny leg, but it’s really up to you.  If you like a straighter cut, try these.  And these are a great budget-friendly option.

3.  A well-made striped t-shirt.  I really love these shrunken St. James tees from J.Crew… Chance also makes some fabulous striped tees… this and this being amongst my favorites!

4.  A navy blazer.  Mine came from J.Crew (three or four years ago) and I still wear it all the time.  This is great because you can layer it over absolutely everything when you want to feel a little bit more polished.  For a more rumpled look, roll up the sleeves.

5.  Chic, flat sandals.  Mine came from the Poet Sandal Maker in Greece (the style is The Jackie O – I bought them on vacation for myself + my sisters), but then I spotted this pair by Joie (via Taylor) and they’re a dead ringer for my beloved Greek pair.  I got mine four years ago and will wear until the leather detaches from the sandal… they are truly perfect.

6.  A chunky chain link necklace.  I wear this silver one all the time.  It layers well, or makes a statement on its own.  There are days where I just don’t feel like putting on jewelry, and when that happens I throw this one on.  If you are more into gold, try this, this, or this budget-friendly version.  I also love this sparkly one  and this rose gold rendition.

7.  A white blouse with a great drape.  Equipment makes the best silk button downs… this being amongst my favorite.  I also love Madewell’s ex-boyfriend shirts, or this blouse (from TopShop)  for a more feminine look.

8.  A perfectly deconstructed tee.  You know, the one you reach for over and over again because it’s sooo soft and pairs with everything.  I love Madewell’s linen v-necks for this reason.  They are just rumpled enough, super cozy, but don’t lose their shape.

9.  A t-shirt dress.  Under the trench, under the blazer… belted and layered over your stripes… there are an endless amount of ways to wear this piece.  Or try the $15.00 version.

10.  Boyfriend denim.  This trend is not going to go away.  If it does, it will likely come back.  This pair, from Current/Elliott is pretty perfect.  The wash is just right, and in my opinion, Current/Elliot jeans are some of the best-fitting jeans out there.  For a more wallet-friendly version, I love this distressed pair.

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  1. Chelsea:

    Totally agree. When my weight stops fluctuating like crazy, I want a gorgeous investment piece trench. And goodness yes, I love me a striped shirt. xo

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  2. Alyssa:

    Stripes go with everything. Great round up!


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  3. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy:

    Amazing pieces, and I really love your detailed explanations for each of them. And how have I not heard of these Greek sandals?! My family is there 3-4 times a year, I need them to bring me back a pair!
    Smart n Snazzy

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    • Grace Atwood:

      oh my gosh, you do! they are my favorite sandals in the world… so special

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  4. Alyssa:

    Such a great round up of classic items! A trench is definitely a must. I couldn’t get through spring without mine!

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  5. jillian:

    LOVE this list! i am traveling to greece next month and i cant wait to get my hands on some chic leather sandals. xo

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    • Grace Atwood:

      Oh my gosh you have to go to the Poet Sandalmaker… he is incredible! He’ll fit the leather to your feet right there in the store.

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  6. Heidi {Dooley Noted Style}:

    Those tan sandals are so cute!

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  7. Mary Beth:

    I totally agree about the navy blazer. I have the same one from J.Crew. Bought it forever ago and still wear it at least once a week.

    I’m going to have to agree with everyone else on the leather sandals.. really cute!

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  8. Bettina:

    T shirt dresses are the best!

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  9. Emily @ so anthro:

    YES to those striped tees– I need to stock up on some of them! And I am still constantly on the hunt for a great navy blazer!

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  10. Rachel:

    This is so true- I definitely have MOST of these items, but I’m still looking for the perfect trench!

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  11. Ashley:

    I agree with everything except the white jeans! They’re just so impractical

    xo Ashley

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  12. Denysia Yu:

    I agree that these are some essential spring wardrobe needs!

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  13. Rosa:

    Love those jeans, just need to find a spare £200!

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  14. Kara @ Bostonista:

    Agreed! I already have most of these but you can always use more than one basic right?


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  15. Victoria:

    I love your simple spring essential picks! I just did a post on Joie sandals – love them!


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  16. Kristina:

    I love those tees you picked, and I could really use a classic trench.

    Kristina does the Internets

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  17. Rachelle:

    I’m only missing the perfect boyfriend jeans cant seem to find on that fits right. The trench is not necessary as I live in South Florida.


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  18. Nnenna:

    This is such a useful guide, especially since I’m looking to update my wardrobe for spring right now! Also, I also love that Ivanka Trump trench you mentioned- the eyelet trim is so cute!

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  19. Berty Morales:

    I soo totally agree! Amazing pieces and thank you for sharing.

    Mad For Fashion…For Less: Downy Unstoppable Scent Booster Video Shoot + Giveaway!

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  20. Lauren:

    love these tips- perfect staples. i definitely need to invest in a new trench.

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  21. ALISON:

    Love these shades – grays, peaches and whites are my favorite this time of year!

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  22. Brei:

    Love the sandals and coral is one of my favorite colors!

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  23. Kelly | Fabulous K:

    I love this post — such a great pieces and advice!

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  24. Zoë:

    T-shirts and springtime are just the best combo. I love all of these, especially that t-shirt dress! Great list.

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  25. Tobe | Because It's Awesome:

    i want every. last. item.

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  26. Kathleen:

    Yes, yes, and yes. Everything here holds true. All of these pieces are a must, must, must-have! They carry you right through the year, and are always handy to have. I’m waiting to get my own Burberry Trench this year and I love that you included the tee-shirt dress, because it is most def one of my personal favorites

    Kathleen of whenjmetk.com

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  27. P&F:

    OMG, love this orange striped tee! Need it for this spring/summer season!
    Thanks for sharing these amazing pieces!

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