The arrival of slightly warmer weather feels like we can all breathe in some much-needed fresh air. After a flurry of snowstorms and bitterly cold downpours, the comparatively balmy temperatures have us thinking about swapping out our fluffy mittens and hiking boots for something more stylish.
We’ll not get too hasty but the upcoming spring season has us running with open arms towards lightweight jackets and slouchy jeans. Whether you’re searching for a sweatshirt to layer with your favourite denim jacket or the perfect boxy T-shirt to wear underneath a blazer, R29 staff have their eyes on plenty of spring-ready items this March.
However, if you aren’t ready to give up on your winter wardrobe just yet, we also have plenty of cold weather styles for you to scroll through. From a sensible pair of welly socks to some dark coloured trainers, we’re keeping our layers close in the event of an unscheduled rain shower or two.
To take a look at everything that Team R29 are lusting after this March, click through the slideshow ahead…
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Georgia Murray, Junior Fashion EditorGeorgia Murray, Fashion EditorI left my loungewear in 2020 and I’ve been wearing these Weekday jeans every day since. They’re comfortable, go with every pair of shoes I own and distinguish my working day from my Married at First Sight Australia-filled evenings.
Weekday Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans, $, available at WeekdayI really like Daisy’s jewellery – simple, classic, affordable and won’t turn your skin green. I’ve stopped wearing all my rings thanks to endless hand-washing but this chain necklace is a constant over every crew-neck jumper and knitted dress I have on rotation right now.
Estée Lalonde x Daisy London Forever Chain Necklace 18ct Gold Plate, $, available at Daisy LondonI bought this soutien collar coat from Uniqlo U’s latest drop to don while walking laps of my local park. Turns out, puffers and wool coats are great for standing around in the Sainsbury’s queue, or slower weekend walks, but my solo lunchtime walks are speedy and I’ve been getting hot quite quickly. This lightweight, shower-proof solution has been a trusty staple in this in-between weather.
Uniqlo Soutien Collar Short Coat, $, available at UniqloWhite blouses with XXL collars are all I plan on wearing this spring: under knitwear, tucked into jeans, with rollnecks layered underneath on colder days… Vintage is best with this one, and Etsy has a plethora of Victorian pieces to choose from.
Etsy 1980s White Blouse With Lace Trim Collar, $, available at EtsyYep, me and every other person on your Insta feed is in the market for this lush House of Sunny cardigan. The ‘70s knitted polo top vibe, the gorgeous colours the brand is known for, and the sunset landscape pattern all make this knit a winner. I’ll wear mine with slip skirts and bleached denim come summer.
House Of Sunny Day Tripper Cardigan, $, available at House of SunnyMy new jewellery obsession? MONDO MONDO, the LA-based brand making surreal and silly pieces I want to cover my body in. This ring is my current favourite.
Mondo Mondo Janus Gold Ring, $, available at Mondo MondoAnna Jay, Art DirectorAnna Jay, Art DirectorI’m hoping these socks will save my chilly toes on every muddy March walk.
Hunter Original Short Boot Socks: Black, $, available at HunterMaybe, just maybe, it’s getting warm enough to start doing Pilates à la Zoom in shorts?
Girlfriend Collective High-rise stretch-jersey cycling shorts, $, available at SelfridgesI bought these in a different colour last year and they’ve been my go-to favourite pair of trainers since.
VEJA Venturi Alveomesh Grafite Moonrock, $, available at VEJAI feel like these jeans might just be the linchpin I’ve needed to freshen up my clothes for spring. Paired with a cute top or white T-shirt, they’re office and weekend-ready.
ASOS DESIGN ASOS DESIGN Ritson Original Mom Jean In Rust With Raw, $, available at ASOSWith said jeans!
Ganni Seersucker Check Wrap Dress, $, available at GanniJessica Morgan, Staff Writer
Jessica Morgan, Staff WriterI have a slight obsession with gold hoop earrings and these go the extra mile with a super cute rainbow Love charm. It also reminds me of the keyring that Louise from St Louis gave Carrie in Sex and the City. We all need a little bit of love, don’t we?
Cartilage Cartel Rainbow Love Huggie Hoop Earring Gold, $, available at Cartilage CartelThe one thing I love about spring is the transitional dressing that comes with it. It’s still chilly jacket weather but it’s warm enough to get your legs out. This gorgeous puffed-sleeve denim dress from Mango’s new sustainable denim range has my name all over it. Not only is it hella stylish but it’s kind to the planet: the whole collection saves 30 million litres of water. Sign me up!
Mango Puffed sleeves denim dress, $, available at MangoIt’s time for a spring clean in my house, and I don’t mean actual cleaning. It’s time to give my wardrobe a complete overhaul. I’ve been living in sweatpants, baggy turtlenecks and Uggs for the last year thanks to the ongoing pandemic. But I really want to make an effort to get dressed every day and there’s no better time to start than now, when the mercury is rising and the sun is shining for that little bit longer each day. This gorgeous pink babydoll dress by French label Sézane has my name all over it.
Sézane Babeth Dress, $, available at SézaneAlicia Lansom, Editorial AssistantWho doesn’t love a light grey T-shirt? I’m planning ahead to sunnier days with these clean boxy tee that will match with everything from jeans and a shirt to a satin skirt and sandals.
& Other Stories Boxy Organic Cotton T-Shirt, $, available at & Other StoriesI really want a fun ring. I’m tired of looking down at my fingers and seeing nothing but chipped nail polish, which is why I’m eyeing up this fluorescent hand candy to brighten up my days at home.
La Manso FluoPink Knuckle Duster, $, available at La MansoI’ve been searching for the perfect pair of leather trousers for what feels like an eternity, and after endless hours of scrolling, I was starting to feel like I would never find them. That was until I came across these heavenly ‘Kika Pants’ from Simonett. Featuring topstitching, a straight leg and made using vegan materials, these trousers are truly a dream come true.
Simonett Kika Pants, $, available at SimonettVicky Spratt, Features EditorWhen I first heard about “period pants” I was reticent. My pre-tampon sanitary pad years were spent, mostly, feeling like I was wearing a nappy. But then I tried a pair of Thinx and my life changed. I haven’t used a tampon since. It’s liberating. They don’t leak and I don’t spend 90% of the time that I am on my period wondering if I’m going to get toxic shock syndrome because I’ve accidentally forgotten to remove on. So when I found out that Thinx are now doing activewear I was excited. I have these training shorts, which I’ve been wearing to do Zoom exercise classes. They’re so flattering that I want to wear them even when I’m not on my period but, when I am, they make me forget that I’m bleeding entirely.
THINX Training Shorts, $, available at THINXI’ve been mulling over these Tekla pyjama shorts since Christmas. Apparently, one year into the pandemic, I’m not ready to give up on loungewear.
Tekla Organic-cotton pyjama shorts, $, available at Matches FashionI say I’m not ready to give up on loungewear and then I think about going to a “clurrrb” wearing these Sophie Buhai earrings and, suddenly, all I want to do is go out. Then again, actually, they’d look great with my pyjamas.
Sophie Buhai Sophie Buhai Pearl-drop 18kt gold-vermeil chain earrings, $, available at MatchesFashionSadhbh O’Sullivan, Health & Living WriterI got a sewing machine for my birthday and I’m so excited and terrified by the possibility that I could sew my own clothes. I love the look of this simple pattern and could work it in a light linen for spring (some day!) but I’m equally excited by the jersey possibilities for winter.
IfKimWoreClothes Short sleeve gathered skirt smock dress sewing pattern, $, available at EtsyI’m ready to emerge from my pyjama/loungewear trouser cocoon and I want to do so in jeans that fit well, look good and don’t need to be unbuttoned the moment I look at my morning porridge. My size is most realistically a 15/16/17 which means I’m at the highest end of most straight size stores – while I can still technically fit the trousers, they are not comfortable to sit in. So I’m delighted I can get a pair of jeans that will comfortably fit me to wear at my WFH desk.
Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans (plus), $, available at Levi’sKnitting is, at this point, all I’m really good for. I love the kits Wool & The Gang pull together and this three-colour tweed stitch is a goddamn DELIGHT. I’d wear this jumper with both my other picks tbh.
Wool and the Gang Rumours Sweater Sewing Kit, $, available at Wool and the GangJacqueline Kilikita, Beauty EditorI can’t wait to shelve my bulky winter coat for something a little lighter, even though I only ever venture out of my house on daily walks. I like the boxy shoulders and lived-in finish on this and I know it’ll go with everything.
Mango Denim oversized jacket, $, available at MangoI’ve been living in pyjama bottoms since last March so I’m trying to train myself to wear jeans again. I’ve always wanted a high-waisted, flared pair and I love the cute ‘70s-esque pockets on these. I have a cute Sézane knit that would go well with them and a pair of suede heeled boots.
& Other Stories Flared High Waist Jeans, $, available at & Other Stories …when it’s almost spring but you know it’s going to be freezing for a while longer yet. This turtleneck mini dress is chic so I’d team it with my JW Anderson Pierce bag but toughen it up with my trusty Doc Marten boots.
Reformation Libra striped stretch-jersey mini dress, $, available at SelfridgesKristine Romano, Photo & Design AssistantI love this new Baggu pattern and seeing as the only place I’m going these days is the supermarket, I’ll get plenty of use out of this bag.
Baggu Reusable Bag – Madras No. 1, $, available at Kin HomeAt this point, it’s hard to imagine a time where I won’t be wearing a sweatshirt and joggers most days of the week. I generally prefer men’s sweatshirts ’cause they’re boxier and more oversized. This Arket one looks perfectly cosy and the colour is especially good.
Arket Relaxed Heavyweight Sweatshirt, $, available at ArketAs it finally starts to get warmer, I’m excited to start wearing some of my more lightweight coats again. I love the versatility of a quilted jacket and haven’t come across many in this longer silhouette. The big pockets are a plus!
Everlane The Cotton Quilted Jacket, $, available at EverlaneJam and Rico has been on my radar for a really long time. It’s owned by Lisette Ffolkes, who was born to a Jamaican father and Puerto Rican mother. She adds Caribbean colour and spice to her intricate pieces, which I am obsessed with. As a fellow JA queen, I have to rock these earrings, which take inspiration from Montego Bay, stat.
Jam+Rico Hoja Earring Small, $, available at Jam + RicoIf there are any wellies that I need over the coming months, it’s Le Chameau, because Hunter is so 2011. This gorgeous burgundy pair are just the boots to go with jeans for my weekends shooting in the country or on a muddy walk in the forest (or, you know, getting through the next few months of rain).
Le Chameau Women’s Giverny Jersey Lined Bottillon, $, available at Le ChameauCUSTOMMADE is one of those brands you instantly fall in love with and since discovering it on Instagram, the Danish designs and bold colours have completely stolen my heart. I’ve had my beady little eyes set on this gorgeous pink cardigan, which has the most extra balloon sleeves I’ve ever seen. I need it and no one can stop me.
custommade Fie Cardigan Beetroot Purple, $, available at CustommadeVicky Spratt, Features EditorHas there ever been a more universally useful clothing item than a black bodysuit? I’ll wait. I’ll be channelling the Labour MP Tracy Brabin – who was trolled for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of Commons – by wearing this whenever I do any TV, radio or public speaking to talk about Refinery29’s campaign to decriminalise abortion, #I’mACriminal.
Topshop Black Asymmetric Bodysuit by Topshop Boutique, $, available at TopshopI gave up wearing underwired bras a few years ago despite being a DD and, honestly, I’ve never been more comfortable. I’ll be adding this Araks satin bra to my collection and wearing it underneath the aforementioned bodysuit.
Arkas Yanelis Satin-Trimmed Bralette, $, available at Matches FashionAnd over the top I’ll be wearing this grey ribbed Acne jumper. I’ve been trying to buy less over the last year or so but I allow myself to buy classic stuff that I’ll actually wear over and over again. This jumper is one such item.
Acne Studios Kinzie Alpaca Rib Jumper, $, available at Liberty LondonAlicia Lansom, Editorial AssistantIf my mum found out I was even contemplating purchasing this handbag she would throw a complete wobbly. It’s see-through, has no proper way to fasten it and doesn’t have a little side pocket to hide your valuables. Luckily I am an adult who can make her own bad decisions, which might very well include purchasing this completely impractical but very cool jelly bag.
Weekday Sea Transparent Bag, $, available at WeekdayFor years, button-down shirts just reminded me of my old school uniform but this lilac number from Weekday is helping me see them in a whole new light. Given that 99% of my wardrobe is black, I should probably purchase this shirt as my obligatory ‘pop of colour’ for the upcoming spring season.
Weekday Edyn Purple Shirt, $, available at WeekdayYes this is the 3425th puff-sleeve dress you’ve seen on the internet in the last six months, but this one is gingham. Made from sustainably sourced materials, this & Other Stories tent dress is going straight to the top of my ‘things I want but can’t afford’ list.
& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at & Other StoriesSadhbh O’Sullivan, Health & Living WriterI’m excited to be getting into the kind of weather where I can get away with a great shirt, jeans, Docs and a jacket (NO jumper required). We may not be there quite yet but when we reach it I’ll be wearing a shirt like this nonstop.
ASOS Marketplace Vintage 70s Geometric Patterned Shirt Brown, $, available at asos marketplaceIt was my birthday in February and I wanted a new dress that I could (and will) wear time and time again. I went with a green satin version of this beauty from Minkie – I love the ruched neck and sleeves.
Minkie Yellow Floral Midi Dress With High Neck, $, available at MinkieIf I were to get a new coat I’d want it to make a statement. I love everything about this, from the palette to the pattern to the fringing, yes yes yes.
Oxfam Vintage Gemini Orange Jacquard Coat, $, available at OxfamHabiba Katsha, Editorial InternI’ve just booked my first holiday for the year which is a festival in Portugal and naturally I’ve been eyeing up everything holiday-related in preparation. If you ask me where my Airbnb is I won’t be able to tell you but I do know what I’ll be wearing: these sunnies with a nice bikini to match.
ASOS DESIGN Asos Design Square Sunglasses In Crystal Neon Green, $, available at ASOSAs we’re slowly (emphasis on slowly) making the transition into spring, I’m excited to ditch my heavy coats and replace them with some oversized blazers. I’ll be wearing this with a turtleneck or a white tee.
Zara Check Long Sleeve Blazer, $, available at ZaraIn an attempt to stop myself from buying more micro bags I’ve opted for a more practical choice. This way I won’t have to choose between whether I want to put my phone or purse in my bag…
House Of Sunny Icon Shoulder Bag, $, available at House of Sunny
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