23 Spring Fashion Must-Haves, According To Refinery29 Editors

We’ve turned the clocks forward, the air is losing its frigid bite, the sun is shining — spring, at last, is here. Soon, we’ll be shedding winter layers and storing away our cold-weather fashion to embrace warmer, more fun spring style. 

When it comes to approaching spring fashion, we toe the transitional-dressing line. It’s not quite yet hot enough for T-shirts and shorts, but putting together a functional outfit that will keep you comfortable as temperatures change throughout the day can be quite the challenge. No one wants to be running around lugging around a too-large coat that you only needed for an hour this morning. 

Thankfully, the Refinery29 team is here to help. We’ve already been digging through our closets (and the shopping aisles) for our spring fashion essentials, including trendy barrel-leg jeans, eclectic tights, versatile blazers, and so much more. Scroll on to discover some of the team’s spring must-haves.

All linked products are independently selected by our editors. If you purchase any of these products, we may earn a commission.

Lululemon Relaxed-Fit Twill Blazer

“I didn’t anticipate finding my new favourite blazer at Lululemon, but alas, it happened! This twill-blend blazer, part of the brand’s new travel assortment, fits like a dream (which can be tricky for petite girls like me), is breathable, comfortable, and pairs with everything from a silk midi skirt to relaxed trousers for a Lululemon take on traditional suiting. I can’t wait to wear it nonstop this spring and would never dare to gatekeep it.” — Karina Hoshikawa, Senior Writer

Lululemon Relaxed-Fit Twill Blazer, $, available at Lululemon

Everlane The Way-High Curve Jean

“These past two years have seen some of the most exciting denim trends in recent memory, with the barrel-leg jean emerging as my personal favourite for the way it can be worn with everything from ballet flats to heels. I’ve been loving this casual pair from Everlane that I have worn with everything from sweatshirts and tees to blazers.” — Irina Grechko, Fashion Director

Everlane The Way-High® Curve Jean, $, available at Everlane— PAID CONTENT —

New Balance 610T Shoes

“I’m a woman reborn, officially converted to the trainers way of life. The newest pair in my wardrobe is these sleek, sporty, minimal
pair from New Balance. I chose them for their simplicity, thinking that they’ll become a great option come festival season (I’m over putting my feet through their paces in stylish cowboy boots and cool, platform combat boots. I want comfort and ease!)” — Esther Newman, Affiliate Writer

New Balance 610T Shoes, $, available at New Balance

Kitri Daphne Red Tulip Print Maxi Slip Dress

“I haven’t always been comfortable in slip dresses—sometimes they just feel a little bit too much like pajamas for me—but this one is right up my alley. From the bright red hue to the subtle floral print and lace trim, this dress has me feeling ultra-feminine while still being suitable enough for work with a blazer or jacket on top.” — Ebony-Renee Baker, Fashion Editor

Kitri Daphne Red Tulip Print Maxi Slip Dress, $, available at Kitri

FP Movement Quinn Quilted Puffer Vest

“I’m a big vest girl, especially during the transitional months when I start getting back into running. For spring, I wanted a vest that’s a little more girlie than a tech bro vest, and I love FP Movement’s Quinn quilted puffer! It comes in so many cute colours and has a cutesie scalloped edge detail. This will be perfect for jogging around Central Park or doing errands this spring. I would definitely size down; usually, I’m a size large, and I got a medium as it has an oversized fit and I didn’t want to look like I was swimming in the vest.” — Becca Sax, Affiliate Coordinator

FP Movement Quinn Quilted Puffer Vest, $, available at Free People

Aritzia Sunday Best Divine Pant

“A lightweight sweatpant alternative is hard to come by, but I think I’ve found my staple lounge-to-street option for the transitional spring season. I bought these wide-leg pants in both black and white from Artizia’s Sunday Best line. They make me feel slightly more put-together while working from home, and I find I can easily style them with flats or loafers so I don’t look like I’m walking into the coffee shop in my actual pajamas.” — Kate Spencer, Sr. Affiliate Partnerships Manager

Sunday Best Divine Pant, $, available at Aritzia

Coach Soho Bag In Repurposed Denim

“The denim Coach Soho Bag comes right on time with Beyoncé’s Country era, Ariana Grande’s indie-boho Eternal Sunshine vibes, and the patchwork denim trend. I love the bag’s three denim washes and really love that the fabric is unexpectedly soft. It’s small yet spacious enough to fit all my essentials and the strap is the perfect length to wear as a shoulder bag. I can see myself continuing to reach for the Soho bag to complement my denim-forward looks throughout the spring.” — Victoria Montalti, Associate Affiliate Writer

Coach Soho Bag In Repurposed Denim, $, available at Coach

Urban Renewal Remade Pleated Plaid Mini Skirt

“I just can’t get enough of plaid mini skirts: they make such a simple yet chic style statement when paired with knee-high boots or loafers. This flirty number is made from upcycled deadstock fabric, and I find it so cool that each skirt is completely one-of-a-kind. (You can pick the general colour you want, but, because it’s vintage, you might get a different pattern from what is depicted on the website).” — Venus Wong, Senior Travel Writer

Damson Madder Leopard Cargo Dion Jeans

“I’ll admit, I’ve never seen myself as a leopard-print girl before, but these cargo trousers have changed my mind entirely. The relaxed fit, warm colourway, and embroidered pockets make these the cutest cargos I’ve ever seen. I’ll be wearing them with baggy skater tees and cute cardigans all spring long.” — Alicia Lansom, Associate Editor

Damson Madder Dion Jean – Leopard Cargo, $, available at Damson Madder

Leg Studio Brown Leopard Printed Tights

“I’ve loved funky tights since my Tumblr-blogging, twee days of teenagehood (lace layered over coloured tights was my signature look). And so, I’ve been living for the current tight renaissance — they’re the quickest, easiest, and often cheapest way to update a look, and they keep you warm. My current fave is this leopard-print pair from ASOS that looks amazing with pops of red.” — Esther Newman, Affiliate Writer

ASOS DESIGN Leopard Print Tights, $, available at ASOS

Astrid & Miyu Pearl Charm Hoops

“I’ve had these earrings since they first dropped on A&M around three years ago — and they’ve stood the test of time. They aren’t tarnished or discoloured, and I get them out for special occasions to wear with the matching necklace. I have two other A&M hoops that I alternate between, and I love them all because of the quality they offer for the price point.” — Tanyel Mustafa, Senior Writer

Astrid and Miyu Serenity Pearl Charm Hoops, $, available at Astrid and Miyu

Nyud Marilyn Top + Bottom

“I don’t want to tell you how much time I spent looking for a bikini for a recent birthday trip to Miami. But I’m happy I put in the work and purchased this two-piece from Nyud Swim in trendy chocolate brown. The top can be worn nine different ways (I’ll need a longer vacay to test them all!) and I love the high-waisted, very cheeky bottom. Also, not to sound like my mother, but the material, made of Italian Lycra, washes like a dream — on gentle cycle and laid flat to dry, of course.” — Carli Whitwell, Senior Director of Editorial

Nyud Marilyn Top, $, available at Nyud

Nyud Marilyn Bottom, $, available at Nyud

Kallmeyer New York Léa Slim Blouse With Tie

“I’ve been following Kallmeyer for the past few seasons now, thanks to New York-based brand’s exquisite tailored separates. In particular, I had my eye on this shirt with a built-in tie that I finally invested in this winter. It’s the perfect piece for when you want to dress up your go-to jeans or pair with a suit for a menswear-inspired moment that’s trending right now. While the style is available in a few different colours, I love it in this mustard yellow — though the cream floral is a close second.” — Irina Grechko, Fashion Director

Kallmeyer New York Léa Slim Blouse with Tie, $, available at Kallmeyer New York

Barbour Catton Spey Patch Showerproof Jacket

“As soon as I saw this patchwork jacket from Barbour’s new collection, I was in love. While you can never go wrong with a classic trench, this quirky blend of showerproof denim, corduroy, and gingham offers the perfect mix of statement and practicality. For an oversized fit, I got the jacket one notch up from my regular size. Having only worn it a handful of times so far, I’ve gotten dozens of compliments.” — Ebony-Renee Baker, Fashion Editor

Barbour Catton Spey Patch Showerproof Jacket, $, available at Barbour

Alo Sherpa Ear Muffs

“I get head colds pretty easily, so whenever I’m out and about on a windy day (yes, even in the early weeks of spring), I put on these sherpa ear muffs to keep my head and ears covered. Furry ear muffs are coming back in style in a major way, thanks to the Y2K revival. I love how on-trend these cuddly ones are, with an adjustable band and noticeable-yet-understated Alo Yoga logo on the sides. I feel like a manga character when I have them on, and they make my entire ‘fit look much cuter.” — Venus Wong, Senior Travel Writer

Alo Sherpa Ear Muffs, $, available at Alo

Porto Mini Pouch in Nero 

“I’m not much of a small purse girl, but I’ve recently been attending more dinners and evening events where I’ve found that a small clutch or shoulder bag is more appropriate and useful than my larger daytime tote. This beautiful leather pouch from Porto is buttery soft and handmade in Italy. I find the size is just right to fit some cards/cash, phone, keys, and lip gloss.” — Kate Spencer, Sr. Affiliate Partnerships Manager 

Porto The Pouch, $, available at Porto

New Balance 1906R Shoes

“Yes, I’m all about a statement boot in the wintertime, but my true calling are cushioned and comfortable kicks Thankfully, the spring season means I can venture out in white sneakers without the fear of destroying them in muddy snow, which is exactly why I’m so excited about this new crimson-and-sea salt 1906R pair. New Balance knows exactly what it’s doing when it comes to mesh running shoes, and this new colourway has got me so excited for the warmer weather ahead.” — Alicia Lansom, Associate Editor

New Balance 1906R Shoes, $, available at New Balance

Dr. Martens Audrick Knee High Platform Boots

“Pain is gain, right? I won’t lie, these Dr. Martens boots wrecked my heels the first time I wore them — with three pairs of socks underneath! — but damn do they look good. (I’ve since worn them on an evening out with some padded backs I bought from Amazon to stick on the heels, and it’s been a massive help in making them more comfortable.) Go in prepared to have to break them in, and you’ll have a pair of boots you can wear in the early chilly spring with tights and skirts, through to warmer nights out with shorts.” — Tanyel Mustafa, Senior Writer

Dr. Martens Audrick 20-Eye Leather Knee HighPlatform Boots, $, available at Dr. Martens

Pandora ME Double Link Chain Necklace

“When I wrote my charm necklace building story, my mom saw it, ran with it, and gifted me one for my birthday — a Pandora charm necklace chain along with the brand’s Hamsa Hand charm — so that I could add my own charms and continue building my collection. I really like the two carabiner clasps for easily sliding on the charms and the dual chain style for a modern twist. I know I’m going to be reaching for this necklace all spring and summer long, and swap out my charms to complement every outfit.” — Victoria Montalti, Associate Affiliate Writer

PANDORA Pandora ME Double Link Chain Necklace, $, available at PANDORA

Veronica Beard The Goody Bag

“In February, Veronica Beard, a brand known for its Dickey Jackets and denim, debuted handbags made up of seven silhouettes in a range of sizes and colourways. I’ve been wanting a bucket bag since they came back in style, and this Goody — which can be worn as a crossbody or a top-handle — is spacious enough to fit my essentials, as well as a book (my litmus test when I consider any handbag).” — Irina Grechko, Fashion Director

Veronica Beard The Goody Bag, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Understated Leather Moon Glow Coat

“This is the coat of my dreams. My wildest, rock and roll-tinged, Almost Famous-watching, Daisy Jones and the Sixreading, and Stevie Nicks-listening dreams. I’ve had my heart set on it for over a year now, and I finally decided it was time to bite the bullet. I’ve only had it for a few weeks but it’s already one of my most worn pieces, earning compliments left and right. You can best believe I’ll be wearing this to see Stevie in Hyde Park this summer at the British Summer Time festival!” — Esther Newman, Affiliate Writer

Understated Leather Moon Glow Coat, $, available at Free People

Sweet Girl Floral Hair Scarf

“I’ve previously slept on headscarves but they are such a no-brainer way to inject character and joy into an otherwise monotonous look. I have been wearing this Anthropologie scarf on vacation and it looks so good with pigtails and hoop earrings. Thanks to the slim triangular shape, it stays put in my hair even without using bobby pins. The pattern I got is sold out, but I’ve linked to a lookalike version on ASOS that has a similar colour palette.” — Venus Wong, Senior Travel Writer

ASOS DESIGN Polysatin Medium Headscarf in Floral Print, $, available at ASOS

Biko Large Nicola Studs

Silver jewelry has been making a comeback for a few years now — I wrote about it back in 2021 — and these rhodium-plated, made-in-Toronto chunky studs are my 2024 faves. They are bold without making my ears hurt and look exceptionally adorbs when paired with a twee bow.” — Carli Whitwell, Senior Director of Editorial

Biko Nicola Studs, $, available at Biko

Free People Carry All Bag

“This bag fits everything, and I’m talking everything: my work laptop, a book for the train, my gym clothes for post-work, lunch, and all the other useless bits I insist on carrying around every day. Even better, it slings over your body, which I think is a must when carrying a lot as heavy shoulder bags never stay on the shoulder, do they? Metallic colourways aren’t going anywhere, so this bronze number will keep me on trend in a functional way.” — Tanyel Mustafa, Senior Writer

FP Collection Slouchy Carryall, $, available at Free People

Dr. Martens Black Gothic Americana Platform Monkstraps

“This shoe is so different from anything else I own right now. I like that it’s kind of a boot, kind of a loafer, and its gothic western detailing adds flair to any simple outfit. I’ll be wearing these with jeans and midi skirts for spring — just have to break them in with a bit of stomping around.” — Ebony-Renee Baker, Fashion Editor

Dr. Martens Black Gothic Americana Platform Monkstraps, $, available at SSENSE

Heaven Mayhem Amour Gold Earrings

“Okay, so you wouldn’t have to say much more than Hailey Bieber is a fan of this brand to get me to pay attention BUT, as it turns out, their earring collection is cute AF. I love nothing more than a huge statement earring and these heart-shaped studs are exactly what I need to elevate my go-to slick back bun look.” — Alicia Lansom, Associate Editor

Heaven Mayhem Amour Gold Earrings, $, available at Heaven Mayhem

Circus NY by Sam Edelman Isadora Strap Sandal

“I’m a big fan of Sam Edelman’s Circus NY shoes. I already owned the brand’s Miranda platform sandal in a funky orange and pink swirl print. These chunky sandals are so much more lightweight and comfortable than they look, so I decided to go ahead and purchase my next pair: The Isadora sandal. I opted for this specific style in the metallic silver option because I needed it to double as a shoe that would fit an upcoming disco-themed party and could also be worn for an Olivia Rodrigo Y2K-inspired concert outfit. But I’m also always in need of a going-out shoe in the spring when it’s no longer suitable to slip on my favourite booties and when flat sandals are just too casual. While these are metallic, I truly think they’ll be so versatile and will easily dress up any spring outfit.” — Victoria Montalti, Associate Affiliate Writer

Circus by Sam Edelman Isadora Strap Sandal, $, available at Circus by Sam Edelman

Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

How I Found Spring 2024 Trends In Secondhand Shops

16 Free People Spring Items Editors Are Carting Up

How To Style On Trainers — Fashion’s New Salomons

Leave a Reply