6 Wardrobe Essentials For Spring 2021

Spring has sprung in many parts of the country which has me thinking about some of the must-have spring wardrobe essentials I rely on. Of course, every woman’s style essentials will vary with her personal taste, so think of these as a guide. Today I’m joining my friend Susan to share some basics and essentials to ease the transition to warmer weather.

woman standing in front of waterfall wearing denim jacket


What are spring wardrobe essentials?

These are the building blocks that make up the backbone of your wardrobe. You can think of them as a mini capsule wardrobe. They’re often classic and make your wardrobe more cohesive so it’s easier to put your outfits together.


Lightweight jacket

No spring wardrobe would be complete without layers to add or remove as the weather changes. A lightweight jacket often tops the list for me so here are some options to consider:

  1. a cotton trench
  2. denim jacket
  3. trucker jacket
  4. cotton coated anorak
  5. utility jacket
  6. blazers. Sweater blazers are a great option this time of year. They’re more casual and laid-back than a structured blazer so they feel less like workwear.
  7. shacket is super popular this year. They’re basically an oversized or giant shirt worn as a jacket.



jennifer of A Well Styled Life wearing plaid shirt, red pants and rose gold sunglasses


Nothing perks up your look faster than a cool pair of sunglasses. As we roll into spring, the sun gets stronger which increases the potential sun damage to our eyes so they’re more important than ever. I also hate squinting so I always look for polarized lenses. The eyewear trends for 2021 include:

  • aviator
  • large cateye
  • large rectangle
  • flat lenses
  • mirrored lenses
  • geometric
  • skinny

Basically, everything is in this year so choose frames that flatter your face.

Light sweaters


Now’s the time to pack up your heavy sweaters and replace them with lighter versions. Your climate will determine if you reach for cotton, bamboo, thin cashmere, or even linen. I love spring cardigans because they can be worn open, closed, or removed altogether. Pullovers are trending shorter this spring to work with the higher rise, straight and wider leg on jeans.


Modern Jean


Yes, broken record here but jean styles do get dated so check out the direction of new denim and choose the one that’s most flattering for you. Many women wear white jeans and this is the perfect time to update yours. White jeans tend to yellow with time and are a magnet for stains so check yours over and be sure they still look crisp. This essential could also translate into leggings if those are your go-to bottom. Are leggings still in style for 2021? You betcha if you follow a few simple guidelines. Read more here The Modern Way To Wear Leggings After 50


Comfy flat

Our more casual lifestyles have most of us eschewing heels so when we pack up our boots, a comfy flat is the perfect transition shoe. Fashion sneakers are having “a moment” and I am jumping aboard that train. If your style runs to more classic shapes…look for loafers, driving mocs, and ballet flats.



And last but not least, a spring wardrobe essential for 2021 is having several lightweight and breathable facemasks in colors and patterns that make you happy. We can wear disposable paper masks but they’re pretty ugly, not to mention filling up our landfills so why not invest in more attractive options? Many brands are now making masks in the same print as their tops so you can have a mask for every look.

Now let’s go check out Susan’s spring wardrobe essentials at une femme d’un certain âge.

What are some of your spring wardrobe essentials?

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  1. MRSBEN2
    March 26, 2021 / 4:09 pm

    Always appreciate your expertise, Jennifer. The only thing I might add; for those who wear prescription eyeglasses and considering a change in frames, they could always have their old ones converted into sun glasses. (Did this for my husband after his cataract surgery, rather than having expensive frames go to waste.) Just a thought! -Brenda-

    • Jennifer
      March 26, 2021 / 5:37 pm

      I just ordered new glasses today!! I hope I like them as much as my old ones, although I’m not sure how I could because I adore my old ones:)

  2. Lin
    March 26, 2021 / 12:50 pm

    Love your Spring wardrobe suggestions.
    Makes me want to change over the closet and , of course, go shopping 🛍

  3. Kay
    March 26, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    I have been thinking about substituting masks for scarves. I wear a scarf for the color and pattern when I wear one. I’m thinking I can do the same with a face mask, and I can buy a lot more pretty masks for what I pay for one scarf. I saw Johnny Was has some masks. I think I might start there.

  4. Anon
    March 26, 2021 / 10:01 am

    With the new variants, some seniors’ residences have banned fabric masks. The residents and staff have been vaccinated, but there is no guarantee with the new variants. Plus, visitors are of an age that has not had access to vaccines yet. So off we go with surgical masks and visors, physical distancing and hand sanitizers for the foreseeable future. Disposable masks it is, or no visits allowed.

    • Jennifer
      March 26, 2021 / 12:46 pm

      We need to follow the required protocol . Hopefully, we will be seeing an end to this and can get on with our lives more easily.

  5. Francesca B.
    March 26, 2021 / 9:34 am

    Thank you Jennifer for putting all this together, great suggestions!
    Have a lovely weekend:)

    • Jennifer
      March 26, 2021 / 12:45 pm

      Happy Weekend, Francesca

  6. PamW
    March 26, 2021 / 9:29 am

    Really appreciate your take on essentials, allowing for different tastes and lifestyles! So many of these lists say “denim jacket,” meaning the classic jeans jacket— and I’ve had several of those that stay in my closet until I give them away. But a canvas chore jacket, that I’ll reach for! So boring if everyone wore the exact same thing.

    • Jennifer
      March 26, 2021 / 12:44 pm

      That’s why I prefer a broader definition of essentials:) We all have such different tastes

  7. Peggy
    March 26, 2021 / 9:10 am

    Sneakers are the best but they look klunky. Too much white sole and a boxy toe. Maybe the solution is a lower sole and more narrow toe? Has anybody found my dream shoe?

    • Anne
      March 26, 2021 / 7:13 pm

      I own 2 pair of Munro Gabbie. I think they look more streamlined than most, and they give good support.

  8. Cindy
    March 26, 2021 / 6:48 am

    Really enjoying your posts!
    Still struggling with the half tuck and when I do this, do I need to wear a belt?

    • Jennifer
      March 26, 2021 / 7:34 am

      You can if you want. I often do.

  9. Susan Blakey
    March 26, 2021 / 6:14 am

    Jennifer, I see we are on the same wavelength! 😉 I love those longer jackets on you. Thanks again!

  10. Jean
    March 26, 2021 / 5:54 am

    Loving all your suggestions! Your blog has helped me refine my wardrobe and has encouraged me to try some new styles. I’m petite with a well-defined waist. I love the finishing touch of a lightweight, casual jacket. However, many of the jackets I see are too boxy which is unflattering on me. What stores/brands do you find are best for finding slightly fitted light jackets? Chico’s used to be my go-to but their styles seem to favor the boxy look :(.

    • Jennifer
      March 26, 2021 / 12:43 pm

      Boxy does seem to be very popular. Ann Taylor is often more fitted so you might try there.

    • Mary Alice Jenkins
      March 29, 2021 / 10:52 am

      I found a great slightly fitted denim jacket on Talbot’s website recently. It shows my waist and is very flattering. It is longer than a typical jean jacket and has a seam at the waistline in the back and flares slightly below the waist. Hope you can find it!

  11. Jan
    March 26, 2021 / 5:05 am

    I have benefited so much from your blogs regarding building a wardrobe of essential, basic pieces of clothing. This makes for smart, budget friendly shopping. I have learned to invest in those pieces that will be my go to favorites for years.
    The raspberry, faux suede jacket is absolutely dynamite paired with those cuffed jeans! Both pieces would love to find a spot in my closet too!

    • Jan
      March 26, 2021 / 1:25 pm

      Hi Jennifer
      I’m not on Facebook. Could you possibly post your blog about your recent haircut on this website?

      • Jennifer
        March 26, 2021 / 5:36 pm

        I will always post it here. I haven’t finished the post yet but it will be here

  12. Marie
    March 26, 2021 / 4:58 am

    Thanks for great post! I love all the recommendations.

    Sweaters are a second thought when the weather warms up here. I’m looking for tops that are worn under jackets. I purchased two buttoned jersey blouses from one of your previous posts that are very versatile. I also look for a pretty printed blouse, for those times when getting out socially is starting to happen.

    • Jennifer
      March 26, 2021 / 12:42 pm

      Yes, lightweight sweaters for sure. I am so looking forward to social gatherings.

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