A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about my most worn spring wardrobe staples, and it went over so well, I thought I’d do it again this year.
After scanning the What I Wore Lately cover photos from the last couple of months, I came up with this list of my most worn spring closet staples for 2023.
As much as I shop, I’m very selective about what I actually hang in my closet to wear on the regular, so doing these posts helps me be more strategic about what I keep and return.
My Most Worn Denim This Spring
As you all know, I live in denim three seasons of the year — actually four, if you count jean shorts – and this spring has been no different. I found myself wearing mostly light blue and white denim this year in a variety of silhouettes and inseam lengths.
I tried to narrow this section down to four or five, but that was an exercise in futility, and I finally gave up and just put a whole color category down for #5.
#1. KUT from the Kloth Jane Porkchop Shorts (6) // Even though it only just got warm here, I thought these denim shorts deserved a mention here. I’ve already worn them a ton, and when I try other shorts on, attempting for some semblance of variety in my outfits, I always revert back to these because they’re so comfortable and they go with everything.
SIZING NOTE: Definitely size down in these, if ordering. I don’t take a 6 in anything these days, and these are plenty roomy.
#2. MOTHER The Insider Crop Step Chew in Dancing On Coals (more sizes) // Well, this will certainly come as a surprise to no one! Funny that I almost didn’t keep these jeans when I bought them 3 years ago because I was afraid I wouldn’t reach for them. They’re pretty much all I want to wear this time of year.
I just think they’re such a fun, casual summer jean — especially this Dancing On Coals wash with the ripped knees and chewed stem hem. I also have these in white.
also wearing: also wearing: floral tee (M) // sandals (8) // green jacket (S) // white tee (M) // On Cloud sneakers (8.5) // 525 sweater // VEJA sneakers (39) // JeT’aime tee // utility jacket (S) // VEJA sneakers (39)
#3. MOTHER Weekender Bootcut Jeans (29) // I love, love, love these bootcut jeans. They’re the perfect length and silhouette for me, and the denim is soft and stretchy and so comfortable. I wore them a ton this spring before our weather warmed up, and I still find myself reaching for them when I want a casual outfit with heels.
also wearing: printed blouse (S) // white denim jacket (S) // Kork-Ease sandals (8) // black tank (S) // black coated denim jacket (S) // Equipment sweater (S) // Dolce Vita booties (8) // Rails button-up (S) // Michael Stars tank (M) // Dolce Vita platform heels
#4. MOTHER Dazzler in Riding the Cliffside (29) // These are my go-to slim straight leg jeans for year ’round wear. They look especially good with sneakers and flats.
#5. White Jeans // This is a copout, but as I looked back through my pictures, I felt like my white jeans have been fairly evenly represented this spring, and this category is already long enough. Plus, I wrote an extensive White Denim Guide just a few weeks ago.
I feel like I’ve worn the PAIGE Leenah, Good American Good Straight, MOTHER Hustler, and MOTHER Insider equally over the past couple of months. They are all true to size; I have the 29 (the 8 in the case of Good American).
My Most Worn Spring Tops & Tees
Wow, Evereve is majorly represented in this category! I feel like I’ve gotten more wear out of my casual tops this year than ever before. I guess we didn’t go out much.
#1. Frame Le Mid Rise V-Neck Tee (XS) // A great white tee is foundational to my spring wardrobe because it’s the perfect base layer under all my jackets and cardigans, but I also like ones with a little extra texture or detail for when I want them to stand alone.
I still love my ATM Schoolboy V-Neck T-Shirt but I think I’ve worn this Frame one more this year. It has such a flattering neckline and sleeves. The fabric is smoother than the ATM, and while I love the slub texture, this is nice for a change. It always looks polished, even after a day of traveling.
#2. Sundry thermal (size 1) // I love a long sleeve thermal top for casual spring days when I don’t want to wear a sweater and it’s too cold for short sleeves. I found myself wearing this thermal top over and over again.
#3. Blake Taped Hoodie (S) // I also found myself wearing a lot of what I call elevated sweatshirts this spring. I have two or three that I wore almost weekly, but none are available anymore, so I’ll just picture this one. I will definitely will be sure to have a couple of these in my spring closet next year. I love this navy blue option, if you’re looking to add something like this to your closet this summer.
#4. SUNDRY Side Twist Tee // Unfortunately, this top is also sold out, but I think it’s a good reminder that sometimes it pays to spend a bit more on a “beyond basic tee” that you will wear over and over with different outfits. Cost per wear, and all that!
also wearing: MOTHER Dazzler (29) // Dolce Vita sandals (8) // Porkchop shorts (6) // Kork-Ease sandals (8) // MOTHER Insider (29) // Vince Camuto sandals (8) // white MOTHER Insider (29) // P448 sneakers (39)
#5. Chaser Sunset Rays Tank (S) // I don’t know why I haven’t worn this graphic tank with white, but it sure is cute with all types of blue jean bottoms! Orange is a huge trending color for summer, and I love the happy colors in this tank.
SIDE NOTE: What’s the rule with band tees? You must know at least 3 songs? My college roommate used to listen to the Grateful Dead, and I’ve enjoyed their music ever since, so I feel like I’m “allowed” to wear them on my t-shirt, haha! I definitely have more than 3 of their songs on my Spotify master playlist.
How about you? Will you buy a band tee just because it’s cute? Or do you have to like their music?
My Most Worn Outfit-Making Jackets
Yes, that is so a clothing category! Okay, I made that up, but I really do rely on casual jackets to level up my spring looks.
#1. KUT from the Koth Kara in Cactus (S) // This cactus green cropped raw hem jacket was the first new jacket I purchased for spring 2023. It tops off a white tee with blue jeans perfectly!
#2. KUT from the Kloth Ingrid (S) // This was another new purchase this season. What can I say? I really like green jackets. Although, I actually miss the coral/pink KUT from the Kloth Kara I had last year. I can’t believe I got rid of it, but I can’t find it. I guess I figured they always have new colors, and it’s better when I can link them, but I’m kind of bummed about that. It was a nice option to have.
#3. KUT from the Kloth Jacqueline (S) // I’ve had this one for a few years, but it’s still my go-to when I want a blue jean jacket. (I didn’t link any of the tops because they’re old, and I think the shoes are either linked elsewhere or pretty obvious.)
My Most Worn Shoes This Spring
Sneakers and sandals are my go-to shoes for springtime, once the weather warms up, but earlier in the season, I love loafers and espadrilles. I’m also happy to see ballet flats making a comeback this year, although I didn’t reach for mine as much as I thought I would.
#1. P448 sneakers // These are selling out, but they definitely need a spot in this roundup. When it comes to sneakers, it’s definitely a tie between these and my VEJAs.
#2. VEJA Esplar (39) // I have a few pairs of these, and my most recent addition is the White/Sable, but unfortunately, it sold out. The plain white ones are great too, and I love the white with black accents when I’m wearing some black in my outfit, so I wear those more in fall and winter.
#3. Kork-Ease Hutton Sandals (more sizes) (39) // I have probably worn these shoes more than any other this season; definitely more than any of my other heels. They are so comfortable, and they just seem to go with everything. They really walk that line (no pun intended!) between dressy and casual, which is where most of my “going out” outfits fall on the spectrum.
also wearing: Wit &Wisdom jeans
Also, I apologize, but I do not know the nail color I was wearing there. It’s so pretty, though, right!?!
#4. YSL Leather Espadrille Flats // I always wear my leather espadrilles a ton in the spring and fall; they’re such a good casual transition shoe. My YSL pair was a huge splurge a few years back. I can’t even remember how old they are, but I know I bought them pre-pandemic, and the price has gone up a lot since then. There are lot of good wallet-friendly options out there, though, like this Tory Burch pair and this Michael Kors pair.
#5. Flat Slide Sandals // Another copout, I know! But when it comes to flat sandals, I’m having a hard time finding a pair that stands out more than the rest, which is odd because I usually have a go-to pair. The one constant is, I tend to reach for slides more than anything else. Here’s a roundup of my favorites.
Also, I’ve noticed that I need a pair of flat black sandals, so I’m on the lookout to add a pair of those for summer.
My Most Worn Handbags This Spring
I purchased three new bags this spring… well, three that I actually kept! Two of the three have been on constant repeat, and I’m surprised (and a bit disappointed) that I haven’t reached for the other that much. I love it, but I haven’t been wearing as much black as usual.
#1. Dragon Diffusion Santa Croce large woven-leather basket bag // I was immediately drawn to this bag when Helena (Brooklyn Blonde) showed it on her IG Story. I love how it plays into the current trends, but it still has a classic summer vibe, and it’s not a bag that you see everywhere. When I got it in the mail, it was even more beautiful than I had anticipated.
It’s such a unique and gorgeous bag, and it goes with so much. Because it’s handmade, it goes in and out of stock frequently, but if you want one, you can add it to your Wishlist at Matches Fashion, and they’ll email you when stock becomes available.
also wearing: LOFT stripe dress
Here’s a little more about the brand:
Dragon Diffusion creates handmade woven leather handbags that are handcrafted with respect for tradition. Our special Hand Braiding technique has been developed through our respect for Traditional Leather Craft and the natural vegetable dying process of our leather straps is unique. We have been inspired by traditional Basket Weaving cultures from Japanese Bamboo Basketry to Fibre baskets crafted from natural plants by ethnic South Pacific communities. The key point is that although the function of the bag changes, the contemporary look is adapted to the function of today. Where instead of carrying fruits and vegetables, we have transformed these baskets to be used for everyday use.
#2. Amazon Top Handle Straw Clutch // I borrowed this bag from Lindsey when we were in Miami together, and I came right home and ordered one. It’s super affordable and on trend, and easy to dress up or down. It also has a chain strap if you want to be hands-free.
also wearing: floral dress
The bag I did not carry as much as I’d hoped is my NAGHEDI St. Barths Medium Woven Tote, but I plan to remedy that situation ASAP! When I realize I’m not wearing or using a favorite wardrobe piece, I start to create outfits just for the purpose of using it. Sometimes that requires purchasing what I need to complete a look, but more often, it just means being more intentional about wearing items from my closet that go with it.
Which of your favorite wardrobe pieces did you reach for most this spring?
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