My Most Worn Spring Closet Staples

A few months ago, I did a post about my most worn winter wardrobe staples, and it went over so well, I thought I’d do one for spring too. I focused on clothing categories for my winter post, but this time I decided to pull out the actual items I ended up wearing the most.

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. It’s interesting, because they’re not necessarily the ones I thought I would wear the most when I purchased them.

Of course, our colder than average spring definitely factors into what items I found myself reaching for most often, but I still think this is a helpful exercise. Hopefully it makes me a better shopper going forward.

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. This spring has been no different. They may be blue, black, or white; but jeans are pretty much the foundation of my spring wardrobe.

I tried to narrow this section down to three or four pairs, but that was an exercise in futility, and I finally gave up and just put a whole color category down for #4.

#1. AGOLDE Toni straight ankle jeans (also at Evereve) // I really like this slim straight ankle-length silhouette with sneakers or loafer mules for spring. It plays into the current trends while staying true to my personal style and what works best for my body. In fact, I like these so much that I have them in three different washes.

I recently picked up this Precipice wash (also at Evereve) because I wanted a lighter wash for spring/summer, and I put the darker Obscure wash away for next fall.

What has surprised me with these jeans is I haven’t found myself reaching for my Tonis in Feral — the washed black pair with the chewed hem — as much as I predicted when I discovered them earlier in the season.

I think that’s because I prefer the traditional hem on the blue pairs. The chewed hem on the washed black pair looks pretty rugged, and after washing them (even with ironing) they don’t hang straight.

I still have them and plan to wear them, but I think I’ll find myself reaching for them more this fall. These run pretty true to size, but they do stretch out some. If in between, you could maybe size down. I have the 28.

#2. Mother The Insider crop flares // Well, this will certainly come as a surprise to no one! This is another denim style that I have in three washes.

also wearing: Caslon t-shirt // Sam Edelman Adaley slides

Funny that I almost didn’t keep these jeans because I was afraid I wouldn’t reach for them. Now they’re pretty much all I want to wear. 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.

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I also have these in Not Guilty — a black pair with a traditional hem, and Fairest Of Them All — white denim with a raw step hem. These run pretty true to size, although I notice that they vary some by wash. I have a 28 in all three.

#3. Good American Good Legs skinny jeans // I wore these jeans so much last winter that you’d think I’d be sick of them by now, and I kind of am, but there are times when they are just the only ones that make sense.

I thought the AGOLDE Toni in the washed black wash would replace these, but I still find myself wanting the more elevated look of the skinny with the traditional hem when I’m wearing black jeans. When I’m headed out for dinner with Paul or a girlfriend on a Friday night, and it’s chilly outside, I find myself reaching for these 9 times out of 10.

They’re true to size, but expect them to feel very tight at first. They do soften up quickly, and they have a way of holding in all the jiggly stuff, which is one thing I love about them.

I also have these in white, which leads me to #4…

#4. 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.

one // two // three // four

Well, that’s not entirely true. The Levi’s 724 straight ankle jeans with the ripped knees and chewed hems have not seen much airtime, which is funny since the Mother Insiders with the ripped knees and chewed hems have, and they have a similar vibe.

But I’ve worn my Frame Le High ankle straight jeans, Paige Hoxton skinnies, Good American Good Legs skinnies, and white Mother Insiders fairly equally over the past couple of months. They are all true to size; I have the 28.

My Most Worn Spring Tops & Tees

This category is all over the place because we’ve had such crazy weather this spring. I guess that’s par for the course with this season, but I feel like I’ve gotten more wear out of my long-sleeve spring sweaters this year than ever before.

#1. Banana Republic cotton-hemp v-neck sweater // I fell in love with this sage/celery/avocado green color this spring, and this sweater is one of my favorite pieces from this season.

also wearing: Frame Le High straight jeans with Dolce Vita Paily sandals

I love the shape of the v-neck, the length, and the classic but slightly relaxed fit. Unfortunately, this one is almost sold out, but it’s true to size; I’m wearing the small.

#2. Lou & Grey star sweater // I picked up this sweater in a LOFT store when shopping with a friend on a verrrry cold day back in February. I just had a feeling I would wear it a lot this spring, and I have.

also wearing: Daily Ritual girlfriend jeans // Everlane clogs

The print is so cute, and it’s the perfect lightweight fabric for mild spring weather. It’s also almost sold out, but this one is the same — just cherries instead of stars. It’s true to size; wearing the small.

#3. ATM Schoolboy V-Neck T-Shirt // It’s almost impossible to find a white slub tee that isn’t see-through, but ATM nailed it with this one. It also has the perfect v-neckline — not too low, not too wide, and such a flattering shape. Plus, the length is perfect for tucking or leaving out, and there’s no pesky “boob pocket.”

also wearing: Mother Insiders // Dolce Vita Izabel slide sandals (also at Zappos)

To put it simply, I found the unicorn of white t-shirts. Unfortunately, that unicorn comes with a hefty price tag, and it is almost sold out everywhere that carries it. Womp… womp… If you do manage to find one, I recommend sizing up. I have the medium.

And if you’re looking for other options, I’m planning another big white t-shirt review (see last year’s HERE) so stay tuned for that!

#4. Free People Camo Clare Tee // I love this top I have it so much in two colors. I probably wear them equally, so I went ahead and pictured both.

also wearing: Joe’s Ozzie jean shorts // KUT from the Kloth Amy crop straight jeans // Marc Fisher Pava slides // R Minkoff hobo

When I’m sick of solids, I pull out one of these tees to pair with my jeans or denim shorts for a casual, laidback look. It’s true to size; wearing the small.

#5. S Supply leopard print tee // I’ve worn this primarily with the Marrakech bomber jacket (below) so I felt like it should be included for that reason, but I don’t find myself wearing it as much as I thought I would, and I’m not sure why.

Anyway, it has a lovely drape, and the print works really well with black and olive, which is probably why I find myself wearing it with that combo most of the time! It’s true to size; wearing the small.

#6. Banana Republic Dolman Top // I actually have this top in the olive and the blue floral print, but I’ve worn the olive a lot more.

also wearing: Mother Insiders in Not Guilty // Jeffrey Campbell Mr. Big Slides

I like this top because it’s elevated and classy but also modern, and I love how the olive pairs with black jeans or pants for church or dinner out. It’s true to size; wearing the small.

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. Marrakech bomber jacket // This might be the first spring jacket I purchased this season, and expected it to be highly versatile piece in my spring wardrobe — much like my leather moto jackets are in the fall and winter seasons.

also wearing: AGOLDE Toni in Feral // P448 sneakers

I’ve worn it quite a bit, but almost always with the Z Supply leopard tee and one of my two pairs of washed black jeans. I’ve tried it with other pieces, and I always come back to this.

Still, it’s adorable, and I have worn it a lot. I guess there’s no rule that says you have to wear a piece a bunch of different ways to get a reasonable cost per wear out of it. It’s true to size; wearing the small.

#2. Vince Camuto denim jacket // My go-to denim jacket for many  years, this appears to be being discontinued. It’s been on sale for weeks, and the sizes were looking pretty depleted for a while there. (Although there have been some restocks!)

also wearing: Vuori joggers, Splendid Kate v-neck tee (size M) // Veja Espalar sneakers // Everlane tote

If you don’t have one, I highly recommend it. The fit is fantastic, and it’s soft and thick and stretchy and comfortable. Truly a unicorn wardrobe piece, if there ever was one. If they do discontinue it for good, I’ll get the KUT from the Kloth Helena to replace it. I have the Helena in white, and it also has a really good fit.

#3. KUT from the Kloth denim jacket // I surprised myself by liking this yellow denim jacket so much. It’s kind of bold for my usual taste, but it pairs beautifully with white and denim — my favorite neutral color combo for spring/summer.

also wearing: / KUT from the Kloth Amy crop straight jeans // ATM Schoolboy V-Neck T-Shirt //Frye Ivy sneakers

This jacket is true to size, or you can size up if in between. It is a rather cropped fit, to be aware of that.

My Most Worn Shoes This Spring

#1. Dolce Vita Izabel slide sandals (also at Zappos) // Even though it’s been a chilly spring, I daresay I’ve worn these sandals more than any other single pair of shoes in my closet since packing away my boots.

also wearing: Paige Mayslie joggers (also at Evereve)

I’ve waxed eloquent about these many times, but for anyone just tuning in, I love how the silver studs add a touch of rocker glam to my casual looks, the cafe color is the perfect neutral for disappearing into my skin, and the square toe is very much on trend. They’re also comfortable and easy to walk in. They’re true to size; I have my usual size 8.

#2. Dolce Vita Paily slide sandals // Dolce Vita is killing it this year with their sandal styles. These are my go-to for heels this spring, and I like them so much I have both the ivory and the taupe. The braided double straps are right on trend, and they’re soft and comfortable to walk in. I sized down a half size in these.

also wearing: Paige Hoxton ankle jeans // Tory Burch McGraw hobo

#3. P448 John sneakers // When it comes to sneakers, it’s a tossup between these and the Frye, but I definitely find myself reaching for one of these two most often. Even though I also love my Vejas, one of these always wins out because of the comfort.

also wearing: Level 99 Lara Utility Pants


#4. Frye Ivy sneakers // I reach for these when I want a classic clean white sneaker rather than a trendy fashion sneaker. The comfort and quality on these is outstanding.

also wearing: KUT from the Kloth Amy crop straight jeans

#5. Leather Espadrille Flats // I always wear my leather espadrille flats a ton in the spring and fall; they’re such a good casual transition shoe. My black ones (pictured here) were a huge splurge a few years back, and the price has gone up a lot since then, but there are lot of other more wallet-friendly options out there.

also wearing: WHBM Mid-Rise Pret-a-Pedi Crop Pants // ATM schoolboy cheetah tee

I usually recommend the Sam Edelman version, and I also like this Eileen Fisher pair a lot. I actually have that pair in white, but I haven’t worn them yet this season.

#6. Loafer Mules // Another category, rather than an exact pair of shoes, since I have a few and wear them all pretty equally. These Steve Madden chain link mules are a good budget buy, and you know how much I love my Everlane loafer mules, but unfortunately, they were discontinued.

also wearing: Lou & Grey star sweater // AGOLDE Tonis in Precipice (also at Evereve) // Tory Burch McGraw hobo

I could have also done accessories and bags, but in the interest of time, I’ll stop here. I think you can see from the other pieces I was wearing in the above pix what some of my favorites are in those categories.

What wardrobe pieces are you reaching for the most this spring?

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15 Responses

  1. I laughed when I read your comment about living in jeans pretty much 3 months of the year! It seems to me that you, like me, live in them pretty much ALL year!

  2. Love your blog, and this one was totally true for me. I have similar tops and jeans as you posted and they are my go to items. I know when I wear these combo’s that I will be comfortable and look good. Thanks for the blogs, they are very inspiration.

  3. HAHA, I also read (and reread) the comment “wear jeans 3 months of the year”! That’s crazy talk, but we ALL know she meant 3 seasons of the year (and 4 if you count jean shorts!)!! I went shopping at an outlet mall yesterday for white jeans and all I could find were extremely HIGH rise skinnies (and I went to 6 stores!!). Not what I was looking for. (I already have several pairs of white skinnies!). I have some lovely completer jackets/cardigans to wear with jeans and t’s, and since it’s been a cool spring, I’ve been able to wear them a lot! YAY!!

  4. Great post! I have a lot of these items, especially the jeans. I have the AGOLDE Toni in the Feral wash, and am eyeing the Precipice wash, but I’m curious: How do they compare to the AG Prima fit? I have a couple of those, one bought based on your recommendation a couple of years ago, and liked that they weren’t tight fitting at the ankle, kind of a straight cut. The rise is more med/low and I think the Toni is a big higher. Other than that, do you have thoughts on the differences?

  5. I really enjoyed this post! It is interesting to see which items you have worn the most, in the different categories. While we have some cool mornings, the days usually get rather warm and humid. My bad ankle has kept me from wearing most of my cute summer shoes or sneakers this spring, just like it did during the fall and winter months. As happy as I am to have the nice denim jacket, like yours, in my closet I do not reach for it like I thought I would. I need to start making a concerted effort to wear it to elevate my outfits. I can see why you reach for the tops that you included in this post. When is Caroline’s graduation?

  6. Loved this post! No surprises for your daily followers😉☺️ I’ve found myself reaching the most for my white denim Kut jacket purchased on your rec two years ago. It’s a nice completer piece since it has been such a cold spring here. I bought the Vince denim jacket in April (finally!) and I like it too, but don’t reach for it as much. I mostly wear blue denim bottoms and just find the white one to be better for that combo.

  7. I liked the Lou & Grey sweater the first few times I saw you wear it. I put it in my cart, but didn’t pull the trigger, lol. Finally, a few weeks ago, it went on mega sale and I bit the bullet. I LOVE IT!!! I wore it for a ladies luncheon at my church this week, and later my husband told me how much he liked the sweater on me! I’m so glad I found your blog. I’ll turn 39 in 4 days, and it’s time to start dressing a bit different. Thank you for helping with that!

  8. I’m so glad I finally purchased the Vince Camuto jean jacket, the first part of Spring, per your recommendation for years. . It is the perfect color to go with everything, as the one I had before was too dark and I never wore it. Its really too bad it might be being discontinued. I got mine for a really good sale too. Maybe since the more oversized jean jacket is trending, they will go that route. I like the other option you gave but the jean color looks a little darker. I have struggled with finding jeans that fit right, not liking the length or too high waisted etc. etc. I’m shorter than you, so most are too long. I did just cut off a pair I did get, but still don’t find myself grabbing for them. You are fortunate you found so many to fit your style and fit you well. I think this Fall/Winter is really going to be hard to style the new jeans styles. They are hard to find boots etc. to work with them. Skinnies are just so easy with any shoe/boot/sandal. Fun post….lots of work I’m sure.

  9. Hey Jolynne!

    I’ve worn an almost identical outfit to your black joggers, grey T and jean jacket. What size do you wear in the Vince Camuto jean jacket? I’m considering one!

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