My Spring Wardrobe Essentials 2021 - une femme d'un certain âge

My Spring wardrobe essentials (for how we’re living now…)

My spring wardrobe essentials (for how we're living now...)

Today I’m joining my friend Jennifer of A Well Styled Life to talk about our Spring Wardrobe Essentials. I’ll admit, with life still not quite back to what we consider normal, my day-to-day wardrobe at the moment is still rather…well, basic. It’s all about functional clothes that I can wear at home and for those few errands out in the world.

Spring wardrobe essentials for polished casual style

But that doesn’t mean I’m living in sweats and loungewear. I like to be dressed and put-together even at home. I find it helps me to feel more “present and accounted for.” So for this post, I’ll focus on a few specific styles that are my go-to’s (a capsule wardrobe, if you will) to for a comfortable, “polished casual” look this Spring.

Light(er) wash and white/off-white jeans

It’s true, I mostly live in jeans. This Spring my “jeans jam” is a slim, straight-leg style in a medium to light wash or off-white.

what I am wearing

sweater | bracelet | jeans | sneakers (c/o)*

*use code FEMME15 for 15% off!

what I am wearing

“Slim” leg doesn’t mean a true skinny though. Especially with lighter washes, I like to opt for a bit of ease in the leg. A few of my favorite styles:

Layering sweaters

We’ll still enjoy Sweater Weather here (at least intermittently) for several weeks, so sweaters that can layer will be workhorses in my Spring wardrobe. Lightweight cashmere and wool are least bulky, but lightweight knits with cotton, linen, and tencel can work for those who are sensitive to wool.

what I am wearing

sweater | jeans (similar) | shoes

what I am wearing

Sweaters are also a great way to add some color, which I’ve found can be an instant mood lifter. A few more layering sweater options:

Striped tees

Yes, I’m kind of addicted. 😆 But a striped tee really provides a lot of visual bang for the buck…it looks great layered underneath a sweater or jacket, or adds interest when worn on its own.

what I am wearing
what I am wearing

sweater jacket (similar) | tee | jeans (similar)

More striped tees & tops:

Easy jackets

In addition to keeping me warm, a lightweight jacket adds structure, and makes a casual outfit look more “finished.”

what I am wearing

topper | tee (similar) | jeans  | shoes

what I am wearing

jacket | bandana | sweater | jeans (similar)



Mornings and evenings can be chilly, and a scarf not only adds some color, but keeps my neck warm. 🥰 This time of year a large wool scarf feels like too much, so I’ve been wearing my silk scarves and cotton bandanas.

what I am wearing

scarf (c/o) | jacket (similar) | sweater | jeans

what I am wearing

bandana | tee | jeans | sandals (similar)

More Spring scarves:


I’ve been mostly alternating between a pair of sleek white hi-tops, and slip-on platform sneakers.

what I am wearing

sneakers (c/o)

what I am wearing

Loafers & oxfords

When I want a break from my sneakers, I reach for a comfy pair of loafers or oxfords. I love the bit of refinement and touch of personality they add to a casual look! ✨

what I am wearing

loafers (similar)

what I am wearing


It’s been too cool yet for me to break out the sandals, but when I do, I stick to styles that are comfortable and supportive. I love metallic finishes, and a little bit of a platform and/or wedge. (But I’m also a fan of Birkenstock Arizona sandals for wearing around the house and walking the dog. 😉 )

what I am wearing


(I wore a similar pair all over Paris in complete comfort
during our last visit. 👍)

what I am wearing

Sun protection

I know I probably should wear hats more often, but I tend to feel silly in most of them. But I never leave the house without sunscreen!

And I always wear sunglasses!

Please go visit Jennifer. I can’t wait to see what her Spring essentials are!

So tell me, what are your wardrobe essentials this Spring?

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  1. Susan
    March 26, 2021 / 6:31 am

    I agree with your observation that putting some thought into daily dress gives a bit of a lift. It does to me.
    This spring, I am giving more thought into colors and styles that suit my summer coloring and short waisted, apple shape. I am also conscious of how the manufacturing of clothing affects our environment, so look for brands and items that are earth friendly. All considered, I am buying less but really enjoying my purchases.
    My spring essentials include:
    1. Long cardigans in linen or cotton blends. I purchased an Eileen Fisher beauty on sale last summer, and soon get my reward to wear it. I purchased the Nic and Zoe swingy cardigan in raspberry you recommended recently and love it!
    2. V necks suit me better than crew necks. For some reason, they seem to be harder to find in my cool colors. I am trying a new brand for me, Tradlands, with this emerald green cardigan that’s to arrive today.
    3. Wide led pants are a great shape for me. Finally, it’s my season! I am trying out a pair of NYDJ wide legs in a vintage rinse. So far, they are my spring winners. I also bought a pair of Eileen Fisher wide leg jeans in a cream color to try.
    3. Shoes are my splurge. I have wide feet and bunions, so they are a challenge. If they don’t hurt, I buy! My go to’s are two pairs of Vince sneakers in white and black, two pairs of Arche sandals in taupe and blue, and a pair of Paul Green flats.
    Happy spring all! Brighter days are ahead.

  2. Eve
    March 26, 2021 / 7:10 am

    I love bandanas in the summer. These small little scarves can be tied i your hair, worn around the neck or tied on a purse, especially a straw purse. I’m loving that little gold scarf with the orange stripe sweater. That’s my favorite of these outfits. It’s time to break out the white jeans here on the Coast, I’ve been opening all my doors for weeks now. Spring has sprung here. The birds are all over my woods in the back.

    • RoseAG
      March 26, 2021 / 12:58 pm

      I like bandanas too. I look at my scarf drawer, which has plenty of perfect silk scarves, but it’s the cotton ones that go with my more casual WFH life.

      • Judy B
        March 26, 2021 / 5:05 pm

        Rose, I’m with you on the cotton bandannas for a casual WFH life. Also nice for me if I want to go out for a walk—they’re just enough for a little flair as well as a way to keep my neck warm in any breezes!

  3. March 26, 2021 / 7:47 am

    We are on the same page for spring! I love those slip on sneakers…must add some to my wardrobe This has been fun.

  4. Elizabeth
    March 26, 2021 / 7:54 am

    Susan, just love your outfits in this post. You and your new colour family have a great relationship!
    My wardrobe essentials this spring-anything but black, winter person that I am! I’ve switched to wearing bright pinks, Breton stripes, lighter greys and white/ivory tops with navy, grey & taupe on the bottom.
    I know you miss Paris, so you might find this article fun to read…
    A request…could you supply the links to your recent Zoom sessions with make-up artist Brian? Merci!

  5. Rose
    March 26, 2021 / 7:56 am

    Just love how you put together outfits. Exactly how I want to dress! I’m putting away heavy sweaters right now and hoping I have some of these spring essentials!

  6. Lynette Overbey
    March 26, 2021 / 8:05 am

    My new “essential” is slip-on sneakers, and don’t know how I managed without them. I have worn them almost every day since I got them. I can’t believe I didn’t figure this out earlier. (The key was finding a shoe brand that fits my feet like a glove – Dansko. I can order their shoes online and know that they will fit.)

  7. Lisa B
    March 26, 2021 / 8:12 am

    Hi Susan. Saw that one of your recommendations was the J Crew Margot crewneck sweater. Crewnecks do not look great on me so I ordered the Margot cardigan and wear it like the model. A couple of buttons undone, and no tee underneath, and voila, looks like a v neck. If you haven’t tried the cardigans I highly suggest them. I ordered three in flax, navy and the turquoise. I’ve tried the Vince slip on sneakers but they don’t offer enough support for my high arched foot. I’ve found some great ones at, believe it or not, Dr. Scholls on the Zappos website called The Original Collection. Remember when we all had to have the Dr. Scholl’s sandals with the wooden sole and the buckle in the 70’s? Loved the red!

    • April 11, 2021 / 1:40 pm

      Vionic slip on sneakers have good arch supports. I too have high arches and the Vionic ones are great. I have them in black and white. FitFlop slip-on sneakers are good too.

  8. March 26, 2021 / 4:10 pm

    Susan, there’s barely a post from you (since I discovered your blog a few weeks ago) in which I don’t like any of your wardrobe. It’s all clothing I would wear. even casual, it looks elegant and finished. Whilst you talk about Spring, here in Australia (and I’m at 40 degrees latitudeTasmania – REALLY south) we’re going into Autumn but the clothing is much the same. Our autumns are mild and we get by with exactly what you’re wearing for spring, so the mix fits perfectly. And thanks to your blog, I’ve found a perfect pale blue striped Breton at Nordstrom!
    Thank you again.

  9. Judy B
    March 26, 2021 / 5:16 pm

    Susan, I like your idea of a “polished casual” capsule wardrobe, and I’m combining that idea with your recent post on shopping your own closet. Sometimes things that get put away for a season get forgotten—out of sight, out of mind? Rediscovering before buying new. I tend to live in jeans too, so my spring essentials include lighter colored jeans, striped and other colored tees, scarves, and light jackets. Just about everything you showed in this post. Thanks for the great ideas!

  10. March 28, 2021 / 11:17 am

    All your outfits are spot on. On colour, on fit and on style. They really suit you.
    Like you, I love to wear jeans, but there is another side to me that wants skirts and dresses. So I make it a point not to wear jeans all the time, but it is hard haha.

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