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April showers bring May flowers, and also a serious case of the shopsies. AKA, that intense urge to eschew all your cozy, neutral-hued knitwear for brighter, bolder pieces in lightweight fabrics and vibrant floral prints. There’s just something about spring that makes me want to reinvent my whole wardrobe every year, and in 2022 that feeling is particularly strong thanks to restaurants, offices and other social hot spots slowly (but surely) opening back up again. So what pieces am I most excited to add to cart? I’m glad you asked. Read on for my 18 most-wanted, spring-ready picks—from bright pink suits to wedding guest staples, and even some mighty cute rain boots—that you may or may not see again very soon on my Instagram page. Apologies in advance to your credit card.

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JW Pei

1. JW Pei Lily Shoulder Bag

Baguette bags are still majorly trending for 2022, but I love that this under-$70 vegan leather version feels more modern than true throwback ‘90s bags. It’s the perfect size for my phone, wallet, keys and a few extras (like lip balm and sunscreen, a warm-weather must) and nothing extraneous to weigh me down.

Buy it ($69)


2. ASOS Oversize Blazer and Wide Leg Pants

I have been on the hunt for a pink suit for weeks now, and while I originally had my eye on this gorgeous Alice + Olivia set, this more affordable ASOS duo will allow more room in my budget for other spring staples. I plan on wearing the blazer over equally vibrant dresses, and the pants with white T-shirts and sneakers to get the most out of this fabulous workwear pair.

Buy the blazer ($140)

Buy the pants ($110)

Size range: 0 to 14


3. Madewell Perfect Vintage Tencel Jeans

As is the case for lots of us, my pre-Covid jeans don’t fit quite as well as they did two years ago. But rather than stress too much I’ve decided to simply invest in new staples that make me feel and look good—like these Madewell jeans that have been recommended to me by countless friends. According to freelance stylist Elena B., “They truly live up the ‘perfect’ name.” (P.S. They also come in petite and tall lengths so there is no hemming required.)

Buy it ($138; $115)

Size range: 23 to 33, also Plus, Petite and Tall


4. Pomander Place Finley Dress

Stocking up on breezy dresses that can work for any occasion is a no-brainer in my opinion, and this flutter-sleeve mini fits the bill exactly. It’s not too short as to be inappropriate for work and the V-front doesn’t show much cleavage—just a tasteful sliver of skin. And the classic beige hue will go with everything from my brightest, boldest accessories to basic black flats.

Buy it ($128)

Size range: XS to XXXL


5. J.Crew Ruched Liberty Print One-Piece

This one-shoulder bathing suit is another piece that I’ve heard talked up again and again. And while I could go for a solid solid-colored version (which comes in a wider size range, 0 to 24, including long-torso sizing), I just keep coming back to this vibrant Liberty print. I may even layer it under those pink ASOS trousers on vacation and pretend it’s just a regular bodysuit.

Buy it ($158)

Size range: 0 to 16


6. Staud Hampton Colorblock Stripe Pullover

Despite the fact that we’re swiftly approaching the time of year when jackets and cardigans feel stifling, I always find it handy to have a summery knit to pull on after the sun has gone down and I’m still hanging out with friends outdoors. This oversize striped knit is too fun to pass on, and because it incorporates so many colors, I feel pretty confident it’ll go with just about everything in my wardrobe.

Buy it ($295)

Size range: XS to XL

Saks Fifth Avenue

7. ML Monique Lhuillier Satin Halter Minidress

This year is shaping up to be the busiest wedding year since 1984, and while I have some older dresses I’ll probably break out for such occasions, this flirty mini is definitely getting added to cart as well. The loose fit means I don’t have to worry about post-champagne bloat and the slightly shimmery material can be dressed up or down to fit lots of different dress codes.

Buy it ($445; $334)

Size range: 0 to 16


8. Reformation Assunta Strappy Block-Heel Mule

While we’re on the topic of wedding guest attire, comfortable shoes are an absolute must to get through the season in style. I already own these slip-on block heels in Pecan (a deep chestnut brown hue)—and know for a fact they won’t tire out my feet even after a full day of walking or dancing—but I can’t resist picking up this pistachio color too for an added pop of color to go with my LBD.

Buy it ($198)


9. Outerknown S.E.A. Suit

Jumpsuits are a fabulous one-and-done option on those windy spring days when you don’t want to risk a Marilyn Monroe moment or leave your legs feeling chilly. This organic cotton-linen blend jumpsuit is supremely comfortable, sustainably made and comes in 11 different colors. To be honest, I’m mighty tempted to add more than one to cart.

Buy it ($168)

Size range: XS to XL


10. Everlane The Rain Boot

Summer’s sunshiny days are on the horizon, but before then we still need to get through spring’s onslaught of rainy weather. My old rainboots have officially given all they can, so this year I’m investing in a new, sturdier pair that’s also cute enough to wear with my favorite floral frocks. The only downside to these Everlane Chelsea boots is that they’re only available in whole sizes, but that’s nothing a pair of cozy thick socks can’t fix.

Buy it ($85)


11. BeachLunchLounge Lou Lou Belted Dress

Some days you just want to throw on a cute dress and be done with it, no matter what’s on the schedule. This cute midi can do it all, and I love that it’s both bra friendly and that the belt is removeable so I can opt for a looser fit when I want.

Buy it ($58)

Size range: S to XL


12. Anthropologie Eyelet Pants

You know when you spot an item of clothing and immediately have that “OMG, I need that” sort of feeling? Well, that’s exactly what happened when I spotted these eyelet lace pants. I was then even more excited to learn they come in a Tall inseam length, so I don’t have to worry about them looking like capris on my 5’10” frame.

Buy it ($170)

Size range: 00 to 16, also Tall


13. Jules Smith Lobster Claw Pendant Necklace

As much as I’ve tried, I’ve never quite figured out how to layer my necklaces for maximum effect. Buying something that does all the work for me, like this double chain Jules Smith necklace, is just so much easier so I can instead focus on things like figuring out whether or not I’m ready to jump in on the Crocs trend and how I’d wear them if I did.

Buy it ($70)


14. Printfresh Short Sleep Top & Long Pants Set

I’m a sucker for a cute pajama set, but I love that Printfresh’s designs are also made from 100-percent organic cotton and that the brand puts a big emphasis on having eco-friendly and ethical manufacturing practices. P.S. According to reviews, some find these PJs run a little small, so if you’re also charmed by the whimsical prints you might want to consider sizing up.

Buy it ($138)

Size range: XS to 6X


15. Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant

I already own these pants in navy and tested them for a roundup of the best travel pants, but loved them so much I had to buy them in black as well. They’re as comfortable as sweatpants, won’t wrinkle and look surprisingly professional, making them the ideal pick for days when I wish I could just rock my pajamas all day but, alas, need to go out in public or attend meetings.

Buy it ($89)

Size range: 00 to 26, also Petite and Tall


16. Everlane Organic Cotton Cutaway Tank

I rarely think to invest in basics, and would almost always rather splurge on fun, specialty items instead, but lately I’ve found myself wishing I had more simple layering pieces to pair with those stand-out stunners. This bra-friendly Everlane tank isn’t too sheer and has more than 300 stellar reviews. Plus, I can save $15 if buy three at once, which I am very tempted to do.

Buy it ($30)

Size range: XXS to XXL


17. Vans Classic Checkerboard Sneakers

I’ve wanted a pair of checkerboard Vans since high school, and now that I feel confident the Y2K revival won’t be dying down any time soon, I think I’m finally going to indulge pre-teen me and pick up a pair. It doesn’t that they also fit the current checkerboard trend too.

Buy it ($60)

Abercrombie & Fitch

18. Abercrombie & Fitch Low-Back Mini Dress

Another early aughts throwback, Abercrombie & Fitch is making a surprising comeback with a greater size range and a chicer, less beachy aesthetic I’m really loving. Case in point, this low-back mini that just screams Rachel Green and that I plan to wear to the five (yes, five) bridal showers I have coming up.

Buy it ($110)

Size range: XXS to XL, also Petite and Tall

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