The 5 Transitional Items Every Woman Should Own

Stock up on these wardrobe staples, and you’ll always weather the change from winter to spring (and summer to fall) in style.


A Classic Trench

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Perennially in style, the traditional trench is a just-right weight (not too heavy, not too light) to see you through those days when there’s still a chill in the air. A crisp, clean navy will feel formal enough for the office (or the evening), and can also add a polished edge to a simple weekend ensemble like jeans and a striped tee.

To buy: Uniqlo trench coat, $60;


An Oversized Scarf

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A pretty, printed scarf not only adds a pop of color or graphic appeal to any outfit, but it also makes for a key layering accessory. It will look chic tied artfully around your neck (check out our how-to here) as a statement accessory, plus you’ll have it on hand all day to fend off chilly breezes or over-zealous air-conditioning.

To buy: White House Black Market scarf, $41;


A Short Sleeved Sweater

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A lightweight, short-sleeved knit can keep you cozy on cold mornings without making you sweat in the afternoon sun, plus it’s refined enough for work and comfortable enough to keep on once you get home. Bonus points for design details, like sweet ruffled accents.

To buy: Zara top, $26;


A Sleeveless Shift

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Add a long-sleeve blouse or turtleneck under a sleeveless dress to created a layered look that will keep out the cold. When it warms up, wear this simple silhouette on its own as the perfect blank canvas for statement accessories—from bold earrings to bright shoes.

To buy: Mango dress, $60;


Seasonless Shoes

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When the weather doesn’t call for ankle boots (but slipping on sandals would be jumping the gun), opt for a pair of fashionable flats. Metallic silver works surprisingly well with everything—just think of it as a neutral—while the pointed loafer shape feels sleek and modern.

To buy: Topshop loafers, $35;