W&D Style: Spring Basics

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It’s starting to feel like spring over here in Amsterdam! Cue the “hallelujah” chorus. I know winter has been brutal for a lot of you, so I thought it would be nice to dwell on the warmer months ahead.

One thing I noticed in Europe is that women rotate the same basics in their wardrobe over and over. This is partially because it isn’t common for homes to have closets (yes you read that right), so you are left with creating one yourself and with a very limited space. All I can say is thank goodness for Ikea over here. Since space is an issue, they keep their wardrobes stocked with the core basics and add in a few unexpected pieces into the mix every once and awhile. I really appreciate this approach to fashion and find it is MUCH easier to get dressed in the morning rather than if I had a million options to choose from everyday of the week. 

I’ve compiled my short list for the basics I have stocked and ready to go for the warmer spring weather. Typically, I make sure to have plenty of spring jacket options that are easy to throw on over any outfit, and that help transition from warmer days to chilly nights.  

Since this isn’t my full list, I would love to know what are some of your spring basics? 


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BY Alecia Zasiebida, Style Contributor - March 11, 2015

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So happy to see you blogging here! Hope the new home is wonderful 🙂 I adore the idea of multiple spring jackets. I’m dying for a gorgeous trench this season. My go-to pieces and basics always consists of simple cotton tees in solid neutrals/blacks or stripes. And I always keep an array of great jeans to switch out.


Please start posting on the Likes of Us again! We (speaking for the internet here) miss you!

all are so on point Alecia!!

Forever on the search for a perfect leather jacket—this girl nailed it. Other basics for spring—a few quality silk button-downs. Easy to dress up and down, and it’s such a relief to put such breezy material on after months of heavy sweaters and coats.

Some NIKE running shoes, striped top, and a small but versatile cross body bag 🙂 I’m dying to get my hands on some Everlane but they don’t ship to the down under ;(

Love these examples! I am feeling very inspired!


I like these Spring fashion trends.

All your choices are amazing! You have great style! So jealous that you’re getting to live the Europe life 🙂

Love love love the choices! This was the first post I clicked on in my Feedly feed (I haven’t opened it in a few weeks!). So excited for spring and jackets and putting together a curated, smaller wardrobe this year!

Gorgeous looks, Alecia! You’d see a lot of these this spring here in California too. I’d certainly were every one of them. 🙂

I would love to just focus on the basics with little pops of “trend” via earrings, scarf, etc.

I do want to know though, what do women wear to work in Europe?

Oh this post has come at just the perfect time. I was looking for a better change in my dressing stlyle and kudos to you.

I’m so happy to see you back to it Alecia! I hope Amsterdam is just incredible. Definitely missing you sweet friend.

I love your selection but I would add a stripe tee shirt. I just can’t live without them!

All selections are great but firts one is my fav… Denim white jeans are great!

Great post!
Love the looks… (Super chic and timeless)

Jessi Malay

Totally love the idea of rotating basics – makes dressing up in the mornings so much simpler! There’s no such thing as wearing a classic white blouse too often in my book.


Great fashion, love the article

Perfect spring pieces!!

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