We’ve all fantasized for weeks about a certain pair of shoes, top, or even a purse that ends up being so uncomfortable—or impractical—that it ends up tucked in the back of our closet for eternity. (At least, until we start Marie Kondo-ing our place and end up donating those tough pieces.) Once this “comfort lesson” is learned, wearability becomes a major priority when it comes to shopping.
Case in point: This year, I returned a wool sweater I absolutely loved just just wasn't meant for me. I was allergic to the fabric and knew I wouldn’t get a ton of wear out of it. I've come a long way, considering my younger self would've worn it a few times and stuffed it in under-the-bed storage. I won't be doing anything like that when it comes to my spring wardrobe, however. There's nothing that ruins my warm-weather buzz more than clothes or accessories I can't breeze around town in.
The good news in all this? We teamed up with UGG, the cozy shoe experts, to bring you some seriously amazing spring styles that happen to be equal parts stylish and comfortable. Some of our favorite pieces include light-as-air sandals, a chic straw crossbody (no hands!), brunch-to-yoga sneakers, and the comfiest of denim jackets. So, go on: keep reading to see which warmer-weather pieces you want to snag before everyone catches on.
1. The Pillowy Sandal
Every year, the hunt is on for the perfect pair of sandals you can wear any place, anytime, and anywhere. We’ll make it easy for you, because the minimalist Kari style from UGG is like cashmere for your feet. No matter your destination (gym, brunch, errands), its shock-absorbing insole molds to your foot so it’s like walking on air.
UGG Kari Sandal, $110; Dillards.com
2. The Straw Crossbody
The straw bag is back for spring and even bigger than before. This circle crossbody style has a long leather strap that won’t catch on clothes. Plus, it takes the place of too-big totes and flimsy clutches. When it comes to warm-weather bags, lightweight and hands-free is the way to go.
Faithfull The Brand Handbag, $119; everythingbutwater.com.
3. The Lived-In Denim Jacket
Just because temperatures have risen doesn’t mean that you don’t still need a jacket when you go out (especially at night). Thankfully, denim goes with everything, especially the lighter colors that spring calls for. An 100 percent cotton style is ultra-soft, with pockets to keep your hands warm on crisper days. And did we mention you can monogram it?
The Jean Jacket in Pinter Wash, $118; madewell.com.
4. The Sunglasses
Do your sunnies ever hurt the bridge of your nose? Well, that’s because glasses aren’t one-size-fits-all, and Warby Parker knows what to do with that dilemma. The solution? Creating frames that cater to your type of nose, face, and cheekbones. Their cool Durand style has polarized lenses, with frames that favor a low bridge, wider face, or high cheekbones.
Durand Sunglasses, $95; warbyparker.com.
5. The Easy, Anytime Dress
We’ve long been fans of Cuyana’s luxe leather goods, and that impeccable quality extends to their clothing, too. Speaking of, their chic dresses are made from ultra-soft materials. Not only is this silk T-shirt dress incredibly smooth against your skin, but it also has a high-low hem that prevents it from riding up in the back. Perfect for any and all spring activities!
Silk Tee Dress, $215; cuyana.com.
5. The Flip-Flops With Character
New year, new flip-flops; and this year, they’re best rendered in millennial pink. As far as comfort goes, this Poppy style actually has a mini platform and arch support — a rarity when it comes to thong sandals. And they wouldn’t be UGG without their signature pop of sheepskin. So chic.
Poppy Flip Flop, $60; Dillards.com
6. The Shrunken Tee
The go-everywhere T-shirt gets a seasonal update with a refreshing mint hue. A boxier fit means no clinging (woohoo!), and stripes make it that much cuter. As a bonus, this particular type of combed cotton actually gets softer every time you wash it.
The Cotton Box-Cut Tee, $20; everlane.com.
7. The Peasant Skirt
Ever go out to eat only to wish you could unbutton your pants or skirt afterwards? Thankfully, this pretty mosaic-printed midi has a drawstring waist that you can adjust as you see fit. Extra points for a waist that cinches at just the right spot.
Seams Midi Skirt, $60; mango.com.
This post is sponsored by UGG.