Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You’d Never Think to Buy

Lindsey Lanquist
Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You’d Never Think to Buy
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Though spring shopping tends to involve some combination of swimsuits, sandals and sundresses, shoppers would be remiss to ignore one key must-have: spring sweatshirts. Sure, spring is a season of warmth and excitement and days spent in the sun. But it’s also a season of transition, and few pieces promise to help us navigate the temperature ups and downs quite like spring sweatshirts.

I know, I know—I’m being kind of a downer. You’ve all but overdosed on cold weather, and you’re unwilling to tolerate any more chill now that the Spring Equinox has officially arrived. I get it. I spent way too many March days in snow boots, and I’m not keen on sacrificing April to the weather gods. But instead of taking a glass-half-empty approach, let’s try to appreciate all the romance and coziness inherent to spring sweatshirts, shall we?

Think of the last time you took a trip to the beach. Amidst all your bikinis and swim cover-ups and sand-friendly slides, you probably packed a couple cozier pieces too, right? Because it gets cold on the beach at night, and there’s nothing quite like enjoying the crashes of the waves, under the moonlight, on a beach inhabited by no one and nothing but you and your friends. Or what about the last semi-breezy day you spent in the park? The sun was beaming bright, but the gusts of air that blew through every few minutes or so gave you an absolutely delightful set of goosebumps—because without these chillier moments, you would’ve overheated and sought solace indoors after a mere 10 minutes.

These moments are romantic, and wonderful, and almost cinematic. They’re beautiful, and in many ways, they’re made more beautiful by the presence of cold air. Instead of failing to prepare for the chilly weather that undoubtedly awaits, stock up on cozy pieces that offer the warmth you seek in the winter but all the vibrant, fresh fun you seek from the spring. Spring sweatshirts are here to help you fill that void—and to make your most fairytale-worthy moments even more delightful.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

1. Jackson Half-Zip Cropped Sweatshirt, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Athleisure at its sleekest.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

2. Curve Neon Sweatshirt, $35 at ASOS

Because once the sun’s out in full force, neon’s always a good idea. (Let’s be real, neon is a good idea no matter what the weather is doing.)

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

3. Playa Pullover, $78 at Free People

A lower-key approach to spring’s tie-dye trend.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

4. We the Free Stay Young Pullover, $78 at Free People

So cozy you could probably sleep in it.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

5. Culver City Set, $98 at Free People

This one comes in a set. Because the only thing better than a cute sweatshirt is a pair of matching pants.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

6. Love Like This Cashmere Pullover, $148 at Free People

They had us at cashmere pullover.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

7. Buster Tie-Dye Draw-String Sweatshirt, $44 at Urban Outfitters

Your favorite middle school sweatshirt is officially cool again.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

8. Washed Khaki Sweatshirt, $29 at ASOS

Something about quarter-length sleeves leaves this sweatshirt feeling particularly spring-y.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

9. The Beauty Within Tie-Dye Hoodie Sweatshirt, $34.99 at Urban Outfitters

Tie-dye is coming in hot this spring, and we’re ready to embrace it in every possible format.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

10. Sweatshirt with Lapel Collar, $25.90 at Zara

A sweatshirt you can actually wear to the office. (You’re welcome.)

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

11. Varsity Knit Sweatshirt, $65 at & Other Stories

Because even on spring’s coldest days, these colorful stripes promise to keep a smile on your face.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

12. Bonded Sweatshirt, $57.50 at ASOS

Nothing like a solid periwinkle sweatshirt to carry you through every low temperature you encounter over the next few months.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

13. Permanent Vacation Short-Sleeve Sweatshirt, $50.99 at Ban.do

A short-sleeve sweatshirt that was practically designed with spring in mind.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

14. Soft Feel Sweatshirt, $29.90 at Zara

Colors this bright will help you stay in denial that it’s 40 degrees in March.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

15. Out from Under Nikki Tie-Dye Hoodie Sweatshirt, $29.99 at Urban Outfitters

A subtler take on the tie-dye trend, for those of you who aren’t that into maximalism.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

16. Tiered Trapeze Zip Sweatshirt, $128 at Free People

Who knew a sweatshirt could feel so distinctly boho?

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

17. Women in Art Collection Sweatshirt, $39.90 at Zara

Leave it to Zara to give us a sweatshirt that’s practically a work of art.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

18. Monki Oversized Hoodie, $40 at ASOS

Stay cozy. Stay happy.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

19. Summer Night Half-Zip Pullover, $128 at Free People

Zip-up pullovers are always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

20. Urban Renewal Recycled Tie-Dye Sweatshirt, $59 at Urban Outfitters

More tie-dye, because if you couldn’t tell, we can’t get enough.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

21. Reebok Classic Purple Vector Half-Zip Sweatshirt, $95 at ASOS

This vintage-inspired athleisure option would make a perfect addition to your workout wardrobe—or your day-to-day one.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

22. Reclaimed Vintage Cropped Hoodie, $64 at ASOS

Cropped hoodies are, of course, on the sartorial menu. (Pair them with your favorite high-waisted bottoms to keep your navel from freezing.)

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

23. Color Me Rad Pullover, $128 at Free People

Perfect for the retro fashion fiend in your life.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

24. U.S.A. Colorblock Hoodie Sweatshirt, $59 at Urban Outfitters

Great with bike shorts, jeans, leggings—and practically every other bottom in your closet.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

25. Stonewash Sweatshirt, $55 at Topshop

Because colorful isn’t the only way to do a spring sweatshirt.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

26. Oh Marley Pullover, $49.95 at Free People

Perfect for fans of minimalism.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

27. Guess x J Balvin Vibras Cropped Hoodie Sweatshirt, $79 at Urban Outfitters

The colors on this one are straight-up dreamy.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

28. Front Text Print Sweatshirt, $17.90 at Zara

BRB, styling this sweatshirt exactly like so.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

29. High Road Pullover, $128 at Free People

This pullover is sure to play as well with your favorite summery, beach-side pieces as it will with your colder-weather ones.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

30. Neon Rose Puff-Sleeve Sweatshirt, $48 at ASOS

I mean, it’s floral and has puffy sleeves—need we say more?

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

31. Urban Renewal Recycled Oversized Burnout Sweatshirt, $49 at Urban Outfitters

A low-key sweatshirt sure to take you from season to season.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

32. Washed Neon Sweatshirt, $50 at Topshop

Who cares what the weather’s doing when you have a chance to wear a color this cute?

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

33. Candy Paint Striped Sweatshirt, $47 at Lulus

Pastel stripes on pastel stripes.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

34. Leisure Queen Sweatshirt, $64 at Ban.do

A sweatshirt that speaks for itself.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

35. Bonded Sweatshirt, $72 at ASOS

When it comes down to it, there’s nothing wrong with a little solid hot pink action.

STYLECASTER | Spring Sweatshirts Are the Seasonal Must-Have You'd Never Think to Buy

36. Rainbow Stripe Pullover, $69 at & Other Stories

Pair this with your favorite distressed jeans and white sneakers, and you’ll be set all season long.

 

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A version of this story was originally published in April 2016.

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