Our fashion contributor, Kristin Koch,  is the Executive Director of Seventeen, overseeing the content and editorial operations for all of Seventeen’s digital and print efforts. She is also the founder of lifestyle blog, Closetful of Clothes, where she talks about everything from personal style to motherhood, travel and more. Before coming to Seventeen, Koch held editor positions at Glamour, Vanity Fair, and The Knot. Koch is also a mother to a busy two-year -old, James and a goldendoodle puppy Dakota. Follow her adventures and style on Instagram @kriskmoch.

I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of winter and sweaters, coats, and tights and bundling up the family to step outside. Even though it’s been a chilly start to spring so far, I couldn’t wait to start dressing for the new season. What I love about spring is the clothes always feel so fresh and pretty after a winter of heavy knits and neutrals.

I have been slowly incorporating some of my favorite spring trends into my wardrobe, including polka dots, ruffles, bright colors, and fun prints. I swear, it’s already brightening my mood.

When it comes to choosing what to buy for the new season, I really try to stick to the pieces that I feel like will work best with my lifestyle (so they have to go from the office to playdates to date night with the hubs), my current wardrobe, and my personal style (as cool as neons look on other people, they’re just not my jam).

This spring there’s lots of fun trend to choose from but these are my faves and the ones that I couldn’t wait for the warm weather to start wearing. All of them are versatile, will take you from early spring through summer and will instantly pep up your wardrobe.

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Polka Dots

This classic print is everywhere right now. Sometimes I worry it’s too prim for me, but I loved this ruffled number too much to care, and honestly, imo Ganni can do no wrong. I was worried this dress might make me feel like cupcake, but I am officially obsessed. I plan to dress it down for the office with a blazer and booties, but I am wearing it to an engagement party with heels as well. On a more casual day at the office, I would even pair it with sneakers for a fun contrast.

Dress (also love this and this for under $100); Headband; Heels

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Tropical Prints

I thought this was going to be one of those trends that I skip. It felt too bold for my everyday, but I love how this dress (also by one of my fave brands) is in a more muted color palette so it makes the bold print feel more workable for my life and style. I plan to wear this to an upcoming baby shower, but I’ll also have it on heavy rotation at the office this spring with these booties. .

Dress; Boots (old Vince but similar here and here for less)

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Zebra Stripes

Animal prints are always a good investment — they’re a classic that never really goes out of style and can be basically treated like a neutral. Zebra print is really hot for spring and I love it in this pretty pink for a springy touch. When it gets warmer, I’ll pair this skirt with sneakers and a tee for an afternoon birthday party and a simple blouse and kitten heels for the office.

Sweater; Skirt; Heels

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Ruffles

I have never met a ruffle I don’t love. I especially love the feminine detail on blouses — I love pairing them with jeans for the office or for dinner with friends. I love this pretty plaid pattern with the ruffles. It just screams spring to me. When it gets a little warmer, I’ll be pairing it with white jeans and sandals. For now, I love trying the look with wide leg jeans, another big trend for the season. Normally I would try to balance the proportions more, but I actually like how the billowy blouse looks with the pants for a casual daytime look, but for a night out, I would choose a skinny jean.

Blouse; Jeans; Heels

Utilitarian

It’s no secret that I love jumpsuits, and lately I’m really loving the urban, utilitarian take on the one-piece. I like that it’s got a tomboy feel — you can juxtapose it with heels or lean into the casual vibe with sneakers. This one has a bit of a feminine feel with the puff sleeves and belt so it’s easy to dress up for work or drinks. Think you can’t wear a jumpsuit like this to work? Check out how I style it for the office here.

Jumpsuit; Sandals (old Stuart Weitzman but similar here); Bag

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The Ankle-Grazing Dress

One of my favorite new silhouettes is the ankle-grazing hemlines that are big for spring. They fall somewhere between a midi and maxi dress. I like that it gives you a little more length than a midi, making it easier to transition to going tights-less when it’s still a big chilly, but it’s not as long as a maxi, which is easier for me both as a busy mom who’s always chasing a toddler and someone who lives and works in a city where I don’t want my dress grazing the dirty streets and subway.

Dress; Boots

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The Long Blazer

I am a huge fan of a good blazer. I wear them all the time to work — with everything from dresses to jeans and they’re great for weekends as well — you can throw it on with jeans for dinner or over a tee for brunch or a birthday party. It’s also a great layering piece for when you need a lightweight jacket.

Jacket; Dress; Boots; Bag

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