10 Casual Spring Outfit Ideas, From Dresses to Cargo Pants

One of my favorite things about warmer weather is the fabulous spring fashion. We hang up our peacoats (or light jackets if you’re a fellow Angeleno) and bring out sun dresses, skirts, and crop tops. I find that springtime is a perfect opportunity to experiment with different outfits and trends. Below, I share some of my favorite casual spring outfit ideas.

As a heads up, I don’t typically go with florals for spring. As Miranda Priestly would sarcastically say, “Groundbreaking.” I often opt for bright colors—like bold orange, lime green, and hot pink—so that I can stand out from the crowd. 

Additionally, the warmer and more relaxed days call for more time spent outdoors. For this reason, I also like to have a cute athleisure moment. Matching sets are some of my favorites, but I also appreciate a good tennis dress.

Now, without further ado, let’s get into the 10 casual spring outfit ideas I have for y’all.

10 Casual Spring Outfit Ideas

White Dresses

A white dress makes the perfect spring outfit. I recently wore a short-sleeved white dress while on a boat ride in Cabo. (And I got tons of compliments on it, thank you very much!) The hem went halfway down my thigh and the garment had pockets. This means it was as cute as it was functional. And if you’re wondering what shoes to wear with a white dress, rest assured you have many options. I wore caramel sandals, but the dress would’ve matched with white sneakers or heels of any color. 

A model wears a green button up shirt with jeans, which is a great casual spring outfit idea

Button-Up Shirt and Jeans

This combo is one of my favorite spring outfits because it’s so effortless but you’re still able to dress it up or down. What’s more is that this outfit will seamlessly go from a day at the office to a night out for dinner. You can wear a long-sleeve button-up or a short-sleeve button-up. The top can be any color or pattern—but I’d recommend a solid, earthly color or a vertical striped pattern. As far as jeans, I can’t tell you how to live your life. I still wear skinny jeans (Gen Z be damned!), but a flared jean and a straight leg jean would also be good options.

Model wears a green pleated dress, which is a great casual spring outfit idea

Pleated Dresses

I can’t really explain it, but there’s something about a pleated dress that screams spring to me. I have a short, green, spaghetti-strapped dress that I wore to my cousin’s May wedding in 2023. It’s pleated in the front and gives me a great shape. I got so many compliments on that dress. My roommate even said that it’s the “perfect spring wedding dress.” While that piece isn’t exactly casual, pleats are. Just make sure you’re dressing them down with lowkey accessories and sneakers.

Model wears an orange matching set from Alo

Athleisure Sets

If I could live in athleisure sets, I would—and I actually kind of do. I have at least a dozen matching sets from Alo, Hoka, Nike, and Beyond Yoga, and I love wearing them during casual outings. Let’s say my friend and I want to go for a hike then grab lunch. Matching athleisure sets are my go-to. They’re simple, quick, and stylish. Believe it or not, I also get a lot of compliments when I sport the peach Alo look from above.

Maxi Dresses

A maxi dress is a staple of any well-rounded closet. They’re so easy to dress up or down, but even at their most casual, they still make you look—and feel!—like a style icon. A classic option is a sleek, black, spaghetti strap dress. Extra points if it has a slit! I have one of these myself and have worn it on so many different occasions. 

For example, I first wore it to my sister’s birthday dinner. I styled it with a fitted jean jacket, white sneakers, and a small lime green purse. I also wore it to my post-marathon dinner, still with my white sneakers but this time I forewent the bag. The most recent time I wore it was on a flight from Cabo to Los Angeles. I loved it so much that I made a sweeping declaration to only wear maxi dresses on fair-weather flights.

Crop Top and Cargo Pants

Another fab option as far as casual spring outfits go? The combo of a crop top and cargo pants. Though I can already hear Miranda Priestly criticizing the floral top, I think it works really well for spring. After all, that’s the season when the flowers bloom. Here, the model wears her outfit with cream, pointy heels—and that elevates the look. However, you can also dress it down by throwing on some sneakers. Or you can wear a classic white crop top with green cargo pants to go ultra casual.

Striped T-Shirt and Shorts

There are some things that never go out of style: a diamond necklace, Essie’s Ballet Slipper nail polish, and striped shirts paired with denim shorts. I love wearing a striped T-shirt (my current default is a white, red, and blue striped shirt from H&M) with distressed denim shorts. It’s very Party in the USA. That particular outfit isn’t one I’d wear out to dinner, though. For that, I’d go with something more similar to what the model is wearing above. She’s still rocking a striped shirt, but the shorts are linen—which bumps this look up in class.

Tori Dresses

I have to admit that I’ve never worn a tori dress myself. That said, I ran into the garment in my search for the best casual spring outfits. After taking one look, I fell in love. In case you’re also unfamiliar with tori dresses, they’re basically shirt-dresses. They can be short-sleeved or long-sleeved, but they usually have a collar and some buttons—which give them a preppy vibe.

Trench Coat With Jeans and Sneakers

It doesn’t get any more casual than a hat, a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. It’s a tried-and-true outfit that’s sure to stand the test of time. Plus, if it’s randomly cold on a given spring day, you’ll be able to keep warm with your coat. The only downside of this outfit is that it may get unexpectedly hot and you’ll be stuck lugging around a trench coat. But this wouldn’t be a huge deal if you’re spending most of the day indoors.

Color-Blocked Dresses

For a fashion story, I recently talked to stylists about what trends they think are coming up for spring. The common denominator was color-blocking. They suggested pairing an orange blazer with a purple top and a purple skirt. In this sense, you’re using colors to complement each other and add dimension to your outfit. However, this can be hard if you don’t love finding complementary colors. In this case, you’re better off wearing something already pre-color-blocked—like the garment shown above.

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