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7 wardrobe essentials to transition you from winter to spring

Pack up your parka and slip on this sleek leather jacket instead.

by Donna Freydkin / / Source: TODAY
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Finally! March 20 marked the official first day of spring.

And that means that it's time to pack up the parkas, give chunky winter boots the boot, and get your closet ready for the season.

Style pro Melissa Garcia is here to help choose pieces that seamlessly take you from snow days to spring afternoons. And best of all, none of these will be tough on your wallet.

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"The key to transitioning your winter wardrobe into spring is taking your winter pieces and blending them with springtime fabrics and prints. For example pair your everyday winter chunky knit sweater with a floral feminine maxi skirt. Or take your transitional leather moto jacket and pair it with white jeans for a more springtime look," said Garcia.

A classic leather jacket

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These are wardrobe staples. And it's so easy to transition this piece. Instead of pairing it with a sweater, slip it on over a cami and wear it with light colored jeans.

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We also love this camisole from Amazon that's only $6.

A sweater with a flowing maxi skirt

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Most of us have these in our closet. So why not pair them up? The skirt screams spring, and the sweater ties the look together for a flawless ensemble.

The model's black boots can be purchased for $24 on Lulus.com.

Over-the-knee boots

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These are fun enough to go with a pretty spring dress (and give you legs for days).

We love this H&M dress, but it's selling out fast! For more floral dresses to try out, this floral maxi with a tie waist from Amazon has tons of positive reviews and is only $20. Reviewers also love this long-sleeved floral dress.

Wide-leg pants

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They're comfortable. They're breezy. And they work when paired with a crop top like this one and some cute sneakers.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Here are a few other spring closet staples.

A classic trenchcoat

April showers bring May flowers. And this timeless piece will keep you weatherproof. This one by Tommy Hilfiger is a top-seller on Amazon.

Amazon users also love this version from Wantdo that comes in four colors.

If you need something that comes in plus sizes, this rain trench by Colombia has a flattering tie waist and is only $40.

White mules

These are this season's must-have footwear, and we love the simple style of these slip-ons by Sam Edelman at Zappos.

Amazon's The Fix also carries a cute line of colorful mules, and we're lusting over their white leather version.

Turtlenecks

This sleek basic never goes out of style. And the price is right on this one at Walmart.

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