With spring finally here, the time has come to get out there and scour Boston’s premiere shopping destination. Even though it doesn’t actually feel like spring yet, here are five must-haves for this unusually cold early spring – all of which can be picked up in a single afternoon on Newbury.


1. A fun beanie from Brandy Melville
It’s about time to ditch your knitted hat and scarf, and a lightweight beanie is the perfect next step. It will keep you just warm enough with a light jacket. Plus there are so many cute options this year, from great colors to punchy tag lines, it’s the graphic T for this time of year. Bonus: they hide your unwashed locks (hey, its still too cold to leave the house with wet hair).  Brandy Melville has a great selection of tween-season headgear to choose from.

Brandy Melville, West Embroidery Beanie, $22.00

2. An anorak jacket from Madewell
The perfect weight this time of year, and loose enough to accommodate the bulky sweater you might still feel the need to wear, anorak jackets are made for the time between seasons. Just make sure you get one with a hood – you don’t want to get caught in any of these chilly “spring showers.” Check out the stylish selection they have at Madewell.

Madewell, Military Anorak, $178.00

3. A light scarf from Scotch and Soda
You might still need a scarf, but make sure if you bother to put on it nods to the fact that warm weather is approaching. These scarves should help make any cold spring outfit a little bit brighter, maybe even tropical, if you do it right. The lively floral prints over at Scotch and Soda are perfect for that.

Scotch & Soda, Botanical print scarf, $65.00

4. Vans sneakers at Orchard Skate Shop
Yeah, everyone is anxious to break out the spring footwear, but grab yourself a pair of classic sneakers to wear until its actually sandal weather. They are comfy and high enough off the ground to keep you dry during a rain shower, but the classic canvas will keep you cool. Don’t get stuck with boot sweat this time of year – it’s supposedly spring, after all. They always have the latest and greatest Vans at Orchard, so stop in for a peek. Better yet, for every purchase, Orchard gives you tokens to play their in-store claw machine, which is a great way to get some practice in for the beach arcade this summer.

Vans, Washed Authentic Slim, $55.00

5. Bright, fun sunglasses from Urban Outfitters
Even if it’s not too sunny out yet, throw these suckers on, and they will make you feel like beach weather isn’t an impossibility this year. Big trends this year are clear or pastel frames with mirrored lenses. Cheat codes: bigger shades will help hide your still-pasty complexion. Urban Outfitters has the fix with these Urban Outfitters Emma specs.

Urban Outfitters, Emma Sunglasses $16.00