The weather is getting warmer. Or wait, is it getting colder? Welcome to the wonderful world of transitional dressing in which the options are as broad as the ever-changing temperatures to match. While you have your transitional spring coat in check, you are most likely in the market for another piece: a lightweight sweater. Begone those clunky, hefty sweaters – although it’s not quite time for a t-shirt. That’s where the lightweight sweater comes in: easy and breezy, and ultimately the key piece in a wardrobe as we inch towards spring.

In this universe of endless options, there happens to be a light sweater for everyone, whether it is something with a bold print or a solid color. The choices are boundless–and perpetually stylish. If you’re searching for something on the classic front, try the Gaspard knit cardigan crafted from technical tweed. The elevated twist here? The gold crested buttons and padded shoulders. Also in the sphere of classic sweaters is a take on the extremely French Breton stripes. The sweater iteration of the perpetually chic look comes courtesy of ba&sh: the Kahel sweater. The tried-and-true striped garment, which comes in both black and off-white, is made from a blend of wool, cashmere, and cotton offering up the most soft-to-the-touch feel with a hint of elegance thanks to its buttons on the placket.

For more outré staples, the world is your knit, colorful oyster. There is the Gardy sweater that is transfixing with its openwork stitching and bright stripes running down the chest and encircling the arms. For a romantic flair, there is the ultra-soft Hoa sweater–both in white and pink–that is cotton on the inside and mohair on the outside. The piece features a split rounded neckline fastened together with small metal buttons. One easy knit that can transport you to any bucolic state of mind is the Miro sweater. The piece comes in off-white with precious rounded sleeves and a bohemian touch thanks to its purple and yellow floral embroidery. Carry with a thatched handbasket à la Jane Birkin.

For some of that borrowed-from-the-boys attitude, there is the Dylon zip-up in dark blue that boasts a ’70s flair, a deep zip, and a kangaroo pocket. Also offering up some devil-may-care coolness, there is the low-back sweater, the Elsy. This light and easy piece is made to wear in reverse to reveal a large dipping V shape on the upper back, giving the wearer a peekaboo of allure. And for that just-got-to-have-it sweater? Throw on the Chavi crewneck that is all the bit pared back in its simple thick cotton and wool yarn form but with inlet cap sleeves and buttons on the cuff for a hint of sophistication.

Whatever your ultimate choice is, the lightweight sweater can be worn with anything, whether it is a pair of jeans or polished trousers. When it gets warm this spring, style it tied around your waist for a casual touch or around your shoulders for some prep-minded appeal. Call it the most universal closet signature that exists.