Archive of ‘Spring’ category

What to Wear Wednesday: Fall Clothes in Spring

We can all get in the rut of wearing the same outfits the same ways over and over again. Sometimes I need a little inspiration or a new way to put a look together. If you still have some fall/winter clothes out, there are a few ways to work them into your spring wardrobe for a fresh, new look.

Camel: When I think of camel I think of a fall color often seen on blazers/coats/shoes, however, the color can look quite nice for spring. Paired with neutrals above such as a large portion of white, it breathes new life into the color. I especially like it with chambray and stripes like the photo on the right. I won’t be putting away my camel blazer anytime soon but incorporating it into some spring outfits.

Olive Green: I’m definitely guilty of seeing olive green solely as a fall color, but it can be so versatile for all year round. I have a favorite pair of olive green pants and it makes a great base for spring outfits. I especially like it paired with soft pink to mix in that feminine touch.

Plaid Shirts: I used to put all my plaid shirts away come spring but now I leave a few out and pair them with white pants. It makes the plaid pop more and makes it spring appropriate. I’ll try to add in at least one spring/summer accessory to the outfit to help transition it effortlessly into warmer weather. All the plaid shirts I keep out are cotton though, I put my flannels away til it gets colder again.

 

Are there any fall items you like to re-purpose for spring? I’d love to know, please leave your tip in the comments!

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How to Style Gingham Pants

sweater – land’s end / pants – c/o land’s end / shoes – vintage dooney & bourke

Who doesn’t love gingham? The pattern is both classic and fun at the same time, and looks especially great in the navy/white combo. Gingham first became popular post World War II and has really seen a resurgence the past few years with no signs of slowing down. As most preppy styled ladies, I gravitate towards anything gingham and these pants are no exception.

When I first tried these on I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were. Pants are often tricky, and a lot of them can feel uncomfortable after a few hours (at least in my case).  The waistband seems to be a little higher and the fabric is thicker, which may be why I can wear these all day and still be comfortable.

My favorite sweater is the Drifter by Land’s End. I had the sleeve monogrammed and I really enjoy that subtle touch. Reminds me of something from the 1950’s you’d cherish for generations.

When styling gingham pants, I also keep the rest of the outfit solid with a little texture (like a cable knit). I’m all for pattern mixing but this pattern is too tiny and would be hard to do so  successfully. I look forward to styling these pants with a chambray shirt and red pointed toe flats as the weather gets warmer!

 

White Blazer Outfit

white blazer – c/o land’s end / striped shirt – c/o ll bean / jeans – old ralph lauren / shoes – land’s end / navy leather tote – c/o mark & graham / silk scarf – old ralph lauren / bracelet – c/o kjp

If you have been reading my blog or following me on instagram for any amount of time, you know my love for all things red, white, and blue. The combo of those colors proves to be a classic, all-American look, and I love how well these strong colors go together.

I’ve been on the hunt for a white blazer for a few years after admiring the look for awhile now. It’s such a fresh look for spring that can be worn into summer when the evenings get chilly. This one from Land’s End is perfect! It has tortoise shell color buttons, 3/4 length sleeves, and the fit is perfect. I can’t wait to continue to style it!

I’ve always liked the J Crew Gemma flats, and Land’s End came out with a similar style with their pointed toe bow flats. I got them in my Easter basket this year (yes, I still get one…) and I can’t believe how comfortable they are! They also come in a navy and beige – get them while you can.

This is an outfit I see myself repeating pretty often this year. 🙂

Thank you for reading!

What to Wear: Easter Edition

Easter is my favorite holiday, and I love picking out what to wear to church. My friends and I have a tradition where we all take photos after the service and the photos always turn out nicely! Unlike many events in my life, I haven’t bought a dress specifically for Easter in a long time. I always end up wearing a dress I already have and accessorizing it for Easter.

While I love buying new clothes (who doesn’t?), I would rather show you how to dress for Easter from what you already own vs. linking a bunch of dress options. Check out my guide below:

Solid Color Dress: If you have a solid color dress in a bright or pastel, it would make a great choice for Easter. I would make it more Easter appropriate by adding fresh whites to make the color of the dress pop – like white shoes. I’m a big fan of pearls and believe they’re a lovely option to finish off this lovely daytime look.

Solid Navy Dress: I think navy (not black) can look great on Easter when paired with brighter accessories. I would wear it with a colorful statement necklace to really make it stand out.

Floral/Pattern Dress: These dresses are some of my favorite types for Easter. I wouldn’t try to “compete” with the pattern, so I’d keep the accessories pretty simple. A pretty pair of earrings are all you’d need jewelry-wise alongside a simple clutch.

Personally, I add two extra accessories to top off my Easter outfit – my “Easter hat” and a pair of vintage, white gloves given to me from a dear friend. I love adding these old fashioned details as a nod to what ladies once wore on Easter. I hope the Easter hat trend catches on someday and I see more and more women donning one year after year. 🙂

 

Spring Tweed Outfit

fascinator – nordstrom / coat – c/o sail to sable / dress – c/o sail to sable / pearls c/o demoisille pearls

I’m a big fan of matching sets reminiscent of the 1960’s, especially anything Doris Day or Jackie O wore! You can see from my favorite past Easter outfit that I love coordinating separates with vintage flair, and my favorite material to do so in is spring tweed. It is not an easy task to find a modern day outfit with this classic style, and vintage clothes don’t always fit so well, so when I see a coordinating tweed outfit set I fall in love.

Sail to Sable is known for its classic, yet fun style and I have a few pieces from them that I love. Everything from them is always incredible quality and made to last. The material is thicker, buttons and zippers aren’t flimsy, and there is extreme attention to detail on every garment. Anything bought from there has staying power both in quality and design.

I can’t help but feel like a 1960’s movie star when wearing this outfit. The tweed and fringe details gives the outfit a nice texture, and I love the color of the lining! The dress itself has some really pretty feminine details.  I love wearing the set together, but will definitely be wearing both the coat and dress on their own as well.

Check out Sail to Sable to see what other cute styles they have for the spring season!

Best Rainy Day Footwear

one / two / three

four / five / six

seven / eight / nine

With spring approaching, it’s great to get your best weather-proof footwear out or to invest in a new pair. I’ve rounded up my favorites above for different types of weather situations.

Best for unpredictable weather: If you live in a climate that can rain for a short period of time and then be sunny the rest of the day, it’s good to have a pair of shorter waterproof boots. This way you won’t be in full rain gear when the weather eventually changes. Since this is a common weather situation, I think it’s smart for every woman to have at least one pair they can wear in the rain now and still not be bulky later on. All three pairs above are styles that are also great for putting on while walking into a building and change out of when you get in, like when you’re heading to the gym but don’t want your gym shoes soaked.

Best for all day rain: If you’re planning on spending more than a few minutes in the rain, you’ll want these taller pairs to keep you high and dry. Just make sure to plan your outfit around the boots as it can be unbecoming trying to stuff certain types of pants into them. In recent years, the popularity of Hunter Boots has made it socially acceptable (and stylish) to wear taller rain boots even when there’s no rain in sight. I do enjoy this look as it’s hard to reserve cute boots for solely dreary days.

Best novelty rain wear: Life is short to wear boring clothes, and these rain boots are too cute to pass up. The riding print is my favorite! Having a fun pair of rain boots will help you look forward to rainy days.

Which pair above is your favorite?