Happy Sunday to you! Busy day for me…I’m hosting my first LuLaRoe pop-up this afternoon, and since yesterday was also pretty busy, I will be playing catch-up on laundry. Yay.
I thought I would put together a top five list of wardrobe pieces that have worked well for me as I think about transitioning my wardrobe from winter to spring.
5. Jean jacket
|GAP jacket, Old Navy top and pants, Stella & Dot necklace|
I love jean jackets on other people, but I’m not always 100 percent sure how to style mine because it’s a tad cropped and a little boxier than what I’m used to. I bought it on the GAP website last season for $17. The quality of GAP denim is perfect for those on a budget; I have a jean vest from there as well.
A jean jacket will serve you well this spring popped over a longer top/tunic and skinny pants/leggings. This combination can take you from work (in a business casual setting) to weekend pretty easily.
4. Graphic tee(s)/tanks
|Forever 21 cardigan (literally 10 years old), Target graphic tank and shoes, Daytrip jeans from The Buckle,
Stella & Dot necklace that was recently retired.
|Old Navy flannel, She Is Clothing tank, Fabletics leggings, Nike cross trainers from Kohl’s|
Graphic tees (obviously) work well paired with jeans for a weekend look, but one of my goals this year in my spring fashion is to pair them with skirts to dress them up a bit. I have one skirt/graphic tee combination in my head already…now it’s time for spring to come so I can see the outfit in my head come to life!
One easy way you can dress up a graphic tee right now, though, is to add a statement necklace and a blazer/cardigan. Graphic tees allow you to show a bit of your own personality – sayings you find important to your life, sayings you find hilarious, sayings that define who you are, etc.
One of my favorite graphic tees is my “teriyaki” shirt (also known as my FRIYAY top from Target)…inside joke with my students 🙂
3. Leather jacket
|Target jacket, hat from my husband’s closet, LuLaRoe Irma tunic,
American Eagle jeggings, Converse and Michael Kors bag from Von Maur.
|Target jacket, LuLaRoe perfect tee, Stella & Dot crossbody bag.|
|Same Target jacket, LuLaRoe Irma and leggings, Famous Footwear ankle booties (Madden Girl).|
I don’t know how I got dressed before I bought the leather jacket. Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but I have worn my jacket every weekend since I bought it at Target three or four weeks ago. I would also wear it to work, but I tend to wear lighter layers in my classroom, as it gets a little warm in there (but I would MUCH rather be warm than cold).
My favorite aspect of owning a leather jacket is that it adds polish to your casual looks and makes you feel a little more pulled together. It also gives you a little edge, which I personally like (as you know).
I know why most people shy away from them, as it’s pretty tough to find one that fits your style, your shape, and your budget. But don’t give up. If black is too harsh for your liking, try cognac or gray, both of which would be excellent choices for spring. My favorite places to shop for leather jackets are Target and Express, so if you score a really good Express coupon, consider applying that coupon to a new leather jacket for yourself.
2. Versatile shoes, specifically cognac ankle boots and Converse
Nearly all of my shoe purchases lately can be worn at work and on the weekend. I have found myself wearing my Converse even more so lately. Now I wear these on Fridays to work and also on weekends. They are the perfect blend between the comfort of a sneaker but not an all-out running shoe/cross trainer. We all know pairing a running shoe/cross trainer with jeans can turn tragic in some cases. The Chucks really provide that relaxed vibe (literally and figuratively) you may desire in your casual looks.
As I said on Instagram, I own the black and the light gray. I wear my black ones nearly every Friday to school, and as spring rolls around, I’m sure the gray will also be on heavy rotation. I have also considered getting white because I like that clean look, but I am not one who can avoid spills, mud, and other unidentified stains at this point (Hashtag momlife).
And as I also told you on Instagram, I just finally bit the bullet and bought the Dolce Vita Jaeger Ankle Booties in teak, a cognac/tan/camel color. The color pairs so well with everything and is a nice alternative to black for me but can also pair well with black pieces (95 percent of my wardrobe). I searched and searched for a more budget-friendly pair but did not like any of those as well as I liked the Jaegers.
1. All the LuLaRoe things
|Camo leggings. All the hearts.|
|Irma tunic that I have worn every week since I bought it|
It is a blessing and a curse to be a LuLaRoe addict…finding clothes that fit you well (and feel like pajamas) is awesome. But feeling the need to buy all the pieces isn’t so awesome! Ha.
Truth be told, I was unimpressed with LuLaRoe at first, as the only pieces I would see on social media/Pinterest were really loud prints that I personally would never wear. But then I started to see prints I would wear. And then I started to see these versatile tunic tops. And then came the comfy pencil skirts…AHHH.
I currently own three Irma tunics, one perfect tee, three pairs of leggings, one Nicole dress, and one Cassie skirt. I LOVE them all. Not like a “hmm, I guess I can make this work” type of situation, like I genuinely love all of the pieces I’ve purchased. But you know that since I can’t stop talking about them on the blog.
I am hosting an online pop-up at my house this afternoon (Sunday) to share my love of these great clothes with friends, and I generally shy away from hosting things because I know we are all pressured to buy from friends to a certain extent and because I know our time is precious. But I felt the need to share these clothes because I think my friends will love them.
And that’s all she wrote (literally) for February. Guess what?? We are almost to spring, ladies! Hopefully my top five list helped you get into the spring spirit and take a look at your closet needs/wants.