Top: StyleKeepers at Shopbop (25% off only through Friday!)–also comes in purple gingham and blue gingham! Runs true to size! // Trench: London Fog (under $200!)–it’s my go-to coat these days. It has a quilted button-in liner for extra warmth when you need it, and a removable hood. It’s AMAZING. I’m wearing an XS, runs slightly large // Shoes: B.P. Terry Block Heels, which also come in black! They’re the most comfy heels I’ve owned in a long time, too! Run true to size. // Sunnies: Ray Bans–this pair folds up into a little bitty case, which is SO awesome for travel, but they make a similar rose gold version here that doesn’t fold, and is much more affordable! I also love this classic round version! // Pants: Levi’s 721 White Jeans (I also love this J.Brand pair which is also part of the 25% off sale!) // Bag: Welden (borrowed from Blair, I think I’m going to get myself one though after wearing it for the day! I’ve been eyeing this saddlebag version, which also comes in brown suede and black–so cute! Love this mini sized saddleback and the bucket bag, too!) // Lipstick: Burberry Lipvelvet in Oxblood
When it comes to getting dressed, this time of the year makes it especially hard.
I think the transition from fall to winter is infinitely easier than winter to spring-ish-summer-ish. (In Chicago, we don’t have a spring to summer transition. It goes something like: winter, then spring, then back to winter, then stays winter for awhile, spring for a day, rain, rain, maybe another blizzard, rain, and then summer.)
Basically, if you don’t check the weather before you get dressed in the morning, you could end up with a sticky situation on your hands. (These are the days I miss my adolescent days growing up in Arizona, where there were two, very dependable seasons: warm, and hot.)
Anyway, whenever spring-ish rolls around, I try to buy staples that I know I will wear from spring into summer and again in the fall. If you’re sitting there puzzled like, “what the heck kind of clothes should I be buying right now?!” this post is for you.
(Side note: Before we jump in, several of the items I’m wearing are on sale as part of the 20-25% off Shopbop Sale right now–it ends Friday, so make sure to place your order before then!)
Kelly recently got this top in the blue gingham version, and convinced me that I needed to buy it too! The brand who makes it is called StyleKeepers, which is this really cool Australian label that I discovered on Shopbop! (Right now, you can get it for 25% off, too!)
It’s one of those items where for a moment you hesitate and think, “Is this the cutest top ever, OR does it make me look so much like Johnny Depp that people are going to start buying me rum shots at the barrrrr?” (HA get it? Wow.)
Here’s the thing, it looks ridiculous on the hanger, but once you put it on, it is seriously one of the most flattering tops I’ve ever worn! The neckline is absolutely stunning. I love how it’s ALMOST off the shoulder but not quite, and it’s the perfect v-neck cut that shows the perfect amount of skin and accentuates your collar bones.
It’s romantic, feminine, and under $100 (and that’s before the sale discount!)–seriously, what more can you want out of a top?
The best part is that it wraps around and ties into the cutest little bow at your hip! It looks so cute with high-waisted pants right now.
Shop more favorite ruffle tops:
I’m a big proponent of wearing white pants year round. This time of year, it always makes me really sad to pull on things like black jeans and boots. I want to wear spring things even if it’s cold outside, so white pants allow me to accomplish feeling springy and keep warm at the same time. I often wear mine (love both the Levi’s 721’s and the J.Brand Maria’s, both of which you can get up to 25% off right now! Both pairs run TTS, I wear a 26) with my favorite oxfords or loafers (size up one whole size in both) if it’s too chilly for sandals. I’ve also been really digging my white sneakers with white pants lately, too–the white on white is really crisp and refreshing!
Comfy “wear with anything” sandals:
I typically have one pair of heels and one pair of flats that I gravitate toward for every season. This summer, I know it’s going to be this pair of heeled sandals (run TTS). They’re super affordable (so I don’t have to worry about wearing them into the ground!), they’re super comfortable, and they can easily be dressed up or down! I’m starting to wear these now on warmer days! The trick is to cover up elsewhere–(i.e. long pants and/or a light jacket) to hit the perfect warmth balance.
This trench coat (runs slightly large, I’m an XS!) is easily my favorite purchase I’ve made this spring. I don’t know what took me so long to find it. London Fog is a very classic brand with a lot of history, and they seriously make the best trenches.
Admittedly, I couldn’t justify splurging on a Burberry one right at the moment, so this was exactly what I was looking for. It has a button-in liner when you need the warmth, and a removable hood, too. I can’t say enough amazing things about it. When it gets warmer, you just simply take out the liner. I know I’ll be excited for fall to start rolling around at the end of summer so I can pull this out again 😉
I love blush because it accomplishes being both a color and a neutral at the same time. No surprise, it’s everywhere right now, and I especially love blush accessories. They add a little something extra to your outfit, but can still be paired with any other color without clashing. I love the color and woven details of this bag made by Welden! My favorite pair of mules is also this color and I love how feminine they make every outfit look!
I got these sunglasses when we were in Ireland years ago, and I still love them just as much. I love the rose gold mirrored lenses. Each time I put them on, it feels a little more like summer! The best part is that they fold up into a teeny-tiny case, so they’re amazing for travel, or if you’re one of those girls who never has room for her sunglasses in her purse! The round shape is so classic, too! They also come in the classic neutral frames as well.