I might have just made up the word Spring-ifying, but hopefully you know what I mean. Now that it’s Spring- our clothes should reflect that.
Take today’s outfit. I’ve chosen ripped white jeans and this sweet little patterned top. In the photo on the left, the black sweater and black shoes are ok- but to me they seem a little dark and wintery. So, to ‘spring-ify’ my look, I replaced the dark sweater with a cute grey one. It will still keep me warm, but just looks a little lighter. Same with the shoes. Instead of the dark black loafers (which I love by the way), these neutral strappy wedge sandals are more appropriate for spring. Now I just need to find time for a pedicure.
Jeans- these are from Value Village and I distressed them myself. See how here!
Top- Nordstrom, Vince Camuto
Shoes- Clark, these are so old I honestly can’t remember when I bought them.
Grey cardigan- Banana Republic, this one is old as well.
Are you noticing anything about my clothes? They are old! I am wearing stuff that I bought maybe 5-10 years ago. You do not need to go out any buy new clothes all the time. Shop your closet!
I don’t know about your family, but my family is NUTS about March Madness. Even my daughter, who cares nothing about sports, is super into it! Maybe it’s because I am a Jayhawk- and basketball is in our blood?!
It’s fun to wear a tee shirt or sweatshirt that supports your team, but there is a stylish way to do it- and a not so stylish way. Take my look on the left. The sweatshirt is way to big (it’s my hubby’s) and my jeans are all wrong.
So, to fix my outfit I have replaced the weird jeans with these cute distressed ones. I like the skinny cut- it’s much more flattering. I then replaced the oversized sweatshirt with a cute scoop neck KU shirt. For my feet, I am actually wearing my Birkenstocks! Oh yeah! I started wearing Birks in college (back in the early 90’s) and I have loved them ever since. They aren’t the most stylish shoe- but they are making a comeback. They are incredibly comfortable- and paired with the right outfit- can actually be cute.
I am a big fan of jackets. I own a LOT of them. I think they are the perfect item to add to any outfit to keep warm.
First off, I love the jacket on the left. It’s an olive green field/ military style jacket. Paired with the right top and jeans, it can be a cute outfit, like when I wore it here. However, today, this look is not doing much for me.
So I replaced the field jacket with this cute olive bomber (similar) This jacket is made out of Tencel, which if you aren’t familiar with it- you should be. It is made of wood pulp (earth friendly) and is one of the softest fabrics out there. So comfortable to wear! If you are thinking about buying a jacket to add to your wardrobe- consider getting a green bomber. The color is a great neutral that can be worn with everything- and it is a stylish alternative to a cardigan.
I then replaced the high neck white tee shirt with this cute scoop neck tank. Working with the casual vibe, I switched out the black jeans for my ripped/ ankle length pair and then slipped on my black and grey tennis shoes instead of the heavy black boots. To complete the outfit, I threw on this fun necklace that adds a little interest.
Today I’m wearing a pink tee shirt and off white jeans. A simple, easy outfit. But what is the first thing you notice when comparing the two photos?
For me, it’s how much longer my legs look in the after photo. By tucking in the shirt- and defining my waist with a belt, I have added several inches to my legs. Wearing heels also makes them look longer (obviously)!
I love a good graphic tee shirt, but the one on the left is too large, and the neckline is too high. So, I replaced it with this much softer pink v neck shirt from American Eagle. I then threw on this cute grey cable knit sweater because our temps are supposed to be back in the 60’s today, so I will need the extra warmth. To complete the outfit, these peep toe neutral heels are perfect. They don’t distract from the overall look- but rather compliment the neutral colors while adding some height as mentioned earlier. And, the heel is only about 2 inches high. Super comfy!
Have a great day!
Shirt- American Eagle
Jeans- J Brand
Sweater- White House, Black Market (this sweater is possibly 10 years old… or older!).
You guys, it doesn’t get much more basic than a plain white shirt and blue jeans for my OOTD. But yet, I love the way it looks when it’s done right.
The outfit on the left is awkward. Seeing the tucked in tank under my shirt looks really weird (and I sort of look pregnant, gasp! I’m far too old for that). Not helping are my Birkenstocks (which I LOVE by the way) but there isn’t much in the way of style in this look.
To improve the outfit, I first tucked in my shirt and rolled the sleeves. Then I added this cute leopard belt to give the outfit a little oomph. Then I threw on a bunch of bracelets (see below). Lastly, I swapped out my comfy Birks for these cute neutral flats by Paul Green. I love the style of these shoes, the ties add such cute detail. Plus, being Paul Green, they are so comfy! Perfect for being on my feet all day.
Todays outfit is a spring dress, although to be honest I’m not actually wearing this today (I have a tennis match, so I’ll be in my tennis clothes). But, I wanted to show you a cute dress that would be perfect for church, brunch with friends, or a baby or wedding shower… really any occasion!
First off, I love dresses because they are so easy! No need to worry about matching your top and bottom- it’s done for you! Second, when wearing a dress- you just look nice! It looks like you put effort into your outfit. Third, in the spring and summer, dresses are a perfect alternative to wearing shorts.
Now let’s talk about these two dresses. The one on the left is just a little too big. Look closely at my tummy area- there is extra fabric bunching out (hard to see in the photo, trust me!). This dress has a draw string waist- which means there is extra fabric that gathers here. This creates un-needed bulk in an area where you don’t want to add bulk. The dress on the right fits a lot better. See how it nips in at the waist- as well as has a deeper V neckline with the pin tuck detailing, which is more flattering.
I also like these neutral peep toe shoes a lot better than the black ballet flats. Adding a heel (even a low heel) adds a little style to a dress. That being said- I’m a huge fan of flats- so if you are more comfortable wearing flats- go for it. Be you! Be comfortable!
Instead of a before and after post for my OOTD, I’m showing 2 different versions of my St. Patrick’s Day outfit. And a quick shout out to my big sister for her Birthday! Happy Birthday Erin, I love you so much! You inspire me daily.
The outfit on the left is my normal, safe option. A cute Ireland tee shirt, ripped jeans and white tennis shoes. Festive, comfortable and easy. But then I decided to try something totally different (and a bit of a risk for me), and pair the green shirt with my geometric skirt and black peep toe heels. To be honest, I think it’s kind of fun! I love the colors together, and the skirt is such a bold, fun eye catching pattern. Which outfit do you prefer?
Jeans- Value Village, and Distressed by me (here’s how!)