Earlier this week in this blog post I shared 5 wardrobe essentials that will help you create myriad spring outfits. In that post, I featured a blazer that served as the “completer piece” for the outfit. But with every modern, classic completer piece you add to your spring wardrobe you multiply the versatility you’ll enjoy with the items in your closet. Let me show you how!
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We’ll start with a photo from the outfit I shared in Monday’s blog post. That outfit formula is my absolute favorite for spring. If I don’t remind myself to wear something different every now and again, I could wear white jeans, a simple tank, a blazer and heeled sandals every time I step out the door during spring.
But I can stretch those pieces further and create completely different aesthetics simply by swapping the blazer for a different completer piece.
In fact, the only thing different in the outfit above is the jacket. But when I took off the blazer and slipped into an army green utility jacket instead, I made my outfit a little more edgy. I probably look more comfortable and relaxed, too. In fact, maybe I look a little more approachable.
So have several different completer pieces in your closet is not just about stretching your wardrobe; it’s also about giving yourself the ability to dress differently for various occasions and settings. I think it’s so important to consider the vibe you want to give off when you get dressed. I talk a lot about wearing a blazer to convey a sense of competence and authority. But sometimes it’s just as desirable to choose a more casual completer piece that will soften your look.
A denim jacket is another favorite completer piece. It can give your outfit a youthful appearance. It’s a casual jacket, but it definitely makes you look more pulled together than if you were to leave it off. I did swap out my heeled sandals here for flat metallic ones. Be sure to see this week’s video for more information about how ten must-have shoes can also give your spring wardrobe great versatility and style.
I wear my white jeans much more frequently than I wear blue jeans in the spring and summer. So I love having a couple of blue denim jackets in my wardrobe. But if you generally wear blue denim, I’d invest in a good white jean jacket to pair with those blue jeans. I have this white denim jacket and love it.
I’ve had my denim jacket for over 30 years, but I don’t think I’ve had a good windbreaker since…I don’t know when. I noticed my four adult kids all wearing sharp windbreakers when they visited us at Thanksgiving and vowed then to get at least one for spring. Sure enough, I added two to my wardrobe.
I’m loving this bold pink windbreaker from Athleta. It adds a splash of color and brightness to my jeans and tank outfit. Notice I’m still wearing those same white jeans and navy and white striped tank. But I did swap in white leather sneakers (similar) along with the windbreaker.
Of course a windbreaker takes my outfit down another notch when it comes to the casual to dressy scale. But that’s okay! There are some occasions for which you want to look very casual, but still pulled together and classy.
Here’s my other windbreaker, this time worn with the black tank from Tuesday’s blog post. Unfortunately my jacket is no longer available in this tank and black, but there are a few left in pink or white.
Yes, this look is casual and understated. But it still looks pulled together and intentional. I think for many of us, that’s where we live. We need ways to create casual outfits that look smart and pulled together for everyday outings. That means we want to dress appropriately for the occasion, but still true to our personal style aesthetic.
And with a few good completer pieces in your wardrobe you absolutely will have that versatility. And with every topper you add to your closet – if you choose wisely – you will multiply the versatility.
Just to take our little experiment in versatility full circle, we’ll finish with another look at the white jeans and black tank, but this time with my black blazer. It really is as simple as switching out completer pieces and sometimes shoes and handbags.
I’ve collected some of my favorite jackets that I’m seeing available right now in the shopping widget below. For instance, my utility jacket is old and not available, but I found others that are similar or that would serve the same purpose in your wardrobe.
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Sacrifice. That’s a word most of us cringe at before we take a big gulp and agree that it’s a good thing. Somehow we know that sacrifice is only sometimes rewarded, often required and always taxing. But without sacrifice, you’re not wholly in. When we’re willing to lay it all on the line, that’s the true indicator that we’re all in.
And that’s why Jesus demanded that anyone who wants to follow Him must be willing to sacrifice all else. What does that mean for you and me? That’s worth some thought today. But one thing I do know is that Jesus requires day by day obedience to Him and death to self. Are you holding anything back from Him today? I encourage you to lay that thing on the line, trust Him with it and step away from it. Trust me. Full obedience always eventually yields full blessing.
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, this is the one who will save it.” ~ Luke 9:23-24