Okay gals. I think I’ve had enough of winter. What about you? But I know, I know. We’ve probably got a good many cold days left to endure, at least where I live in Ohio. But a girl can dream! And today I’m styling that same pair of crop chino pants I shared yesterday, but here I’ve styled them for early spring. Now this is a look I’m really looking forward to wearing!
I’ll admit, I was freezing when we snapped these photos. But it felt fabulous all the same to style these crop chinos with simple black loafers and a chic white cotton popover.
You’ll notice that I’m styling these patch pocket crop chino pants (I’m wearing them in the toasted barley color) with black and white again. That’s on purpose. Remember, I advocate building a cohesive wardrobe that really works for you. And that includes building your wardrobe on just a few neutrals and a few signature colors of your choice. So while I could have gone with navy or brown (or even red!) accessories, I chose to stick with my strongest wardrobe neutral – black.
I absolutely love this white poplin popover. It’s extremely versatile, adding a contemporary and chic touch to anything you pair it with. I’ve tucked the popover softly all the way around and added a leopard print belt. But you could also give it just a front tuck or leave the shirt out and belt it. However, with these full leg, crop chino pants I think the shirt needs to be tucked, at least in the front, in order to create the most pleasing proportions.
I’m wearing a medium in the white poplin popover for a very over-sized fit.
I’ve added a little style by popping the collar and cuffing the sleeves of the poplin popover. To cuff the sleeves as I’ve done, simply turn up the unbuttoned sleeve one long turn, then turn up that cuffed portion once again. Allow a little of the edge of the sleeve to peak out over the top of the fold. Don’t worry about trying to do this perfectly; the slightly sloppy look is more modern.
My belt is sold out, but this one is very similar and currently 25% off in Talbots’ Spring Style Event (as are the pants, popover and shoes!). Of course, now I notice that belt is only available in medium (which is what I wear). So you might want to check out this leopard print belt at Nordstrom, where you always get free shipping.
I think my necklace and bracelet really pull this look together, but unfortunately both are sold out. I’m so sorry about that. I picked them both up at Chico’s last week when I was gathering my birthday bonuses. They were on the sale table and I got an extra percentage off making them next to nothing. So of course they’re gone! But I think this large black pendant (similar to the tiger’s eye pendant I wore in yesterday’s post) would work beautifully here, too.
My scarf, which I’ve used as handbag candy, was a gift from Michael Kors for being a VIP member (which is totally free to sign up for and grants you free shipping!). I’m not really big on wearing labels, but I think the black and white is a nice addition to my handbag (similar and on sale).
Again a navy trench coat or jacket would work beautifully with this outfit, but I’ve decided to go with a black trench this spring. I’m wearing a size medium in this Ralph Lauren water repellent trench. Unfortunately my giraffe pin is also sold out. But here’s a pretty dragon fly that would look darling perched on your shoulder!
I finished off my early spring crop chino pants look with black loafers. Remember, loafers are definitely trending high right now, but they never really go out of style. These are very easy on the foot, soft and true to size. And my loafers are available in other shades, too. Oh, and they come in narrow and wide fits.
So I love this combination of the toasted barley chinos with black and white. But I’m sure you see how you could duplicate this look with most any other neutral, but especially navy.
Aren’t you excited to be wearing styles like this soon? Come on Spring!!!
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Things can get really bad, can’t they? Sure, we’ve all been through seasons of life when we honestly didn’t know if we’d make it through or not. Sometimes we look back on those seasons and we wonder why we struggled so, but at the time the pain throbbed, the tears constantly welled up, the burden seemed unbearably heavy and the nights were long.
But let’s remember that with time and drawing close to the Lord, we realized that indeed we were going to make it. As long as we have breath in our bodies, we are persevering. And even when that day comes that breath leaves our bodies for the final time, we are not without hope. And if you are going through such a difficult season right now, please know that you are not alone. Christ will sustain you. Put your hope in Him.
But … we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-10