Welcome to Dressed for My Day! Usually on Fridays I share my real life outfits, but, to be honest, I didn’t get dressed enough days this week to warrant a post. It’s been freezing and messy here in Ohio, so, while I did get dressed up a bit some days (and I’ll share those outfits on LTK this weekend), I’ve spent a few days in athleisurewear and even pajamas. Just keeping it real! And while I know at least a few readers enjoy seeing those of-the-moment styles, I personally am ready for a little spring style inspiration. So today I’m sharing some exciting style boards that my team created from my personal favorite picks at several of our favorite retailers.
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Early this week I asked my assistants Holly and Lucy to create us a little early spring style inspiration with items I had selected from each of several of our favorite retailers. They added in accessories as needed, sometimes from those stores and sometimes from elsewhere. I think you’ll like what they did!
Early Spring Style Inspiration from Talbots
Let’s start with the store that more of my readers shop than any other: Talbots. We’re loving their new gingham belted mac coat, and, while it looks great over this Barbiecore pink poplin tunic, you could also wear it with so many other sweaters and tops this spring. Having a couple of versatile all-weather coats for spring is so smart, especially if your weather continues to be chilly like it is here in Ohio.
I’ve already invested in this blue 100% cotton sweater for this spring. Since moving to the midwest, I wear a lot of cotton sweaters in the spring. And this is a great place to add a pop of color. I’ve also been looking for some sand or beige colored booties to add to my wardrobe for spring. These booties from Talbots are definitely contenders, but I actually just ordered these Sam Edelman lug sole booties in ivory.
Talbots doesn’t have their full price items marked down right now, but they still have some great finds in their semi-annual Red Door Sale where you’ll get an extra 50% off and an extra 15% off already marked down prices.
Early Spring Style Inspiration from J.Crew
Next Lucy created us an early spring style inspiration board with some of my selections from J.Crew. I love shopping J.Crew for classics with a modern, youthful vibe. This spring green is slated to trend again, as are pink and shades of blue. So I think this green drapey cottage top will look so vibrant and stylish with the black straight leg pants, white jeans or even blue jeans. (I just recently purchased these boyfriend jeans from J.Crew in both white and vail wash blue. They run a bit large; I got a 29, whereas I wear 30s a lot lately.)
I’m also a big fan of this Italian leather bag, which comes in black (shown), icy blue, Kelly green or natural. I just can’t decide which color to get! That green is going to be so striking, but the blue is just lovely. And a neutral is always a smart choice. Hmm.
Early Spring Style Inspiration from Chico’s
If you have a warm weather destination vacation on your horizon, Chico’s is a great place to shop for that trip. Their clothes tend to have a festive vibe to them, and they’re already featuring some great resort wear, including swimsuits and coverups. For our style board Holly selected some fun dresses that would be perfect for a beach vacation.
I also love that she included two great toppers, the frayed hem denim jacket, which is a little longer than a traditional denim jacket and has a lovely hourglass shape, and a kimono, which adds so much interest to an outfit. Did you know that Chico’s now has footwear? They just started carrying it about a year ago and I’ve noticed is sells out fast. The raffia mules and laser cut slides would be perfect for that vacation and into the summer.
Early Spring Style Inspiration from Evereve
Evereve has become one of my favorite places to shop because it has that boutique feeling with lots of different brands to choose from. They do have an Evereve brand now, too, and those pieces are often a little more reasonably priced. But Evereve also carries modern brands like Cloth and Stone (great for soft, wearable and pretty tops), Kut from the Kloth (great jeans at a good price) and Michael Stars (contemporary essentials like these trending tank tops).
I know many of my readers join me in appreciating Ann Taylor for their classic workwear with beautiful colors and feminine touches. But they also have great jeans to help you create really polished casual looks, too. I love the combination Holly put together with these high rise straight leg jeans, the stripe oversized shirt and the freshwater pearl accessories.
She kept the look elevated and polished with an embossed leather belt, embossed leather slingback pumps and a colorblock suede tote. Topping a spring outfit with a trench is always a smart idea, and this deep wisteria blue trench coat is to die for.
Early Spring Style Inspiration from J.Jill
Many of my readers enjoy shopping J.Jill for their laid back style aesthetic. Their clothes are usually soft and comfortable, relaxed and elegantly casual. I’m a big fan of their scarves and jewelry, too.
Lucy chose on trend high rise trouser jeans for this style board. And you could top them with the more love striped tee and finish the outfit with the sneakers. Or you could top the trouser jeans with the artisan top and wear the trending leather ballet flats.
Early Spring Style Inspiration from Everlane
I enjoy shopping Everlane for their very relaxed, modern basics. They usually have very good prices, too, because this brand is especially careful and transparent about fair pricing and sourcing. This soft green cotton cardigan will look so fresh and springy with the trending utility jeans. Finish the outfit with the court sneakers soon and the sport sandals later.
By the way, another fun trend to participate in this spring and summer is the canvas tote trend. Yeah, that’s a thing. And this canvas mini tote from Everlane is a fun one to add to your casual outfits. It comes in other colors, too.
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Blessed for My Day
Yesterday in my live Afternoon Coffee with Kay on Instagram I talked a little about aging. I thought it was just my theory, but evidently it’s statistically proven that at least 60% of women over 50 feel invisible, discounted, irrelevant or ignored at times. In fact, my own casual poll on Instagram stories the day before yielded those same results. While I don’t feel these sentiments all the time, I have had days when I felt past my prime, out of touch and a little pushed aside. I plan to address these feelings in an upcoming YouTube video in a few weeks, and I’d welcome your two cents if you want to share.
But after watching an episode of Dr. Phil that focused on this issue, I felt more than ever that many of our feelings of disconnect are really rooted more in our own self-doubts, insecurities and regrets than in the treatment we receive from other people. And I believe that if we want to feel differently as we age – more positive and vibrant and engage – we’ll need to address those insecurities before the Lord, seeking His wisdom and perspective. In fact, throughout my life I’ve learned that if I allow my Creator to assign my purpose and give me my sense of dignity, I’m much more likely to feel good about myself than if I look to any other source for those things.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~ James 4:10