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Real Life Spring Outfits I’ve Worn Recently

May 12, 2023

Happy Friday! It’s time for another How I Really Dressed for My Day post. These are my real life spring outfits from recently. I share them for your inspiration, sure, but mostly for my own accountability. Just like many of you, I struggle to put in the effort some days. But I really do try to get dressed for my day!

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These are my real life outfits from my own closet. Many of these things are available, but some may not be. When I can locate one quickly I’ll share substitutes and/or more economical options. But if I don’t provide one and you’d like for me to, just ask.

I try to focus on how I styled things and why I wore what I wore rather than product details here. But if you need to know more about a piece, just ask in the comments. Let’s run through this week’s spring outfits.

What I Wore to Lunch with My Assistants

I had the pleasure of treating my assistants and my daughter to lunch at a favorite Mexican food restaurant last Friday. Lucy (left) and Holly (right) both live in Georgia and work for me part time remotely. I’d only met Lucy in person when I was recruiting at the University of Georgia, and I’d never met Holly in person. Of course we meet a couple of times each week virtually on Google Meets, but it was so lovely to sit down to a meal with them. They’re such an asset to Dressed for My Day.

Lucy, Me and Holly
Lucy (left) and Holly (right)

My daughter Abigail also joined us for lunch. You may recall that she worked for me for about six months, but she has gone on to bigger things. She works at her church in Atlanta now.

Me and Abby
Me & Abby

It was a humid day, so I chose to wear my linen relaxed crops with a white tank (similar) to create a column of white under my vivid sky blue linen button up shirt. Plus this outfit felt suited to a Cinco de Mayo lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Ha!

Me in White Linen Crops
linen relaxed crops // white tank (similar) // vivid sky blue linen button up shirt // espadrilles // necklace // earrings // bracelet

I love creating a column effect with your clothing. It’s a very slenderizing style hack. Even with white, a column under a pretty color works. The website says these linen relaxed crops run small, but I find them to run large. I normally should wear a medium, but I’m wearing a size small here very comfortably. They comes in other colors, too. Great pants! And this vivid sky blue linen button up shirt has become a fast favorite.

What I Wore to a Family Birthday Party

Saturday I was happy to be in town for a family birthday party. I never get to attend these things since I live in Ohio and most of my family live in Georgia. But on this day I joined a large portion of my family in wishing my nephew a happy 30th.

white jeans, // crochet trim v-neck tee // denim jacket // sandals // earrings // bracelet // crossbody bag

Of course it was a casual affair, so I felt comfortable and appropriately festive in my white jeans, a pretty pink crochet trim v-neck tee and my denim jacket. I added my gold metallic sandals for a little sparkle.

What I Wore Sunday in Georgia

My dad had been on a trip to Greece while I stayed with mom in Georgia. He and my brother returned from their travels on Saturday evening. So Sunday we stayed home for a quiet day so my dad could recuperate from the long flight. That said, he seemed perfectly fine that day. Yay for answered prayers.

What I Wore One Day in Georgia
linen lantern pants // tank // cardigan or here // sandals // crossbody // necklace // earrings // bracelet

That afternoon we did go out to a late lunch at one of their favorite restaurants and ate outside. I wore my cobblestone linen lantern pants, but I’m not sure this is my favorite way to wear them. Live and learn! And unfortunately these linen lantern pants are about sold out in the cobblestone I’m wearing. I certainly could have chosen to wear nude sandals here, but I liked the bookending effect of wearing black ones.

What I Wore to Travel Home

Monday we were shooting photos for an upcoming blog post and video with Talbots. So I never really settled into one outfit. So my next outfit to share is my travel outfit for Tuesday.

Travel Outfit
ankle length travel pants // polo top // similar sandals // Away bag // necklace // earrings

If you’ve been around here long, it shouldn’t surprise you that I opted for my ankle length travel pants that day. These knit pants make travel all the more enjoyable. I topped them with my green polo top and wore my Everlane sandals (no longer available). I purchased the Away bag for my upcoming trip to London, so I tried it out on this trip. Love it!

Work From Home Outfit

Black Dress
black dress // sandals (more economical option) // necklace // earrings // bracelet

Wednesday I began playing catch up after missing a work day due to travel. But I felt like wearing a dress, so I put on this simple black dress. It’s actually one of my favorites for spring and summer. I didn’t need it that day, but this L.L.Bean dress looks great under a denim jacket for a date night or lunch out.

What I Wore for Appointments Thursday

And Thursday I got out for a nail appointment followed by an outfitting appointment at J.Crew. If you’re local, don’t forget that I’ll be at J.Crew Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’re providing refreshments and a 15% discount for my guests, and that 15% off is on top of whatever other offers they already have going on. I’d love to see you there! You can RSVP here.

Linen OUtfit
linen pants from last year (similar) // button up short sleeve linen top and here // sandals // necklace // earrings // crossbody

Anyhow, it was a slightly steamy day (in the 80s!), so I chose to wear my Talbots linen pants from last year (similar) with a button up short sleeve linen top. I got so many compliments on my outfit.

By the way, no, I didn’t get my hair cut differently. I just opted to style it a little differently for the past few days. (Please don’t tell me you like it one way or the other better.) I enjoy having the versatility to wear it two different ways.

Thanks so much for stopping in for a little style inspiration. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and opportunity to get dressed for your days in ways that make you feel special and beautiful. Oh, and Happy Mother’s day!

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Blessed for My Day

This past week I read through 1 Samuel 25 in my daily Bible reading. I was reminded again of why we chose to name our daughter Abigail. This Old Testament historical woman is such an inspiration to me. Not only is she described as beautiful, but she proves herself to be wise and resourceful and courageous.

Abigail didn’t hesitate to step in and do the right thing, the courageous thing, when her husband had foolishly done the wrong thing. She stepped in front of danger and graciously but also forthrightly confronted the future king of Israel. Not only did she save her household from slaughter, but she saved a man from disgrace and dishonor. May we be brave and wise women who also step up with resourcefulness and conviction when the time demands it.

When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face in front of David and bowed herself to the ground. She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your slave speak to you, and listen to the words of your slave. Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and stupidity is with him; but I your slave did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. ~ 1 Samuel 25:23-25

xoxo, Kay
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8 thoughts on “Real Life Spring Outfits I’ve Worn Recently

  1. Glad you had so much fun in with your family there in Georgia. Always nice to visit our families. Really liked you The black dress on you. Very slimming and classy. Like that you named Abigail after such a brave young woman from the Bible.

  2. It’s so nice to see you out with your lovely ladies and sporting your linen. I am waiting on my Eileen Fisher cardigan like yours (I took your sizing advice and ordered an XXS). I have the undyed linen wide leg pants, and when the cardi arrives I will try using a vibrant pink or blue top, maybe even something with a bit of sheen for contrast. Thanks for being so helpful with questions so we can get it right when we order.

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  4. I do really like the last outfit with the white shirt and linen pants. I struggle with what to wear with mine. I’m busty and short waisted so a fitted top or full tuck doesn’t really work for me. The linen shirt you paired with this looks very nice. I’ll have to try something like this and see how it works. The pants are so comfortable and cool so I’d like to wear mine more. Your hair always looks cute! How fun to have a shorter cut that is so versatile.

  5. Hi Kay so pleased you had a fun filled week. You really looked like you were enjoying yourself . Beautiful Style , Beautiful Hair( which incidentally looks lovely whichever way YOU choose to wear it , thats the fun of having choices) and Beautiful Lady. Enjoy your Sunday Xx❤️

  6. Love your looks – but especially love the linen from Thursday. My question is what do you wear under a shirt with a looser weave that can be more see-thru? I always feel like I need to add a cami, but I live in AZ and the extra layer isn’t a great idea, either. I just really don’t like having my bra (no matter whether it’s nude, off white or another neutral) showing thru the blouse. Help please!
    (P.S. I like to wear my hair two ways, as well. For the longest time I only wore it straight, but it does have a natural wave so I go with that some days. I noticed that you were doing something similar, and you gave me to courage to own my two different hairstyle looks. So thank you!)

    1. Hi Diane, I didn’t wear anything but my bra under that top. It is a little thinner than some. But as you can probably see in the photo, I really don’t think you see my bra through it much. It didn’t seem noticeable to me, anyhow. I’ve lived in Arizona, too, and I’m telling you there is no way I’d add a tank under this. Ha! The only option I might would consider would be a thin and loose fitting tank underneath. But then I think it would ruin the drape of the shirt. So I just make sure I have on a nude bra that is pretty and go for it.

      1. Thanks so much for the quick reply, Kay. Your bra didn’t seem noticeable, which was why I had to ask. Maybe I just need to go for it, too 😉