Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day! We’re still “chillin'” in most places today. I’m in Georgia for the week, and even here in the South the temperatures dipped into the 20s this weekend. Hurry up, Spring! Of course it’s not even officially spring yet, so I need to quit my belly-aching. Today I thought I’d quit complaining about the cold weather, “chill out” and share some great spring completer pieces. Spring completer pieces really bring me such joy!
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The Beauty of Completer Pieces
Completer pieces are those garments that, well, complete an outfit. They give it a finished look. How do they do this? Completer pieces…
- add structure to your outfit.
- add or change the color scheme of the outfit.
- shift the focus.
- set the tone.
- add visual interest.
- and even provide warmth
Today I’m sharing 6 completer pieces that are especially suited to spring, but you might think of others. I’ll share a few photos from the archives (please click through the links in the photo captions to the original posts for more details) and a shopping widget for each. And I’ll share a few different ways you can incorporate each completer piece into your wardrobe.
I love a basic, classic button up cardigan. They’re great for keeping on hand just in case. And while some will tell you they are out of style, we call them “classic” for a reason. This button up completer piece is still just as wearable, feminine and wardrobe-worthy as ever. And it’s perfect for throwing on over the trending shirtdresses. I love Talbots and Ann Taylor for these classic sweaters.
But there are so many other options when it comes to cardis, too. For instance the long cardigan, otherwise known as a duster, is definitely still having more than a moment. Mine is from several years ago, but I’m still seeing similar styles in the stores. And I’ll include some in the shopping widget below.
And girlfriend or boyfriend cardigans continue to trend this year, too. These slightly boxy button up cardigans often feature a flattering v-neck. and this year we’re seeing them with colorful, contrasting borders in pretty colors as well as neutrals. I’m really enjoying the girlfriend cardigan below from Talbots. It’s available in other color combinations, too. And it runs true to size.
Your classic button up cardigan can still look modern and fresh when worn with a casual vibe. Button up just the middle buttons or wear it open. Top off chinos, jeans or even shorts with this cardi. Underneath you can wear a simple tee, a floral silk blouse or a whimsical tank top. This simple black one has proven to be very versatile, but it’s available in many colors. It’s even trending to wear your button up cardigan as a pullover, completely or almost completely buttoned up. I just wear one of these camisoles underneath.
During the spring I really prefer to look for cardigans with a lot of cotton and/or linen in the fabric. Those natural fibers are just more breathable and easy to wear into the warmer months. I’m loving this relaxed v-neck cardigan from Loft.
A truly versatile spring completer piece is one that can elevate a simple jeans outfit but can also soften a dressier look. Choose a cardigan in one of your neutrals that will mix and match with other things in your wardrobe or a colorful one that will add some interest to your simple separates.
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In my book, you just can’t beat a traditional denim jacket. Mine is the Levi’s Original Trucker jacket in a Sweet Jane wash, and it’s seen many years. Even though I’ve purchased other denim jackets throughout the years, I have kept this one for over 30 years, returning to it again and again. I prefer the classic details and the relaxed silhouette for true versatility.
Of course there are many other denim jackets to choose from, including colors and prints. You can also find modern details like raw edges, ruffles and even padded shoulders.
You can throw a jean jacket on over anything – from chinos or cargos to dresses or skirts. Your jean jacket will automatically add a casual vibe to your outfit, so put it on after work before heading out for pizza with the family. I especially love denim jackets over pretty floral dresses or skirts.
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A utility jacket is a sporty jacket with a utilitarian feel to it. Often made of cotton or other sturdy fabric, these jackets really do ward off the wind, but they also add a sporty vibe to your outfit.
Often called such names as field jacket, safari jacket, chore jacket, barn jacket, military or utility jacket, these sporty coats often feature cinched waists, buttons, snaps, zippers and other such hardware. Some are denim while others are cotton twill. Look for one that fits your personal style aesthetic and body shape.
You can top so many different types of outfits with these get-to-work style jackets, including dresses.
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Nothing adds structure to an outfit quite like a fitted blazer. But a blazer also elevates the appeal of any outfit, and you can even use it to add a splash of color to your jeans and white tee.
But this year the blazer that’s really trending is the looser fitting relaxed fit blazer. You’ll still want this boxier blazer to fit in the shoulders and sleeves. But then again, you can always roll up the sleeves on this more casual blazer. The relaxed fit blazer I’m wearing below comes in a number of other great colors and black. It fits true to size.
Still, don’t hesitate to wear your more fitted blazers this spring either. Really, any blazer is going to make you look oh so sharp and in the know.
Blazers are available in so many pretty shades for spring, but a classic navy or black blazer are always a smart buy. And a creamy white blazer could be a gorgeous addition to your wardrobe as well. Also trending right now – lots of gold or silver buttons and doublebreasted suits. The only jacket or coat I brought with me to Georgia for the week is my Veronica Beard double breasted Miller dickey blazer. And we’re getting along just splendidly in almost every outfit I’ve worn.
The next completer piece I especially love for spring is the sweatshirt. These days we’re seeing them in pretty colors and patterns, as well as puff sleeves, scalloped edges and other trendy variations.
I love the versatility of a sweatshirt. You can wear it alone, over a tee or tank, wrapped casually over your shoulders or tied around your waist. How fun is that?
I like the sweatshirts at Talbots, Athleta and J.Crew among others. Check out lots of options in the shopping widget below.
Trench coats have always been classic toppers for spring and fall, but they’re definitely experiencing a resurgence this year. And whether you go with a classic khaki colored trench or one of the new colors or prints, you can count on your trench coat to add class and interest to your outfit.
I love a classic taupe, navy or black trench coat for spring. But this year unique trench coats are really trending. What that means is that traditional trench coats will also look very on trend. But unique style points such as pleats or patterns will look more cutting edge. I would definitely start with a more traditional trench if you’re adding your first one to your wardrobe. But it’s a great year to invest in a second more lively one.
I purchased this beautiful soft pink trench coat several years ago and still enjoy it so much. I also have a couple of short trench jackets. Mine are black and traditional khaki.
And you can learn some fun ways to tie your trench coat belt in this post.
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What kinds of spring completer pieces do you favor? And what’s your favorite way to wear the ones you own? I’d love to hear from you today. So scroll down and leave me a comment.
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Blessed for My Day
Has something gone awry in your life recently that has caused you to wonder where God is? I’ve been there! When bad stuff happens it’s tempting to doubt God’s faithfulness and question His wisdom. We may even question His presence or His goodness at such times.
Instead, these are the times we must press in to what we know to be true. God is good. God is working all things together for my good. And God’s definition of good may be much broader and deeper than mine, but I can trust Him. Today when we begin to wonder what God is up to, let’s trust that He is up to something good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28