Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day! We’re still “chillin'” here in southern Arizona today. Hurry up, Spring! But I guess one of the benefits of a chillier than normal spring (well it’s not even spring yet, technically) is that the cool temps make layering even more necessary and fun. So today I thought I’d quit complaining about the cold weather, “chill out” and share some great spring completer pieces.
The Beauty Completer Pieces
Completer pieces are those pieces of clothing 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 of the outfit.
- shift the focus.
- set the tone.
- add visual interest.
- and even add 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 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. But there are so many other options when it comes to cardis, too. For instance this long boyfriend cardigan, otherwise known as a duster, is definitely having a moment. And while they’re running low on sizes in this green one, you might want to check out this one in shady sapphire.
The best completer pieces are versatile, dressing one outfit up and softening another.
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.
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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 mid wash, and it’s seen many years. But I also have a white denim jacket (for an upcoming post) and a light pink one (also for an upcoming post).
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. I modeled this cute navy polka dot one in a Talbots spring style event recently. I love the hidden draw cord that allows you to cinch the waist for a more flattering silhouette.
I bought this olive green utility jacket in the fall and it’s no longer available. However, you can find plenty of these to choose from. They pair easily with jeans of all colors, chinos or even skirts.
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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.
While this blush pink blazer looks beautiful and professional with this pretty spring dress, you can create a completely different look by using this blazer to top a pair of jeans and a tee. I can think of so many ways to wear this pastel blazer!
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.
It’s yet to be seen if kimonos will be as popular this year as they have been in recent years, but they’re definitely still in the stores. And really there’s just nothing quite like a kimono for adding softness, a touch of mystery and elegance to an outfit. Even the most casual jeans and top somehow look soft and intriguing with one of these flowy, gauzy drapes.
I bought the beautiful red and turquoise kimono above in Bisbee, Arizona, last spring. That’s the little mining town where I’ve been taking photos recently. But you can find similar kimonos in eclectic little boutiques all over the place.
The silk kimono above came from Soft Surroundings, where they always have a lovely collection of similar wraps. I found this beautiful Riviera Topper deeply discounted. And then there’s this Sienna Ruana.
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.
And I love that I can wear it just as easily with jeans and a chambray top or a sleek black combination.
But there are plenty of other beautiful trenches to choose from this year, too. Be sure to shop the widget below for all the options I could round up.
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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.
Today on my Facebook Live we’ll be talking more about completer pieces, and I’ll give more ideas for ways to incorporate them into your spring looks. If you enjoyed today’s post, I hope you’ll share it with your friends by posting it on Facebook or pinning it to one of your Pinterest boards. That’s so helpful to me!
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