Hi there! We’re in the middle of planning our spring wardrobes here at Dressed for My Day this week. Monday I shared steps for planning a spring wardrobe that is beautiful, functional and within your budget. Yesterday I shared my wardrobe essentials for spring. And today I thought we’d talk about layering on the style with fun spring completer pieces.
Completer pieces are simply those items we add to an outfit to give it additional style and a more completed look. The piece may also provide additional warmth as needed, but it’s selected because of the style it brings to the overall look.
And, of course, various completer pieces will add completely different aesthetics to the same base pieces. For instance, add a soft cardigan to a pair of cotton pants and a white t-shirt and you could have a very feminine, romantic look. Top those same pants and tee with a blazer and get a more classic, buttoned up look. Then again, top that twosome with a moto jacket and create an edgier vibe.
While some of the completer pieces in this post also appeared in my Spring Wardrobe Essentials list, you’ll also find some additional toppers to choose from. Your selection of completer pieces for spring really depends on your own signature style. I suggest having at least a few different completer pieces in your wardrobe in order to create a variety of looks. But you get to choose the ones that complete the kinds of looks you want to achieve.
Leather & Faux Leather Jackets
I’ve generally associated leather with fall and winter. But this year we’re seeing what’s been termed spring leather. I’m not really sure if the pieces are necessarily lighter in weight and warmth, but they’re generally lighter in color. Of course, you can still wear your darker leather and faux leather pieces, too. Bottom line? Don’t put that leather away this spring! It’s definitely trending.
Also, it’s not just leather moto jackets that are trending. You’ll see leather utility jackets, trucker jackets and blazers, too. In fact, the leather blazer is definitely growing in popularity, and would serve as a longtime staple in your wardrobe.
Style Tip: Leather and faux leather jackets sometimes run small in the arms and across the shoulders. Check sizing reviews on the website to see if you should size up.
I especially like the faux leather jackets I’m seeing from Levi’s. But I’ve found others to choose from, too. The shopping widget below contains both leather and faux leather jackets in a variety of styles and a full range of prices.
Utility and box jackets are also trending big this year. These jackets generally create a very relaxed, casual vibe, especially when paired with a simple t-shirt and jeans. But you can also create a very contemporary look by combining a utility jacket with a soft, feminine dress. The juxtaposition makes your look appear modern and interesting.
Style Tip: If you want to create a more feminine look, select a jacket with a cinched waist. For a more laid back or youthful vibe, go with a boxier cut.
This category includes jackets labeled utility, military, shirt and safari. Basically, these are jackets you would get things done in!
Style Tip: Also consider you body shape and proportions when selecting a utility jacket. These jackets are generally great for hiding a tummy. But to create the illusion of a more defined waistline, choose a cinched jacket. If you are long waisted and want to create more even proportions, select a boxier, cropped jacket.
I did indeed include denim jackets in my Spring Wardrobe Essentials list. I’ve had mine for over 20 years and can’t imagine springs or falls without it. In fact, I often travel with it because it’s super versatile, warm and always in style. I wore it on the plane during my recent trip to Florida, and then wore it several times that week.
But you don’t have to go with the traditional blue denim trucker jacket. Denim jackets come in every color under the rainbow these days, and many prints, including animal print. Or you could wear a denim jacket in a different style, such as a wrap jacket.
Style Tip: Whatever type of denim jacket you add to your outfits, you can be assured that it will add an element of casual comfort. Adding a denim jacket is a great way to take an outfit from the office to an after work dinner or other more casual event. So try adding a denim jacket to everything in your wardrobe! You may be surprised at the results.
I decided to include a photo of a less conventional blazer to remind us that this classic completer piece doesn’t have to be the traditional suit blazer to get the job done. Even a softer silhouette and flowing fabric will give you a more buttoned up look.
A blazer is the perfect choice when you need to exude a bit of authority, whether you’re speaking in front of a group, wrangling a classroom of kids or conducting a meeting. But a blazer also adds a contemporary panache to your basic jeans and tee when you’re out shopping or perusing the library.
Style Tip: Make sure your blazer fits perfectly. For more fit tips, see this post. Unlike a utility jacket or denim jacket, a blazer needs to fit you to a tee. Even oversized blazers should fit correctly in the shoulders.
Cardigans are trending big this year. And, like me, you’ve probably been wearing these stylish sweaters through the fall and winter. But when the trees begin to bud it’s time to lighten up with different colors and weights of cardigans.
Style tip: The best completer pieces are versatile, dressing one outfit up and softening another. Look for cardigans that you can add to several different types of outfits for the best bang for your buck.
Classic button up cardigans continue to be stylish, but be sure to check out this post to learn how to style them in a new, more contemporary way. And long cardigans and “boyfriend” styles continue to be on trend, too.
Style Tip: Cardigans are a great option for adding a little warmth at the office. But resist the temptation to throw on the same old tired sweater every day. Instead, maybe have a few pretty cardigans in your selected neutrals and signature colors that you can rotate through your work outfits.
Kimonos & Wraps
Honestly, I’m a little surprised to see kimonos, ruanas, dusters and wraps still trending this year. But while they may not be as popular as in years past, they’re still showing up on all the retail websites. And why not? They’re extremely versatile, forgiving and fun to wear.
I especially love adding a wrap when it’s warm enough to go without the topper, but the outfit just needs a little something. A wrap is a beautiful way to add some color and texture to jeans and a simple tee. But you can also wear this completer piece with skirts and simple dresses.
Style Tip: Create a column of color under your ruana by wearing your pants and top in the same color and the wrap in a different color or print. The effect is slenderizing and on trend.
The last completer piece I want to mention is not a piece of clothing at all, but an accessory that makes a noticeable statement. The right scarf can completely pull together the simplest look.
Style Tip: Again this year, small neck scarves look beautiful and contemporary. Add that splash of color to your face by tying on a pretty scarf.
Style Tip: Just not into trying a scarf around your neck? Tie a small one to your handbag instead. It will still help round out your outfit even more than you know.
Well, I’d say this post is complete! Hahaha! Which of these outfit completer pieces do you tend to add to your looks in the spring? I’d love to know. Or maybe you’ve been inspired to try a new completer piece this spring. I’d love to hear from you today!
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How do you comfort other people when they are going through difficult times? While sometimes it is enough simply to show up, other times God impresses upon us to speak up. I don’t know about you, but those are times that sometimes have me shaking in my boots. I fear saying the wrong thing to someone who is hurting.
That’s why it’s important to pray before we speak. It’s also imperative that we listen more than we speak. And of course, we should only speak truth, not vain philosophies or feel good pie in the sky that offers false hope. But ultimately we need to speak words of comfort. To comfort means to give hope so that someone can move forward. Let’s remember that next we have the privilege of speaking into the life of someone who is downcast and hurting.
Therefore comfort one another with these words. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:18