I’ve always loved a good sweatshirt. But with the surge in popularity of athleisure and loungewear this past year, I find myself reaching for these comfortable options even more frequently. They’re just so soft and yummy! And these days you can find them in so many sweet iterations. So today I’m styling a feminine sweatshirt for spring with some fun, casual cropped cargo pants.
I’m going to give you some details about my outfit. But I also have some styling tips to offer.
I purchased my dusty pink sweatshirt from Talbots last summer, and I styled it here with shorts. But they have a similar sweatshirt this year, too, in different colors. I also think this striped sweatshirt in vivid pink and peach pink would work beautifully here. Plus, I filled the shopping widget below with other sweatshirts (in a variety of price points) that I’ve tried and can highly recommend. I especially like the length and lightweight thickness of the vintage cotton terry J.Crew sweatshirts, which frequently go on sale. In fact, have two of them and they run true to size.
I think a pretty sweatshirt is really a wardrobe essential if you prefer a casual style aesthetic. Mine stay in my closet year round. I treat them the same way I would a jacket or cardigan really, layering it over a tee or tank and then pulling it off and on throughout the day depending on the temperature (or my temperature!).
Slipping that sweatshirt off and tying it around your shoulders or waist is not just practical, it’s stylish!
Depending on your body shape and proportions, you may prefer to tie the sleeves of the sweatshirt around your neck or around your waist. My tip is simply to play with these looks in front of a mirror before leaving the house so that you know your preference.
You’ll also want to pay attention to the t-shirt or tank you’re wearing underneath. Of course, a cute graphic tee is a great choice. In the photo below (from this past week’s How I Really Dressed for My Day post) I wore a graphic tee under my light blue sweatshirt. I love the way this look came together.
But for today’s look I intentionally chose a very simple white crewneck tee because I love this colorblocked style. I’m wearing Madewell’s Northside Vintage Tee in chalk white. It’s a soft creamy white, but definitely still white. I appreciate the slightly shrunken and cropped fit of this vintage tee because the shirt ends at just the right place on my frame so that I don’t have to tuck it at all.
Style Tip: If you don’t want to have to tuck your tees to achieve the preferred pleasing proportions, purchase tees that hit you at your true waistline or have them hemmed to that length.
I just noticed that the website actually suggests sizing up in this tee, so I might should have ordered a large. But the medium actually accomplishes the shrunken fit the item description suggests. Still, I plan to order a couple more of these t-shirts (they come in other colors and they’re just $16) and I think I will order them in large. Check the size chart for more insight.
The rest of this simple outfit is comprised of my cargo style cropped chinos in canyon khaki and my faux Birkenstocks from Kohl’s. My cropped chinos fit true to size and they’re quite comfortable and easy to wear. The sandals are also TTS. Remember, ankle length pants are very current and also flattering because they expose the ankle, the smallest part of your legs. But you want to steer clear of cropped pants that end higher at the thicker part of your legs.
I wanted this to be a very casual outfit for a picnic in the park or just grilling in the backyard. So I kept my jewelry very simple. I’m loving these gold curved hoop earrings because they’re big enough to “carry” the outfit by themselves, but they’re also lightweight. They’re also available in silver.
Of course, I still wore my classic gold Native watch from Nordgreen (gifted). If I’d thought about it I probably would have switched the band for my brown leather one. Don’t forget you can still use my code KAYHRMS to get 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen. I’m really loving my watch and I’m buying my daughter (who loves watches!) one, too.
I love the way this crewneck tee peeks out of the collar of my sweatshirt. It could also be fun to wear a t-shirt like this soft pink “Bien Fait” tee. The embroidered words would show above the sweatshirt collar.
You know, I realize I may get a little criticism for this look. I realize it’s not especially figure flattering, especially when I have the sweatshirt on over the tee. But let’s understand that, at least from my perspective, not every outfit needs to make me look skinny or even shapely. Some outfits are just about looking pulled together but still comfortable, casual and ready for come-what-may. And that’s kind of what wearing a sweatshirt is all about, isn’t it?
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Blessed for My Day
I get upset when I feel like evil is triumphing and good is being dismissed. My temptation at such times is to charge in and try to fix this, to balance the scales somehow. But the truth is that I am not capable of such manipulations. Or at least I’m not able to right all wrongs. Of course, when I realize this, I just get angry. Angry with the situation, angry at others, angry at myself.
Instead, God’s Word encourages me to stop being angry and instead be hopeful. When I turn to the Lord rather than my own devices I find reason to hope. He alone has both the wisdom and the power to right what is wrong. And I can trust that if He doesn’t choose to change anything, He is still in control. Rather than wrestle, I can rest in Him. If today you are weary from trying to fix a situation that you cannot fix, put down your tools and rest in Him instead. Rest in His promises, His character and His ways.
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Do not get upset because of one who is successful in his way,
Because of the person who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger and abandon wrath;
Do not get upset; it leads only to evildoing. ~ Psalm 37:7-8