Today I’m joining my friend Jennifer of A Well Styled Life to talk about our Spring Wardrobe Essentials. We may be shaking ourselves off and getting back out into the world again, but comfort is still a top priority. This spring, I’m into styles that incorporate comfort and functionality with a bit more verve.
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Spring wardrobe essentials for polished casual style
Even at home or just running errands, I like to be put-together. It helps me to feel “present and accounted for.” But with travel and social life picking up, I’m also ready to dial up my casual looks. Here are the wardrobe essentials I’ll be leaning into this spring.
Slim straight-leg, medium-wash jeans
I know, I know. But in Southern California, jeans are something of a uniform, and I find them easy to style. I’ve edged away from the lightest washes and back into medium-to-dark washes, as those feel more polished.
“Slim” leg doesn’t mean a true skinny though. I like to opt for a bit of ease in the leg. Here are a few more options:
Lightweight & layering sweaters
We’ll still be enjoying Sweater Weather™ here (at least intermittently) for several weeks, so sweaters that can layer under jackets or add color to an outfit are the ones I’ll be reaching for most often.
Yes, I’m still addicted. 😆 But a striped tee really provides a lot of visual bang for the buck…it looks great layered underneath a sweater or jacket, or adds interest when worn on its own.
While I can’t imagine a wardrobe without jeans, over the past few months I’ve been adding some non-denim pants into the rotation. Styles that are comfortable, and can dress up or down get top marks.
We live in a coastal climate, which means that even if days are warm, mornings and evenings tend to be chilly. In addition to keeping me warm, a lightweight jacket adds structure and polish.
Oxfords & slip-ons
I’ll admit, I’m somewhat burned out on classic sneakers, and have been wearing either oxfords or a slip-on sneaker style instead. Woven raffia or perforated finishes allow feet to breathe when it warms up. ✨
We’ve already had some days that are warm enough for sandals. For everyday casual (around the house and walking the dog), I’m still a fan of Birkenstock Arizona sandals. A comfortable walking sandal with a slight wedge is my mid-level option, and to zhush up for going out, I love some bright or embellished slides with a low block heel.
I know I probably should wear hats more often, but I tend to feel silly in most of them. But I never leave the house without sunscreen!
And I always wear sunglasses!
Please go visit Jennifer. I can’t wait to see what her Spring essentials are!
So tell me, what are your wardrobe essentials this Spring?
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