I can't believe April is already half way over! This month is truly flying by and it's only going to get crazier. This week is Vera Bradley's Annual Outlet Sale, so if you need me, I'll be running around among thousands of shoppers giving away prizes and Snapchatting until my hands fall off. Next week I'll be in full packing mode since I'm switching apartments the last weekend of April. I'll share more on that later!
Now that it's finally getting warmer outside, I am in full spring mode. I purged my closet and I'm ready to invest in a few more spring staples. This got me thinking — what exactly are the spring staples for my wardrobe? Obviously, my staples may not be the same as yours, since our styles may not be defined in the same way. My style is a lot of things, but overall I would describe my style as modern and feminine with a menswear-inspired preppiness (is that a thing?). If you see yourself in even part of that description, then this one is for you!
I started to study my wardrobe tendencies and what items I constantly gravitate toward, and five things constantly came up.
1. THE Spring Jacket
What I mean by "THE Spring Jacket" is that you need a versatile jacket that will go with EVERYTHING. You want a jacket that you can throw on and it will automatically complete every outfit. For me, it's my leather jacket. It's actually a faux-leather jacket in cognac that surprisingly enough, I got from Target several years ago. I love it over dresses, paired with skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans, and over button-downs and tees. It goes with everything and I couldn't make it through spring without it. They have a really similar style right now for less than $40. Otherwise, I've always been happy with any faux-leather jackets from Express.
2. A Bandana (or five...)
Last year I got hooked on bandanas and I never looked back. At least 3 days of the week, I find myself incorporating one into my outfit in one way or another. Most frequently, I wear mine as an ascot. There is truly nothing that makes me feel more feminine than wearing an ascot (even more so than a dress!). Other times, I'll tie it to one of my leather bags for a feminine touch. I've even wrapped mine around my wrist as a bracelet of sorts. I have several from J. Crew that I love, which are pretty inexpensive too, ranging from $10-$25. You can see their full collection here.
3. The Perfect Flats
There I go again with "THE" preceding the item, but it's for good reason. I am a total flats girl. I own SO many pairs of d'orsay style flats that some may find it straight up silly. I'll be upfront with you though — I have the ugliest feet. I know what you're thinking — you're a lady, that in itself means that it can NOT be true, but alas, it is. I have terrible circulation so my feet always look dead — like actually dead. I'm pretty sure I wore fuzzy socks the first few months Brian and I dated so he wouldn't see them, which was funny since we met in June. So as much as I find sandals adorable, I very rarely wear them to work or for pictures unless it's middle of the summer and I just can't bear to wear anything else. That was a long-winded way of saying that flats are my go-to for spring.
As nice as it is that I have a lot of pairs of flats, I find myself constantly going to the same two pairs. The first is the navy and white striped Gemma Flat from J. Crew. Navy and white stripes are a neutral to me, so I literally will wear them with ANYTHING. When I start to worry that I'm going to wear those out, I'll go with my maroon suede d'orsay flats from Banana Republic. Even though they're maroon and suede, I'll totally rock them in the spring. I don't need to tell you what flats look good with, but I wear mine the most with boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, dresses and slim pants. If you're looking for a striped pair, I found something super similar to mine at Talbots, and there is an adorable suede pair on sale right now at J. Jill!
4. Cropped Jeans
Maybe it's because all of my jeans were always high-waters on my unusually tall frame growing up, but I have a thing for cropped jeans. The last 4 pairs of jeans I've bought have all been cropped and I have no regrets. From March to October, I live in these shorter styles and you should too! Cropped jeans are breezier for the warm months and show off all of those adorable lace-up shoes you've been wearing non-stop. My all-time favorite pair of jeans is the Billie Demi Boot Crop Jean from J. Crew. It's a high rise, cropped jean with a bit of a kick at the hem that is flattering on all. Lucky for you, most of their rinses are on super sale right now! I also love their Vintage Crop Jean, which you can get for under $35!
5. All of the Stripes
Stripes are my thing, so no surprise here that it made this list. I love stripes in pretty much every form, but I would say the key ones to get would be a navy and white striped tee and a striped button-down. Half of my closet is a blue/white stripe combo and I wear every single one of them. A lot. Like I said, stripes are a neutral and you can pair them with anything. The good news is that almost everywhere sells a good stripe tee. I love these classics for under $40 and under $20, but I also love this statement one for that's under $30! For stripe button-downs, you can't go wrong with this Short Sleeve Stripe Popover from J. Crew.