One of the biggest things I thought I would struggle with when deciding to purchase less clothing was not feeling like myself or not showing my personality through my #ootd. Yet I have realized the power of accessories more than ever. They can take a simple outfit and make it more edgy, make a bold statement, keep it minimal or even help your unique personality shine through.
This little sundress is very simple in shape, color and fabric so it needs a bit of work to pull everything together. A geometric statement choker, big but natural statement earrings, an oversized natural colored bag and vintage sunnies are here to make this simple dress oh so chic. Especially since the weather is finally getting warmer (did we just skip Spring all together?), you want to keep dressing simple and breezy and make an impact with accessories.
Embellish in downtown Asheville is my go to for making my outfit of the days one of kind. From natural and minimalist, to statement earrings (I’m loving statement earrings lately, I’ll be sharing more next week on this), to edgy pieces, to showstopping necklaces and to bags that will fit everything I need to carry in my life. Can we talk about this bag for a second, I need another bag in my life like I need a hole in my head but ahhhhh, it was love at first sight. The color, the shape, the simplistic nature of the bag. Plus it looks amazing with basic color and patterns that may be found in a capsule wardrobe.
I love Embellish because I can find anything from this edgy choker and fun statement earrings that make this outfit not so preppy and a little more Asheville cool. But you can also find everyday staples like this little beaded necklace (legit wear every day), this little one stone bracelet (also wear every day) and a fun minimalist statement ring. Plus another reason I love Embellish (because fun jewelry isn’t enough), everything is affordable yet sustainable. You can find something that is completely one of a kind or you can find something that all your girls can match in. Go give Barb a visit and tell her I sent you and she can help you find something amazing!
This post is in part of a collaboration I did with three other Asheville bloggers to share our personal views on how to get ready for warmer weather via fashion. Read our post on AVLToday here and also make sure to check out The Tony Townie, Fashion By Day and Just Ferriss.
Tis the season for maxi dresses. I sometimes forget how much I love dresses until warmer months roll around and now that I am switching up my closet I am looking for dresses that I can wear numerous different ways for numerous different occasions. I was recently sent this floral maxi dress from Viva La Jewels and though it is not my traditional style I am really loving it. If this was a dark dress I would probably love it more if possible. This dress is amazing and the most comfy thing I have put on my body, seriously guys it feels like buttahhh. You can shop the dress here and I highly suggest picking up this simple yet versatile dress.
In the Spring months when I’m not working I like to have something I can easily throw on and go and still look pulled together. A maxi dress is the perfect #ootd for that. When I’m not at my 9-5 I’m still running around doing things so simply throwing on some chucks with this makes it a good to go outfit for me. And a denim jacket is perfect for the cool mornings and evenings here in Asheville.
To take a floral maxi from casual everyday wear to night or an occasion you need to dress with a little more umph, it just take a few simple things. Some heels help elevate (literally) the style to the next level. I love a fun Summery sandal with a chunky heel for this look. And simply add a sleek clutch and you are good to go. Perfect for a night out, brunch, showers, graduation or even a casual laid back wedding.
Unique & Funky
Sometimes just casual easy or dressed up just isn’t going to do it for you. You want to be completely comfortable but also stylish and “you” at the same time. That’s why I love playing with dresses and making them look different. Like tying the knot at the hem of the dress. Making the shape look a little different and also showing a little leg. Adding a funky belt not only adds texture and more shape to the dress but adds a different element of style to an extremely feminine print. Paired with a fun hat, vintage sunnies and comfortable sandals. Perfect for running around and getting ish done.
I love a good high low top especially for Spring when shorts aren’t quite in season yet. There are so many different styles of high low tops and can be found just about anywhere. These tops add a great dimension and sense of chicness to any outfit. I especially love an extremely dramatic long back top that adds a little something fun to simple skinny jeans or edges up some distressed denim. Plus these look like you are having your own personal runway time with the breeze of Spring.
Side note: Don’t be afraid to play with colors that may not seem like the season’s top color. I love the idea of wearing rust, mustards and deeper brick colors during the warmer months.
Are you digging high low tops still?
With pulling my closet together and somewhat building a capsule wardrobe I am getting the hang of what I think you really need in your closet because of it’s versatility. And one piece that I keep pulling out every week is a really good chambray shirt. There a literally a million ways this could be worn; a great layering piece, a top on it’s own, dressed up or down, a great beach cover-up and something that is timeless so it can easily go into each and every season and not be stylish.
This week has been absolutely insane and this week isn’t letting up much either. I did however get some sleep yesterday but I have a ton of projects I am finishing up this week and something simple yet Spring-ish is what I’ve needed. These white jeans are the perfect go to pair of denim for Spring because you can actually pair it with absolutely everything. So I paired it with a my chambray top, threw on some sandals and my regular jewelry and was ready. I actually had a meeting for an upcoming project in May in this outfit, did a grocery store run and had dinner with the family in this. So comfortable and easy to run around in but also I feel very pulled together. And that is the power of a chambray top!
I got my chambray top from Levi’s last year so it is unfortunately not available. But they have a ton of great options HERE. I like Levi’s due to the actual cut and how it darts in at your waistline creating an actual shape other than the typical boxy shape of this style of top. And if you still aren’t convinced on how to wear chambray, no fret I will be sharing how to style it more due to me constantly reaching for this particular piece.
Chambray Tops: Old Navy // Target
As long as I can remember for Easter Sunday, you were wearing the most feminine dress there was with white shoes or sandals even if you didn’t attend church. It’s a southern thing. But now that I’ve gotten older and the day involves cooking and doing things with family it’s changed. Being in the North Carolina mountains doesn’t help either because it could be freezing, snowing, raining or have the sun shining. Also I use the day to recoup from my week, any holiday week in retail when kids do not have school is a little insane.
So wearing a simple outfit that also screams Spring is just as appropriate as fancy dresses. Kimonos are just as big this season as they have been in the past (thank you festival style because I love a good kimono) and can be found in a ton of prints like florals that are perfect for Spring and Easter. I love the simplicity of light wash jeans, a flirty top and a pop of color and a floral print for an understated Easter statement. And throw on some white sandals, mules or booties to keep it light. Plus this outfit seems much more comfortable and practical if you are chasing kids and eggs around a yard or field.
But to each their own. This is just an alternative to your typical Easter dresses, but dress how you feel for the holiday.
Shop Floral Kimonos: Free People Kimono // ZAFUL Kimono // Forever 21 Kimono // Target Kimono //
Versona Kimono // Kimono I’m Wearing (from last season)
Just like a pair of good jeans, a denim jacket is a staple in your wardrobe. Denim jackets have made a huge “comeback” this year. They have always kind of been around, every single year I have seen them pop up around Spring in places like Target, Old Navy and stores that sell a lot of sundresses. It’s been a thing in southern stores and preppy stores alike. But fits and washes have changed, embellishments have been added and now everyone and their mother is rocking a denim jacket.
Denim jackets can dress down any outfit to make it more wearable for day. They can be worn with any feminine blouses for a little extra edge. If one is bold enough to wear denim on denim it is one of the edgiest, retro, cool looks of the moment. They are so versatile, transitional and comfortable. All in all, I’m a sucker for denim jackets.
This denim jacket I actually picked up when the Universal Thread line dropped at Target and it’s the perfect fit, wash and great quality. And for a really good budget. I’ve been working this in to so many outfits lately and it’s one of my most worn pieces right now.
Holidays are the only time I break my own fashion rules. As in I dress pretty neutral for the majority of the year, but when the opportunity opens up for me to wear some sort of festive dress, I will more than likely jump at the chance. Which is why I have this flowy pink (it’s actually more on the peach side of the spectrum) dress. I actually bought this dress for Easter Brunch last year (since we actually went somewhere extra fancy) and have never really worn it again. Which I’m not upset about because I got it for a super steal on BooHoo (honestly wasn’t expecting the quality to be as good as it was). So it was sitting in my closet ready to offer it up for anyone who wants it and was like oooooo this will be the perfect dress for Valentine’s Day and possibly Easter again. Or even to visit Biltmore Blooms.
So here I am dressed in a pink dress, which is my most hated color especially for clothing for one of the cheesiest holidays we celebrate. Though cheesy and controlled by the retail industry I still celebrate and still love it. I don’t get why people hate on it. Consumerism is a part of our daily life so what gives. Any excuse for me to get dressed up and write hand written cards is a win win in my book. Ohhh and by dressed up, I mean even for making a frozen pizza at home.
But this dress just screams Valentine’s Day. It’s off the shoulder which gives it a sexy, sultry vibe, but flirty, fun and conservative with the ruffles, shape and length. Perfect for dancing in or just twirling around in. And bringing back my Christmas shoes, because red DUH, for a playful fun take on the whole outfit. Kept all my jewelry simple to focus on the flows of this dress. Move over stuffy, over planned date night, I’m ready for something fun!
Let me know if you enjoy Valentine’s Day and what you plan on wearing below!
SHOP THIS LOOK: Another Pink Dress // Similar Shoes // Bangles // Bracelet // Half Moon Necklace // Necklace