What I’m Wearing: Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Fashion

I’ll admit it – I’m no fashionista.  I’m not one to be sporting the newest fashion trends, in fact by the time I’ve warmed up to what could be considered a trend, it’s usually no longer in style.  I love things that are comfortable and casual and I tend to stick to tried and true basics like jeans and t-shirts.  But I also like prints and colour so I’m not totally boring. 😉

I thought it might be fun to go through some of the more popular trends for the season and share with you what I will and will not be embracing.  And then show you what I actually have been wearing (and loving!).

Trends for Spring

Culottes: Okay, I have to be honest – I’ve NEVER liked these and I don’t think I EVER will.  I don’t find them the least bit flattering. Kudos to those who can pull them off but they’re definitely not for me.

Bodysuits: Been here, done this and not re-visiting.  If only for the avoidance of unnecessary wedgies.

Cold Shoulder Shirts: Again, these were in style when I was in Junior High.  I didn’t have one back then and I’m undecided if it’s something that should be repeated. I will admit that this one is kinda cute.

Denim:  This I can get behind.  I’ve seen lots of chambray dresses and rompers. I keep reading that skinnies are no longer in style but I won’t be ditching them anytime soon.

Lace-up Flats: I think these are adorable but I’m not sure they’re for me.  I’m concerned about the comfort factor – I feel like the laces might cut into my skin. These look like they could potentially be comfortable.

What I’ve Been Wearing

Spring has been unseasonably warm here but lately it’s been alternating between a week of super warm weather (i.e. mid-to high 20’s Celcius) and a week of windy, chilly weather (highs below 10 degrees Celcius).  As a result I’ve had to keep some warmer/thicker clothing on hand.

one: One of my favourite tops lately has been this Melange sweater from Joe Fresh; this works so well with leggings as its a bit longer in the back and it’s just loose and comfortable.

two: I own one of these linen tees in a bright coral shade from Gap and I want more.  They’re nice and light for warmer days but be warned they are thin and a little see-through.

three: I’ve had my fitted denim jacket (similar) for years and it’s still going strong.  I throw mine over dresses, t-shirts, and tanks and it takes me everywhere.  It’s a wardrobe staple.

four: I spotted these Keds a few weekends ago and they’re on my purchase list.  I need a new pair of lightweight sneakers to pair with shorts and jeans and I love the soft grey colour on these.  Plus they’re super comfy!

five: I’ve done it, I’ve found the most comfortable pants in the world!  They’re jeggings from Joe Fresh and unfortunately I can’t seem to find the exact link on their website, although these look very similar.  They literally feel like sweatpants but look like denim; in-store they had them in navy, olive green, tan and off-white.  Going back to pick up the olive green and off-white pairs stat and if you see them, I’d highly recommend you at least try them on!  Note: They retail for $29.99 CAD.

sixThis tote was included in my 2015 Non-Beauty Favourites and I’m still loving it in 2016.  I can throw multiple things in here and because it’s so light it doesn’t weigh my shoulders down.  Plus the blue and white stripes are classic and go with anything.

seven: I broke out my pink cropped jeans weeks ago and while mine aren’t quite as vibrant as these, I feel like nothing says Spring more than a pair of pink pants!

eight: I picked this ballet dress up in the clearance section of Gap about a month ago and the style is beyond flattering. They’ve brought it back for Summer in pink and blue, both of which are gorgeous.

nine: I always feel weird wearing a black belt in Spring/Summer.  I know that’s weird but I just do.  Which is why I typically swap my black belt out for my brown one (similar).

ten: I like wearing my pink floral scarf (similar) with my denim jacket to add a pop of colour to my outfit.  Just make sure you pick up a lightweight one or you’ll likely sweat to death.

eleven: I can’t live without my white jeans (similar).  I always find they look so fresh, crisp and chic.  For a few hours at least! 😉

twelve: I bought this romper in solid black at the Gap Factory Store and while I don’t expect it to last me more than one season, I could care less because it’s so comfortable and I paid $14 for it.  The only PITA is trying to get it off when using the bathroom (there’s no buttons or zipper on it anywhere).

thirteen: I walked through Europe for 3 weeks straight in a pair of Tom’s Espadrilles and I’ve never been more happy with a pair of shoes.  I find that it can be difficult to find the Espadrille styles in-stores, so I’m ordering these off Toms.ca (bonus – they’re on sale!)

What are you wearing this Spring and what trends have you adopted?  Share with me below!

Sandal inspiration

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The minute Spring hits the first thing I ditch are my boots.  We can get snow up until May here but I don’t care, I can’t wait to let my feet be free after months of being confined and restricted!  It’s always so fun to go shopping for new spring and summer footwear so here are some of my favourites!

Stacked Heel

I can’t remember the last time I wore a stacked heel – it’s been ages but it’s kind of nice that they are making a comeback. The coral colour on these is great and would look great with a tan!

Flat

Franco Sarto is one of my favourite brands for shoes, and in particular sandals.  The last few years I’ve purchased wedges and flat sandals from this brand and I’ve always been super impressed with the comfort, price and quality of them.  Loving these chocolate brown flats – super versatile!

Ankle Strap

I’m usually not a fan of ankle strap sandals because I don’t feel they give my foot enough support (I’m always rolling my ankle 😦 ) and I’m not a fan of how they cut the line of your leg off at the ankle, making your legs look shorter.  But these?!?!  How pretty would the white or ivory ones be for a bridal shoe?  Want these right now!

Lace-Up

The colour of these is pretty much amazing.  I feel like they’d be a huge pain in the ass to put on and take off and if you’re feet tend to swell at all, probably want to stay clear of these but they are definitely statement shoes!  Perfect for a night out!

Embellished

These are truly like jewellery for your feet!  I think they’d be great for adding a little something extra to basic denim shorts or a casual maxi dress.  These are so bright and colourful and beautiful – they’d go with anything!

Wedge

I like pairing wedges with denim capris and short cotton dresses and I tend to gravitate towards cork soles because I find them the most comfortable.

Have a great weekend!
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Plain White Tees!

There’s nothing I love more than a simple t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans.  Come summer, I swap the jeans for shorts, preferrably denim. It’s simple and casual, soooo comfortable and just easy.

My fashion inspiration for this look (and about a million others), hands down, would have to be Jennifer Aniston.  She is like the poster child for making jeans and tees look amazing (also LOVE her hair in this pic):

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Apparently she gets her t-shirts tailored…and while I’d love to do that, let’s be honest – never going to happen.  Taking things like jeans and dress pants to the tailor are a big enough struggle for me, I can’t ever see myself taking t-shirts. Fairly certain she’s not picking up the $20 t-shirt at her local mall however, so I suppose if you’re spending a hundred dollars or more on one t-shirt, getting it professionally tailored only makes sense.

I’m always on the hunt for perfect, plain white tees!  I used to love Gap’s version but they’ve completely changed theirs this year and I’m not a fan of the fabric so they are out.  I prefer a v-neck, fitted but not tight and a light cotton with just the right amount of stretch in them so they keep their shape but don’t cling.  Not too much to ask, right?

Plain White Tees

 

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I’m going to head out this weekend and see what – if anything I can find.  I’m pretty picky about what I like when it comes to t-shirts so it’s very likely that I’ll be coming home empty handed.  If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Wishing you a great weekend!

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Spring Fashion Inspiration

I’m not sure where you live but here, the weather has been absolutely fantastic.  We’re actually having a real Spring, which is super rare for us.  I’m very tempted to pack up my winter clothes and pull out my spring/summer stuff but there’s two problems with that 1) we can still get snowstorms well into May 2) I don’t really have many spring clothes to pull out.

I’m really in need of work clothes for Spring/Summer.  My work wardrobe consists of some pretty basic things – dress pants (I liked cropped/ankle length as I’m in between a petite and regular length at most stores and I HATE getting things hemmed), pencil skirts, tailored blazers, flowy blouses and fitted cardigans.  I love colour and I’ll tend to either wear a neutral bottom and coloured top or vice versa.  I’m really don’t consider myself trendy at all – in fact by the time that I feel comfortable wearing something that is trendy, it’s usually no longer in style.  If I had to define my style, I’d consider it to be classic, hence the name of my blog. 🙂

Some of my favourite places to stop are Express, Ann Taylor, Loft, RW & Co and Rickis.  Unfortunately there are very few Ann Taylor or Loft stores here in Canada and none in my neck of the woods so they are always two of the first places I stop in when I’m shopping in the US.  What they all have in common is that the offer really good basics – i.e. blazers, blouses, dress pants for a reasonable price and I find the quality pretty good as well.

In doing some online window shopping, there were a few trends that got me excited.  Lots of florals and scalloped hems and necklines – so feminine!  There also seems to be a lot of colour out there this year too which I love!   I’m heading out to do some shopping this weekend so I can’t wait to see what I can find to spruce and brighten up my wardrobe!

  1. picmonkey_image-3Windowpane High Waist Pencil Skirt – Express
  2. Scallop Edge Shell – Loft
  3. Scallop Bodice Dress – Loft
  4. Columnist Ankle Pant – Express
  5. Laser Cut Scallop Shell – Loft
  6. Lace Pencil Skirt – Ann Taylor
  7. Neon Pineapple Convertible Sleeve Portofino Shirt – Express 

Wishing you a great weekend!

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