Has anyone else had a major case of spring fever this year? My spring fever has applied to all aspects of my life- not wanting to go to work, skipping out on workouts, feeling the urge to buy every cute top/shoe/dress in sight. It's time to snap back to reality and assess what we really need this time of year: A strong work ethic, a toned physique and a few acceptable wardrobe essentials. The nine pieces below will keep you on point so your spring fever doesn't leave you with a credit card headache.
1- Breezy white tunic- Any neutral will do but white is my spring into summertime essential. Wear it with shorts for day or tuck it into a skirt at night. A white tunic takes you everywhere while still keeping you comfortable and making you look effortless. If you already have a white tunic in your closet, then branch out into your favorite colors such as turquoise.
2- Chino shorts- Please tell me you already own a pair of these. Khakis are my favorite this year but make sure you don't go all camp counselor with them. Maintain polish with a crisp button down or add edge with a touch of leather. If I catch you wearing a t-shirt and flip flops, be ready for some campsite ridicule. (PS- these shorts are 25% off with code SHOPTIME!)
3- Classic trench coat- I swoon for Burberry but any traditionally cut trench will do. Trenches keep you covered in case of a passing shower or provide an extra layer on a crisp morning. They also cover your leg so that you're not flashing too much thigh when walking down the street...
4- Cheery floral top- For all of those days when you feel like you have nothing to wear, a floral print top is the perfect option. You need very few accessories, basic pants/shorts/skirt and your favorite sandal. Dress it up or dress it down. You'll always be perennially prepared.
5- Striped bandeau tee- Whether you're yachting in the South of France or babysitting in Minnesota, a striped tee is always chic. If you can pull it off with capri pants and ballet flats, go for it! If not, wear it with your chino shorts and face the day.
6- Boyfriend jeans- After seasons filled with skinny jeans and leggings, you may find boyfriend jeans frumptacular. But just imagine them styled up with that floral top and a killer pair of strappy heels. Suddenly they're the edgy accent to an otherwise girly look! Wear them with sneaks if you're touring around on spring break. Just make sure you leave your fanny pack at home.
7- Nude flats- Tory Burch flats are yet another classic. Choosing the right pair can be daunting when there are so many fab colors to choose from but a nude flat will go with everything. Plus skin toned shoes elongate the leg! Who wouldn't prefer sleeker stems?
8- Flirty white dress- A fit and flare white dress gives you a plethora of styling options in spring and summer. Wear it with your favorite statement necklace and pumps or add doorknocker earrings and metallic flat sandals. A white dress is the cleanest slate you could possibly wear.
9- Strappy sandals- If you can only buy one thing, then buy these! They are an investment you will never regret. My philosophy for dressing in my 30s is invest in showstopping shoes, a chic bag and a polished haircut. (This philosophy applies to every age!) Wear shoes like these with every single piece on this list. Your look will instantly be elevated- pun intended.
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