If I’m not in the office, chances are, I’m in some version of this outfit: leggings, sneakers/boots, sweatshirt and scarf. It’s not that I don’t have any other clothes… because I do.
It often comes down to being overwhelmed with the things in my closet, and then defaulting to my safety zone – workout clothes.
So, I reached out to Kate from Sloane & Ivy for help. We’ve been collaborating on an event (Sweat + Sip + Shop – get your tickets now), and I have been obsessed with Sloane & Ivy’s instagram page. So, Kate graciously invited me over for a quick & fun styling session, where she showed me how I can get OUT of my leggings and into come cute & casual clothes that is perfect for weekends, running errands and life in general.
Jeans are SO hard for me to find. I have a small waist, thick thighs, and a big butt, so when Kate pulled these jeans off her Pinterest-perfect jeans bar, I didn’t have much hope. The moment I pulled these up – changed my mind INSTANTLY. As you can see from mirror, they hugged every curve, didn’t gap at the waist and hit right around my ankle (I’m 5ft 2in, FYI. They are supposed to be a little shorter than full length jeans, but #shortpeopleproblems).
The top? I loved the detailing, but also the fact that it was solid. I’m a big basics person, I enjoyed the little extra flair to the top. It was light weight without being see-through, which is also a plus. Also, I totally enjoyed how it highlighted my shoulders
Kate hit the nail on the head with this outfit. This is completely my style, with just a little extra umph. The tank top is SO soft, and the side cut out and small cut out around the neck make is so unique, while still being casual. Elevated casual, if you will? Again, these are the same brand of jeans, this time, with a little distressing on the knee and by the side pockets. If you take anything away from this blog post, it’s that Sloane & Ivy has amazing jeans and you need to run over to Wellesley and get a pair.
As Kate was snapping these photos, this camo oversized shirt/jacket caught my eye, and magically made it’s way on me. And then magically made it’s way home with me.
It’s so comfortable, and it’s perfect for the (hopefully) upcoming spring days, when you don’t want to wear a winter coat, but you need to wear something. So, look #2.5 is basically going to be my go-to transition outfit for the upcoming spring. Plus, I can throw the camo jacket over my leggings and workout top and it might make it look more “street” style than “sweat” style.
Fact: I LOVE high neck shirts. I think it comes from always seeing my mom wear high neck shirts, and my mom is one of the most stylish people I know. The moment I slipped it on, I felt comfortable and stylish. Kate added on this amazing necklace. One of the amazing things that Kate does is support other local businesses, so all her jewelry is created by women-owned businesses in Wellesley, Newton and other local towns.
It fit perfectly. The shirt is slightly shorter, which is perfect for me, since it hits right around the jean belt line. It has an uneven bottom, which again, adds a little bit of flair to something that can and should be a closet staple. Paired with the distressed ankle jeans, I would put this on before heading out to lunch with Blake, or basically out anywhere.
In the summertime, if I’m not in workout clothes, I’m in dresses. This was the FIRST thing that Kate pulled for me when I walked in, and I saved it for last. This dress was so soft and hung so nicely. This will be perfect once the temperatures start to get above 60F consistently. You can pair this with a jean jacket, leather jacket, sweater, cute sandals or funky heels to really change it up. Why can’t you see my feet? Well, this girl only brought boots & workout shoes….soooo nothing that QUITE matched.
An hour later of chatting about our lives, businesses and putting the final details on our event – I walked out of the store with some new pieces and a TON of new knowledge on how to style up this spring. My next personal challenge will be to be more mindful about my closet and what I wear – focusing on basics and pieces that really make me feel good. I can already tell that these pieces will be the foundations of what will be a super strong wardrobe for this new 30 year old.
Want to visit? Make sure to buy a ticket to the Sweat + Sip + Shop event on 4/14… not only will you get to workout with me, you’ll also get a discount to shop at Sloane & Ivy post event!
Hope to see you there and HAPPY FRIDAY!
3 thoughts on “Spring Edition: How To Style Up When You Always Dress Down”
Amanda, You look great… Convincing write-up, too!