03.02.2017

Spring Essentials || Casual Chic In THE Best Jeans + Sleeveless Sweatshirt

As I was tossing clothing into my overnight bag this past weekend, several sweatshirts made the cut… and as I began thinking about it, my life has cycled in and out of sweatshirts over the years….

In elementary school, it was the heinous matching sweatpants (with the full blown elastic on the bottom) + sweatshirts. The brighter the color the better (I’d beg to differ now….)….. In high school, it was all about the college sweatshirts. It didn’t matter if I was going there… the more the better…. you know, those hoodies with the big ol’ raised college lettering?? Yeah, I probably had one from every school I visited…. Then, in college, it was all about the actual school pride sweatshirt… and then the Greek letter sweatshirt (could never have too many of those…..)…. In graduate school, I was pretty much too studious for sweatshirts (that’s what I thought at least) and relegated myself to Juicy Couture velour track suits. A much better option (riiiiight….).

And now? Well, as we head into Spring, and I begin to curate my wardrobe for the warmer temperatures, I can’t get enough of them… along with several other necessities for casual living….

So, when I was in Nordstrom the other day, I could’t help but grab a few options in preparation for the season change. They had so many amazing items, all at great price points… and perfect for everyday living. If you’re looking for some spring necessities, I have you covered today….

1. Sweatshirt: A much more refined version than the ones listed above. It’s practical, comfortable as heck, and when paired with the right accessories, has you ready for a casual day out. I own several at this point, with two of my favorites being the sleeveless options…. both in white and grey. You can easily layer them underneath a coat, or wear them solo when the temperatures are warm enough. They lend themselves to a laid back feel. I also own this slightly slouchy, off the shoulder option in two colors, as well as this split neck hoodie…..

2. Grey Jeans: When you pair any of the above mentioned sweatshirts with a pair of grey jeans, it’s a winner. I’m loving this shade as an alternative to my favorite black pair and white option. They go with anything, and this pair has the perfect amount of distressing (all I had to do was rip the jeans open a little more). A few other grey jean options that I am loving include this high waisted pair and this option with the side zippers.

3. Denim Jacket: I’ve always been a fan of this wardrobe staple. Yet, this season I went on the hunt for the perfect slightly oversized, slightly distressed jacket and landed on this one. It’s such an amazing price point and I’ve already worn it multiple times (haven’t even had it for a week). It pairs well with the above mentioned pieces, but will also look great over a dress, or with black shorts and a white tee when the temps warm up (and my legs become tan…).

4. Espadrille Sneakers: Nothing screams spring more than a pair of espadrilles… and while the wedge versions aren’t a very practical everyday option, this sneaker sure is. I bought them last season, and was so excited to pull them out again this year. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day, and the espadrille sole is a perfect alternative to regular old kicks….. I also own this cognac color option.

5. Accessories: Of course, hats of any kind are my go to, and this one is no exception (it helps to cover up dirty hair….)… and tossing on a few gold accessories really pulls any outfit together. This circle pendant and fan pendant necklaces are excellent options.
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{Outfit Details (ALL clothing pieces under $90!)|| White Sweatshirt (comes in 3 color options, wearing XS) | Grey Sweatshirt (comes in 5 color options, wearing XS) | Jeans (size up 1, I’m wearing 25) | Distressed Denim Jacket | Light Blue Denim Jacket | Sneakers (super comfortable) | Hat | Bag (less expensive option) | Sunglasses | Necklace (similar) | Thumb Ring}

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.