When it comes to clothes, I prefer quality over quantity. Invest in key pieces you can carry from season to season. This year, I am investing in a new pair of jeans and ballet flats that I know will be worn over and over again. Below you will find inspiration for your Spring capsule wardrobe. Spring will (hopefully) be filled with outdoor-safe gatherings with friends and family which means you might want to purchase a few fun things for your first meeting in over a year. I know I have kept my clothing purchases small over the past year, but I am ready for something new and fresh.
Skinny jeans are headed out and straight jeans are the new trendy look when it comes to jeans. My last jeans purchase was last year for skinny Madewell jeans. I have my eye on a few straight pairs I need to order and try on at home. I asked on Instagram for favorite jean brands and I don’t think I have had a bigger response. Some reader favorites include JCREW Toothpick, AG, Paige, Rag and Bone, and Madewell.
This is the one place I don’t splurge on when it comes to expensive t-shirts. If you have a favorite brand that you love, I would love to hear in the comments. I have been buying pocket t-shirts from Madewell each season. I buy just about every staple color and wash and repeat all Spring/Summer long. When the end of the year hits and it is time to retire them, there is usually a stain or tiny hole.
I love a white crisp shirt with a pair of jeans or a skirt. I invested in one last year from J.Crew. It has been hanging in my closet for a year during quarantine but I am ready to break it out again for Spring. I get mine dry cleaned in between wears to keep it crisp and white.
I wrote all about my Madewell sneakers here. The French love a good sneaker with jeans, skirts, or dresses.
This is another essential shoe for Spring/Summer. You can wear these with dresses, skirts, or shorts. There are a lot of different styles including flats, wedges, and ones that tie around your ankles.
A blazer is a great layering piece over a t-shirt or button down shirt. I styled with a pair of jeans and sneakers below.
Saint James is the classic striped Breton shirt. You can also purchase a striped shirt at J. Crew or Madewell. I love my stripes and I always have a few in my closet.
The Gaspard cardigan is my favorite for year-round. It is a great date night/zoom/girls night out sweater. In the Fall or Winter, it is great with jeans but in the Spring you can wear it over a dress to keep warm. The pearl buttons can be worn in the front or back. The sweater runs a bit bigger than other Sézane pieces but I still wear my normal size S. I have it in pink and black and would add another color this Fall.
I had someone ask me recently for a classic flat that was still dressy for Summer, they didn’t want sneakers (that was too casual) which leads me to the ballet flat. I found the Margeaux ballet flat that I will be investing in this Spring in black leather. They look very similar to the French Repetto brand which I own but have a lot more support and a stronger sole for walking. Now that I have Henri, having a shoe that is easy to get on and off is a must.
When warm weather hits, I love throwing on a dress more than jeans or shorts. For my body type, I love a good wrap dress and I have my eye on the Nap Dress when it is restocked in more colors.
I have been going lighter when it comes to bags and my back feels so much better. I take Henri for regular walks so I need pockets in a jacket or a crossbody bag to keep a few essentials with me. Keys, hand sanitizer, a treat bag, and my phone are a must. The cross-body bags from Cuyana are my favorite. There are different styles and sizes but they all have a classic design and you will have them for years. All of my Cuyana bags have held up well.
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