3 Ways To Layer A Dress For Spring

This past weekend I pulled out one of my all time favourite dresses. It’s not fancy, or really anything special, but it’s very comfortable and I find I can pair it with just about anything. Although I wish we were already at that time of year to wear it without any layers, however that is just sadly not the case. I really love wearing dresses and skirts, probably more so than pants, so when the weather is still on the cool side I really try to think of different ways to layer up. I usually reach for a jacket or blazer to toss on top of my dresses, but I’ve really been loving the two other ways to layer a dress for spring that are pictured below!

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WEAR A CARDIGAN: I’ll be the first one to admit this, but I am not a big cardigan girl. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I never really reach for them. I’ve been loving the recent trend of cozy over sized cardigans and love pairing those with dresses. This time I reached for a light cardigan to pair with my dress and I loved that it kept me warm but is easy to take off when it gets really warm in the afternoons.

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WEAR A JACKET OR BLAZER: When reaching for a jacket to wear over a cardigan I usually always reach for my favourite white jacket (last seen here). But this time I went for a more casual look and grabbed my green utility jacket. I love pairing this jacket with many different pieces and I love how it makes an outfit more casual. I tossed on my white converse and grabbed my big tote bag which is perfect for running around and doing weekend errands.

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WEAR A SWEATER: Lastly, I reached for one of my softest pullover sweaters to pair with my dress. I really love wearing a pullover sweater with a dress, I think it completely changes the look of the dress. I personally think a slightly cropped style sweater works best for this. I decided to dress this look up and put on a fun J.Crew necklace and pink flats.

Blue and Pink

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Skirt / Jacket: Anthropologie (old, similar here) / Tank / Shoes: J.Crew (old, similar here) / Clutch: Kate Spade (similar here) / Necklace: J.Crew (similar here) / Sunglasses / Lips: Make Up For Ever Lip Liner in Light Rosewood & Maybelline Lipstick in Ravishing Rose

Right before we left for Florida I did a little online shopping, mainly for Matt I swear, at Old Navy. When the order arrived days later I was so excited not only for Matt to have long enough pants, he’s 6’5 by the way, but to have a few new skirts for spring! The thing I love most about Old Navy is you always know what to expect. I feel like I know my size perfectly in every piece and you can always expect the same quality. I love that their clothes, especially skirts fit a little longer than say a Forever 21. This makes a world of a difference to me since a lot of dresses from other stores tend to be the length of a shirt on me… Not so fun. I grabbed this skirt pictured above in both the blue and red pattern since I really love easy, loose and comfortable pieces for spring.

Spring Style Essentials

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A few weeks ago when I was making lists and planning for my trip to Florida I started pulling out some of my spring staples. I absolutely love dressing for spring, the temperatures are perfect in my mind. You can toss on a light dress, but can also still reach for your favourite sweater from the previous winter months. In my mind it’s really a win win. I wanted to put together a spring style guide for you all and show you the top pieces I crave and reach for time and time again during spring. These are without a doubt my spring style essentials and the great thing is you might already have some from winter (think those printed pants) and many can transition in to summer (think bright fun dresses).

1. Crop Top and Skirt: This is definitely at the top of my list for spring. I love the look of a matching top and skirt paired together. What’s even better is that you can pair each piece separately to create even more styles. I love the idea of a crop top, but especially one that shows just a sliver of skin.

2. Ripped Jeans: This is really a year round staple, but I find I reach for my ripped jeans once the temperatures rise. I love pairing ripped jeans with just about anything. I think they can instantly make an outfit more casual which is great when you pair it with a nicer top or blazer. My favourite ripped denim are in a medium wash and a black pair (last seen here), but I also really want to try and find a perfect white pair!

3. Trench Coat: This is definitely the most classic piece in this style guide and one that can be worn over and over again. A trench coat is so versatile and can be paired with really any outfit. I love the recent trend of coloured trenches (think light pink) and draped trenches, I think they add a little something extra to the classic silhouette.

4. Bright Dress: I truly think I can never have enough fun dresses (Matt and our closet might disagree). However, an easy dress has quickly become my go to outfit in the spring and summer. It makes life so much easier when you can grab one piece of clothing toss it on and not have to worry about anything else. I simply love dresses and I especially love a fun patterned one or one with a bright pop of colour.

5. Printed Pants: A few years ago I went a little crazy with printed pants and purchased about 3-5 pairs. I’m not sure what it was that spring, but they were everywhere! I’m glad this trend hasn’t faded because a pair of printed pants is another easy and fun spring essential. I like to dress mine up with heels and a blazer or pair it with a plan t-shirt and flats for a more casual look.

6. Fun Accessories: This might be my favourite spring essential, since you can’t really go wrong with fun accessories. I love looking in stores like Forever 21 and H&M to find some fun and over the top accessories for spring. I grabbed a pair of oversized pink sunglasses the other day and I can’t wait to wear them. I think spring and summer are the perfect seasons to just go for it and try that crazy colour or wacky print, I mean why not?

Crop Top & Skirt: one / two / three / four
Ripped Jeans: one / two / three / four
Trench Coat: one / two / three / four
Bright Dress: one / two / three / four
Printed Pants: one / two / three / four
Fun Accessories: one / two / three

Inspiration Images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Red Floral Dress

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Ever since I spotted this Zara dress a few weeks ago I’ve just been dying to wear it. Luckily, this past weekend we had some great warm weather, so I pulled it out and paired it with my favourite leather jacket. I love how easy this dress is. It has long sleeves and is oversized so it’s the perfect dress to just toss on and go. It can make a great swimsuit coverup at the pool or beach, but can also be styled with a belt and flats to create a more pulled together outfit. I loved wearing it with my leather jacket and black boots to create a relaxed masculine meets feminine look. Hopefully the warm weather is here to stay so that I can reach for this dress more and more! Happy Tuesday friends, I hope you all had a great weekend!

Shopbop Sale Picks

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Fendi Sunglasses / Kate Spade Sunglasses / Karen Walker Sunglasses / Turquoise Ring / Letter Ring / Gorjana Bracelet / Purple Necklace / Gorjana Necklace / Knot Bracelet / Lilac Tote / Winking Clutch / Neon Pink Clutch / White Watch / Rose Gold Watch / Layered Watch / Brown Booties / Heart Flats / Glitter Oxfords / Two Band Sandals / Strappy Sandals / Black Booties / iPhone Case / Laptop Case / Headphones

Well it’s that time again where shopbop has their friends and family sale (enter SPRING25 at checkout). Everything is 25% off, which is pretty amazing seeing as a lot of these brands don’t go on sale very often (or ever). I headed over to shopbop yesterday to look at everything and felt a little overwhelmed. There’s just so much stuff and yes I could buy it all! However, I decided this was a perfect time and sale to stick to the basics and focus on accessories. I figured stocking up on sunglasses, jewelry, purses, shoes and tech accessories would be my safest bet. I’m still the kind of girl that likes trying on clothes before purchasing or if I do online shop it’s usually from places I’m familiar with their sizing. So I stuck to the basics and found some pretty great pieces. Hopefully a few of these will make their way to me before the end of the day when the sale ends! So hurry on over and scoop some of these pieces up for yourself!