If you look back just a few months on my Instagram you will see I'm frolicking in my most festive of frocks- green sweater dresses, fuzzy red hats, snowy white woolly sweaters, and gingham galore. Then something switched. I rolled straight into a post-holiday outfit rut in January. I caught myself merely wearing different versions of sweats day in and day out. I had to break out of my slump which is most certainly associated with all the excitement going on through the festive season coming to an abrupt end.
As soon as I stepped outside and saw the first signs of Spring (just a month away) in the bluebells peeking through my garden beds, I felt a shift in my mood. Just like the bulbs making their way out of their winter slumber not quite ready for their colorful buds, it goes to show how a peek of life through the soil, is reflected in us in so many ways too. It was time to ditch the frump.
Let me be your style bluebell
Just in time before Spring creeps in and explodes with pastels and florals.
My first tip is to get yourself a couple of blazers in various neutrals (navy, black, tan) They're great for layering but are warm and casual or can look dressier with a heel. There are so many ways to style this up honestly, and everyone looks good in a blazer.
This H&M Blazer is SO nice, it feels lightweight and fits oversized, a perfect transition piece for the imminent warmer weather. I have some Levi's in my thrift shop for sale that would look to-die with this blazer, check them out. I went with a high-top chuck with this outfit since I was just running errands but if one wanted to dress it up, a ballet flat would be nice or even combat boots if that's your thing.
Any neutral color cami looks great underneath. I just grabbed black this time but was close to wearing a white bodysuit, I just had a lot of coffee and didn't want to hassle with crotch snaps honestly, lol. I loved the way black lipstick looked but a bright red would be cute too. When wearing all neutrals whip out those statement color lipsticks, it's the ideal opportunity for it. My hair is whipped up in a bun for an effortless "put together" vibe that took minutes.
The nails are a powder dip blush pink which I love with this whole outfit, and will match everything else I pair with it.
Hoodies look super cool under blazers too, my husband is known for layering his with a balaclava he got from Marc Jacobs. I suppose this is more of a blazer trench coat but, you get the gist. It just looks so slick.
Yes, navy and black are acceptable together and if you ask me, they complement each other quite nicely. This Prada blazer and handbag were thrifted on The RealReal. When ordering designer label garments such as this (especially on websites that are consignment) you will often find you aren't able to return them so be sure to check your measurements on the information they provide with each listing.
This particular jacket was intended to look oversized on me so I went with an XXL, a risky order since I'm normally large but when I got it, I was relieved it fit exactly how I'd hoped. Designer's always run wayyy small so I size up sometimes thrice. Shoe's usually a half or whole size. For example, in Prada shoewear, I'm a 9 but my standard shoe size is 8.
I have similar boots to these (would fit a 7.5) for sale in my store from The RealReal by Chloe', feel free to shop if that's your size, they're stunning suede luxury goodness!
With layers of blue and black, a pop of color in a burgundy red or wine on the lips is perfection. I grabbed my Tom Ford velvet cherry (gifted for review) and if you aren't in the market for spending that much on lipstick, I found you a dupe for
My advice when styling navy blue blazers is to stay away from white shirts until closer to summer or it reads nautical (unless it's a graphic tee, that'd be mega cute too). Pair it with a color in the same family for a monochromatic look or tan for contrast. Black under it would still look very chic, especially a spaghetti strap camisole or satin button-up for a play on texture.
Hopefully, those few tips are a little inspiration to the winter-style funk that happens to us all. I feel myself getting back into the flow of life, waking out of my hibernation and prepping for longer sunnier days. I do embrace the winter months quite a bit- I'm a sucker for the cold cozy nights with Netflix, the soups & pot pies, the dark mornings, and candlelight. Then again, I've always just loved seasons in general and embrace each one in its own way.
Seanna would like you, the reader, to know she is a fashion school dropout with a passion for expressing yourself through style and hopes to inspire you to thrift your little ass off and find the treasures that help you feel your absolute best whether it's to run a simple errand or have a "me day" with coffee and the best car tunes.
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