Sometimes the most basic of outfits can be elevated to something magical with one simple accessory. While I don’t wear them nearly as much as I used to, scarves are the easiest way to change up a look and take something from simple to chic—and they also are pretty perfect for transitioning from winter to spring. Just skip the coat and use a scarf instead 😉 The one I’m wearing is an oldie from Madewell, but I’ve included links to some similar ones below if you feel like this type of accessory is missing from your wardrobe at home.
As far as the flares go, I’m obsessed with these ones I’m wearing from Madewell, but they only have teeny-tiny sizes left so unless you’re a petite little thing you’re out of luck on the dark wash. BUT, I think lighter denim colors are pretty perfect for spring, so if you like the style I’m wearing and don’t mind a different wash, check these out.
Let me tell you, this is the softest cardigan I’ve ever put on my body! I tried it on at Madewell this past weekend, bought it immediately, and haven’t taken it off since. For our Saturday morning outing at the beach, I slipped it on over a basic grey tee with high rise skinnies, one of my necklaces and black accessories. It felt both effortless and cool, which is essentially what I’m always trying to accomplish with my personal style!
A quick note about fit, since I know that’s helpful for those of you who don’t have a Madewell store near you: I sized down from my normal size in this since I’m petite and can easily get swallowed up in long sweaters. The snug fit around the shoulders keeps it more proportional for me and since the fabric has a ton of stretch it doesn’t compromise comfort or functionality. Hope that’s helpful!
As you probably know by now, we just released our new Vera Necklace in the shop! It’s a long necklace on 32″ matte gold-plated chain with two concentric rings: a smaller silver-toned one and a larger gold-toned hammered one. I think the mixed metals are especially fun. Though I’m a gold-lover, the touch of silver ensures it really can be paired with any other pieces of jewelry you have.
The photo above is how I wore it last weekend, but I honestly haven’t worn another necklace since I designed this one. It’s so simple and easy to wear. Here’s a close-up peek at the details—it sure is a beauty, don’t you think?
Today I’m excited to be partnering with ShopStyle for a special campaign in partnership with Dress for Success, an international non-profit that empowers women to thrive in work and in life. Today and tomorrow, I will be donating 10% of net sales from my blog to Dress for Success, and ShopStyle will match 100% of my contribution. As part of this campaign, I wanted to share a bit about what makes me feel confident and empowered.
When I think about people who have empowered me, the person who has done so the most consistently and significantly is my husband Brian. He believes in me when I don’t believe in myself, gently pushes me towards reaching my potential, and reminds me that I am capable of much more than I realize. I’m so thankful to have him by my side, as a spouse and now as a business partner.
As far as confidence goes, I don’t know that I really have a specific power outfit, but I do certainly have a power color: black. I’m sure if someone psychoanalyzed that choice they probably would discover something terribly wrong with me, but the reality is, black is my favorite color to wear. It feels bold in a subdued way (if that’s even possible), and I love the way it allows me to accessorize according to my mood. Although I certainly wear other colors (white, grey, tan…haha), it’s what I wear when I have no idea what to wear because I know it’ll make me feel like myself. It’s a recipe for success, every single time. Plus, it makes my jewelry stand out even more 😉
Get inspired by reading more stories of empowerment here, and start shopping now to give back. (Simply shop any of the outfit links on this post, previous outfit posts or anything in my curated shops and know that you’re helping support Dress for Success!)