Crushing On Pastels for Spring

Well, friends! It’s been six weeks since our schools were closed and we were put on official stay-at-home orders here in Pennsylvania, and I’m itching to wear real clothes again.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed more than my fair share of lazy days spent in sweats, but they’ve had their moment. I miss pants that button and zip, structured moto jackets, high heels, and dresses… Yes, I think I might even miss wearing dresses!

I was super excited when Ann Taylor reached out about styling some of their new arrivals for spring.

Ann Taylor is known for taking a sophisticated, feminine approach to modern essentials, and I found some great pieces that will add quality and versatility to my wardrobe when we’re given the go-ahead to start getting out and about.

Meanwhile, I had fun playing dress-up in my backyard last week. I’m absolutely loving these pastel hues right now, especially after all of the neutrals I’ve been wearing lately.

Best of all, everything I’m wearing in this post is 60% off this weekend with code STYLELOVE!

This keyhole sheath is perfect for so many spring and summer occasions… weddings, bridal showers, Mother’s Day celebrations, etc.

It has a sleek, tailored fit with perfectly placed darts and flattering seaming details, and the hem falls right to the knee on my 5’5″ frame. It runs true to size, or size down if in between; I’m wearing the 6, for reference.

I also picked up this woven straw clutch and gold embossed cuff bracelet.

These versatile accessories complement this dress perfectly, and I’ll also be able to wear them with my more casual looks.

The geo earrings add a fun, modern flair, and I topped it all off with a linen blend cardigan.

I’m so excited to see shorter cardigans trending again. This is the perfect ladylike topper to this smart, sleek outfit.

I also added this smart linen moto jacket to my spring wardrobe.

I wear lots of structured jackets in fall and winter, but I often find myself struggling a bit during the spring and summer. Sometimes I want a completer piece that’s a little sassier than a cardigan, and this jacket fits the bill perfectly.

I love how Ann Taylor took what is typically edgy piece and made it refined and classy, and also lightened it up for springtime. It’s an outfit maker, for sure!

It runs large, so I sized down to the 4.

I paired the linen moto jacket with this mixed jersey tank that has long been a mainstay in my wardrobe, and then I added these frayed hem jeans in a fresh icy sage. I’m telling you, I cannot get enough of this pastel green right now!

These jeans are nice and thick, and they have sculpting pockets that smooth, flatter and hold your shape. They have a comfortable mid-rise, and the 26 1/2″ inseam is the perfect cropped length.

They run TTS, or size down if in between. I’m wearing the 6, and I could probably get away with the 4.

The geo earrings and woven straw clutch from the first look work just as well with this more casual outfit.

Unfortunately, my suede wedge sandals sold out, but here are some more neutral sandals worth checking out.

This is exactly the type of outfit I love to wear in the spring and summer for church or date nights or lunch with a girlfriend. And if you’re planning to get dressed up for Mother’s Day, these outfits would be perfect for that too.

As soon as we’re given the go-ahead to start getting out and about, I’m going to start making good use of these versatile pieces.

Outfit Details:

keyhole sheath // linen blend cardigan // linen moto jacket // mixed jersey tank // frayed hem jeans // neutral sandals // woven straw clutch // geo earrings // embossed cuff bracelet

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45 thoughts on “Crushing On Pastels for Spring

  1. Looks like Spring!
    I’d be in the sage skinnies & top as everyday wear..they look comfy. Comfort doesn’t always mean sweats It is possible to look & feel good.

  2. Nice post Jo-Lynne. I really like the light sage jeans. You always do a photo of the rear view and I always look for that as I am very picky about how they look in the back. Can you please send us a photo of you wearing them with the back view? How is the sizing? Sometimes I have to size down as I’m a 4 petite but can get a size 2 if they run a little big. Have a great Saturday!
    Thank you. 🙂

  3. I’ve loved Ann Taylor for years and this shade of green is gorgeous. Love both of these looks. I miss wearing dresses but those jeans look so comfy. Great post as usual!

  4. Beautiful! Love these clothes on you! The pastel colors look so refreshing. I am very happy to see they offer petites. Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Love both looks! The white linen moto jacket is unexpected combo: classy, elegant yet modern edgey vibe. Glad you got virtual Happy Hour with besties. Its not quite the same as in person get togethers but we will take what we can get. Enjoy the birthday drive by parade today. I am so pleased how creative we are in celebrating birthdays in these unusual times. It will be 70 degrees here – yay for spring!

  6. You look so very pretty in these beautiful pieces!  The style of the dress is gorgeous.  Enjoy your day!

  7. Love the softer colors. I picked up a crew neck sweat shirt in a very muted turquoise, called Kiss the Sky.. I too am getting on board with some softer pastels. These outfits look great on you with your hair color.
    Enjoy your weekend. Hoping to sit out for a bit while it warms up…..

  8. Hi Jo-Lynne,
    I love the keyhole sheath dress. It looks gorgeous on you! Such a pretty spring color. Also the moto jacket is great. A classier version of a regular moto! The accessories all coordinate so well with the outfits. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. You look so pretty in both outfits. The colors look so pretty with your hair color. I have two questions. Is Ann Taylor connected to Loft store at all?  Isn’t it called Ann Taylor Loft?  I shop Loft a lot but haven’t Ann Taylor. Love the classy motto jacket. Second question…. when you do a sponsored post do they give you the clothes for free to keep?  

    1. LOFT was originally Ann Taylor Loft, and I believe AT still owns them.

      When a post is sponsored, I am paid for the post. Every contract is a little different, but the clothes I’m wearing are usually provided, or a stipend to purchase them is included in the agreement. In this case, AT sent me the clothes, but I picked them out. And yes, I get to keep them. 🙂

  10. I really like the second  look.  Its so versatile you wear it to church,  work and dinner.  i normally dont like  green  but  this one is nice.  great out. 

  11. Love, love, love this mint green for the spring! You look stunning in the white moto jacket and the green pants! Enjoy your weekend!

  12. You look beautiful in everything! The sage green jeans definitely say spring! What else would you pair them with besides white? Do they come in tall? I have a friend who’s a decorator and she tells me sage green is also the new “it” color for home decorating right now. It’s a calming and comfortable color; I love it! 

    1. I think the mint would be pretty with navy, and maybe with florals that have some green in them? Funny that sage is big in decorating. I used it in my last house. I’ve always liked it.

      These jeans come in petite, but I don’t see them in tall sizes.

  13. Love both looks. You look terrific! I already have too many dresses I don’t wear and I actually have mint jeans I bought last year. But that purse and bracelet were calling my name….

  14. Cute straw clutch! Does it have an optional strap that tucks in the purse? I can’t seem to find that info on the Ann Taylor website.

  15. Hello. You look so beautiful.. I am loving the new color.. ❤️💖💕💜
    God bless you and your family. 👪 🐶 🐶

  16. I am loving this into color for spring too!! I’m not a fan of the blush pastels that have been so popular the last couple of years, but this is a pastel I can really get behind!! Love it all!!

  17. That pastel /white combination looks gorgeous on you! I’ve been looking at the Ann Taylor sale but haven’t figured out what I want yet. I have their Giuliana wedge sandals (which are very similar to the Brett but with a lower heel) and love them. Their shoes are so comfortable! xo Nipa

  18. Both outfits look great on you. I’m not really a “green” person but those jeans might be the way to try a new colour.

  19. Love the white moto jacket and sage jeans. I wouldnt have thought of the sage as a possibility – I will check these out for sure. Thank you!

  20. So happy to see these pastels! My hair was your color, but recently I let it grow to out to the underlying gray. Intense colors like red no longer work for me, but the pastels look fabulous with silver hair. And Ann Taylor has been one of my faves for a while – plus they have petite sizes. I’d love that motto jacket….  I’m going to check them out; haven’t been shopping since the quarantine but it has to end sometime and I want to look good when it does!

  21. I don’t ever post a comment. Ever. But I love this post. You do an amazing job of telling your followers everything we need/want to know about an item. In such great detail. I personally really appreciate your gift of “words”.  I look forward to your emails ea day

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