Greetings, friends! Today I’m styling black kick flares for spring, and Banana Republic just launched their Friends & Family Sale, so I’m rounding up some of my top picks at the end of this post.
wearing: Mother Insider crop flares // BR dolman top (50% off) // quilted slides // J.Crew blazer (40% off + extra 15% off) // chain toggle necklace (15% off) // hoop earrings // snake wrap bracelet // Michael Kors crossbody
If you’re a regular, you may recognize these Mother Insider crop jeans. I’ve styled them a few times over the years, although I don’t wear them a ton. Even though I think they’re flattering, I never feel quite right in them, but I think I’ve finally landed on an outfit I can actually see myself wearing “in real life.” Now, I just need the right occasion.
These jeans are made of a lightweight stretch denim, so they’re great for spring and summer. They have a jet black wash, which lends itself to dressier outfits, but the crop length and subtle flared silhouette give them a little bit of sass.
I think that’s why I’ve struggled with them. You really have to figure out the right shoes and top to make them work. I’ve often tried pairing them with sock booties, but I like them better with an open sandal, and they seem to require a bit of a heel — at least on my 5’5″ frame.
These Jeffrey Campbell Mr Big Slides are very on trend right now with the square toe, quilted leather, and sculpted heel. I absolutely love them. In fact, I may also get the nude croco. They have a 3″ heel, which gives me a nice bit of added height, but they’re still walkable.
I would say these slides run true to size, although I almost always have to size down half in slides, which I did in this case. If you’re looking for a similar style for less, Express has a good pair. (I like that Pecan shade a lot too.)
Because these black kick flares are a cropped length, they require a shorter top or a front tuck to balance out the proportions of the look.
This is the Banana Republic dolman top that I styled last week in the navy print with white jeans. It has a nice drape, so it front tucks beautifully, although the wind was kind of blowing it out in this picture.
I love the design of this top. It’s super flattering and easy to wear, but I had a lot of questions last week about how it fits under the arms.
A dolman sleeve is when a sleeve is made from the same piece of fabric as the rest of the shirt, rather than sewn on separately. As you can see, that’s how this top is made, but it’s not cut low under the arms, as dolman tops often are. Your bra straps don’t show, and it’s comfortable layered under a jacket.
In fact, I did exactly that. I layered my J.Crew Going Out Blazer on top. I love this blazer because it’s more feminine than most. It has 3/4-length notched sleeves and an open front with no collar or lapels. It’s very fitted through the body, but it has a good amount of stretch for ease of movement.
This blazer also comes in navy, white, and grey; and it happens to be on sale right now! It’s 40% off plus an extra 15% off with code EXTRA, and it runs true to size. I have it in the 6.
I was tempted to do a leather jacket for an edgy date night look, but I think the more conservative blazer creates a pleasing juxtaposition to the trendy black kick flares, making this the perfect spring desk to dinner outfit.
It would also be nice for a conference or similar event that calls for business casual attire. You could certainly swap out the slides for pumps if you needed to wear a closed-toe shoe.
The chain toggle necklace keeps this look on trend, and it’s 15% off with code EXTRA. I also wore gold hoop earrings and a thin snake wrap bracelet, and I carried my Michael Kors camera bag crossbody.
As I mentioned above, Banana Republic is running a Friends & Family Event through Sunday, March 15th, where you get 50% off your purchase, no code needed. I’ve styled quite a few of their pieces this spring, including the dolman top in this post, so I rounded up my favorites below.
Banana Republic Favorites 50% Off:
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photos: Alison Cornell