This is an odd time of year to dress for… and definitely an odd time of year to shop for! I think we’re all ready for spring, but many of us have quite a few weeks (months?) left of winter weather.
Let’s talk about how to extend that winter wardrobe and get more wear out of some of our favorite closet staples before it’s time to pack them away (or move them to the back of your closet) for the season.
Today I’m styling two looks with my taupe suede moto, but the point of this post is really to shop our closets and get more wear out of some of those lesser worn wardrobe staples. If you don’t have a taupe suede jacket, maybe you have another color or fabric that would work with these looks.
This jacket hasn’t had a lot of airtime recently, and I guess I tend to wear it more in the fall, but it’s also a great piece to pull out again now that we’re headed towards spring.
When you have one of those random days when the temperatures rise and you don’t really need a full-on coat, try layering a suede (or leather) jacket over a winter sweater with your jeans and boots.
Lighter colors will always look more spring-appropriate, and I love how taupe pairs with oatmeal and ivory.
These jeans finally went on sale again! I snagged them last spring when they were on a deep discount, and I’ve worn them so much. Mine are a slightly different wash, but the exact same brand and style. There are a few more sizes at Saks, also marked down.
I love the faux fur lining and contrasting laces, and they’re very comfortable too. I have my usual size 8, but I could have gone down a half size. I didn’t want to bother returning them, so I just wear thick socks, and they fit fine.
I’ve been wearing my diamond pendant and silver studs or silver hoops so much lately, and they do go with everything, but I wanted to change my jewelry up a bit for this look.
I also picked up this taupe shoulder bag recently. It’s the perfect size for everyday and right on trend. Plus, the color is the perfect neutral for all your spring and summer looks. Of course, it went and sold out too… ‘Tis the season!
I’ve had some requests for a spring handbag post, so I plan to get that updated soon.
It’s definitely a heavier, more wintry vibe for this time of year, but I feel like it works with my overall style aesthetic. That said, I would prefer a sleeker boot.
I do love these boots, though. They’re great quality and very comfortable. I just think they look better with a heavier coat, mainly because of that shearling trim.
For my bag, I carried a black crossbody with this look. It’s a bit sleeker than a shoulder bag and lighter than a tote — perfect for a day at the mall or tromping around Philly. We keep saying we want to get back down to the Art Museum… maybe when it warms up next week.
And I wore my Kendra Scott Paxton hoops again with this look, but I didn’t bother with a necklace.
I did, however, add my black sunglasses. I love how they complement a black turtleneck.
Just remember, the jacket in this outfit doesn’t have to be taupe. Any color, even black, layers beautifully over an all black outfit like this one.
Both of these outfits are perfect for shopping or errands, meeting a friend for coffee, or any of your daily activities. Or you could easily swap out the boots for pumps in either outfit for a date night look.
Either way, I can’t wait to start wearing my jackets once the weather warms up a bit. I’m getting tired of wool and puffer coats.
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photos: Alison Cornell