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Floral & Black for Spring

I’m not much of a florals girl, but when I knew I’d be taking outfit pictures in Florida, I wanted to showcase some looks that are summery and fun. I think it’s safe to say this top fits the bill!

Floral & Black for Spring Fashion: This silky mixed-print off-the-shoulder top is perfect for pairing with black jeans and strappy sandals. Wear this fun spring outfit for a GNO, a date night with your man, or a graduation party! #fashion #outfit #springfashion

The day before I was leaving on my trip, I realized I didn’t have what I wanted for the shoot, so I ran into White House Black Market between appointments. I told the sales associate that I had 5 minutes to shop, and I needed some fun date night tops for a Florida vacation.

We whipped through the store, and I spent all of 60 seconds in the dressing room pulling things off and on. I left with two off-the-shoulder floral tops and a striped maxi dress, and I even made it to my next appointment on time. Those are some serious ninja shopping skills, if I do say so myself.

Spring Fashion for Women over 40: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing White House Black Market Off-the-Shoulder Mixed Print Blouse with AG Legging Ankle Jeans in Black Ink and Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Ankle Strap Sandals #springoutfit #fashionover40

What I didn’t take into account when putting this outfit together is how hot black jeans would be in the Florida heat. Let’s just say my deodorant was working overtime that day.

Floral & Black for Spring Fashion: This silky mixed-print off-the-shoulder top is perfect for pairing with black jeans and strappy sandals. Wear this fun spring outfit for a GNO, a date night with your man, or a graduation party! #fashion #outfit #springfashion

These jeans are 30% off right now, which is a great deal for AG. I wear these all the time, and they never fade. They do tend to rub off on light colored handbags and furniture, though, so be aware of that.

For denim under $100, I liked the fit of the LOFT Modern Skinny jeans when I tried them, although I hear they bag out over the day so I’d advise sizing down one in those. FYI, they’re 30% off right now!

While the black jeans were heavy for Florida, this outfit will be perfectly fine here in the northeast all summer long. I don’t know how you southern ladies do it! Now I know why you say you can’t wear some of my outfits in the summertime. I suppose you could wear white or pink jeans with this, but I really like how the black “grounds the whimsical top” as they put it on the website.

Floral & Black for Spring Fashion: This silky mixed-print off-the-shoulder top is perfect for pairing with black jeans and strappy sandals. Wear this fun spring outfit for a GNO, a date night with your man, or a graduation party! #fashion #outfit #springfashion

This top is made of a silky material that is lightweight and comfortable, and even though it’s got a white background, it isn’t see-through at all.

It stayed in place fairly well as I moved around, although I had to shimmy it back down every once in a while to keep it where I wanted it, but that’s typical for an off-the-shoulder top.

For size reference, I’m wearing the small. Also, these tops come in petites and plus sizes. Plus, WHBM has Buy 1 Top, Get 1 50% Off promotion going on right now, and they have so many good ones. I also have this one and this one, and I’ve been crushing on this gingham off-the-shoulder number.

Spring Fashion for Women over 40: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing White House Black Market Off-the-Shoulder Mixed Print Blouse with AG Legging Ankle Jeans in Black Ink and Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Ankle Strap Sandals #springoutfit #fashionover40

I always get asked about a bra when I post off-the-shoulder tops, and this strapless is by far and away my favorite of all time. It’s actually… dare I say… comfortable.

Well, as comfortable as a strapless bra gets, anyway. That’s sort of like saying pumps are comfortable. No matter how good they are, I can’t wait to rip them off at the end of the night.

Floral & Black for Spring Fashion: This silky mixed-print off-the-shoulder top is perfect for pairing with black jeans and strappy sandals. Wear this fun spring outfit for a GNO, a date night with your man, or a graduation party! #fashion #outfit #springfashion

This bracelet is always a nice piece to throw on with a dressier outfit. It’s feminine and delicate but large enough to stand alone.

Finally, these shoes are on sale, which practically never happens with Stuart Weitzman. They also come in black and nude patent. I love the nude color, but I have those in the stiletto version, so I went with black for this block heel pair. All of his sandals are on sale at Bloomingdale’s right now.

I absolutely love them, but they are spendy. For a more budget-friendly option, I also love this pair. For options under $100, take a look at these and these. If you need a lower heel, try these or these.

This is the type of outfit I’d wear to a spring/summer event or out for a special dinner with my husband. The jeans and sandals are closet staples that I wear again and again, and the top is just a little extra — sort of like me. Ha!

Spring Fashion for Women over 40: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing White House Black Market Off-the-Shoulder Mixed Print Blouse with AG Legging Ankle Jeans in Black Ink and Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Ankle Strap Sandals #springoutfit #fashionover40

floral top // jeans (option) // shoes (other options here, here, and here) // bracelet

photo credit: Martina’s Photography

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48 thoughts on “Floral & Black for Spring

  1. I love your outfit! Your top is so pretty and goes great with your jeans! Thank you for sharing what strapless bra you wear too. I am always looking for a great strapless to wear with my tops.

  2. Wow this is such a different look for you but I love that you went out of your comfort zone for us. I’m not much into floral tops either but this one is gorgeous! I have to say that I have a few off the shoulder tops from last spring and I didn’t wear them much because I hate dealing with the strapless bra. But Wacoal is my go to bra anyways so maybe I will try the strapless and see if that helps before I invest in another off the shoulder top. I also had a problem with the top not staying down on my shoulders? But again I’ve never found one in petite so maybe there is hope for me with this top because I love the colors. You look beautiful so I hope you kept it. Sometimes those last minute shopping sprees can be good and keeps us from over thinking. 

  3. Ninja shopping skills! I love that!😂That is a beautiful top and looks great with the black jeans and heels. I bet your were smokin’ hot though…in more ways than one😉. So I know this is weird, but I just don’t like silk, so I don’t wear it. It kinda makes me sad when I see a beautiful top like this though. Have a great weekend!!!

  4. Strapless bras and pump: No matter how good they are, you still want to rip them off at the end of the night! 😂😂No truer words were spoken! Love this pretty outfit! 

  5. Really cute outfit for a Fla vaca! I have noticed the ring on your finger in several posts and love it! I would like to know where it is from, and if you have linked it before I probably didn’t pay attention.☺️ Have a great weekend!

    1. It’s David Yurman – a Christmas gift from my husband a few years back. Here’s the link: https://rstyle.me/~acDeT. It currently qualifies for Bloomies Power Points deal, I don’t know if you are a Loyallist or not, but you get $25 back on every $100 spent so it’s $100 back in Bloomingdale’s credit. The best time to buy DY is during these promos! 🙂

  6. Being from the South, I think fashion for me always trumped the weather conditions. Lol Now that I’m older and especially when I go back down South, that is starting to change. I guess after living up North for eleven years I’m becoming adjusted to a colder climate. Great outfit today!

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  7. What a beautiful top! I would wear that with black crop pants in summer. I have a pair from Macy’s that’s lightweight and comfortable. I find that I wear them rather a lot in summer.

  8. LOL! I can’t help but chuckle at your realization of how hot black jeans feel in the south! And of course, I don’t have the Florida humidity to contend with here in Arizona, but the heat definitely does restrict our fashion choices!

    This may sound like a silly – and even prudish – comment, but I like how you are wearing the shoulder baring top. You don’t have it pulled down as far as some I’ve seen. I don’t know if that’s the top or you. But I like it. I’m not opposed to baring shoulders at all, but sometimes the way women wear them – or the way the shirt is constructed – makes the look appear a little silly to me. Very come hither! So I just wanted to put that out there! Looks great to me!

    1. I totally know what you mean. I think it’s partly the way people choose to wear them, but this one doesn’t really want to sit any lower than it does in these pictures, which is nice.

  9. Even white jeans are a no-go here in the summer. I was also wondering the fabric content of the shirt b/c too much synthetic doesn’t breathe. We are slaves to our weather down here.

  10. You look lovely in florals..such pretty colors on you and yes I’d probably pair with a white denim. I saw your pic of the maxi dress. Really nice and you often don’t find many with a sleeve. Yeah to both of these outfits😀
    Have a great weekend 
    We finally had a nice week so our closet got its season makeover .. oh my back !! My next closet will have to be big enough for four seasons😉

  11. Jo Lynne , 
    You look so pretty in this outfit! We southern gals do not do black jeans! I usually wear black cotton light weight ankle pants if I need to wear black pants ( Talbots has some nice ones).  I do not shop routinely at WHBM so thank you for a reminder about them.  

  12. What a great outfit, Jo-Lynne. I’ve tried the cold shoulder and that’s as far as I go! Can’t seem to pull off an off the shoulder one. As a matter of fact, I purchased a cute top last summer at Loft…price was great so I bought 2….one for my daughter. She told me it’s an off the shoulder one. I was clueless and thought it was just a cute top. I wear it on my shoulders and it’s fine! Nobody would ever know! You wear this floral top well…the way it’s meant to be worn! Always a treat to see your style and beauty!

  13. Love the top Jolynne!  Really like the contrasting prints!   Overall it’s such a girly and summery top!
    I live in the South and here’s what we do about pants in the summer… 
    (1) Don’t wear them!!  Either shorts or short dresses/skirts from May to August! 
    (2) If you must wear them,  pick lightweight fabrics like thin linen or cotten, not thick denim! 
    I say this half joking but half serious!  If you come down south in the summer again, keep this in mind!  Also be forewarned, the heat and humidity is worse to ppl that aren’t used to it.  You adjust after a while.  Which is probably true in reverse too, I’d never survive yall’s winters!  
    Glad you enjoyed your Florida vacation!  Can’t wait to see more outfits from your trip! 

    1. Haha, I hear ya. I’m no stranger to the south. It was just funny b/c I don’t think I’ve ever brought black jeans to wear when it’s that hot. I have done white and I can usually hack it – so many places are air conditioned. But we were running around taking pictures at 2pm and it was really sticky to get those things off!

  14. Now this is an outfit making top! You look fabulous, and I’m dying over that gorgeous floral print. Love it!!

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