Spring Accessories

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I’m joining the Ageless Style Linkup as a guest host, and this month it’s all about the accessories.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing LOFT Earth Month Shirttail Open Cardigan, J.Crew Supersoft Supima raw-edge V-neck tank top, Madewell 9-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans, Maui Jim Mele Polarized Sunglasses

If you’re new here, I’m a 46-year-old wife, mom of 3 teens, and full-time fashion blogger. I’ve been writing in this little corner of the Internet for 13 years!

When I describe my style on my About page, I say I believe a simple outfit can be made fabulous by adding a few well-placed accessories.

While I’ve updated that page many times through the years, that one line has always remained because I stand by it. I tend to favor classic, minimalistic styles, but I always wear accessories, even when I’m at home all day with nowhere to go.

This outfit is a perfect example. It’s quite simple, really — a classic tee and skinny jeans with a long cardigan and block heel sandals.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing LOFT Earth Month Shirttail Open Cardigan, J.Crew Supersoft Supima raw-edge V-neck tank top, Madewell 9-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans, Marc Fisher LTD Orla Sandals, and Brahmin Satchel

But then I added a pair of statement earrings for some drama, a long layered necklace to add interest in front where my tee is rather plain, and a luxe Brahmin satchel that elevates the look.

One of my favorite ways to wear a cardigan is with a white tee and white jeans. White-on-white creates a slenderizing column, and it’s such a clean, classic look. Sometimes I wear a denim jacket on top and jazz up the look with fun shoes as I did last year in this outfit with my C’est La Vie espadrille flats.

This time I went for a cardigan in a gorgeous shade of blue and kept my accessories neutral.

This cardigan is a nice medium weight and has a fun shirttail hem. The longer length works great over dresses as well as with jeans and pants.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing LOFT Earth Month Shirttail Open Cardigan, J.Crew Supersoft Supima raw-edge V-neck tank top, Madewell 9-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans, Marc Fisher LTD Orla Sandals, and Brahmin Satchel

My white skinny jeans are from Madewell, and they’re nice and thick and not at all see-through. They have a comfortable 9″ rise with a 29″ inseam, and they fit snug to the body and don’t bag out with wear. Total win!!!

You can find more sizes at Nordstrom and Shopbop, and Madewell carries them in petite and tall sizes as well.

This satchel was a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase last summer, and I love the texture it adds to an outfit. I haven’t carried it as much as I had hoped, and I realized recently that’s because I don’t have a lot of shoes that complement it. Well, I remedied that!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing LOFT Earth Month Shirttail Open Cardigan, J.Crew Supersoft Supima raw-edge V-neck tank top, Madewell 9-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans, Marc Fisher LTD Orla Sandals, and Brahmin Satchel

These sandals are a recent addition to my wardrobe, and I have a feeling they’re going to get a lot of airtime this spring and summer! They also make a perfect pairing with this bag, which is going to allow me to carry it a lot more often.

I like to change up my bag to go with my outfits, and I definitely consider my handbag an accessory. My exact bag is no longer available, but this one and this one are similar.

I don’t necessarily match my bag to my shoes, but I like them to coordinate. In the immortal words of Stacy and Clinton, They don’t have to match; they have to go.

Marc Fisher LTD Orla Sandals in Blush Leather

These sandals are super versatile because the color is very close to my skin tone, so they go with practically everything.

STYLE TIP: When you wear shoes the color of your skin, it elongates the line of the leg and makes you look taller and slimmer. #yesplease

The sturdy block heel and ankle strap make them very walkable even though the heel is quite high. I wore these out on the town last Friday night and walked all over downtown in them, and I was perfectly comfortable all night long.

Finally, these earrings add a fun touch to an otherwise fairly plain outfit. They’re a little glam, a little modern, and a little edgy… which pretty much describes my ideal outfit! Best of all, they’re 23% off (random, but whatever!)

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing LOFT Earth Month Shirttail Open Cardigan, J.Crew Crystal and tortoise hoop earrings, and Maui Jim Mele PolarizedPlus2 Round Cat Eye Sunglasses

The layered disc necklace is delicate enough so as not to compete with the earrings, but it adds a little bling to the outfit.

And let’s not forget about sunglasses when discussing accessories. I’ve been wearing these Maui Jim Mele polarized sunnies for about a year, now, and I love the oversized cat-eye shape and retro chic styling.

What’s your favorite way to accessorize a simple outfit?

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing LOFT Earth Month Shirttail Open Cardigan, J.Crew Supersoft Supima raw-edge V-neck tank top, Madewell 9-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans, Marc Fisher LTD Orla Sandals, and Brahmin Satchel

Outfit Details:

blue shirttail cardigan // white tank // white jeans (also at Nordstrom and Shopbop; similar for less) // sandals // tortoise hoop earrings // layered disc necklace // similar Brahmin satchel here and here // Maui Jim sunnies c/o

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