When putting together an interesting outfit, especially one that consists of simple wardrobe basics, I cannot overstate the value of an outfit-making jacket. Case in point: this fitted denim jacket in the happiest shade of sunshine yellow.
I found this jacket at Zappos — yes, they have so much more than just shoes! I was immediately drawn to the color, but I also love the cropped length, the flattering fit, and the raw hem — such great details that work together to make this jacket really pop.
I also like the brushed silver hardware and the extra seaming details. Chest pockets aren’t always a bosomy girl’s best friend, but these are small and situated in such a way that I don’t feel like they draw undue attention.
I often get asked about how denim jackets like this one should fit. I ordered both the small and medium to compare, and I am wearing my usual size small. It doesn’t have to button — I wouldn’t wear it that way anyway. It’s more important that it fits properly in the shoulders. If it’s too big, it will look sloppy, so I prefer a closer fit.
Also, as you can see, the sleeves on the size small are plenty long. I did the editor’s cuff in a few of these shots, which is how I will usually wear it, but it’s nice to know the sleeves are a good length if I get cold and want to wear them un-cuffed.
These jeans are another Zappos find, and they’re also the KUT from the Kloth brand. I’m a huge fan of this brand for under-$100 denim. They do a really good job with their washes, and the styles are on trend.
Unfortunately, these Amy straight leg crop jeans are on sale and going fast. I love the raw cuffed hem and the ripped knee. The inseam is 26″, which is a versatile crop length, but their Catherine boyfriend jeans have a similar vibe, just longer.
They also have really good rear pocket placement, and the 9″ rise works well for those of us who are short-waisted.
I always size down in KUT from the Kloth jeans, so I have these in the 4. They were a bit snug at first, but they do stretch out some, which is typical for this brand.
And these are my Frye Ivy leather sneakers. If you’re looking for minimalist white leather sneakers that you can walk miles in, these sneakers are for you! They run true to size, and they’re so cushiony and soft inside. The quality is excellent, and the classic style will last many years.
In addition to shoes and clothes, Zappos also carries a large selection of accessories — like Maui Jim sunglasses, Tory Burch handbags, and Lucky Brand jewelry — basically everything you need to make a complete outfit.
This spring outfit formula is super simple: white t-shirt, jeans, sneakers or sandals, and an outfit-making jacket! Add jewelry, sunnies, and a shoulder bag to complete the look.
Shop Spring Wardrobe Essentials at Zappos:
Zappos also has fantastic 24/7 customer service and a 365-day return policy, and if you link your Amazon Prime membership, you get free upgraded shipping. Don’t have an Amazon Prime account? No worries! Become a Zappos VIP member, and you will get free expedited shipping too.
And I just learned about their 30-Day Runlimited Guarantee program. When purchasing running shoes from Zappos, you now have 30 days to run in your shoes to make sure they feel right. If you’re not happy, they will take them back so you can try something different. This is HUGE because it’s really hard to know if a pair of running shoes works for you until you put them to the test.
Finally, military members, students, and teachers can get 10% off their Zappos orders — see their Student, Teacher & Military Promotion page for more details.
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photos: Alison Cornell