Red, White & Blue for Spring

I’ve had some requests lately for alternatives to denim jackets that aren’t cardigans — basically a jacket that works as a layering piece or an outfit completer piece.

I hear ya. As much as I love my denim jackets, sometimes you want something a little more sophisticated.

Cardigans can be frumpy and blazers can be stuffy, but a casual structured jacket levels up a basic outfit and completes the look in a modern way.

This roll tab sleeve jacket from White House Black Market is the perfect completer piece. Unfortunately it’s almost sold out, but I’ve rounded up some other good options at the end of this post.

The key here is to find something with enough structure to flatter your curves (or create curves if you don’t have them where you want them) but relaxed enough to be comfortable. What I like about this type of jacket is you can dress it up or down.

I wore this jacket this weekend over a white tee with blue jeans and nude flats to run to the mall, but for this post I went for more of a classic preppy look that you could wear to lunch with friends or even to work if you’re a teacher or work in a casual office. (Swap out the jeans for pants if you prefer.)

I really like how the back of this jacket is designed so that you can cinch the waist if you’d like. I probably should have done that to give it a little more structure through the waist area. It’s also a flattering length.

These jeans are actually Abercrombie — go figure! Initially, they’re comfortable and flattering, but I wanted to wear them around for a day so I could compare to my white Old Navy Rockstars. The Old Navy pair is the clear winner.

These Abercrombie jeans stretched some as the day went on, and they did that funky thing in the crotch area that high rise jeans sometimes do. When I sat down, I had too much extra fabric there, and I find that annoying.

That said, they have a flattering fit, so they may be worth a try — you just may want to size down. I went up to a 30 in these, but perhaps the 29 would stretch out and be okay after a few hours. For reference, I found the size 8 (which equals a European size 29) to be perfect in the Old Navy pair.

I get a ton of questions about these Rothy’s flats. In fact, the only reason I ordered them is because I was getting so many questions, and I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about and be able to give my personal opinion of them when asked.

The verdict is, they’re super cute and very comfortable, but I had to size up a half size in The Point. I hear The Flat runs true to size. FYI, the return process was easy, and shipping is free both ways.

The most common question I get about Rothy’s is, Are they worth the price? 

I know this is an annoying answer, but it depends. Personally, for shoes that aren’t leather, I think the price is steep, however, they’re made in America with recycled water bottles, which I think is super cool.

I know I don’t exactly practice or promote sustainable, earth-friendly fashion, but that doesn’t mean I’m not aware of the issues that fast fashion has created, and I’m all for supporting companies that are trying to address the issue. If that’s your passion, perhaps you will feel the price tag is worth it.

I also think they’re worth it for those who are willing to pay a premium for comfort. They really are comfortable. Not to say that they offer much support, but they’re incredibly soft and comfortable to walk in. A lot of people compare them to Tieks.

I’ve had Tieks, and I found them dreadfully uncomfortable. The elastic dug into the back of my heel, and I couldn’t even wear them around the house for 10 minutes. I tried a few different sizes to make sure they weren’t too small, but they just didn’t work for me. That said, some people love them, so it’s really a personal decision.

Maybe I’ll order a pair of Tieks and do a side by side comparison to the Rothy’s. Would y’all find that interesting?

As for the rest of the outfit, I wore this stripe tee and carried my taupe crossbody.

This tee is one of my favorite finds this spring. It’s cute with shorts, jeans, and skirts. It layers nicely under this jacket, but it’s also really nice on its own. I wish we’d shot a few pictures without the jacket so I can show you, but you can see it in this IG post if you’re interested. It was on sale, but it’s not at the moment. I’ll be sure to let you know when they put it on sale again.

My Love crossbody is a few years old, but this one is similar. I almost carried a white bag, but I like how the taupe contrasts with the rest of the outfit. It’s a little unexpected, but it still works into the cool neutral tones I’m wearing.

For accessories, I like my go-to pearls with this look, but I decided to live dangerously and throw on a pair of drop earrings for a change. Ha! I also threw on some Alex and Ani bangles and my mixed metal watch to complete the look.

stripe tee // navy roll tab sleeve jacket // white skinnies // red flats (option / budget option) // sunnies // similar Love crossbody // earrings // bracelets // ring // watch

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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