Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a bit of A WEEK over here, and I didn’t get around to putting together my usual Friday try-on haul, so I thought I’d share this classic spring outfit formula, updated to reflect the current trends.
similar trench (
$230.00 $184.00 with code T7G6) (other options here and here) // striped tee (S) // Joe’s Jeans (28) (get 25% off $150+ with YAY) // boots (8) (60% off!) // YSL belt (budget option) // NAGHEDI woven tote (budget option) // earrings (get 25% off $150+ with YAY) // DIFF sunnies
This is me being influenced by one of my favorites to follow on Instagram. It’s funny because I’ve been wanting to wear this stripe top, but I never seem to find the right combination of pieces to make me happy.
It was like a lightbulb moment when I saw her outfit in my Instagram feed. And I just so happen to have similar pieces in my closet!
Here’s how this top looks without the trench. I love the openness of the scoop neck, along with the ribbed texture and extra long sleeves with the thumbholes.
The fabric is a 94% Rayon, 6% Spandex Rib Knit, so it feels really nice on.
These flares are from Saks OFF 5TH, and they’re marked down from $208 to $89.99, and then you get an extra 25% off with code YAY when you spend $150 or more. They’re soft and stretchy, and they have a nice, neutral mid-indigo wash.
As you can see, they are almost too long, but floor-sweeping lengths are actually a trend at the moment, so I think they work. I wasn’t walking on the hems… almost, but not quite!
I grabbed my tallest black boots with a pointed toe, and these are actually a great price right now too!
And my trench is old, but I linked similar above. This is more about the outfit formula than the actual pieces, anyway.
This NAGHEDI woven tote is a new favorite this season, and it’s a great way to start transitioning my outfits while it’s still cold outside.
I got mine when it was on sale at Bloomingdale’s a few weeks ago, and I’ve been carrying it a lot. It’s a nice size for everyday, and it’s such a pretty bag.
My gold-plated hoop earrings are another Saks OFF 5TH find, and they’re part of the 25% off $150+ with YAY. (These plus the jeans will get you to that $150 threshold!)
I added a black belt with gold hardware to complete the look, and I do think a belt is key for a look like this. You need the extra point of interest, and it helps define the waist and reinforces the 1/3 to 2/3 ratio that we’re always striving for.
And of course, no outfit is complete without a chic pair of sunglasses! These DIFF sunnies are under $100, and they’re a really nice quality. They’re also comfortable to wear, and they look great on.
I wanted to make a shopping widget with a variety of options for each of the key pieces in this outfit formula, but I’m out of time! You can probably shop your closet for most of these, or find alternatives wherever you like to shop.
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photos: Alison Cornell
17 thoughts on “Spring Outfit Formula: Denim & Stripes + Trench”
I love this look and it is something that I can create from pieces I already own!
That’s what I love to hear!
What do you do with the belt when you leave it open. Do you just tie it in the back??
Yes, or I let them hang down.
I laughed when I opened your email this morning. I’m attending a play tomorrow with friends and planned to wear this very same outfit! I just received the top from Evereve– bought specifically to wear with my high-waisted wide-leg jeans and I love it. I think I might order the Joe’s jeans with the intention of having them hemmed for sneakers. Or I might just cut them off! Do you think the style would look okay taking 2-3 inches off?
I do, I almost cut them so I could style them with flat shoes… and I still might. I have enough full length flares.
What a great outfit, and one that most of us can put together from items in our closet. I, for one, wouldn’t have thought of putting these pieces together, but it looks effortlessly chic (I wanted to say “French girl vibe”, but I remember what your daughter said 😉). I look forward to your next try-on haul.
Haha, I know, right? I can’t un-hear that now. 🙂
Hi I read almost every post and I somehow missed the French girl vibes comments, lol! Please share again!
I came downstairs one day, wearing this stripe tee, and asked her if my outfit was giving her French girl vibes. She responded immediately, “Mom, never say French girl vibes again.” 😂
You look amazing. RUNWAY worthy. Its so simple but so chic. I love a good black and white/cream shirt. I have a fairly new tank style one that I got at the end of last season. Its really nice heavier fabric, so ready to pull it back out and layer over it. Thank you soooo much for posting the t-shirt dress options. I’m going to check those out for sure.
Aw, thanks! 🙂 I thought these turned out really good too! 🙂
As always, I love this outfit. I haven’t quite got to the wide flare yet but I’m trying. I’m only 5′ with an inseam of 28. So it takes a lot of trying on.
On another note, I have been trying to pin some of your outfits on Pinterest. Usually I just tap the picture and it let’s me pin it. Now it won’t. So has anything changed or am I doing something wrong or what might it be. Anyway this gives me an idea of how to make my outfits. Most all of my clothes are mix and match. That way you can get more outfits. Who did I get that from?? Haha!
Hm, not sure why the pinning isn’t working. I haven’t changed anything.
I love the tan Sam Edleman trench I bought after you posted it in orange. I’m thinking about buying it from your link in black because it is such a sharp looking jacket. I have bought a variety of spring coats from your links and absolutely love your recommendations! Thank you as it helps me to quickly feel put together!
Since you have styled the Sam Edleman trench in orange can you give your input if it is good idea to have both colors (black and tan) in same coat?
Do you prefer a non lined trench over a lined (I realize it can depend on weather but just overall not weather dependent)?
There’s nothing wrong with having the same coat in a few colors if it’s that good, but I generally prefer to have different styles if possible. I do have the J.Crew cocoon coat in both grey and sandstone… that was my one exception, and I’ve worn both plenty. You just want to make sure you’re going to get a good cost per wear out of both.
Thanks! I ended up going to your link for orange trench and ordering black trench from Nordstrom!