When The Calendar Says Spring But The Weather Says Brrr!

The days are getting longer, the trees are starting to bud, and I can hear birds singing outside of my office windows in the mornings. It’s as if they’re trying to usher in the spring weather we’re all so eagerly anticipating.

Even though it’s still chilly in the mornings, spring has definitely sprung, and it’s time to ditch the dark colors and heavy layers in favor of lights and brights.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing French Connection Textured Cotton Sweater in Crystal with white Joe's Jeans Classic Buttoned Jeans and gold leather Vince Camuto Leera Leather Espadrille Ankle-Strap Sandals from @lordandtaylor #ad

A chunky sweater in a pretty pastel paired with white jeans and neutral wedges is the perfect spring transition outfit for those of us living in cooler climates.

Even if you’re down south where it’s already warmed up, you could easily pair this sweater with shorts on a cool evening, and of course white jeans are great to wear all spring and summer long.

To kick off the arrival of spring, Lord + Taylor is having their Friends + Family Sale with 30% off almost everything and 15% off almost all beauty! This is a great time to invest in a few new springtime pieces or stock up on your favorite beauty products.

White jeans are a springtime closet staple, and these Joe’s Jeans classic buttoned jeans are a classic skinny jean in a nice, sturdy fabric that isn’t see-through. #hallelujah

As you may remember, I’ve been looking for high waisted white jeans. These have a 10″ rise with a 28″ inseam (the perfect ankle length on my 5’5″ frame.) I also like how they have fake pockets, so you don’t see those through the front of the pants.

They have a really nice fit and feel, and while they’re definitely more of a splurge purchase, the quality is fantastic and they will last many years. If you’re looking for an investment pair of white jeans, I highly recommend giving these a try. They also carry a cropped pair, if you prefer a shorter length, and both are 30% off with code FRIENDS.

For size reference, I have the 29 in these jeans, which is my usual size in Joe’s. I can sometimes wear a 28 in other brands, so I’d say they’re TTS or size up if in between.

I paired them with this textured boatneck sweater by French Connection. I absolutely love the chunky knit, the flattering boatneck, and the cuffed sleeves.

I don’t even mind the dropped shoulders because they work with the boxy shape and boatneck. It’s slightly cropped, so perfect for wearing with high waist jeans, and isn’t this shade of periwinkle blue positively divine?

This sweater is true to size (I’m wearing a small) but you could size up for more length and a slouchier silhouette. If you don’t like the cropped length, take a look at this textured cotton blend sweater. It’s a little longer and also comes in a pretty shade of blue.

Best of all, both of these sweaters are almost half off the original retail price with the Friends & Family discount!

Statement earrings are a big spring trend right now, and I couldn’t resist these white rope circle drop earrings. (I also picked up this gold pair that I’ve worn a couple times recently.)

I tend to keep my jewelry more classic and understated, so it was really fun to wear these for a change. I think I’m going to have to get more daring in my accessory choices.

These earrings are very lightweight and don’t bother my ears at all, and they’re a great price for a trendy style that you may only wear for a couple seasons.

And if you’re wondering why I’m wearing them in some pictures and not others, I forgot to put them on at first, and I had to run back to the car and get them mid-shoot. I’m just so glad I remembered before it was too late! They add such a nice touch of whimsy to this classic look.

Finally, I picked up these gold leather espadrille sandals because so many of my wedge sandals have a super high heel.

I love my high heels, but sometimes you need something you can walk in for more than a city block, and these are perfect for that. The style is on trend, plus they’re good quality and very comfortable.

Best of all, they’re 30% off with the Friends & Family discount. For a leather sandal, you can’t beat it. I’m wearing my usual size 8, for reference.

This is the perfect outfit for these chilly spring days we’re having right now, but all of the components can be mixed and matched with other pieces in my closet and worn well into spring and summer.

Even the sweater will be nice to have on chilly summer evenings — I can see throwing it on with shorts to hang out on the deck with friends or wearing it to the boardwalk when we’re at the beach.

Outfit Details:

sweater // jeans // sandals // earrings // crossbody

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photos: Alison Cornell