So here in Atlanta, we seemed to have jumped right to summer. But I will not be moved or shaken, it is still spring, and for that reason I’d like to share my ideas for a spring capsule wardrobe.
Quick recap on the Lazy Shopper Series: We are busy. For various reasons shopping is usually not fun. And it’s annoying when you think you have a several new outfits, but you only end up with 2 because the pieces you bought weren’t considered in the larger context of your wardrobe.
My Lazy Shopper Series seeks to address those shopping issues by picking pieces from one store and putting together multiple outfits to show you how they all work together. My first stop was J. Crew and that was a pretty popular (and admittedly expensive) post. So let’s move to the other side of the continuum and head over to Target (face it, you’re already there for cake mix and towels (or toys!) anyways…). I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Ok yall, I had way too much fun with Target. I really like the way their stuff is looking this spring season. So this collection has over 15 looks ranging from weekend casual to work wear for late winter through late spring .
Here’s my challenge:
all items are $30 or less (yes really!!)
10 clothing items
5 accessories (including shoes)
Check out my picks:
Remember I’ve said blazers are a great staple, silver shoes are a must do, and wedges are my favorite shoe. White, navy, and camel are my neutrals for this collection and my two accent colors are rose and teal.
So let’s see what outfits my selections get us:
So above, I used the navy and white sheath dress, that’s a bit more on the casual side and I dressed it up with each of the blazers. Notice, I used the navy shoes with the rose colored blazer to make sure the blazer was the focus. In the center, I matched the camel colored jacket and shoes. The ruffles make the camel blazer less formal. And to the right, the teal blazer is offset with silver. Again when you don’t know what shoes to match with an outfit, chances are silver will work. The addition of the silver bangles makes the silver shoes look purposeful rather than accidental.
I was really feelin’ the teal A-line skirt. The teal wedges were selected because I thought they kept the skirt playful. In the third outfit from the left, the teal skirt allowed me to introduce the print shirt. The navy background is neutral and the teal and camel colors work with my color palette nicely. The navy pumps dress up the shirt and make it work friendly, but the teal and camel colored wedges would work as well.
Hands down this navy pleated skirt is my favorite piece in this collection. It’s only $20 and there are 7 different colors. (I’m that girl that when I do like something and find a good fit I get it as many colors as I can afford– this skirt would be one of those cases…) The left three outfits are for work and the one to the right (my favorite) is a cute weekend outfit. The wedges make the pleated skirt more casual. Looove it!
I only selected one pair of pants for this entire collection and they were the light teal color so that they went with the shirts that the teal skirt works with. To the left, I’ve chosen a semi-monochromatic look. Different shades of the same color family (teal). I’ve been doing that more lately and I like it. See my purple version here.
Although I’ve only shown the camel colored blazer with the jeans, all of them would work (just remember if you pick the rose colored blazer either keep the shoes neutral with silver or match the jeans and pick the teal wedges). Lastly, I brought back my trusty print shirt and dressed it up with some navy patent leather pumps. I would tuck the shirt in and it could work for a early spring casual Friday look.
I like these outfits so much, I was really about to just buy everything. Since I did the hard work of making sure everything worked together, shouldn’t I reap the benefits?
What do you all think? And since I was so in love in my Target finds, I’m working on a part 2 (I really had such a hard time only picking 10 pieces that I just did another collection!)
Happy shopping and enjoy the weekend:)
Sunday was such a beautiful day in my neck of the woods. It felt like a balmy fall day. The sun shining, the sky was clear (you can see the moon in the first picture–my daughter loves that!) and the wind was perfect for flying a kite…so that’s just what we did.
I usually watch my hubby and daughter fly their kites, but on Sunday I joined in for quite a while. I felt such a freedom and peace flying my kite. (no judgement that we lost three kites to the trees!)
P.S. I didn’t wear my “fake uggs” with that outfit all day, I just wore them for play.
I actually wore my black knee high boots to church with my J. crew skirt, a 7-year old cotton shell from target, and a corduroy jacket from H&M. I call this look the “Purple People Eater”, but I think it worked:)
Keep Flying and Being Fly,
Once you have found your perfect winter coat, please take good care of it! Dry cleaning a few times during the season is a good idea, and be particularly vigilant if your winter coat is a light color. Always hang your winter coat on a quality hanger (that will preserve the shape of the shoulders.) At the end of the season, check for loose buttons and small tears, especially tears in the lining and have them fixed before next winter. There is nothing worse than reaching for your winter coat and remembering it’s unwearable.
Dressing a man can be tricky.
I always need to build in extra time to make sure my hubby looks presentable (read: ironed and matching). We can talk all day long about how to look good as women, but if the dad, boyfriend, hubby or brother in your life looks a hot mess, when you go out together you’ll be a luke-warm mess (at best).
Now I’m not talking about how JLo “made over” Ben Affleck (if you don’t remember the golden tan, bronzer, and the perfectly styled hair, look below for a reminder)
I’m talking about more of an understated make over that allows the man in your life to look like himself, just only more refined.
Given my goal, my selections for 7 key pieces for a man’s wardrobe are:
1. Oxford/Button-up Shirt
The oxford shirt is an invaluable item in both casual and professional settings. If you keep it subtle, it’ll withstand fashion trends.
Blue jeans look good with nearly everything from a blazer and loafers to a T-shirt and sneakers. Again, avoiding trendy styles (for example, purple skinny jeans) and sticking with basics ( worn-in straight legs) will make this staple more versatile.
Because of their minimalism, they will never go out of style. They can be dressed up with a blazer or kept casual with some khakis.
T-shirts are a wardrobe staple all year round. A thin T-shirt under a sweater makes these pieces useful even in the fall and winter.
5. Blazer/Sports coat:
A good blazer can be used in numerous situations and can often make mediocre looking ensembles respectable (yall know I love me some blazers!).
Your blazer can be worn at the office with a matching pair of suit pants, or to a casual weekend dinner with a pair of jeans.
Kind of a no-brainer. My suggestions are to keep them simple for maximum versatility. I am a fan of argyle and v-necks.
Provides a nice alternative to jeans that can be dressed up or made more casual. I (strongly) prefer the flat front style over pleated khakis.