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Effortless Spring Style

April 9, 2017 0 Comments

Five Tips for Looking Put-Together…Even When You’re Not

  1. Elevate With Accessories
  2. Basics With a Boost
  3. Add An Outer Layer
  4. Tuck or Tie
  5. One Item, No Pants

This week I’ve been doing a major closet overhaul. Spring cleaning became a purge of all things clutter. Nothing in our apartment was safe…if it had collected dust, it was gone. This means that all week there has been a pile of boxes and bags by our back door, filled with shoes, scarves, books, dresses, and an inordinate number of beer glasses (I blame Conor for that one) just waiting to be hauled off and donated. It is starting to resemble a barricade…

During my closet cleanse, I realized that I want every item in my wardrobe to be flattering and versatile. And, most importantly, I want them to stand the test of time. I try not to get caught up in fads or trends…though I am loving that the off-the-shoulder look is having an extra long moment. It is way more important to dress for one’s body type in classic styles than to get caught up in fast fashion.

Anyway, lately I’ve been guilty of living in Nike shorts, comfy sneaks, and a messy bun…or t-shirt dress, comfy sneaks, and a cap to hide my messy bun. Conor calls it my “athleisurely mom look.” I don’t think that it is a compliment. I am using my closet overhaul to break free from my lack-of-style rut and remember that it is easy to look put-together, even when you only have fifteen minutes to get ready.

Here are my Five Tips for Effortless Style this Spring:

1. Elevate with Accessories

Style your jeans and t-shirt with delicate chains or stacked bracelets. Remember though, keep it chic and simple. You want a good balance of casual with a hint of fancy. This instantly makes your outfit look pulled together and intentionally styled.

2. Basics with a Boost

Go back to the basics. Classic black on black (or black and white) is a no-fail, instant chic choice. I love a black tank paired with a black midi skirt. Add a pop of color, or a pop of florals for spring, to achieve an effortlessly pulled together look. Look for a bright scarf, hand bag, belt, or shoes for this boost to your classic combo.

3. Add an Outer Layer

Adding a blazer or leather jacket is not only an outfit upgrade, its also a practical addition in the fickle Spring weather. One of my favorite looks is a t-shirt, jeans, and blazer. This look makes for a great day/night transition. For running errands, I style this look with comfy flats or sneakers. Switch to pumps and add a statement necklace for an easy night look.

4. Tuck or Tie

A quick way to add a stylish element to your basic t-shirt, button down, or blouse? Do a front tuck or tie. This fashion-forward move is fast, simple, and adds purposeful polish.

5. One Item, No Pants

This is actually my number one goal most of the time…I prefer to go through my day without putting on pants. No, not because I’m an exhibitionist, but because I find dresses SO much more comfortable than pants. When all else fails, put on a simple, but classic dress. There is nothing like the ease of throwing on a breezy shirt dress, fun earrings, and sandals. One item of clothing and you’re done!

My name is Michelle Scaperlanda McWay. After deciding in 2014 to embark on a “year without a plan” with my husband, I learned that our lives are the true adventure. This is a blog about my obsession with food, my fun with style, the beautiful and inspiring places Conor and I explore, the lessons I continually have to relearn, and my struggle with living “a year without a plan.”