Perfect Spring Outfit
Do you ever fantasize about dressing in a more elegant or European way?? If so… you’re going to love the European-inspired spring outfit I put together for this post.
As many of you know, my family lived in Spain, for six months. And, while we are SO happy to be back in the States, setting into the new house, and getting the kids (and ourselves) back into the swing of things, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss Spain a little (or a lot)! One of my favorite things to do in Spain was simply walk around my neighborhood (Salamanca) and people watch. The women are so gorgeous, stylish and inspirational. I think part of the elevated Spanish style has to do with culture. They really appreciate fashion and take pride in their appearance. I think the other factor is weather. In Madrid, there are literally 350 days of sunshine. The climate is wonderful, warm, sunny and dry. That enables you to wear delicate fabrics like silks and chiffon, whites, bright colors and even really fab shoes! My outfit below is something I definitely would have worn to grab one of my favorite ‘brezels con chocolat” or to go shopping on one of my favorite streets… Calle de Claudio Coello.
One of the best things about moving to Spain was how much color and print I started embracing in my wardrobe. Women in Spain do not shy away from wearing beautiful colors, and perhaps even more exciting…they wear LOTS of white!! I remember when I went to Paris a few years ago, I brought a lot of color and white clothing… and I stood out for sure (not necessarily in a good way). In Spain, wearing white and bold colors is the norm.
One of the hottest colors for spring/summer… GREEN. And, I’m so excited about it! I LOVE green. Look for everything from bright kelly green to a gorgeous mint green like I’m wearing above. This Cinq á Sept blazer is the perfect pop of color for spring and summer. I am loving the longer, more relaxed fit. Another great detail not to be missed…? The ruched 3/4 sleeves. No need for hair ties or the never-ending sleeve push up routine. Doesn’t this color just make you so happy and excited for spring? The blazer also comes in a pale pink, white, and fun orangey-yellow. For a similar, but less expensive look, try this pretty pastel blazer.
Underneath the blazer, I’m wearing one of my favorite basic white ATM tees. It’s a little pricier but has lasted much longer than some of the less expensive options I’ve tried over the years. I also have this tee that’s under $20 that’s a nice, budget-friendly alternative.
The blazer and tee both run true to size, order your normal size.
You could style this blazer with blue jeans, white jeans, a fun midi skirt, or some denim shorts. But I found these super chic leather pants by Frame and knew immediately I had to try them! In Spain, everyone is wearing wider leg pants and jeans. Skinny jeans are actually rarer. Strange, I know! These creamy white, soft pants are high rise and cropped…so if you are petite like me, no need for hemming. Plus, as I mentioned, the wide-leg silhouette is very on-trend right now! These pants are pricey but I found these faux leather wide-leg trousers that are under $75 and a great alternative. You can also try this look with wide-leg white jeans like this pair by NYDJ.
Size note: the leather pants run true to size. I’m wearing 26.
Another Spanish influenced purchase, these espadrille wedges. because they have a manageable, easy-to-walk-in heel, are closed-toe, and the wrap detailing is so pretty. They’re the kind of shoes you can wear all spring/summer to dress up any casual look. BTW, when I was in the store in Spain, the sales person taught me how to keep the straps UP which is life-changing. I posted a REELS video on Instagram here sharing that style hack. My bag is the same Bottega Veneta chain cassette bag I’ve been carrying since last spring. If you missed my full review of this bag, make sure you check that post out here. Last but not least…you have to have a killer pair of sunglasses! I love these square frame Ray-Ban sunglasses for a little drama this spring but I’ve linked a similar, budget-friendly pair too.
Where have you traveled that inspired your style??? Europe? Africa? Latin America?? Please share in the comments.