The grocery shopping and putting gas in my car outfit of the day includes a red wool jacket over a navy merino wool sweater and slightly bootcut jeans. The square silk scarf measures thirty-four inches. I folded it on the bias and draped it around my neck as both a buffer against the wool of the jacket and to add a bit of colorful pattern.
Many readers have asked me to share more shopping tips for the new arrivals and explain why I would buy them if I needed that item. I hope this post helps you locate items that will serve you well for years to come. Since Talbots is one of my go-to sites for classic basics of good quality, let’s begin with a few of their new items.
The easiest way to switch out heavy winter layers is to wear a denim jacket. A darker wash is perfect over almost any top or even a dress to create the illusion of a more slender shape. I like this style because it is relatively fitted, making it the perfect candidate for layering without bulk. Wear it over a longer shirt or top to create the illusion of a waistline while not showing your tummy. The denim jacket is here.
If I didn’t already have a navy cardigan, I would purchase this one. I found it here. I have this cardigan in three other colors and wear them over shorter button-up shirts, tanks, and long sleeve tees almost year-round. However, they are oversized, so I prefer my usual size.
I bought the blush pink version of this jacket last year, so I don’t need another one, but I love mine. It instantly upgrades a simple white tee and blue jeans for a smart casual look. The jacket is here.
I don’t wear shorts, but I have purchased several pairs as gifts for my sister, who loves them. They can easily be styled up or down, but they always look smart. (Many of you have asked me for recommendations for shorts.) The shorts are here in several colors. If you would like a longer length, a thirteen-inch inseam is here.
I would buy this twill utility jacket if I didn’t already have two red jackets, a red blazer, and a red raincoat. The pictured jacket is here.
The most worn item in my closet would have to be these white jeans. I bought them on repeat last year because I was afraid they wouldn’t be available again and I never want to be without them. For those of us with a flat bottom, the slim fit is here. The curvy fit is here.
I have enjoyed wearing Jo Malone’s Myrrh & Tonka fragrance for the past few years, so I treated myself to the set here. Applying a small amount of the body crème and then a light spritz of cologne or perfume allows for a more subtle fragrance that lasts all day. Before getting dressed, I walk through a mist of the cologne. My goal is to be so light-handed that you almost have to hug me before you get a whiff of my perfume. I wear it for me, not the whole room.
A favorite exercise is swimming, but buying a suit is my least favorite task. So I was happy to discover I could buy a flattering suit with larger cup sizes. I bought the blue one here, but it also comes in black.
I’ve been wearing Nordgreen watches for a few years, so I was excited to see they now offer an elegant metal bracelet style with gold and silver colors. A mixed metal band ties everything together since I wear mostly silver, but many of my belts and handbags have gold hardware. The linked metal band is much cooler than leather bands, so I’ll be wearing it often throughout the warmer months. Some of the companies I once collaborated with still allow me to share a discount code with you. The 15% discount code will be applied automatically on the checkout page (not the cart). Take advantage of the discount at Nordgreen, and use my link here.
I’ll be taking long walks more often, so I’ll need sunscreen every day. I use Countersun on my face because it blocks harmful rays without the white mess. Sunscreen here.
Spring is also the time I stock up on my favorite no-show socks. I wear the Active-X High Cut style on my walks since they are super comfortable and stay in place. All the types are here.
I also want to share a delightful book series I’m reading. “The Walk” series is making its way through my family, and everyone has had the same reaction. We love the gentle storytelling style of Richard Paul Evans.
I’m so proud to be the hostess for our little community. Did I forget anything? Was this post helpful? What are you searching for this spring? Join the conversation in the comments below.
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