There’s nothing I love more than a good casual pant! Jeans are such a staple, but a great pair of pants always makes me feel a little more with it. This pair of Isabel Marant Etoile trousers is so me and just perfect for this spring weather. The high waist makes them feel current, and the pocket detail makes them feel special. Who doesn’t love that combo?
I adore the look of a cozy sweater when the weather is chilly. Unfortunately for me (and my bank account), I am super sensitive to most sweaters, and cashmere seems to be the only thing I can wear without needing to take twenty-seven Benadryls! Cashmere tends to be pricier and slightly more high maintenance than regular wool or cotton sweaters, solidly placing it in the splurge category. Luckily, as winter is winding down, this time of year is perfect to shop for these timeless sweaters. Most are on sale, and as long as you stick with basic solids or traditional stripes or prints, you can get years of wear out of them. I’ve linked to several great cashmere sweaters below, all of which are ON SALE (!!), priced under $200 (including a fabulous one under $50), and feature timeless silhouettes and colors. This Vince crewneck I’m wearing is 40% off with both free shipping and free returns.
Timeless pieces have a place in every woman’s wardrobe, especially those of us inching our way up in age! The older I get, the more I really try to be more intentional about the items I buy. And though I do love a good trend, my goal is to put my investment more into classic looks that will work from season to season and last for years without looking dated. I’ve put together a list of some pieces I think are timeless staples, and I’ve tried to include a variety of price points because classy looks can be found in any budget!
As much as I love dressing up in cute dresses and fancy shoes, the truth is, my life is decidedly un-glamorous 99% of the time. My days are spent carpooling kids to and from school and activities, practicing a little law from my laptop at home, trying to fit in a workout, and deciding if running out of cashews is really cause for a Costco run. Yoga pants sound like the obvious choice, but I have made a promise to myself to put on real clothes at least four out of the five weekdays! I’m not judging…swear! I just feel better about myself and the day when I get dressed. Same with making my bed, but my success rate is a little lower on that goal!
The style of this French Connection dress is “California Dreaming.” I may be a Texas girl through and through, but I sure love spending time in Southern California. The ubiquitous sunshine and mild Pacific temps are good for the soul, and I am always inspired by the ever-stylish SoCal girls with their beachy waves and polished bohemian vibe — I’m looking at you, Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba!
I bought this dress last summer for a beach trip. We decided to have family photos taken while on vacation, and this dress fit the bill perfectly. I loved it so much, and when summer was over, I really missed it! I was determined to figure out a way to continue wearing it in the cooler months without looking like a complete fashion failure. A quick closet search revealed a no-brainer solution. By pairing it with my go-to black blazer and a favorite pair of cage booties, I was able to tone down the seaside vibe of the dress and make it a year-round wardrobe staple! I have also worn it with my black leather jacket for a slightly edgier look that I also love.
The beading on this dress is stunning, but the silhouette is relaxed enough that it can work for day or night, depending on how it is styled. Even though I got this last summer, it is somehow still available and at a greatly reduced price! There are so many similar options that will be super fun for summer and music festival season — or with a favorite moto jacket or blazer year round!
Photos: Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Dress: French Connection ON SALE! (also on sale here, similar here and here) | Blazer: Theory (less expensive options here) and here) | Booties: Zara, sold out (similar and ON SALE here and here) | Beaded Clutch: Aspiga, sold out (here, here, and here for similar) | Earrings: Banana Republic, sold out (here, here, here, and here for similar) | Silver Bangle Cuff: here for similar | Silver Bangles: here for similar | Silver and Leather Bracelet: here for similar | Ring: here for similar | Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown