I went shopping this past weekend for clothes to spruce up my spring wardrobe and found the most adorable pieces I want to share in case your closet needs a refresh too. For reference, I am 5’2 and a conservative dresser (ie no low cut necklines, tight tops, nor short shorts). Additionally I am super picky about clothes – for example, I don’t like tight shirts yet all the casual shirts I’ve tried on recently from Madewell and J Crew, specifically, have felt very sloppy. Like, I need loose-goose but also slim-trim. Is that too much to ask?
Apparently not – here are my finds!
Lily Ruffle Tie Front Jumpsuit
I am fully on board the jumpsuit train because they look amazing on tall women, and are cute on short women too (or at least that’s what I tell myself.) I spotted this adorable jumpsuit through the window at LOFT this weekend and made a beeline for it. OBSESSED!
Why I love it:
- The V-neck is conservative.
- There’s a cute tie in the front so you don’t need to add a belt.
- The pant length is any-height-friendly. For example, unlike the model, the pants hit at my ankles, which I prefer. Pair with sandals and a jean jacket and you’re set.
- SO COMFORTABLE.
- Currently 40% off + an extra 10%!
Lily Ruffle Tie Front Jumpsuit >
- Tall Vine Tie Front Jumpsuit >
- Beach Tie Cuff Jumpsuit >
- Henley Knit Jumpsuit >
- Halter Wide-Leg Jumpsuit >
Ruffle Sleeve Denim Top
Two things: 1.) I am one of the unfortunate people who look like a train conductor in a button-down chambray shirt, which breaks my heart because I adore the look of chambray. 2.) The ruffles on most ruffle/flutter tops are so big that I feel like I’m about to flutter off into outer space. Enter the Chambray Ruffle Top from Express!
Why I love it:
- The ruffles are super soft so they lay flatter than any other ruffle top I’ve tried on. They’re a modest size, as well.
- The top is loose but not tenty.
- Super comfortable and regular bra-friendly.
- Can be worn untucked or front-tucked with white jeans, or tucked into a skirt.
- Currently 40% off!
Relaxed Scoopneck T-Shirt
I’m a T shirt and jeans girl in my everyday life so when I find a well fitting t-shirt at a great price that’s not paper thin, it’s a good day. This Gap Scoopneck T is so comfortable and well fitting that I bought it in three colors!
Why I love it:
- NOT PAPER THIN! We’ve talked before about the fashion industry’s move to paper thin tops in the past few years, which I cannot get down with. (Yes, I’ve tried Madewell’s.) This shirt has a really nice weight and is not see through.
- Length is great – not too short nor too long – hits mid buns.
- LOVE the tacked cuff detail on the sleeves so you don’t have to worry about them unrolling during the day.
- $14 – $17 right now!
Ruffle Apron Wide-Leg Jumpsuit
This jumpsuit is a dead ringer for the Madewell one that was out awhile ago and it is so adorable in person. Again, the pant length for me at 5’2 was at my ankle, though I did not try on a petite size. I’d pair this with a kelly green, cream, or coral colored sweater for a pretty spring look. Being denim though, it goes with everything!
Why I love it:
- Ruffles are not overwhelming.
- Super comfortable and soft.
- Fits extremely smooth and well. There are a couple reviews on the website talking about a bulging zipper but I didn’t experience that.
Ruffle Apron Wide-Leg Jumpsuit >
- Linen-Cotton Square-Neck Jumpsuit >
- Denim Halter Jumpsuit >
- Ribbed Belt-Tie Jumpsuit >
- Denim Sweetheart Jumpsuit >
- Button-Front Chambray Cami Jumpsuit >
Striped Ruffle Shell
I spotted this Striped Ruffle Top when I was running around the mall with the kids last week and initially dismissed it because I don’t normally like high neck shirts ( I am seriously so picky – can’t be too low but also can’t be too high! ?) but the stripes and ruffles were so cute that I made myself try it on when I was back by myself. It was an immediate yes!
Why I love it:
- Flowy and fluid but trim fitting.
- I don’t normally like “shells” because they’re often made with polyester. This is rayon which I find much more comfortable and easy to wear.
- Small ruffle detail – apparently I am all about the ruffles for spring!
- Casual enough to wear with jeans or shorts, but dressy enough to wear to the office.
- Currently 40% off + an extra 10%!
- Fancy Ashley Ruffle Detail Cap Sleeve Blouse >
- Eyelet Ruffle Top >
- Short Sleeve Round Neck Eyelet Top >
More Spring Staples
I didn’t purchase the following this past weekend though I’ve gotten all of them out in the past few weeks as the weather has started to warm up (hallelujah!) They are all spring staples in my wardrobe.
Full of pockets, durable yet stylish, and warm too, a utility coat is a must for spring. I purchased my green utility jacket from Stich Fix many years ago and wear it every single day in the spring – and fall for that matter!
Similar to what I own:
- Gap Utility Jacket
- Banana Classic Utility Jacket >
- Loft Modern Anorak >
- J Crew Lightweight Utility Jacket >
- Target Utility Anorak Jacket >
- DYING over this toddler version!!!
I am a weird creature of habit and own two pairs of Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals for spring and summer – tan and black – that I just keep replacing every couple of years. They are so comfortable and cute! Can be worn with dresses or jumpsuits just as easily as jeans or shorts.
I purchased these Aigle Rubber Boots three years ago after seeing them in Magnolia Magazine (if they’re good enough for Joanna Gaines, they’re good enough for me!) and adore them. They’re extremely comfortable and warm, easy to pull on, and are great for rainy spring days. I even garden in them if it’s wet or muddy! They’re a bit pricey but they look the same as the day I got them.
What are some of your latest spring fashion finds?
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Mila Bassett 03.28.2020
I know things have changed since this post was published, but it’s because of people who went on spring break trips that the case have sky rocketed. It just blows my mind to pieces. I have a daughter with very serious heart issues, and feel like it’s a ticking bomb. Someone I know has just returned from heir family trip to London, the entire family sick. I am sure they we’re hoping not to catch it.
I’m sorry to hear about your concerns, Mila, and we are definitely taking it seriously over here! I will update the copy in this post since, as you mentioned, it is a month old and MUCH has changed since then. I hope you and your family are and stay well!!
These clothes make me think of the ’70s, which is the decade in which I grew up. I guess what goes around comes around. :-)
That’s exactly what my Mom always says! And now I can say that with all the 90s fashion trends coming back (scrunchies, anyone?! I have about a billion in my childhood bedroom! ?)
Omg YES. This was my struggle all winter- all I wanted was a dang sweater and they were all super short. I get that they can look good with high-waisted pants, but no, I don’t want to wear a cropped sweater to work. Looks like the trend continues…
Right?! Every time I go shopping I think, I should really start a clothing line called Forever Mid-30s with timeless, comfortable, non sheer pieces with both shoulders that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I think I’d make a killing. ?
Of course it is entirely your decision- but I’m not so sure that travel is the best idea right now. If you or your kids would get sick you may be separated for weeks due to quarantines and this corona is no laughing matter. Right now people in America are buying extra TP– but in Europe many countries have closed schools and public places, bans on gatherings, etc., and this will probably come to America too.
Thank you for sharing your perspective, EM! Definitely not laughing about the current situation we’re in!
I love jumpsuits! They are so comfortable that you feel like you are wearing pajamas in public but you look totally put together. How is this even possible?
Right?! Acceptable onesies for adults – so into it!
Really fun post! I think we have similar style because I’m loving your finds! Also I bought the Gigi sandals recently in black to have as a staple sandal and I love them!
I’m so glad you loved the post, Erica! A friend of mine has these sandals which I am eyeing – they are soo adorable in person: https://shopstyle.it/l/beCsY
do you do Stitch Fix? I’ve been considering it but I’m still on the fence. Are all the clothes expensive brand names or do they have some generic items? I just don’t wanna spend a lot of money on something I could’ve bought at Target lol
Have fun on your spring break!
I used to, and got several staple pieces that I still wear years later – my utility coat, a long cardigan, and a couple other items that I can’t think of at the moment #mombrain. That said, I felt like the clothes were too expensive for the quality. I bought many pieces that I was only able to wear a handful of times before they lost their shape, pilled, etc. :/
How do we get the 40% plus 10% off the cute jumper from Loft? Is there a code?
Oh shoot! It looks like the deal is gone today – keep checking though, LOFT has new deals constantly.
Where are you headed?
Love all the cute finds! We are also going on a trip without children and REALLY hoping there’s no quarantine situation when we get home. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly :)
Yes, ugh exactly! Best of luck to us all – stay safe and healthy!
sarah howard 03.10.2020
Is it just me or are tops this year just about 2 inches too short? I’m not talking about crops, which are ridiculous, but like all shirts. I need two more inches to cover my fupa. Is that too much to ask?
Yes! Totally furious about the waist length movement happening right now as well.