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Spring is just around the corner, folks! And that means it’s time for a fashion reboot!
Okay, to be totally honest, 2018 is actually the first year ever where I sat down with intention and created a shopping list of items to add to my wardrobe. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to keep building on the style improvements I started last year. For me, that means selecting a few new pieces each season that I feel will complete my wardrobe and keep me looking “with the times.”
What this doesn’t mean is going out and purchasing tons of trendy items that will quickly go out of fashion. TBH, I’m really kind of cheap at heart, and the idea of spending money on new clothes every few weeks makes my Chinese heritage want to cry. (No offense if you are Chinese, just making fun of myself here.)
Anyway, these are the 10 items that I decided to pick up for my Spring 2018 fashion update. Lots of classics with a touch of trendy twist. They look “on trend” now, but they’ll still be fashionable in the future thanks to their classic elements.
Ready to see what I picked out? Let’s go!
Checked Boyfriend Blazer
Yes, checked blazers are totally “in” right now. Everybody has them and everybody loves them. Basically the definition of a trend. But I see myself wearing one of these cool, menswear inspired pieces long after the trend moves on to the next latest and greatest. I love the clean lines, boxy and casual shape, and the pattern that’s just enough to add interest to my outfits without being too loud all on it’s own. I’m leaning toward this one from ASOS, but I’m still on the lookout for one that’s even more perfect.
Miss Selfridge Petite Ruched Sleeve Blazer >> Asos
Slim Black Blazer
Now, this blazer is definitely coming home with me, (as soon as it is on sale :). I tried this one on in my local Express store and it fit like a glove. It it the total opposite of the slouchy boyfriend blazer above, yet it isn’t just your average dull work blazer. The 3/4 length sleeves and asymmetrical hemline add a cool factor that I haven’t seen before in a blazer. This is about as “girlboss” as it gets!
Express Cutaway Blazer in Black >> Express
Bold Blue Dress Pants
Dress pants have always been a point of fashion contention for me. Thanks to my short legs and large butt, I’ve always found the straight leg look of dress pants super unflattering. And not to mention, miles too long without serious tailoring. When I tried on these pants at Express, I knew they were the ones for me. The petite length is absolutely perfect and the leg tapers just enough to slim your legs without making your entire bottom half look stumpy. The fact that they come in this gorgeous blue is amazing! It’s just enough color to spice up your look, but it’s still muted and professional enough for everyday office wear.
Express Mid Rise Ankle Columnist Pant in Ensign Blue >> Express
Stylish Mom Jeans
Mom jeans are another style that I have always wanted to try, but I could never find the right pair that flattered my body. Perhaps it’s just that I’ve been training myself to care less about what is “flattering” according to fashion experts, but I’m really wanting to give these a go. I have never purchased anything from Everlane, but I have heard plenty of good things. I’m excited to try them out, especially because I love what they stand for.
The High Rise Skinny Jean Ankle Length >> Everlane
Black Leather Loafers
Speaking of Everlane, I spotted these loafers and decided I had to invest. These are quite a bit pricier than most shoes I purchase, and I am ready to start purchasing quality items that truly work and will last me for a long time. I’m tired of collecting cheap shoes made from synthetic materials that give me blisters in two seconds, and look worn after a month of wear. After months of searching for the perfect pair of loafers and second guessing each selection, I think I have found my perfect match.
The Modern Loafer >> Everlane
Can you believe I have never owned a pair of Chucks? I know, hard to imagine. These aren’t shoes that are particularly in fashion today, but they aren’t really ever out of fashion, either. I actually don’t know where I saw these recently and decided I needed a pair. In my attempts to grow my basics wardrobe, I feel like this would be a healthy addition. I’m imagining wearing them with my pleated skirts and dresses to make them look a bit more “Honolulu chic.”
Converse Chuck Taylor Low Top Sneaker >> Nordstrom
Nude and Black Cap Toe Pumps
I blame Emma Hill for this one. I just love her casual-cool style, and I especially love the fancy little touches she adds to level up her basic outfits. The Chanel-esque cap toe block heel has been popping up everywhere lately. Since Chanel is not in my budget, these from Sam Edelman are a lovely substitute. The low heel makes them totally wearable for everyday errands where you’re just feeling a bit extra. Which in my case, is a lot of the time.
Sam Edelman Leah Cap Toe Pumps >> Shopbop
Pale Colored Crossbody
I love the look of that adorable Louis Vuitton mini backpack, but spending that much on a trendy bag isn’t in my cards right now. This crossbody reminds me of that mini backpack shape, though it isn’t actually a backpack. On another note, I have been wanting a light colored handbag that’ll stand out against my often all-black outfits. I think this is is the perfect combination of all my handbag wants and needs.
Half-Moon Crossbody >> Tory Burch
Just as I am working to curate my clothing collection, I am also trying to curate a collection of handbags that has every situation covered. I realized I don’t have any small, square-ish bags that I can just throw on for casual days and fit a ton of stuff in. What I like about the camera bag style is that they are compact, yet the shape allows you to pack it full while still being able to zip it. That’s important to me. I want to be a bag lady, without looking like a bag lady, if you know what I mean.
Block-T Pebbled Double-Zip Crossbody >> Tory Burch
Modern Hoop Earrings
Full disclosure, I haven’t owned a pair of hoop earrings since middle school. Since high school and college me wanted nothing to do with middle school me, I swore off hoop earrings. Well, I’m over it now, and I am ready to embrace the hoops again. I picked out these that swing from a hook rather than go straight through the ear. I feel like it gives the hoops more movement and makes them look more effortless and less snooty. Just me?
Gorjana G Ring Hoops >> Nordstrom
That’s all for today!
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