the sunday brief | 10 key items for spring

talbots gingham raincoat, j.crew gingham cardigan, white denim boyfriend jeans

it may be cold, snowy, or rainy in your neck of the woods. but old man winter is bound to pack up and leave sooner rather than later. as a matter of fact, the official day of spring is a mere three weeks away. today, let’s think all things spring with 10 key items for spring that will jump-start your wardrobe.

white jean

 white denim is a perfect choice 12 months out of the year. but they are even more perfect come spring and summer. don’t forget to add a pair (or 2) to your wardrobe. add a denim jacket to help ease you into spring. denim and blazers always strike the perfect balance.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a camel blazer, grey cashmere crewneck, white denim, and leopard shoes

denim | sweater | similar blazer | shoes | handbag

scattered prints

white denim here, here, and here


dresses are far more versatile than you think. but the appeal is they are one and done. a tee shirt dress is a favorite wardrobe staple come summer. but there are lots of choices from a sheath to a shirt dress. all i know is that nothing beats a dress on a hot summer day!

ann taylor sale

sheath dress here, here, and here


summer style land's end

t-shirt dress here, here, and here

pattern blouse

want instant pizazz? then add a patterned shirt to your wardrobe. stripes, floral or animal print; i’m certain there’s a pattern that’s perfect for you.

fridays with oscar | tex mex

j.crew gingham blouse, j.crew patchwork chinos, kate spade sandals, talbots sunglasses

pattern blouses here, here, and here


trench coat

if there’s room for only one spring coat make sure it’s a trench. this coat is an iconic classic that will stand the test of time. khaki is the perennial favorite, but don’t forget there’s room to diversify.

trench coat, j.crew toothpick jeans, everlane silk tunic, target merona slides

trench coat here, here, and here

talbots gingham raincoat, j.crew gingham cardigan, white denim boyfriend jeans

gingham raincoat here


many women discount shorts because they think they can’t show their legs. but no one has perfect legs – not even models. this is when we work with what we have and use instant tanner if they are blinding white. just keep an open mind and look for the perfect length for you. a good rule of thumb is that the shorts should stop where your legs look the slimmest. stand in the mirror and play with the length until you find the right length for you. there’s nothing like shorts to help beat that summer heat.

summer neutrals

floral maxi skirt, white tee, gingham top, scalloped shorts, beaches

shorts here, here, and here

denim skirt

some summer days are just too hot for blue jeans. this is when i slip into a denim skirt. don’t forget to add white denim to your repertoire as it’s perfect all summer long.

cinco de mayo

white denim skirt here

fridays with oscar

denim skirt here, here, and here


to be certain sunnies have that cool factor going for them. but did you know you will protect the whites of your eyes from UV light if you slip a pair on before you head outside?

beth from Style at a Certain Age transitions to Spring wearing J.Crew gingham pants, Michael Stars blouson knit top, Misook knit topper and navy suede pumps


beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a J.Crew camel ruffle neck sweater, slim boy chinos and a Boden modern classic shirt with a bold print.


fancy tees

fancy or plain tees are a spring/summer basic once warmer weather prevails. but graphic tees are fun to wear so grab one or two. they’re perfect tucked under a blazer, cardigan, or shirt. they’re available everywhere and at bargain prices.

white chinos, tee, white sandals, straw handbag

J.Crew New York tee, Boden Blue Chinos, J.Crew Italian Cashmere Cardigan, Boden Yellow Sandals, Gucci Bamboo Handbag

graphic tee here, here, and here


flip flops and sandals are easy to slip on during the summer months. but don’t forget slingbacks or ballet flats look great with skirts or shorts.

stars and stripes

flats here, here, and here

the sun is finally shining again in georgia! it’s time for a happy dance. have a wonderful sunday.


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