how they held up: a spring retrospective

the world around us is changing quickly.  no doubt.  but i want us all to stop and take a deep breath.  on Monday, we talked about dealing with uncertain times.  that uncertainty continues to grow,  and it can be unnerving for sure.  but as a child of woman who went through the Great Depression and World War II, i’m here to remind us that the resolve of the human spirit is in the time of crisis is a historical constant.   we will get through this.  together.  

i committed to bring you escapism in the coming days, weeks, and months.  as we head into spring, i thought it would be fun to take a look back and see how some of my fashion choices from previous springs have held up. so join me today for a spring and outfit retrospective.

dress it up

this fit and flare dress from Talbots is the perfect dress to ease me into warmer weather. and the best part about a dress is that it’s one and done. just add shoes, handbag, and a few baubles, and you’re ready to walk out the door in no time flat.  

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a fit and flare dress, kitten heel sandals, and a black clutch handbag

similar dress | similar shoes| similar handbag 

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a fit and flare dress, kitten heel sandals, and a black clutch handbag

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a fit and flare dress, kitten heel sandals, and a black clutch handbag

how to transition to spring 

spring can sometimes be tricky in regard to “what to wear.” while the calendar states that it’s spring the temps might not cooperate. that’s when the basics come in handy. it’s these wardrobe staples that help ease us into the next season. today i’ve chosen to wear white denim and a chambray shirt. easy enough, right? but there’s still a chill in the air, so a jacket is a must. a pair of booties wouldn’t be a bad idea either to keep those tootsies warm.  

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white denim, chambray shirt, suede jacket and booties

similar denimsimilar shirt | similar topper | similar booties| similar bag

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white denim, chambray shirt, suede jacket and booties

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white denim, chambray shirt, suede jacket and booties

in the pink 

a pair of white denim is the perfect choice for a cool weekend vibe. i paired them with a botanical tulip camp shirt. the pantone color of the year, purple, is in play with this vibrant tunic. and i couldn’t resist adding a pink v-neck sweater for an infusion of springtime color. anyone else likes to go up a size or two with a sweater? that’s a style tip i utilize now and then for a relaxed look. i also love to casually tie sweaters around my shoulders. this is an easy way to add color and an extra layer at the same time. later that evening the winds picked up while dining al fresco. guess who popped on her v-neck to stay warm? don’t forget the key to transitional spring outfits is layers.

everlane ecru denim, ann taylor floral blouse, j.crew italian cashmere sweater, ann taylor suede pumps, ralph lauren belt, ralph lauren handbag

similar denim | similar shirt | similar sweater | similar shoes | similar handbag

everlane ecru denim, ann taylor floral blouse, j.crew italian cashmere sweater, ann taylor suede pumps, ralph lauren belt, ralph lauren handbag

everlane ecru denim, ann taylor floral blouse, j.crew italian cashmere sweater, ann taylor suede pumps, ralph lauren belt, ralph lauren handbag

in the navy 

i tried my best to keep this OOTD somewhat spring-like with a nautical navy blue blazer. if the buttons on a blazer aren’t to your liking, you can always switch them. this is an easy way to update any item in your closet. blue jeans are a wardrobe staple 365 days a year. when in doubt as to what to wear on a casual day this blue jean mama reaches for a pair. plaid is seen everywhere this spring and summer, so a plaid shirt was a no-brainer. and leopard? well, it’s a neutral, so i added a leopard belt for contrast. notice how it ties the suede booties into the mix. to add a little pizazz to my style uniform, i grabbed a camo backpack from Patricia Nash. now i’m off and running and ready to brave those stiff winds.

j.crew skinny jeans, j.crew plaid shirt, banana republic navy blazer, banana republic suede booties, patricia nash backpack

similar denim | similar shirt | similar blazersimilar booties 

j.crew skinny jeans, j.crew plaid shirt, banana republic navy blazer, banana republic suede booties, patricia nash backpack

j.crew skinny jeans, j.crew plaid shirt, banana republic navy blazer, banana republic suede booties, patricia nash backpack

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Francesca wrote:

    HI Beth,
    Love the spirit and your attitude!! My lovely Mum spent her childhood in the Blitz in London never knowing where the bombs were going to fall, and spending many hours in the cupboard under the stairs waiting, listening….
    We can get through these trying times and out the other side. Thank you for beinging sunshine and joy into my email box. All the best!

    Posted 3.12.20
  2. Chris Illius wrote:

    Love these looks! Perfect for easing into Spring! I love that these are things from your closet – I love the suede jacket and recognize it from before. We need more of this recycling what we already have! Thanks Beth!

    Posted 3.12.20
  3. Kathy wrote:

    Really like the dress you’re wearing, the similar one not so much but I think I could sew up the [sq] dotted dress, pretty simple design, just need to find the right fabric and trim. The blue shoes are adorable but at $140 out of my budget. Would be nice if you could include some more affordable styles along with the higher priced ones. Yes I think shoes costing over $100 is too high priced.

    Posted 3.12.20
  4. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Very nice! I headed out this morning to go for a walk around a lake that’s about a 2 mile walk. I went out with a jacket on at 57 degrees, and I found I was tying it around my waist mid-walk. Now, home and comfy again, the thermometer tells me it has gone all the way up to 79! Hello, Spring in NC! Love it. Layers is definitely the way to go here. Even in summer, though, I almost always have a sweater over my shoulder in case I head inside where it’s chilly. Those are all good spring looks.

    Posted 3.12.20
  5. Marilyn Bornstein wrote:

    Love your posts.
    Rational and comforting. Thank you.

    Posted 3.12.20
  6. Joy wrote:

    They have all “held up” and done so beautifully

    Good job!

    Posted 3.13.20
  7. Debbie wrote:

    Love your style! I’m a classic dresser as well – you bring great updates and modern combinations to the mix.
    Thank You,
    From a beach town on Lake Huron

    Posted 3.21.20

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