This week’s outfit round up features some perfect, easy layers for your summer wardrobe. These are great staple pieces to have in your summer rotation, and can easily become staples all year round. The sweaters are the perfect go-to for your cottage weekends by the lake, and will be great when the day starts to cool off. And you can’t go wrong with a staple pair of white jeans in your closet.
As accessories play a super important role in our wardrobe, and bags are one of the most dominant accessory pieces and one of the most used, we’re going to talk about the 4 styles of bags to have in your accessory wardrobe. Bags serve the function of being practical, a necessity to carry pieces of your life around with you. And they also serve an a key piece in your outfit making, helping to complete your look and add in your personal style.
There are a million styles, sizes and types of bags out there, and here I’ve rounded up 4 different style types everyone needs in their closet for both functionality and practicality.
The 4 Types
The Everyday Purse
The everyday bag is a wardrobe essential and the workhorse of your bag collection. This is the bag you probably get the most use out of, and is your go-to when running out the door. It holds a little more than just the essentials, without being a dumping ground for every single piece of your life to end up in.
The Everyday Purse is a key personality piece, as it is part of your everyday lifestyle. It’s usually neutral in colour, perfect to just throw on with any outfit, a no-brainer when getting ready. There is no decision fatigue when it comes to this piece. It’s best when it has some structure to it, and built in organization.
Basic structure and build in organization
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The Tiny Bag
The tiny bag is made for just your essentials. Perfect for running out the door with just your keys, cards, phone and lip balm. Your go-to for errand running or school pick-up.
I have found this to be my favourite style of bag now that my diaper-bag days are far behind me, and I just want the easiest, quickest, no-fuss option. An amazing perk of this style is the amount of options out there right now for this type of bag, from stylish little super-functioning ones to trendy belt bags, the options are endless.
This is the perfect style of bag to let your personal style shine with. Go for an option in a print, colour or texture you love, to show off your personality. Since you only throw the essentials in here, it’s an easy and quick switch bag, so even if you have more than one, changing up your style to match your outfit or mood is super simple.
Basic shape and organization
Easy to grab and go
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The Classic Bag
The classic purse is part of your core accessories and the perfect pairing for your elevated needs. This bag is usually more on the elegant and classic side, made for wearing with your elevated lifestyle outfits. Whether you’re styling this bag with a floral dress for a summer wedding, a leather jacket for date night or a blazer for a work function, this one has you covered for the more formal side of your life.
The size of this bag is dependent on your lifestyle needs and personal style, and its core attributes are structure, elevated material like leather/faux leather, beautiful texture or quilting, and chain finishes.
Average to small in size
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The Tote Bag
No accessory wardrobe is complete without an everyday, go-to tote bag. Obviously perfect for toting your life around, this bag is a staple piece for those days when you need to bring more. Whether you’re headed to work or off for a weekend away, the tote bag is the perfect, easy piece to carry more.
Either way you use this bag, for work or for fun, you can’t go wrong with a classic neutral colour in a faux leather look, for this timeless accessory staple.
Larger, carries more
Structured and sturdy
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And those are the 4 different styles of bags to have in your accessory wardrobe! Of course there are other types to fit other needs, but these are a good starting point for the 4 main functions and needs of bags in your closet. I hope you’ve found some inspiration for pieces that you might not currently have in your accessory wardrobe, and got some ideas on the styles and ways to incorporate your personal style.
This weeks sale finds is a collection of spring athleisure pieces. These are great staple and basic pieces for your casual, athleisure needs. If you’re looking to add a couple pieces, or you have a hole in your casual wear wardrobe, these are great pieces to add in.
These sweatshirts and shorts are great wardrobe basics for the spring. Opting for a neutral colour is always a great option and will mix well into your wardrobe. Or if you’re more into colour, check the links below for more colour options.
I’m also really loving the Athleisure Dress trend this spring, and it will for sure continue into the summer. If this is your style, I totally suggest adding one to your wardrobe this season. This tank dress has adjustable straps, a built in bra and is a super comfortable athletic fabric. It fits a bit small, so I suggest sizing up one. Also available in other colours.
This weeks Outfit Roundup is a casual work from home look. This classic look was simply created with a base outfit of straight-leg jeans and a white tee, and paired with a longline light cardigan for the layering third piece. This outfit is a great work from home uniform (I’ll be sharing about uniforms soon!). It is simple to pull together, while also being a great classic look.
I love a good summer dress, and if the sun is shining and the day is hot, they make a great outfit on their own. But for the days before the heat is scorching, there are many other ways to wear a summer dress and layer the look for the season.
I’m going to show you 3 easy ways to layer and style a summer dress in the spring. Throw on some jewelry, a cute pair of shoes, a hat and you’re good to go!
Here are 3 easy ways to transition a summer dress in the spring.
+ STYLE YOUR SUMMER DRESS WITH A DENIM JACKET AND SNEAKERS
The first outfit is a great day-to-day look. This is perfect for running around when the weather is cool in the early or late day. Adding a denim jacket to grab on your way out the door, is one of the most versatile options, to pair with practically any summer dress in your wardrobe.
A great denim jacket is a staple in any wardrobe. Always easy to layer over your base outfit in the transitional weather.
+ STYLE YOUR SUMMER DRESS WITH A COZY CARDIGAN AND BOOTIES
If I don’t throw a denim jacket on with a summer dress, a cozy cardigan is for sure the next way I’m going to style my outfit. Easy, cozy and simple for layering, you can change up your look in a second by throwing this type of layer on. And of course it’s super easy to remove if the day warms up too!
A cardigan gives you a great chance to add texture and dimension to the outfit, by placing a knit texture in the look. This adds interest immediately, by giving the eye another element to look at.
You could choose a nice, light weight cardigan, with an open knit for a very breezy layer. Or go heavier weight if you’re trying to get a little bit of a longer season out of your summer dress.
By pairing this look with a bootie, you immediately elevate the look. The heel, even if it’s little, changes the look up to more than just casual. This is a great idea if you’re on your way to a lunch date, meeting, or work, where you need to elevate the look just enough past casual.
+ STYLE YOUR SUMMER DRESS WITH A CREWNECK SWEATSHIRT & WHITE SNEAKERS
A super casual and cute way to style a summer dress in the spring is by layering it with a sweatshirt and sneakers.
This grey sweater pairs well with the over all tone-on-tone look I was going for here, and creates a nice cozy vibe. To keep the outfit and shape from becoming too heavy, I tucked the waistband of the sweater up higher at my natural waistline and let it fold over. This keeps the waist a bit higher and more flattering than the gathering at my hips with this shape of dress.
This would also look great with a solid colour sweatshirt, and even some black sneakers. Layered with some gold coin necklaces, you can easily change up this look and style depending on the prints and colours you pair it with.
And by pairing it with sneakers, it keeps the whole look super casual. You could also play around with the type of sweater you layer over your dress, a bolder graphic or even a solid colour would give you a variety in the look too.
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I hope you loved these 3 easy ways to style a summer dress in the spring and it gives you some wardrobe inspo!