Top: Banana Republic Signature Tee, size Medium, (NWT) $15
Shoes: Corso Como Rose Gold Flats, size 8.5, $20
Look One: Office
Coat: Brooks Brothers Navy Cropped Puffer (NWT), size M , $65
Tote: Tori Burch Peach Leather Tote (NWT), size M , $76
Look Two: Night
Coat: Mac & Jac Cream/Gold Coat, size 8, $25
Spring is in the air!
Spring is in the air! The red tips of my peonies are beginning to emerge and the snow is mostly gone from my yard! The extended daylight and fresh air are motivating me to clean out my closet, rotate my wardrobe, and give a little more thought to my outfits since they won’t always be covered by a winter coat anymore!
Maine’s long winters and late blooming spring make it tricky to fully embrace emerging trends as the seasons turn. As much as we want to, we can’t always jump on the sundress train as early as we may like, but that doesn’t mean we are confined to our turtleneck sweaters and boots until May or even June. We’re partnering today with Village Style, a unique consignment store in Freeport Maine, to pull together a few stylish looks for less that will help transition your wardrobe from winter into spring.
Until I met Shelly, the owner of Village Style, and perused her store, I rarely consignment shopped. I found it overwhelming, time consuming, and often disappointing. But Shelly’s thoughtfully arranged shop is easy to navigate and full of gems. It feels like you are shopping a boutique, not second hand merchandise.
After years spent dressing women of every size, shape, age and creed, Shelly is sharing a tried and true tactic for creating easy breezy outfits: Dressing to the Column. This simple concept is generally flattering; you begin with a monochromatic base and layer with a pop of color in the form of a jacket, sweater, and or fun accessories. This helpful trick uses wardrobe staples to create several looks with minimal pieces, perfect for either those shopping on a budget or creating a capsule wardrobe. By starting with great basics, you can pull several outfits together by investing in one statement piece (or when shopping consignment, several statement pieces for more transformations!). Shelly pulled a great pair of camel pants (size 8p from Talbots) and a Banana Republic Signature Tee (size medium) in camel with subtle metallic stripes. With our neutral base established, we are set to play with some options for adding a touch of spring into our wardrobe with the addition of two different jackets that completely transform our base into two distinct looks.
Look One: The Office
Shelly has this great Brooks Brothers navy cropped puffer (new with tags!) and we simply had to use it. This option is perfect for an office setting paired as we have with trousers, but could just as easily take you into the weekend when worn with jeans and a casual top.
The jacket doesn’t exactly scream spring (it truly is more of a fall piece in any region other than New England) so we added a pink Tory Burch bag to play off of the pastel trends this spring and evoke an airy feel. A fun tote like this one is definitely a great way to add a pop of color to an entirely neutral look and help transition those warmer pieces.
Look Two: Night
It’s amazing how switching the jacket can completely transform this outfit! This Mac & Jac cream/gold coat (size 8) was oh so fun to twirl around in! The metallic brocade elevates the coat to night time appropriate, and the length just makes me feel fancy 🙂
By pairing this coat with a simple dress you can keep your arms covered and warm while looking appropriate for your next shower or fancy date night.
All in all, the possibilities are truly endless. Thanks, Village Style, for partnering with us today and sharing a great style trick along with some of the fun pieces you have in store! Get them while the getting is good!