Why is it that when you plan for spring outfits the weather turns cold again? I’ve been busy living my best life organizing and washing all of our wool and cashmere sweaters to be packed away for the year and planning my spring capsule wardrobe. The changing of the seasons is one of my favorite things about living in Greenville. We have our share of hot days but generally the spring is so beautiful.
Well, we’re not quite there yet.
This past Saturday was a quick break from working on our little Riverwood Cape Home (have you seen the latest home updates post?) and a trip up to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. The sun was shining but it was only 34 degrees so my carefully planned outfit for shooting was quickly improvised with the easiest pieces to throw on in a pinch – jeans and a cardigan.
I have been on a mission for denim the last few weeks. In the past, I’ve owned four pairs of jeans: a dark wash, light wash, black wash, and boyfriend jeans. Well, I was on a closet purge recently and ended up selling two of those pairs.
For some reason, jeans are the hardest thing for me to purchase. I’m only 5’1″. I have a short torso and a small waist so fitting jeans requires trying on every single pair. And sizing is all over the charts for me.
Over the past month or so I have tried jeans from Madewell, Old Navy, Levi’s, American Eagle, Abercrombie, Frame, Paige, and Citizens of Humanity. NONE OF THEM WORKED. Ok, one pair from Madewell was great but I’m still on the fence about the fit of them.
I bought this pair from Old Navy to try and see if they would work. So when the weather necessitated pants I pulled them out of the bag.
I wish I could tell you they were perfect. Is any pair of jeans perfect? They were/are a bit too long, I don’t love the distressing, and I wish they had about an inch higher waist.
But enough about denim. I’m here to say the outfit that will save the day any day is the easiest look in the book. Add a simple cardigan over high-ish waisted denim, a pair of shoes or boots and your favorite jewelry. While denim shopping I found this cardigan also at Old Navy (who would have thought?) and it was an easy decision to purchase.
And if the weather is still snowy or cold where you are, it’s an easy layering option by adding a black or stripe turtleneck under the cardigan and throw your hair in a bun or add a hat.
With big sales on transitional pieces from places like Old Navy, there’s no better time to stock up on the year-round basics like jeans and a cardigan.