How to Add a Touch of Spring to Your Winter Style

This post is sponsored by J.Jill.

Every year, the same thing happens. January hits, and I immediately start looking forward to spring. The problem is it’s still winter here in St. Louis, and hence cold. I get so eager to shake off the winter blues, though, that I must find ways to bring spring into my life. So, I begin to slowly infuse spring elements into my winter style by doing 3 things.

Colorful winter style

What I’m wearing: Linen top | Denim leggings

1. Wear bright colors.

When I first saw the must-have colors of spring, I was thrilled. Some of my favorite shades of yellow, blue, and orange are among the most popular hues. Why wait until spring to start wearing those cheerful colors?

My ombre-striped top (shop it here) features some of those IT colors. The blouse is a lovely combination of orange, blue, and yellow. And, for an extra dose of spring, there are accent flowers all over the print. It’s the kind of top you can wear now and on your next tropical getaway.

2. Rock fabulous leggings

Leggings are perfect this time of year because they can be worn as pants or as layers under longer tops and dresses. Right now, my go-to style is a pair of denim leggings from J.Jill (shop them here).  See them worn before here.

These denim leggings have such a flattering slim silhouette, which makes them perfect for layering, and even ideal for all-year wear.

Ultimately, I reach for these leggings often because they’re comfortable. The fabrication allows them to move when I do and hold their shape all day.

3. Rock colorful shoes

Shoes in vibrant hues, like my d’Orsay pumps, literally put a little spring in my steps. I love the contrast created when I pair them with my dark rise denim leggings too.

Bright colors. Comfy denim leggings. When my clothes look and feel great, I do too. Are you counting down to spring? How do you achieve your colorful winter style?

Perfect Pops of Red for Valentine’s Day

Ready to paint the world red on Valentine’s Day this year? Okay, okay, even if you’re not into wearing red for that occasion, it’s still a pretty fabulous color. Red is a power color that symbolizes strength, confidence, and courage. And, to be honest, I’d embrace any opportunity to wear the color more.

Red accessories and accent pieces might be my favorite ways to rock the hue. They just make it so easy to ease a little red into many looks.

Perfect Pops of Red for Valentine’s Day

Don’t want to rock red on V-Day? Check out these 8 unexpected color combinations that work well here.

All the Reasons to Embrace the Track Pants Trend

I could tell you that I’m a huge fan of track pants because I ran track for a good portion of my life and they feel familiar. But, the real reason is that track pants are comfortable, versatile, and fashion-forward. For these reasons, I think you’d enjoy wearing them too.

What I’m wearing:

Blazer (similar) | Camisole | Track pants (option, option, option) | Bag

Sophia Webster x J.Crew pumps | Sunglasses (option) | Ear climbers (option)

What’s not to love about a pair of pants that have all the fixings of pajamas but you can wear them outside? Drawstring waist, drapey materials, I’m here for pants that can balance a super cozy fit with a polished look. The right track pants can deliver both.

I found this style by Wayf on clearance in Marshalls. It’s like a dress-pant hybrid of a track pants. The style caught my eye because of the striking blue color with red side stripes. I immediately envisioned it anchoring a modern and sophisticated outfit when paired with my red blazer.

track pants trend

With all the adaptations of the track pants on the market, they’re especially versatile. Throw on a pair with a blazer and pumps, and you can create a super sharp look. Pair them with a tee and sneakers for a more casual look. Side-striped pants of the moment are quite versatile like that.

Location: Kaldi’s Coffee City Garden

Related: 5 essentials you need to sport the athleisure trend.

These Target Styles Look Fresh Off the Runway

You already know how it goes. You plan to quickly run into Target to get some random thing but end up in the clothing section. Sounds about right? It doesn’t help that the clothing section in Target is especially fabulous right now. The new releases from Who What Wear caught my attention for an entire hour last weekend. I wanted to try on E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. The selections below are a few favorite sightings. Do yourself a favor and get the sandals! I got ’em in red.

Spring Target Styles

Shop these fresh Target styles:

Grosgrain knit dress | Bell sleeve midi dress | Front-tie pulloverStripe crop pants

Sandals (in red, gray, and black)

Check out my other favorite Target collection here.

How to Make Black and White Super Fresh

Ultra violet, lime punch, cherry tomato, spring 2018 colors are going to be bright. And, you already know, I’m here for all the brights. Holding its own, however, among spring’s favorite brights, is the classic combination of black and white. I’m equally excited about this trend too. There’s just something so sophisticated and simple about black and white. It’s an old-school pairing that always feels right. This year, I’m looking forward to getting creative with the color combination. And, the styling options seem endless. Here are a few I think you’d like as well.

Choker top (on sale) | Polka dot joggers (option, option, option)

Sophia Webster X J.Crew pumps (old) | Sunglasses (option) | Ear climbers (option)

1. Have fun with silhouettes

Balloon sleeves, choker necklines, including a modern silhouette in your black and white look is an easy way to make it fresh. Standout structural pieces look especially sophisticated in black and white as well.

2. Pair a solid with a print

An all-over black and white print surely makes a statement. There’s something equally statement-making and also versatile about pairing a solid with a black and white print. Since I usually prefer to wear solid bottoms, I pushed myself to wear polkadots on the bottom in this look. The nudge was a move in the right direction.

3. Choose statement pants

Vertical stripes, mixed dots, all-over checks, print pants are having a moment. And, that moment is super special when the prints are black and white. I found these polkadot joggers on clearance in TJ Maxx for $10 (shop TJ Maxx online here)!

Are you as excited as I am to experiment with black and white looks this year? Find more style inspiration here, here, here, and here.

Location: Lemp Brewery, Cherokee Historic District, St. Louis