And pick some classic pieces. Nautical themes are very spring and summer, and yeah, it can be a little bit on the "preppy" side, but I'll talk about how to de-prep-ify it further down.
It's still a little bit chilly enough here in the mornings that I like to have some sort of light outer layer, so I chose a striped blazer. My outfit originally was a bit basic with a white button up shirt, jeans, and loafers (I would still wear it even without the blazer), but I like that addition of a pattern. I chose navy and white though, not black and white. Slight color difference, but it does take things up a notch to be a little bit "lighter". And nautical = spring.
Florals also are a little more spring/summerish, and even though I don't own a lot of floral, I DO own those awesome floral embroidered loafers, which also helps my outfit from feeling TOO basic. I do love a basic outfit a lot of the time though, don't get me wrong. The classics are classic for a reason!
I tend to not wear a lot of jewelry just because it feels a bit heavy on me, but I did opt for some earrings today. I tend to just pick ONE piece of jewelry as a focal point and leave the rest.
As for the bag, I kept it within the same color family, but not exactly matchy-matchy. I think cobalt blue works great with navy without looking TOO matchy. I tend to not perfectly match things on purpose. I don't know why, it just seems a bit sterile and old-fashioned in my opinion.
Now if that look above is just WAY TOO PREPPY for you (and it's borderline too preppy for me, so I don't blame you), here is how you can do your own less preppy version...
Swap out the loafers for a pair of converse tennis shoes! I think RED or ORANGE or YELLOW would great colors to choose. Or pick ballet flats in a fun color!
Ditch the blazer and pick a striped cardigan. Or just ditch both layers completely and grab a necklace instead.
Swap out the button-up shirt for a plain white tee.
Ditch the red lipstick. Go with lip gloss. If you like lipstick but want it to look less "formal" than red, you can go with something in the orange or coral family.
Swap the purse for a tote bag. Tote bags just seem more casual in my opinion.
I hope that helps you get some ideas on what you fellow Type 4s can grab from your closet to wear and still feel seasonally appropriate!
Here are the items I am wearing:
- Blazer: Navy and white striped blazer by Michael Kors
- Top: White button up top by Elizabeth & Clarke
- Pants: Darkwash skinny jeans by Rag & Bone
- Shoes: floral embroidered loafers from Zulily
- Purse: Kate Spade
- Earrings: White House Black Market
The lipstick is from the new Duet collection, and it's hard to tell in the photos, but it's an ombre lip and it's actually pretty cool once you get the hang of putting it on (I wish I had take photos of the first few attempts, they were clownish and awful!) There are two colors I've personally tried that are Type 4 approved (well, approved by me anyway), and it's Hitting It Off and Think Twice. (I'm wearing Think Twice today)
See you tomorrow everyone! I'm off to go walk around and enjoy the sunshine. Underneath a layer of SPF 1000 that is.