The Key To Spring :: anorak + dress + jeans

Monday, March 23, 2015

The key to spring is being prepared and wearing layers - nothing you haven't heard before. But today I'm going to share with you some of my favorite spring essentials that were made for indecisive weather; they're not too heavy, not too light, and can easily be shed. Spring may be tricky but with these adaptable pieces it doesn't have to be. 
 Item number one: a versatile, medium-weight anorak. What I love about anoraks is that they're typically fleece-lined, waterproof, and have drawstrings for a flattering fit. They're the perfect 50-degree jacket and come in a variety of neutral tones. You can easily roll up the sleeves of an anorak and they look just as chic unzipped as they do zipped. These jackets are a springtime win-win!
Item number two: colorful accessories. This fabulous purple key necklace from  La Clé is the finishing touch to any casual look. With it's bold, vibrant color, this unique bauble stands out against the usual spring palette of pastels. Buy this piece here or checkout the entire La Clé website for your own customized key. 
Item number three: sunglasses. I don't know about you, but I think an oversized pair of shades is a must - not only for spring but for all year round. If an overcast day strikes then use your sunnies as a hair accessory. 
I'm a sucker for Argo Tea samples. There are just some things you can't resist...even in the middle of a photo shoot. 
Item number four: a pair of peep toe booties. Peep toe shoes - especially boots - were made for transitional seasons. They're the perfect hybrid of sandal and boot that allow your toes a breath of fresh air while keeping the rest of your foot warm and concealed. 
Item number five: A tunic. Tunics (or in my case dresses) make the list due to their layering power. A longer top looks fantastic underneath jackets and provides that tiny bit of extra warmth that late March days often call for.  
Photos by Dan Harper
[dress: Brandy Melville, anorak: Loft, jeans: Joe's, booties: Old Navy, sunglasses: Ann Taylor, key necklace: La Clé*, watch: Fossil, leather bracelet: Michael Dawkins, silver spike bracelet: Stella & Dot, earrings: fine jewelry]

I think we can all agree that spring can be such a weather tease. I'm currently home in Chicago on spring break and while the weekend was sunny and mildly warm, we're expecting snow early this week. What a buzzkill! But at least now that spring has officially arrived, we know that permanent warmer temps can't be too far away. Until then I'll make sure that my anorak is within close reach! 
SHOP :: 


65 comments:

  1. lovely! I love your style.. perfect coat..

    XOXO,

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  2. such a fun and cute outfit.
    that purple key necklace is so adorable!


    Ms. Kei

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  3. You look fab...
    Nice shoes...
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  4. pretty as always! love your nail pant and necklace :)
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  5. Gorgeous outfit! Love the way you use accessories!

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  6. You look awesome x

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  7. Agree! You wore yours fabulously!

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  8. I love your parka, this look is very nice!!

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  9. Amazing spring look, every single detail is perfect!!!!
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  10. Love the anorak, it is perfect on you!

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  11. You are so right! I'm always chilly in the morning and hot in the afternoon. Your layers are perfect!

    Amy Ann
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  12. I love your outfit, Kat! That anorak is so perfect for pretty much anything--very casual chic ;)
    also, your accessories are always on point!
    Also, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! :)

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  13. Wonderful outfit:) kiss

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  14. You look so pretty !
    love it,
    xoxo,

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  15. I love the stripes with green!

    Miranda
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  16. Gorgeous photos,

    Lots of love.
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  17. Love your parka and shoes!! :)

    Kisses,

    Babi
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  18. Love this look and wonderful photos :)
    xx Katha
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  19. Oh gosh yes if spring would finally arrive here, it was 22 this morning! I want to a spring coat similar to this, I may pop in to Zara. You look so ready for spring!

    Allie of ALLIENYC
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  20. Perfect outfit to go shopping in the city, love this coat. *__*
    Lovely greets Ness

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  21. You are totally rocking that dress as a shirt! I need to try doing that! :)

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  22. These peep toe booties are adorable! I have been looking for a pair of nude ones... love it!


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  23. I think we all can agree that the weather this spring has been all over the place! I love your spring must haves and they are completely perfect! Your layered outfit is just gorgeous! Great idea layering a dress with jeans and I loved your little break to sip some tea!

    Rebecca
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  24. This is a perfect spring outfit! I love light weight jackets too. Not only are they WAY cuter than winter coats, but it's easy to layer without feeling like a marshmallow.

    Jackie
    Something About That

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  25. You always put together the best outfits :) Love this layered look <3

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  26. You look fantastic Kathleen! Love the color of the jacket against the jeans.. very chic :)

    Take care always, love Christine ~ xx
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  27. LOVE that key necklace and your nail polish!

    xoxo

    Kaley

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  28. I so love your hair.
    Nice jacket
    and lovely layering of outfit.

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  29. simply chic outfit!)) really luv it, sweety))))) xoxo <3

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  30. Beauty!! ♥ :)
    xoxo,
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  31. You look amazing dear!

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  32. perfect casual outfit)

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  33. FANTASTIC LOOK LOVE THE SHOES!!
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  34. beautiful K; Casual combos look amazing on you; keep it up doll …Such an inspiration!
    Kisses from Miami,
    Borka
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  35. Heeey sweetheart!
    I love your blog and am following.
    I am Brazilian and I invite you to meet my space!
    XOXO :*

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  36. I love this look! You defiantly can pull it off :)
    xx
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  37. great outfit! I'm really liking the stripes!

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  38. I love how you added that coat to your outfit! Perfect ♥


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  39. Hi, Kathleen! I've got to say that khaki color compliments your skin tone and hair color a lot, I just love the way this anorak looks on you! You look so pretty and attractive there;)
    In addition, those photographs turned out so great;)
    Wish you a wonderful day ahead!

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  40. Wow casual chic at it's best. I love the striped dress and the cute booties! Happy Wednesday Kat!

    xx

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  41. Lovely outfit and beautiful photos! :)

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  42. I don't think I've ever seen an anorak as pretty as yours! Perfect look for that unpredictable Spring weather!

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  43. Love this! Such a good mix of basics.

    Jessi
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  44. rocking!
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  45. I LOVE wearing dresses with my jeans! Love your styling :)

    Brigita
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  46. I totally LOVE this outfit. The green jacket must be my fav. I love the way you curled your hair. You look stunnin as always!


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  47. I agree with so many of these, I especially love the coloured accessories, your necklace is so perfect. Love that nail colour too. It is getting colder where I am as summer is now over...so sad.

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  48. I also wore leggings under a dress because although it's Spring, it's not quite warm enough to just wear a dress. Your outfit is cute :)

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  49. Ommm, absolutely so chic and stunning (: x love the stripes ! Looking so pretty ~

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  50. Great outfit :)

    Liebste Grüße
    Jana von bezauberndenana.de

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    With love, Nastya Deutsch ♥

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  52. Love this cute, casual outfit. Great jacket too! You look pretty as always!

    xo, Yi-chia
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  53. Wow your hair looks amazing in these pics love! I really think your parka is amazing and suits you perfect!

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  54. Stunning'
    Those boots are so lovely
    You look great too
    Cheers

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  55. Love this green parka! I have a similar one that I wear all the time. Such gorgeous photos!!

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  56. nice look! www.valeriovicci.nl

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