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What I’ve Been Putting On My Body Lately – Comfortable Spring Clothes For When I Attempt To Leave The House

It’s been a minute since I did a fashion post (or put on fashion that wasn’t these pants), but I have a few shoots coming up as well as I had a spring break to pack for (Costa Rica, which I still need to fill you in on – it was wonderful). So here are just a few things that I’ve loved a lot lately.

Blouse | Jeans | Purse | Shoes

I find that a white blouse and black pants combo to be challenging because it can go “catering” so fast, but this menswear-inspired shirt is oversized in a cool way (I love this one even more now) and over those washed stretchy but not too stretchy black Cali jeans it feels still modern/fresh. And look at me attempting to wear heels! In Oregon! In the Spring! I’ve had these clogs for 5 years now and they are still going strong (probably because I wear them 10 times a year). Whenever I want to feel cute but still look casual (date nights), I throw these on and I feel like I’ve tried.

Blouse | Purse

My new Claire V belt bag is EXCELLENT, not necessarily because of how it looks (which is very cool) but because of how it drapes and lies on my body. The material of the bag and strap make it so that it tucks so perfectly in the boob-armpit area and stays put. My other belt bag (of which I have four) always sneaks into the armpit area, which is fine but this one stays on my front because of its moon shape, scale, and the flexibility of the fabric. It’s also much bigger than my other one, fitting my wallet, phone, and Kindle more easily. It’s become my everyday purse and dresses up and down so easily.

Dress | Shoes

A big yes to this A-line washed black denim dress – with pockets!! So forgiving, so easy to wear, and so versatile. Not super heavy, but sturdy enough to maintain the A-line shape. You can eat SO MANY BREAKFAST BURRITOS with zero discomfort!! And y’all this boring white room is getting a heavy dose of paint color REALLY SOON. And that dope desk is likely being returned (or hoarded for a future project) – it doesn’t work there.

Pullover | Shorts

I didn’t need this Nike pullover, but it was just so flattering. This could be because I was in Dicks Sporting Goods trying on new yoga clothes (I’ve had a huge yoga resurgence, y’all – obsessed again). However, I was so unbelievably horrified by the shopping experience (the most unflattering lights/mirrors) and this still looked so cute/flattering that it felt like a worthwhile investment. Or maybe I just needed to feel good about myself after trying on so many unflattering yoga sets (WHO MAKES THE GOOD ONES????). I have worn it a ton when I want to wear athleisure but also want to still feel cute (the shoulders are nicely structured, making the waist look smaller). I am wearing a medium.

The shorts are the same from the last two summers, from Madewell, with that cute little kick-out that doesn’t hug your legs and makes them look longer (IMHO). They are pretty true to size if you want them to be baggy (otherwise if you want them tighter, size down).

Windbreaker | Shorts | Shoes

For Costa Rica, I wanted a thin layer for the morning walks/hikes/ziplining and this was PERFECT, and I wore it almost every day. It is extremely lightweight, adding no “warmth,” but just a layer between you and the wind (or if you just aren’t ready to be in a tank top at 7 am). I’ll also wear this a ton this summer walking dogs in the morning before it’s too hot, but when I still like to have a layer. BTW, I secretly want to start a whole line of dog-walking clothes. Remember that I was a professional dog walker in New York in my early 20s and I truly feel there are some holes in the apparel market for those of us power walking our dogs. Not necessarily for fashion, but utility – I want pockets with different functions, fabric that is warm but doesn’t retain heat when you are at mile 3… I’m sure this all exists functionally, but I’d like it to be just better.

Windbreaker | Shorts | Shoes

Anyway, I bought this windbreaker in white and green and I sized it up to be more oversized. This is a medium, but the small fit, too – just didn’t have the same boxiness. I love the pockets (they close easily, but no zipper making it easy to grab your phone if needed). And we have officially entered our Teva phase – I wore these almost every day in Costa Rica because they are so comfortable/supportive, breathable (obviously) and I think they look cool (while they don’t mask my bunion, the location of the strap de-emphasizes it).

Jacket | Leggings | Shoes

Last is my Everlane windbreaker which is a bit warmer than the other one and covers the bum/thighs for when it’s a bit chillier. It looks heavier than it is – it’s really lightweight and it is NOT a raincoat, but it is rain resistant if it’s misting. I’m wearing my buttery soft Vuori tights (I have 3 pairs now and it’s all I wear, honestly).

Have a lovely weekend, y’all. xx

Bedroom Resources:
White Oak Windows and Doors – Sierra Pacific (Aspen casements)
Window Treatments – Decorview
Flooring – Zena Forest Products(Oregon grown and milled)
Sconces, Switches, and Outlets – Rejuvenation
Wall Color – Sherwin Williams, “Extra White” (which is a cool white, FYI).
Skylights – Velux (with room darkening shades, of course).

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🥰 Rusty
1 year ago

We’re heading into chilly weather here in Australia, the Land Downunder.💦☔
So the fashion posts are entertaining. 😉

I totally agree about the dog-walking gear!!
I’d love a pocket specifically for treats (none of the treat pouches actually work functionally), with a velcro insert to take out and wash, poo-bag pocket, a lightweight hood that hides away, and pockets galore for other accoutrements we all need when we go for lonnnnnnnnnnnng walks with our scruffies!!! 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾
Definitely nothing out there that I’ve ever seen or heard of!

1 year ago

Please do wait with getting rid of the desk until you’ve painted the room. I can’t imagine any scenario where this desk wouldn’t be drop dead gorgeous.

1 year ago
Reply to  Philippa

Agree with this. Once the room is painted, the wood of the desk will really play off of the wood in the window sills and sashes beautifully.

1 year ago

I am one hundred billion percent a Teva girl! I remember owning the pair with suns and moons on them in the 90s when I was a kid, and the colors have gotten so much cooler – can’t get enough!

1 year ago
Reply to  Kat

I just ordered the Teva Flatform Mevia sandals. Haven’t gotten them yet so don’t know how they fit or feel, but I thought they were so cute for Tevas.

1 year ago
Reply to  Kj

KJ–that is quite the platform on those Tevas! Let us know how you like them once you get them, I am interested.

1 year ago
Reply to  Sunny

Waiting to see, Sunny. The platform is 1.75” and if they feel “ankle-breaking” at all, I’ll have to return them.

1 year ago

For dog walking gear, look at biking gear. The triathlete I know has som epic windbreaker jackets with about a billion different pockets (some with zippers, some buttoned, some velcro) for the myriad of gels and gloves and snacks and bits and bobs that are needed when you are out biking a gentle 100 miles in a morning.

🥰 Rusty
1 year ago
Reply to  Emma

That’s great lateral thinking!👍

1 year ago

Hijacking style to ask the rug source?

1 year ago

FWIW Lots of people rave about Old Navy yoga wear. For comfortable basics. There are also some highly rated amazon dupes for lululemon. My go-tos however are ALO Yoga and Athleta – honestly they are really nailing the casual pants scene. Search City Pants for the whole spectrum. I endorse the lined cargo pants as uber flattering and great for cold (50 or below) weather. But you asked about yoga wear. So for me, ALO has been consistently great. (There ARE some definite caveats as they don’t offer as wide a sizing range, their models can be annoyingly limited in type and their designs over emphasize a taut midriff.) I’m a size 6, 5 foot 3, 34B and consistently size medium for ALO – small bottoms fit but I am sensitive to compression around the tummy. Shop sales, which are often. Alosoft is their premier yoga wear fabric and is divine. I like Airlift too but it has sheen so not always my zen vibe. ALO leggings and bras are 90% of my WFH wardrobe as I love being able to workout between meetings. They wash well (never put them in the dryer), pill slowly after maybe 100 wears and… Read more »

Cris S.
1 year ago
Reply to  Michelle

Oh! I’ll have to look at the Old Navy yoga clothes. They have recently become my favorite for jeans/pants because of the size inclusivity with cute jeans. I’m having a hard time figuring out what is going on with my body but until I do I appreciate being able to buy something to put on that isn’t squeezing me, looks good and doesn’t cost a ton.

1 year ago
Reply to  Cris S.

Agree w Old Navy for modest price athletic wear. It’s surprsingly good IMHO. Also take a look at Target. I have had some JoyLab pieces for years! I love higher end pieces too, but often I like my more modest pieces just as much and sometimes even more!

1 year ago
Reply to  Michelle

Beyond Yoga has nailed yoga gear. I like Vuori as well, but nothing beats BY leggings for quality, softness and fit. The high waisted midi is worth your money, and if you want some compression just go down one size. Either way they feel great and stay put.

alyssa brooker
1 year ago

Have you heard of or tried Cleo Harper activewear for yoga sets? It’s an Australian active wear brand and SO GOOD!!!!! Also love athleta as someone already mentioned..

1 year ago

Always love these helpful clothing posts, so thank you. Yes on the dog walking gear! Missoula girl here and with the seasons it’s hard to find things to layer, especially for in-between seasons (wind, no wind, rain, snow, mud, etc) not to mention walking on different surfaces (asphalt, gravel, dirt) if you go all the way to footgear. And yes to multiple pockets on EVERYTHING.

1 year ago

Second the recommendations for Alo and Beyond Yoga. This may be a personal problem, but I cannot find leggings that don’t fold over when I bend over in yoga (the high waisted ones) or ride down (the mid rise ones). Pre pandemic, I tried wearing unitards, which work but make me really self conscious. My latest solution is to wear lightweight joggers instead. My favorite are the outdoor voices ones. They actually don’t move! Anywho, Emily didn’t share why she didn’t like her yoga clothes, but hopefully this helps someone…

1 year ago

Please paint the fireplace a different color, not the room! The fireplace really sticks out (even though I love the color in other circumstances) and bedrooms are such a calm place to retreat…

1 year ago

This is perfect timing because we are going ziplining in Mexico next month and I have been debating between Tevas and Chacos! I want something super easy to walk in but also good for climbing around on rocks, rocky beaches, ziplining, etc. Does anyone have a strong Teva or Chacos vote? TIA!

1 year ago
Reply to  Lauren

I’m a big chacos girlie. Single strap, no toe strap. I have 3 pairs and wear them all summer long. The vibram sole holds up very well to everything, I’ve had one pair for probably 10 years now. And the best thing about chacos is if they get damaged- you can get them fixed! Coming from my brother who had his chewed up by his dog.

1 year ago
Reply to  Lauren

I’d vote chaco for what you’re looking for, but advise you find some to try on. Chaco sandles have very high arch support, and for my feet I could not handle wearing them long enough to break in, but I do not feel any of my multiple pairs of tevas would be rubust enough for much “off road” surface varieties.

1 year ago

The mirror/lighting in Dicks Sporting Goods is an abomination

1 year ago

Very helpful information. Hope to see more related to this! Thanks for sharing with us.