Spring Style Profile: Put-Together Casual and On-the-Go

Building Blocks for a Comfy Casual Wardrobe

It’s not spring yet, but I know tons of you are itching to do some spring shopping.  Perhaps as an escape from the realities of the biting winter cold?  No one’s blaming you.  In fact, I’m going to enable you today to do juuuuust that!

Today is the first of a series I’m calling Spring Style Profiles which will talk through general spring building blocks according to what style you’re going for.  Like, what are building blocks for a spring athleisure wardrobe?  How about for a dressy casual wardrobe?  Business casual?  We’ll talk through some, and you’ll be able to add as many or as few of these types of pieces as you need, depending how often you dress in that style.

We’re starting with a put-together comfy casual style for when you’re on the go.  This is what I wear on a casual day when I’m out and about, sometimes with Addie or sometimes interacting more with adults but in casual settings, but don’t quite want to be in athleisure.  This style is perrrrrfect for stay at home moms, those who work from home, college students, or a day of errands!

Building Blocks for a Comfy Casual Wardrobe

Shop the Items:
utility jacket  |  denim jacket
grey cardigan  |  taupe cardigan
black twist tee  |  striped tee
pink bell sleeve topstriped peplum top  |  floral tank  |  white henley
jeans  |  olive jeans
white sneakers  |  nude flats

 

COMPLETER PIECES

Starting with completer pieces, the main ones I wear on those kinds of days are my utility jacket, denim jacket, and cardigans.  Also not shown, my utility vest!

Utility Jacket & Utility Vest.  My favorite completer piece during the spring is hands down my utility jacket.  It’s the perfect finisher for almost any top (and you can wear it with dresses), and it’s pretty durable against dirt and gunk–especially great when you’re around kids.  Plus, most of them have huge pockets which are very helpful when you’re on the go and again, especially helpful if you’re with kids!  #holdallthethings #neverenoughhands

Denim Jacket.  Another durable completer piece.  This works with all colored bottoms (especially white and olive, which are the two non-blue denim I wear the most in the spring) and looks adorable with skirts and dresses!

Cardigans.  Perfect for when you want something flexible and really easy to move around in.  I only showed 2 neutral colored cardigans, but if you dress in this comfy casual style most days of the week I’d recommend stocking up on cardigans of all colors!  My favorites are oversized cardigans like the ones shown.  They make jeans and a tee look stylish!

Below are those three completer pieces in action, all paired with the types of tops I’ll talk about in the next section.

Comfy Casual Outfits for the Person On the Go

SHOP MORE COMPLETER PIECES

 

SOLID & PRINTED KNIT TEES AND TOPS

When I think of comfy casual and on-the-go my immediate thought is: plain tee.  Nothing wrong with that at all.  But over the last few years I started stocking up on knit tees and tops that have special details.  I realized that with those kinds of tops I could wear more interesting outfits, feel a bit more stylish or put together, or even look a bit dressier if I wanted to (like if I was going to be around kids AND doing adult things in one day) while being just as comfortable as I’d be in a plain tee!

I’m talking about tops that are t-shirt material that either are printed (striped and floral tees, I’m looking at you!), have a knot in them, or have some other special detail like bell sleeves, peplum, pleats, or an interesting drape.

Here are some of mine:

Comfy Casual Knit Tops and Tees

These ALL feel like t-shirts and are totally comfy but make for some effortlessly put together outfits!

Below are a bunch of tops like those that you can try!

SHOP MORE TOPS

 

SOFT, STRETCHY, COMFY DENIM

We’ll talk leggings and joggers whenever we do this Spring Style Profile for athleisure.  But before we get there, I need you to know that soft, stretchy denim–that doesn’t lose its shape or sag and that you don’t constantly have to pull up–is actually a thing.  If you haven’t owned those kinds of jeans, YOU NEED TO KNOW THEY EXIST!  And they’re NOT all designer brands that will cost you an arm and a leg!

But first, let’s talk colors.  In the spring, my most worn colors are regular blue jeans, olive (they go with so much more than you’d think and you can see the ways I’ve worn mine HERE), and white.  Notice white is not in the graphic at the top of this post.  That’s because I know soooo many people have a fear of white jeans, especially when kids are involved.  Or chocolate.  I’ve gotten marks on my white jeans from my own chocolatey hands more than my toddler has ever marked me.  (My toddler is seriously cleaner than I am.  Miracle child–we’re spoiled.)  But one thing to try are Old Navy’s “stay white” denim (HERE) that they came out with either last year or sometime shortly before that.  Sometimes I wear black in the spring along with other colors like grey and coral, but blue jeans, olive, and white are my top 3!

Now, comfortable-as-heck jeans.  I talk about how to find pairs like that in my post 3 Tests to do With Your Jeans to Ensure You’ll Love Them, but I’ll recap some of my favorite brands here.  Please go read the aforementioned post though, especially so you don’t end up with saggy jeans!

Some of my favorite comfy denim brands:

  • Wit & Wisdom
    • They have a regular line which varies in comfort, but most are pretty stretchy in the leg.  My favorite from the regular line is the Super Smooth Stretch Denim, and be sure to SIZE WAY DOWN in them.  I’m normally size 6/8 and I got these in 4.  I tried them in 6 over a year ago and thought they were way too saggy.  Then last year it dawned on me to try them in size 4, and they are perfect.
    • They have an Ab-solution line which is SO GOOD because not only are the legs stretchy, but every pair of the Ab-solution line has elastic panels in the waistband along with a regular zip fly closure.  I own the bootcut jeans (feel like yoga pants!!!!–I wear size 8) and the black pair of ankle skinny jeans (HERE–I wear size 6).
  • Old Navy Rockstars – I own them in like 5-6 colors now and I can safely say they are all over the map in term of comfort, depending on the wash and color.  But, if you are in the US you can try them and return them for free since Old Navy has free shipping and free return shipping on all orders.  I would recommend getting two sizes and usually sizing down a LOT.  I size down to 4 in most of these (neverrrr thought I’d be size 4 in so many pairs of jeans so it felt very weird to do), but like I said every color is different so in 1-2 of the pairs I wear size 6.  Again, take advantage of free shipping.
  • AE Jeggings – A BUNCH of PMTers are raving about these and comparing them favorably over Old Navy Rockstars.  I haven’t been able to try them yet since I’ve been pregnant since hearing about them, but PMTers are seriously obsessed.
  • Kut from the Kloth’s Diana cut – Usually very stretchy and very thick, but probably need to size down a LOT because they are so stretchy.  I like these a lot but don’t own any because the rise is usually too high for me.  Material is great though.

SHOP DENIM FOR SPRING

 

SLIP-ON SNEAKERS, FLATS, OR COMFY BOOTS

Comfortable shoes that I can walk a lot in and walk quickly in (cuz let’s be honest–when I’m “on the go” I’m speeding through things!) are a MUST.  Sneakers are my primary choice, but the lace-up athletic looking sneakers that are great for athleisure don’t always work well with some of the tops with details that I mentioned above.  Instead, I prefer slip-on sneakers!  The sleek profile keeps them from looking like athletic gear.  They even work well with jersey dresses!  Plus, they’re easier to put on than a sneaker you have to lace up.

I have slip on sneakers in white and black, and I’ve been looking for a replacement for my leopard print slip on sneakers.  I miiiight also need to add a blush pair this year!

And of course comfy flats and booties with a low heel that are easy to walk in are other great options for this spring.

SHOP SLIP-ON SNEAKERS AND FLATS

 

BUY MORE OR LESS OF EACH

Those are my general building blocks for a put together comfy wardrobe.  If you’ll wear this style most days of the week, I’d get more of each category.  Like, colored bottoms in more colors, cardigans in more colors, more of the kinds of tops we talked about, etc.  But if you’ll only need this style a couple days a week, buy less of each category to keep that section of your wardrobe smaller.

Hope that helps you get a handle on your spring wardrobe!  Which Spring Style Profile are you looking forward to seeing?

See the rest of the Spring Style Profiles HERE.

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  • Reply
    Shloka Narang
    January 29, 2018 at 7:06 am

    I love the way you’ve styled all these spring essentials! SO excited to start planning for spring!

    x
    Shloka
    http://www.thesilksneaker.com

  • Reply
    Carol
    January 29, 2018 at 8:48 am

    This is so awesome! I love your suggestions of having more in certain categories if you dress in this style frequently. That always seems to be my problem. I have enough for a few outfits, but I probably dress this way 95% of the time. Now I know that I should bulk up my shirt/cardigan category, but I’m pretty well set in other areas.

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    Kari
    January 29, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Great post and so helpful! Audrey, I’ve followed you pretty consistently for quite a while now and I finally bit the bullet and ordered a pair of Wit and Wisdom Absolution boot cut jeans. You’ve talked so highly of them and boot cut jeans work the best on my hourglass figure. I usually wear an 8…once in a while, a 10,but ordered these in an 8 and wonder if they tend to stretch out??. I think I may need to go up to a 10. I see you have an 8 and you usually wear a 6/8. They fit my waist well and my hips…but concerned about my thighs. Thanks so much for the recommendation because they really do fit pretty much like a glove. 🙂

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      January 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Kari! I don’t think they really stretch out, but the 8s on me are slightly loose to begin with so if they stretch out I don’t notice. They never get to the point of falling off me or anything like that. I can fit size 6 in the boot cut but like you, they fit my waist and hips but I don’t like how they look around my thighs. So I sized up to the 8s and they have a looser fit around the legs and fit looser on my hips and waist than the 6s, but like I said, never to the point of falling off or being annoying in that way at all–or else I wouldn’t wear them!

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        Kari
        January 29, 2018 at 1:14 pm

        Thanks so much! Going to try a 10. Your blog has been so helpful! I purchased my first military jacket which I still love because of you. Love the completer pieces content in general. Thank you for all the great content here!

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    Diana @ Bumps Along the Way
    January 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I feel like this is how I (aim to) dress about 90% of the time in the spring and fall! Mostly SAHM, rarely need to dress up besides church, lots of playing with kids. Maybe I should finally try a denim jacket…maybe… I’m just SO excited to dress for warmer weathers, when I don’t need 100 layers! My favorite style seasons are spring and fall!

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      January 29, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      You should totally try a denim jacket! Find one with some stretch though, otherwise they can be stiff and annoying to wear. If you find a comfortable one, it’ll be a go-to topper for so many outfits in the spring and summer! I’ve always had one in my closet for over 10 years and have used it regularly every single year.

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    Mireille
    January 29, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve been wearing my white slip on sneakers so much. Love them. Planning to add your Nike’s tanjun and another pair of jeans to my wardrobe in the spring

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      January 29, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Sounds like great additions for the spring! The Nike Tanjuns are my go-to athleisure style sneaker. Love em!

  • Reply
    Laura Reese
    January 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    This is perfect for me, Audrey. I’m a SAHM, have been for 4+ years, and now that we are done having babies I feel like it’s “safe” to start assembling a casual mom wardrobe that doesn’t look so frumpy. I love that utility jacket but the one you recommend in this post is not currently in stock. 🙁

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      January 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Nooooo, when I checked yesterday the jacket was on backorder. Sorry!!! But I’m glad you like the post at least. 🙂 There are a few other utility jacket options in the shopping widget underneath the Completer Pieces section. They’re from Old Navy and Amazon, if I remember correctly.

  • Reply
    Kristin
    January 29, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    So excited for spring and I loved this post! I appreciate how you break outfits down to make mixing and matching so easy! I have learned so much from your blog; I just love reading it!!! Many thanks!!!

  • Reply
    Leslie
    January 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    What a smart idea for a series! Thank you for showing real women how to put together real wardrobes.

  • Reply
    sabe
    January 30, 2018 at 5:18 am

    i enjoyed the post. thanks for the inspo.

  • Reply
    Maria Parramore
    January 30, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I just received the ON Twill Field Jacket in the mail yesterday and it is so good. I ordered the dried herb. The quality of ON stuff is really hit or miss for me, but this is way nicer than the Caslon jacket I ordered from Nordstrom in the Spring. The quality for the price is really excellent.

  • Reply
    Kate F
    January 30, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Could you share the earrings you’re wearing too? Some of us need lots of help 😉

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      January 30, 2018 at 11:32 am

      All Nickel & Suede, all size Medium. Sorry, not near a computer to get links for you but direct links are in most of my other posts—I wear them all the time!

      • Reply
        Kate F
        January 31, 2018 at 11:25 am

        Thanks! I love you for sharing your great & affordable style with us. Congrats on #2! We’re due end of May with our #2!

  • Reply
    Lisa H
    January 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Yes! Yes! & Yes! I have been following you for awhile – so, I have a bunch of these items already! Thank you Audrey!

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    Shawnita Marshall
    January 30, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Finally ordered Olive and Burgunday Rockstar Jeans during Black Friday…but they sat in the closet as I was super scared to wear them. But You and What YaYa Wears inspired me…so I wore the olive 2 weeks ago to Church and received SO MANY compliments!! OH YAH me in Rockstar jeans!! Thanks for your help.

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    TheElementary MathManiac
    February 2, 2018 at 10:01 am

    THANK YOU for the recommendation of the Ab Solution line from Wit & Wisdom! I ordered two pairs based on your recommendation last week and am so in love! I can never find pants that fit me and stay up well. I have always struggled with having much less in the hip/thigh/butt area and a larger stomach and these jeans mean I can get a pair that fit my waist without looking so saggy in the hips/thighs/butt area!

    • Reply
      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      February 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

      YAYYYYY I’m so glad those worked out for you!!! Thanks for letting me know! Happy for you that you have jeans that you love now!

  • Reply
    Katie
    February 4, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Dressy casual! I changed from a formal/business casual job to a job where anything goes, but I’ve learned I hate being really casual at work.

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