How to transition pieces from winter to spring (& Shopbop sale!)

navy blazer floral dress skirt boston spring outfit

True Decadence dress 2P, WHBM belt c/o, Sole Society booties (similar), Zara wool blazer (similar), Maison Jules sweater c/o (see other ways I’ve styled it)

This dress has certainly been getting its share of wear – for ideas on how to style similar dresses, see it here dressed up with a wrap jacket, here with black tights, and re-styled as a skirt today for a more casual setting. I did see both a 4 and 6P pop back yesterday morning so it doesn’t hurt to check back if your size is now sold out! I wanted to tone down the youthful fit & flare shape here with a classic, tailored navy wool blazer. I know I’m getting ahead of myself with spring transitional outfits, but couldn’t help doing so when it hit 60s again recently!

Here’s some of my tips for styling outfits during this in-between period:
– juxtapose spring prints like fun florals against cold-weather textures like wools and knits
– try a mostly light-hued color palette with accents of darker, winter shades (like my belt)
– pair neutral ankle booties in outfits that you’d typically wear with sandals or flats in the spring

floral dress as skirt asos macys petite spring outfit

On another note, Shopbop’s buy more save more sale is going on, and I was surprised to see very few designer exclusions! Use code BIGEVENT16 to get 15% to 25% off orders $250 and up (you could buy with a friend to get a bigger discount), and shipping & returns are always free. Exclusions are noted with bright red font in the item description. There are some classic designer items that almost never go on sale, like these classics from Hunter, Stuart Weitzman, Ferragamo, and more which I’m sure will go quickly:

Stuart Weitzman Nudist & Nudistsong sandals – the brand’s wildly popular classic sandals . I prefer the Nudistsong for the lower but still tall height. Looks like only the black and adobe (darker nude) colors are excluded!
Ferragamo Varina bow flats – full stocked in the navy, black and nude. See on me (runs narrow so sz 5.5 is most comfortable for me)
Hunter Tour foldable rainboots – see my detailed review and all the posts I’ve worn mine in. Love, love this lightweight style (a world of a difference from the Original Tall) and can’t recommend it enough. I wear my brightly colored ones so much year-round, I ordered the black pair for more conservative outfits like for wearing with black tights.
Rag & Bone signature booties – ordered the tan Harrow booties in 36! Hoping for a higher ankle shaft and heel alternative to the Sole Society ones I wear so much.

Designer denim top picks (tons of options starting in hard-to-find size 23 & up):
– My J.Brand black Marie jeans have earned their cost per wear several times over by now – see all the posts they’re in! I did need to get a hem job, but I think that’s the simplest & easiest alteration to get for a perfect fit. Shopbop has an exclusive style “Alana” in the same color and fabric content, but with a 26.5″ inseam which could be perfect on petites without hemming! I love my high-waisted jeans for holding the tummy in, but for those who don’t, JBrand also has a few styles with the same color and material content but in low rise or mid rise.
– My favorite lightly distressed Rag & Bone jeans in “la paz” wash is fully re-stocked (see on me in sz 24). Here’s another style I’ve been eying in a more vintage wash and more distressing – ordered them as well to try.

Accessory top picks:

Madewell Mini Transport tote (see on me) – this convertible bag comes in 3 colors
– A small, minimalistic alternative to my YSL wallet-on-chain: this Tory Burch pebbled bag comes in 4 colors and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap. My favorites are the melon and french gray.
– Clare Vivier leopard clutch – this one’s always on my sale picks list, for good reason!
– My Reiko Kaneko mug (see my photos) is back in stock – makes a great little gift too!
– Sunglasses for flat nose bridges: Several of Karen Walker’s signature styles now come in special fit (formerly called “asian fit”) designed to avoid sliding down the nose or pressing on the cheeks. My most-worn Ray-Bans (see on me) in matte brown/gold and mirrored blue/gold are also still in stock and usually go fast with each Shopbop sale.

cream sweater floral dress skirt ankle booties spring outfit
spring fashion floral skirt navy blazer outfit
asos floral dress ankle sole society brown booties spring outfit

Happy shopping! I’d love to hear any of your favorites as well that are part of the sale!

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I love your belt

    Posted 3.18.16 Reply
  2. Hi Jean,

    Great post, as always! How do you avoid flathead with your ponytails?

    Posted 3.3.16 Reply
  3. Hi Jean! Such a great post, as always! Have to you avoid flathead with your ponytails?

    Posted 3.3.16 Reply
  4. bloggity wrote:

    The j brand black jeans look great! Any tips on very black pants? And, how do the ones you own wear through the day (stretching out, etc)?

    Posted 3.3.16 Reply
  5. Love how you restyle this dress!


    Posted 3.3.16 Reply
  6. Mei Liang wrote:

    I can't wait for Spring to come in full swing! The weather in San Francisco has definitely been warming up but it's still a bit cold at night. This is the perfect outfit!

    Pieces of Mei

    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  7. Iris Lin wrote:

    Love the blazer and excited about the Shopbop sale – great post!

    xo, I

    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  8. I love that you used a belt to simulate a "tuck in" with the top over a dress! It's beautiful!

    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  9. I love that skirt with the white turtleneck! It's such a simple sweater, yet it looks so chic and put-together.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  10. That dress is lovely! It's great paired with the booties for an edgier look.

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  11. Linda Tran wrote:

    Love this post!

    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  12. Angel wrote:

    Such a cute Skirt , looking so lovely 🙂 <3

    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  13. That dress is sooo pretty! I love your whole outfit x


    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  14. I love your blazer.
    Abbie E.

    Posted 3.2.16 Reply
  15. Kblossoms wrote:

    Beautiful dress skirt, love the colors

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  16. Absolutely love this look, the pattern of the dress is beautiful. Great post!

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  17. This look is so cute!

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  18. Deasy Noel wrote:

    Thanks for the shopping details! I'm scouring the site now, hehe. The skirt is so fun and playful, i love it!

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  19. Love the turtleneck and blazer!


    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  20. Love the pattern of the skirt!

    Raspberry Jam

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  21. So gorgeous! I love the white turtleneck paired with the floral skirt. Thanks for the outfit inspo!
    Xo, Meredith

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  22. carmitive wrote:

    Lovely skirt! Such a beautiful look, you look really pretty girl:)
    xx, Carmen –

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  23. mybeautrip wrote:

    That skirt is so beautiful!

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, just thought I'd let you know the black and white Urban Outfitters romper you have is on sale for $20 in store and all sizes are still available!

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  25. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Love your skirt! So beautiful<3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply
  26. Marta wrote:

    This is such an pretty look…I love the skirt!

    Posted 3.1.16 Reply

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