spring neutrals


I have this rare privilege of being able to reference what I’ve worn every spring for the past 10 years. I like to look at my files from time to time* and remember the exact feelings of that day. (Shouts out to the Ennegram 4 whose feelings have feelings.) Some years I’d rather not look again (yellow Jeans really were a thing, huh?) and some I end up getting inspiRed again. But the one thing that remains true over the past decade for me and spring is COLOR. Pastels, bright hues, bold Reds, neon yellows, and hot pinks—you name it, I’ve worn it all. There is not a color that I have not taken advantage of as if it were a new discovery and I was its last hope of survival. I had a revelation during my style analysis over the years: I am less and less drawn to those outfits with big, bright colors and am leaning more towards neutrals this spring.

Which makes me feel like I’m skipping spring. Spring SHOULD be bright and cheerful, right? I should have because spring fashion can be whatever you want it to be. The heart wants what it wants and right now it is neutral for me. (Also, before I get ahead of myself, tomorrow is a full spring dress with a pastel dress. So I’m not 100% off color, I’m just trying to be more intentional.) I mean who isn’t happy in a big sleeve embroideRed maxi dress? I felt so chic in this number, let me tell you. Even the three police officers who watched this entire shoot from really uncomfortable proximity could feel the magic of this dress.

Like I said, I’m going to do a whole round of spring dresses, but for now I wanted to introduce you to this elegant number. It is under $150 and is at Nordstrom right now. I’m in the middle and I’m absolutely maximizing the breast area. I went braless because it’s tight enough and be sure to check the back of the site to see what you’re getting into. You could easily make a strapless bra work as well, but I didn’t think it through. You can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make him figure out the right bra for the dress.

I would say one size larger if you have large breasts, but otherwise it’s a tight TTS. Find it here!

(note: this dress is photographed more Olive Green than Brown in these photos. It’s a true Brown, just like on the Nordstrom site!)

I’ve also rounded up a few other spring neutrals that I’ve had on my mind! See my picks below.

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ASTR the Label Dolman Sleeve Dress / J. Crew Linen Shirt / Vero Moda Turtleneck TOP / Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans / En Saison Eyelet Poplin Maxi Dress / Wedge Sandalsto Jeffrey Campbell / Rag & Bone Ribbed Tank Dress / Gap Balloon Sleeve Sweat / Good American Ribbed Midi Dress / Aware by Vero Moda Plunge Dress / Amazon Floral Print Midi Dress / Marc Jacobs Canvas Tote Bag / Everleigh Knot Sleeve T-shirt / Free People Striped Ruffle Tank Top / Birkenstock Arizona Colorblock Sandals

*Did you know that you can always find my files by typing the year/month after my URL? For example, for April 2011 you would use this URL: