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Mom Style: Cute Spring Outfits

Let’s talk cute spring outfits today. A few days ago, my newest niece was baptized. If you’re not from Minnesota, you probably imagine a late April baptism to mean birds chirping, trees budding, and the sun’s warm rays warming your soul from the inside out after a long (long) winter.

 

Unfortunately, that is not the case this year. Instead, it was cold and windy. Like, W I N D Y. So when it came to choose an outfit for the event, it was a little tricky. It felt odd to don a blanket scarf because it’s almost May; yet the weather felt like November. It seemed like the perfect time of year to put on an airy, cheerful floral; yet the persisting grey tones of our landscape in Minnesota do anything but match it. And as much as I hated to, all the common sense of a no-longer “cool” young adult (am I still a young adult at age 32? Let’s go with ‘yes’) suggested putting on (gasp!) a pair of tights to keep my legs warm and to keep my freshly polished pink toes covered up inside a pair of boots.

 

So I made a little compromise: I chose a more “winter floral” print in darker colors, but “springed” it up with a seersucker blazer.

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Dress, Old Navy (similar, similar) // Blazer, Express (similar, similar)

Not only did the blazer add an extra layer of warmth (and a nod to my becoming ever-more-wise regarding my dressing appropriately for the weather), it also gave a nod to the warmer weather we should be having right now for all the cute spring outfits we’ve all been eager to put on again.

 

Seersucker is the quintessential summertime material — it’s lightweight, crisp, doesn’t crease like linen does, and pulls together any outfit instantly. If you don’t have a seersucker piece in your closet right now, I highly recommend putting it on your wishlist. Aside from the reasons already mentioned, it’s such a classic material to add to your closet; one you’ll find useful and easy to add to almost any spring or summer outfit to dress it up just a little.

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In terms of how to wear seersucker, I would wear it with something less structured. The dress I paired my blazer with had lots of movement to it, which avoids looking too stiff. I would also style the blazer with a graphic tee and skinny jeans or a chino short with a white tee underneath for other options for cute spring outfits.

 

What I loved about this combination was how the color of the blazer pulled out the blue and white in the dress’ delicate floral print. Adding that piece was just enough to take the dress from being a dark, midwinter choice to spring with little effort.

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Here are a few other outfits from last week, too. You may have seen a few from my instagram (if you’re not following me over there yet, join me!). If any of them spark any style inspiration, be sure to pin them for later!

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Moto Sweatshirt, Gap (similar, similar) // Marvel Tee, Kohl’s (similar, similar) // Jeans, AG // Sneakers, dv (similar)

Date night out to see (what else?) Avengers: End Game! I picked this v-neck up a number of years ago from Kohl’s. Honestly, one of my favorite things to wear are tees with no stretch — something about them just exude such a cool, casual, no-fuss vibe to me.

 

Sidenote: If you saw my instastory, you’ll know the theater was sold out EXCEPT for two seats separate from each other. But we wanted to see it so bad (and, I’ll be honest… I wanted movie popcorn for supper)! So we bought the two seats and tried to squeeze our butts into one seat.

 

It lasted about seven minutes before we gave up and my husband went to his respective seat. But we got to see the movie (PHENOMENAL.) and he let me keep the popcorn in my seat; I know, he’s a keeper.

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Hat, Nike // Tee, J. Crew // Jeans, AG // Sneakers, Nike

One (late) afternoon each week, my oldest goes to ballet. Since it’s not quite the end of the workday, I take all the kids along. Usually the three little ones and I walk to a cute local bookstore a block away for the hour, but now that it’s getting warmer, we walked to a park to play! I’m not usually a hat person, but I’ve had this basic black Nike option on my wish list for a long time and my sweet sister snagged it for me for my birthday.

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Tie Front Top, LOFT // Cargo Pant, J. Crew // Wedges, Target (similar)

Casual teacher outfit for teaching religious education to elementary-aged kids after school. My awesome grandma comes over and watches my kids so I can get out an hour a week and keep my classroom teacher life active.

Top, Banana Republic // Jeans, AG // Heels, Banana Republic // Earrings, LOFT // Bracelet, Express

Mark it down — we had TWO date nights in one week! (We’re usually a zero-date-nights-a-week couple. I know, I know: we need to work on that!) The school I used to teach at pre-twin boys and the school our oldest will attend next year for Kindergarten held an event to raise money, so we got out for another night. It may seem odd, but it’s not often I get to dress up like this because of the stage of life we’re in and the way we choose to live it. I really enjoy the chance to “dress up” for a night out versus “dress up” for mass on Sundays. It’s just a different vibe.

 

The top I’m wearing is from Banana Republic and I’m obsessed with it. The fabric drapes beautifully and is like you’re wearing liquid. The way it falls is so flattering. Somehow, it makes me feel special just by putting it on — but that’s the whole point, isn’t it? We deserve to feel beautiful in our clothes! And for a mom who lives in jeans and cotton 98% of the time, feeling that way is life-changing for a night. It also has a little hook and eye to keep it securely closed up top; nobody needs a Janet Jackson moment at a Catholic school fundraiser (or anytime, I suppose).

 

That wraps up this last week’s cute spring outfits. Did you have a favorite you wore this week? What piece do you have that makes you feel extra special?

 

Don’t forget to pin any style inspiration you saw here!

 

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