Need a quick wardrobe refresh? Yeah. Me too. I’ve been trying to figure out what particular Spring trend to highlight, what new and exciting twist could make our hearts sing. And after scrolling through pages and pages of pretty dresses, flowy skirts, and sky-high heels that I have no business looking at (while in my sweatpants, mind you)…I tossed it all out. I’m just gonna wear what I’m just gonna wear. Which basically boils down to wearing the exact same thing…only better.
My Spring update couldn’t be easier: pretty backpack, cool shoes, bright lips. This virtually fool-proof combo works with even the most casual of outfits (think windbreakers and sneakers), as well as slightly elevated basics, like double denim and cute hoodies. (If you follow me on Instagram – @shanachristine – you’ve already seen this in action.)
Outfit 1: Lace-Up Flats + Cool Backpacks
Lace-up flats are so huge this Spring, and I managed to find a pair that are honestly comfortable (and only $56!). I love how a statement shoe and cool backpack can make even a hoodie and jeans look like a real outfit. (A double-denim layer doesn’t hurt, either.)
jacket: Splurged on this old Joe’s Jeans jacket 10+ years ago, and it’s literally never gone out of style. If I were to buy one today, I’d probably go for something with an equally classic shape, like this ultra-soft jean jacket from Current/Elliott, or – GASP – this spot-on perfect one from Paige Denim.
hoodie: Nike Gym Vintage Hoodie (size small for reference)
shoes: BP Lace-Up Flats, $56 (vegan leather, shockingly comfortable – I can walk all over Philadelphia in these. Not to be confused with the Halogen lace-up flats which are NOT nearly as comfy.)
backpack: Marc Jacobs Mini Biker Canvas Backpack
sunglasses: ksny Jakalyn
lips: YSL Oil-in-Stick, number 46 (orange) – really, this deserves a post all by itself. I’ve been wearing this for years from YSL, and each year they improve it a little bit. This year totally blew my mind. The most moisturizing bright lip EVER.
Outfit 2: Backpacks and Kicks
With a statement backpack, even sneakers and windbreakers look cool.
I planned on wearing this outfit with Adidas’ Stan Smith sneakers, but to be honest, I found them uncomfortable without socks. (They don’t breathe…AT ALL.) Nike’s Air Max sneakers are having a renaissance, however, and walk that fine line between iconic cool and mumsy. Dangerous territory, I know, but I think I love them. (Also? Blindingly comfortable. Which may be part of the problem.)
jacket: K-Way Claudette Waterproof Raincoat (size S for reference)
tshirt: Rag and Bone Longsleeve tee (size s, but I should’ve done an xs) – I love these stupidly expensive tshirts. Ugh. So sorry.
sneakers: Nike Air Max 1
backpack: Dolce Girl Floral Backpack, $58 (quality isn’t sky-high compared to the Marc Jacobs, but the price is amazing)
sunglasses: Ray-Ban Youngster (20% off!!) – love these things. So comfy and lightweight.
lips: YSL Oil Tint – for a softer color, these are amazing. They feel like an oil, and the shine fades, leaving a pretty (yet bright) color behind.
on Raines: Adidas Tech Snake climacool shirt
Backpack + Spring Shoe Combos
In the spirit of keeping it easy, here are my very favorite backpack + shoe combos. The collages are clickable – just click on the pic you like to be taken to the product page.
Shop Spring Backpacks
There are so many good backpacks at Nordstrom right now. Here are all of my favorites (many are on sale!):
Shop Pretty Flats
Everyone needs at least one pair of drool-worthy, yet comfy flats this Spring. (There are a ton to choose from, so be picky.)
Shop Cool Kicks
I have gotten three (3!!!) reader requests for sneakers in the last week. Here are ones that keep catching my eye…
A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts, product choices, opinions, and whining about Stan Smiths is alllll me. And readers, thank you for your continued support of The Mom Edit. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated. (That said, feel free to send cool sneaker finds our way. That trend will NEVER go out of style round here.)
photo cred: Mike (thanks, Babe!) xo