Spring in up north Michigan means a snowstorm one day, and sunny and in the 60s the very next. It makes this transitional season of dressing very exciting and especially keeps me on my toes. While I might be tempted to unbox my summer clothes on those sweet sunny days, I instead try to make a few smaller adjustments to hold me over until the warm weather is actually here to stay.
The easiest, yet still satisfying, swap in my wardrobe for spring is going from puffy winter coats to lighter jackets. This small switch-up still feels victorious, like you can finally declare: “WE MADE IT THROUGH WINTER! TIME TO ESCAPE HIBERNATION AND SOAK UP VITAMIN D!” …but, you know, still being practical and prepared for any and all spring storms.
Free People Ruby Jacket: The Oversized Button Down I’m Layering On The Daily
If you peek in on my instagram stories for even just 24 hours, you will most likely see me wearing this Ruby Jacket at any given moment. I first purchased it in “washed black” awhile back, and when I noticed how well it hid baby spit-up, I was wearing it every day (laundry with a newborn is real, and I was getting tired okaaaay). My old 1800s home runs a little extra cold in the winter and spring, so I also found myself grabbing the jacket anytime my outfit wasn’t quite doing the trick at keeping me warm (read: all the time). A few weeks ago the snow fully disappeared and the temps began staying above freezing, and yet again — I found myself reaching for this wondrous jacket. I was overjoyed to be wearing something so much lighter for all my errands — it felt like FREEDOM.
I fell hard and fast, and soon scooped it up in a second color, too. This baby blue is the most beautiful hue for spring, and gives me a chance to actually wash that baby-spit up off one of them while still getting to wear the other…
The Ruby Jacket is naturally oversized, which makes it absolutely perfect for layering. I have paired it with lighter long sleeves, thicker hooded sweatshirts, or simply with a crop tank bra underneath. It’s cooozzy, but not in a dead-of-winter sort of way. More like your favorite old worn sweatshirt; the material is super soft, but not necessarily thick. It also has pockets perfect for your hands or phone to actually fit in, plus breast pockets also big enough for all sorts of treasures — like pacifiers or a granola bar or a pretty rock you found on your last beach walk (okay, yes, all real things I’ve carried in mine).
How I’m Styling The Free People Ruby Jacket
With its natural oversized fit, it’s long enough on my 5’9” frame to fall well below my booty — making it perfect for just about anything. I wear mine with leggings and workout sets all the time, but it’s great with jeans, too. Even though I’m not actually rocking shorts in real life just yet — I just love the way it looks worn open with the Agolde Dee High Rise Shorts! Bike shorts? Yep, I’m loving it paired with those, too! The jacket also features fun oversized elbow pads, just for flare.
Variations Of The Free People Ruby Jacket
For a quick flash in time, you could score this jacket in an extra-long length — which of course I grabbed. It’s so good, but currently not available or even looking to come back anytime soon, but if I DO see it appear — you better believe I’ll let you know on the social channels!! While that style is currently M.I.A, I spotted the most rad Bandana print version that is sooooo good, and this Jacquard pattern keeps getting restocked as well! I love how they’re releasing this in such fun + unique patterns. If you’re loving the material and vibes but looking for a slightly different style …THIS ONE RIGHT HERE.
The hubs and I have already been able to sneak in some evening back deck hangs with our recent warm weather waves, and yep – you guessed it — I’ve been grabbing my Ruby Jacket every time (okay, and a blanket for my legs, because Michigan). I can’t help but think this will be the most amazing layer for Michigan summers, too. Nighttime campfires and roasting marshmallows, early morning walks to see the sunrise, breezy beach picnics, backyard cloud watching with the baby… ohhhh, I’m ready!
As for a few fit notes… I’m wearing a medium in both jackets! The pretty blue is called “rain song” and the darker is “washed black.” Keep in mind that washed black looks a bit more navy/grey than black. The solid lining around the buttons, pockets, collar and cuffs is a stretchy sweatshirt material — it’s also what lines the inside (so comfortable!).
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