Spring Outfit-Makers: Cute, Comfy and Under $100

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In a world that is becoming ever more dominated by all things oversized, Liverpool is staying the course of classic, flattering fashion. It’s a move that initially caught me a little off guard as I browsed their site. Where are all the giant sweaters? The slouchy denim? The matching sweatsuits that have become the uniform of my introverted pandemic persona? I may have broken out into a little bit of a sweat. Oh crap, I thought. These are clothes for people who intend to get dressed.

Spring Outfit Ideas From Liverpool Jeans: Cute, Comfy & Under $100

And that’s true! To some extent. But what I couldn’t detect from the website is that Liverpool pieces are also designed for people who like to be comfortable. As in, denim, trousers and flirty tops that all wear like my favorite lounge clothes but that make me look like I have someplace to be. And all for a really accessible price point. In fact, everything in this post is under $100.

(Oh wait, no — the jacket is $109. Dang! But if you sign up for Liverpool emails, you save 20% on your first order — so yeah. Under $100!)

And friends: Liverpool offers free shipping and returns to the contiguous United States. Easy.

So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.

jacket (TTS) | jeans (size down if between)

I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m not normally into cute. Nor am I necessarily a pink jacket kinda gal. You know me. Casual. Sporty-ish. Maaaaybe a little boho. But something about this jean-inspired jacket beckoned to me when Liverpool first sent over the line sheet for this post. It felt familiar — a little bit nostalgic. Like something early ’00s Emily would have worn with a denim mini and a polo shirt. Ok ok — two polo shirts. (Don’t act like you don’t know…) The point is: we shared a connection, the little pink jean jacket and I. It felt…lively. Playful. A little bit preppy. And yeah…cute.

The Pink Denim Jacket That Wears Like A Sweatshirt

So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.

Obviously you know where this is going, but turns out: a cute pink jacket — that also happens to be exceptionally soft and genuinely comfortable on? It’s just the unexpected outfit-maker I was craving for spring. It wears like a jean jacket — easy and cool — but it’s just flirty enough. Actually, it’s even easier to reach for than some of my other jean jackets because the fit and fabrication are just so good. Soft, slubby twill, with just enough stretch. I’m not saying I’d turn to it for genuine warmth, but where some jean jackets seem cold and drafty — their purpose being more for aesthetics than anything else — this jacket has an almost…sweatshirt-y comfiness about it.

In fact, it feels like an essential next step in my progressing pandemic wardrobe. We went from straight-up jammies to loungewear. Then dresses that wear like loungewear (I still have one foot firmly planted in this phase). Then matching loungewear. And only recently have I traded my fleece-lined tops for such civilized items as t-shirts and sweaters. So a little pink jacket that feels as soft and familiar as a sweatshirt but with the outward effect of a *gulp* structured garment? Well, this damn well could be my gateway to getting dressed, folks.

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So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.

jacket (TTS) | top (at Nordstrom; TTS) | pants (size up one)

Speaking of getting dressed…I’m wearing pants! Like, pants pants. Not joggers, not jeans. (Ok, I am wearing jeans in some of these photos, and they’re among the most comfortable jeans I’ve worn. But more on those in a moment…) In some circles, these navy utility pants might even be considered something close to…chinos? Chino-adjacent, at the very least. Again, not typically Modern Day Emily’s jam, and yet I have found myself looking for excuses to wear them, purely because putting them on feels like Capital-I Intention.

I love that they’re, again, comfy — Liverpool is clearly dialed into fabrics that are both flattering and practical for daily wear. And drawstring pants, especially with a cuffed hem, always conjure images of summer, boat docks, the beach. These are the kind of pants I’d wear on a date to an amusement park or the state fair — oh, remember those?! But they’d also be the perfect pant for pairing with pointed pumps (say that 10 times fast) and a boyfriend sweater for the office. Think…sexy West Coast librarian pants. Now that is a look I am into.

So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.
So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.
So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.

jeans (size down if between)

So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.

jacket (TTS) | top (size up if between)

So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.

Outfit Details

Jacket: Classic Slub Stretch Twill Jacket // An undeniably cute (yes, cute!) jacket that wears more like a sweatshirt than some of the more rigid, drafty jeanish jackets I own. It’s soft and a little stretchy and would be absolutely ideal over denim shorts and a white tank, but I love the sporty-preppy edge of the navy trousers here. A not too sweet pink like this is also such an underrated match for denim, too — it goes with everything from uber light wash to dark rinse and all the washes in between. I’m usually between an XS-S in tops, and I’m wearing an XS here, which leaves room for a thin layer underneath — perfect for spring and summer. If you wanted to layer a hoodie under it, I’d suggest sizing up one.

Top: Gathered Short Sleeve Knit Tee // (Also at Nordstrom) This feminine top feels so very effortful, but at its core, it’s a slub tee — love. I felt like I was channeling Scotti a little pulling it on — that ruching just ups the glam factor. I’m usually between an XS-S in tops, and while the XS fit, I liked a little more room, so this is the small. Super soft cotton/modal. (Note: the white is ever so sheer; one of my nude bras worked with it, one didn’t. Also in black, navy, blush and hot coral, which is especially pretty.)

Pants: Utility Pant with Drawstring // Hot dang, I like these a lot — as in, I keep finding excuses to get dressed just to wear them. Need someone to pick up the library holds, you say? Sure, lemme get dressed. Neighbor’s mail misdelivered again? Hang on, I’ll just slip into some pants! These are some of the first semi-structured non-jeans I’ve liked in a very long time — comfortable, summery (the cuffed hem and drawstring detail feels almost beachy), flattering on the bum and just so good. I wore them with a fluffy sweater earlier this week, too — also lovely, in case you’re not quite ready to go full spring. The first real pants I’ve been excited for in a while. I’m typically between a 0-2 and I definitely needed the 2 in these.

Jeans: Marley Girlfriend Cuffed Eco Jean (*Sustainable*) // You know I’m particularly fond of any jean that has a slouchy, borrowed look and feel, so the fact that I was immediately drawn to these will come as no surprise. Mid-rise, with a medium wash and just a weeee bit of distressing — super versatile. And friends — these are COMFORTABLE. As in, I painted my toenails with my foot up on the bathroom counter wearing these without my stomach looking like a relief map afterwards comfy. (That said, I still think I could have sized down one and they would have been equally comfortable with just a tad less room in the seat and legs; for reference, I’m between 0-2 and these are a 2.) And the “eco” part of the name is so cool. The denim is Aniline-free and recyclable; all the tags are made of recycled materials; even the buttons and hardware are chemical-free. And the wash? Is made with freaking laser processes that use fewer natural resources.

So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you're doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. Cute outfits — we're in.

pants (size up one)

Shop More Spring Outfit Pieces Under $100

Everything in this post, plus a dozen more Liverpool pieces I’m verrrry intrigued by at the moment. Oh, and remember that matching sweatsuit I was desperately searching for at first? I feel like this + this might count — and, in true Liverpool fashion, it’s actually pretty dang polished.

So yeah, Liverpool. I dig what you’re doing. Subtly sexy, body conscious pieces that have a semi-tailored feel without being stuffy or prim. There’s an ease to them that soothes my casual soul, but there’s also a bit of polish. Office appropriate, but cool enough for weekend wear. Or date night. (Just peep the ruching on the shoulder of my white tee.) And, it’s worth repeating: comfortable.

Maybe I’m kinda into cute after all.

xo,
Em

Sending big thanks to Liverpool for sponsoring this post. It was so fun finding just the right pieces to perk up my wardrobe for spring, and there’s so much more I’m tempted to try (I mean…the bum on these! yessss!). And thank you, as always, to our readers for showing up and supporting our brand partners. We appreciate the time you spend with us so much.

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Photos by Carolyn Stockman. Always so fun shooting with you!

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