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Look 05: The Weekend Uniform

It’s safe to say we’re fans of spring x summer. While we appreciate the extra dose of warm weather, cold brew, and tulips coming back in season [finally], we’re the first to admit the natural elements of this time of year can sometimes limit our outfit decisions. Caught in the limbo of the in-between season, it can feel daunting to style a weather-proof outfit with little to no idea how 65 degrees is actually going to feel when we step outside. Lucky for you, we’re here to do some solving. Our go-to combination for these transitional days is coupling a more uniform, structured blouse with the balance of laid back, cool-girl details [i.e. denim cut-offs, Chuck Taylors, etc.]. We’re all for making the most of a versatile closet, and our Editor-In-Chief’s best kept secret to doing so sustainably + on a budget is to pair what might feel incompatible.

This advice could be taken out of context, but I assure you blending a traditional, tailored style with a more laidback wear is the right move for this spring — hint as to why everyone is styling oversized blazers again.
Anna E. Cottrell

Our reco for approaching this cool-girl look is to go for a neutral top with subtle pattern or texture — a pinstripe is gold — x half-tuck into a pair of dark wash cut-offs. With a slicked-back do + some playful accessorizing, you’re ready for the limbo.

What I loved about this top from Free Assembly is how it's a pinstripe + vest all in one, making it a truly ready-to-wear piece to throw on with some quick jewelry x shorts while still being more interesting than just a basic tee.
Anna E. Cottrell

As we inch closer + closer to summer’s heat, we’re riding the wave of the pending forecast that spring brings with pieces that work with us rather than putting us in a box. Note: For the piece currently out of stock, we’ve sourced some inspirational dupes for you so you can complete the look – cat eye sunglasses [1] [2].

This is our fifth installment in our Spring Lookbook series: a guide for curating a tasteful capsule closet of ready-to-wear pieces we can actually afford. Much of our lookbook has taken inspiration from Brandon Maxwell, the new creative director + brains behind Walmart’s newest collections Free Assembly x Scoop. While we take pages from his book, we spin our own tried x true styling rules on ready-to-wear apparel. If you want a crash course [or even a little refresher], you can find our latest styling chapters for our complete Spring Lookbook Series: Look 01, Look 02, Look 03, Look 4, Look 6