Happy Monday's almost over, all! It was a busy and productive day for me and zoomed by. I hope that you had a terrific day and great start to the week.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram @jbyjilly probably saw my post this morning about changing up my morning routine, especially on Mondays. I got up a little earlier and had some quality time enjoying my coffee, reading, and treating myself to my new favorite Boscia face mask. I thought a change in my morning routine might set a more relaxed tone for each day. The gorgeous Spring weather, with lots of Vitamin D-filled sunshine, seems to be helping a lot too!
We're now two weeks into Spring and still experiencing pretty cold weather in many places and probably will through April and maybe even early May. So, like with our sweaters, it's a good idea to refrain from packing away those winter boots just yet. Instead, make good use of them still by styling them as your main Spring transition piece.
You can use your favorite Fall and Winter boots to move you through the next few weeks, maybe even longer depending on where you live. Boots are not only a fun way to style your Spring looks, they're functional too. They will keep your gorgeous gams warm day and night when you rock a new Spring dress or favorite cutoff denim shorts like THESE or THESE.
I was really excited about this post when I started planning it. I love boots, especially, over-the-knee boots and knew a couple of the looks that I'd feature would include them. And I decided to go slightly edgy with one look as shown here. I figured why not have some fun and go beyond my comfort zone, which is rare when a camera is involved.
I paired my favorite leather moto jacket, like THIS one, denim shorts, and OTK boots. Since the boots and jacket add a hard edge to the style, I softened the overall look with a delicate blouse with a twisted front hem. I liked this top because while it's very soft and feminine, the front cutouts at the shoulder, revealing a little skin, pull the entire look together. I kept the accessories to a minimum, adding only a crystal choker and chain necklace with crystal pendant. I went with a blush suede belt for the most subtle splash of color.
A LITTLE PREPPY, A LITTLE PUNK
For a toned down and less edgy look with more of a preppy meets punk feel, I suggest styling with a crew neck sweater like THIS or THIS with the cutoff shorts and boots. Pairing with these options will change the entire look, so the accessories should change as well. I'd go with a necklace or two like THIS and some chunky arm candy like a watch like THIS, stacked bracelets like THESE, and a statement ring like THIS. You can definitely have fun with bold accessories to your liking with this styling.
There's just something about a Boho dress styled with OTK boots. I absolutely love this look. The rocker-vibe boots combined with this soft and ultra-feminine dress with crochet detail and raw, unfinished hems complement each other. A slip, included with adjustable straps, adds a pretty silhouette under the sheer fabric of the dress, softening the look even more. Because the dress is the statement piece for this look, I styled with minimal jewelry and stuck to gold. THIS necklace is delicate and adds a bit of sparkle, and THIS ring is fun and a little funky without being too much. You could add earrings like THESE as well for a little something extra.
NICE AND EASY
This final look is the most toned down of all and easiest to pull off, and who doesn't love a denim skirt? And what pairs better with a denim skirt? Boots, absolutely, boots! And you don't have to stick to cowboy boots. A great pair of riding boots looks terrific with a denim mini or midi, whichever your preference. For me, I prefer a skirt with a raw hem - the more frayed the better, but a finished hem would work too!
Pair your skirt and riding boots with a trendy cold shoulder top like THIS or maybe an off-the-shoulder top like THIS. Both the skirt and boots have a classic feel, and by adding a trendy top, you update and modernize the look. Because this look has classic pieces keeping it tame, go as funky and fun as you want. But if simple and straight forward is your thing, that works too!
That's what's so great about style and fashion, you can do YOU! - Jill xoxo