I love pleated midi skirts (as evidenced here, here & here haha), but they are challenging to make work appropriate. A jacket on top of a midi skirt can often ‘overwhelm’ your body, making you look shapeless. To fix this, I decided to try something new with a blazer – tying it at the waist.
This won’t work with a more stiff/structured blazer, but with a linen blazer this a great style hack to change up the look of your work look! This can give more shape to a pleated skirt outfit or can give a regular black pants work look a more light & spring ready vibe.
Linen is popular again this spring (not shocking given everyone’s desire to have lighter materials in the warmer weather) so you can easily find blazers like this one that can be tied. My exact blazer is from H&M and I definitely recommend it! It runs a bit large though, so size down a size. (I’m wearing an H&M 6). This blazer is definitely perfect for warmer spring & summer weather!
Because mixing neutral colors is a big trend for spring, I went with a white button front camisole, and nude shoes & a dusty rose colored skirt as my pairings with the linen blazer. I like the mixed neutral palette a lot; more than I thought I would!
As you can tell, spring has arrived here in Vancouver! Our cherry blossoms are out in full bloom and are such a gorgeous sight around the city. Getting to take these photos in front of one of the big cherry trees downtown was great!
… You know what is less great? My birthday. While I am normally (I think?) a very bubbly, very bright & positive person, when it comes to my birthday I am not a happy camper. I think the last time I looked forward to a birthday I was 11? Maybe 12. I stopped having birthday parties after that (which I remember my mom thinking was so odd- she bugged me for years to have a birthday party!!) Even at that young of an age I hated the idea of a being a year older. The reminder that time is marching on did (and does) give me anxiety.
My birthday is on Sunday April 7th, and I’m turning 33. Part of the stress for me is that I’m not where I wanted to be at 33. You hear the adage “trust the timing of your life” ad nauseam, but it can be really hard to actually do. For me; a person who L-O-V-E-S structure & plans, the whole ‘not knowing the future’ thing is such a struggle. Some of you must feel this way as well, right?!
This year I am trying to be less stressed and remember that at the end of the day, it’s just another day. Yes, I am another year older, and yes I am not where I wanted to be, but I have a lot of great things going on. From great friends, to new ventures coming up with LegalLee Blonde (stay tuned – I can’t wait to share a big new thing with you!), to the flexibility to travel and explore a ton, I know I am really lucky and I am going to focus on that.
… Plus, by not being married or having kids I can take an hour long bubble bath with an Aperol Spritz at 4pm on a Tuesday and let’s be real, I am not complaining one bit about that 🙊.
Wish me lucking in my endeavors to not freak out and stress this weekend. On Monday I’ll be back with a birthday post – I’m sharing an outfit I am so, so happy with – and some more thoughts on being 33 and lessons I’ve learned.
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