I’ve always had an inner tomboy streak. It makes sense, as I’ve been an athlete for most of my life. But I also happen to love fashion. My biggest dilemma in middle school was: How would I play soccer or football at lunch if I wore a skirt to school? My solution was usually to wear athletic shorts underneath the skirt, or pick a dress that went well with Sambas, so as not to sacrifice a cute outfit.
While I no longer have the option to fit in a quick game of soccer or football at lunch, I find myself reaching for dresses or other instant outfits this season more than ever.
I appreciate the convenience of a matching shorts and top two piece, because it’s like wearing a dress without the constraints. When I found this two-piece set from Zara I thought, “Wow, I really could have used this 15 years ago.”
This neutral, textured short-and-blouse pair has been a perfect transitional outfit for spring. The thick material makes up for the short sleeves and the high-waisted shorts up the style factor. The pattern is like a spring version of a buffalo print you’d wear in fall or winter—and I love buffalo plaid. I also love how the leather piping detail on the sleeves and neckline toughen up a feminine look.
With the weather still unpredictable well into spring, I can pair the set with a longer menswear coat, like this blush one from H&M.
We’re clearly loving neutrals this season, mainly because they provide a blank slate for great accessories. When I found these understated fringe earrings at Club Monaco, I knew they would add the perfect pop of color to an otherwise neutral outfit.
Speaking of neutrals, these grey Zara heels are a no-brainer when it comes to sassing up an outfit for work (I’m wearing them right now) or cocktails. They’re unique, but comfortable—which happens to be my favorite fashion combination.
Here are some other matching two-sies we’re eyeing this spring: