Fashion Tips: 5 Separates you Need to Mix-and-Match with EVERYTHING!

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Casual Outfits to Inspire Your Spring Fashion

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I have to admit, I love a good separate. You know the kind, right? The piece that can be paired with an array of bottoms (or tops), layered, dressed up or down and is all-together perfect? While every once in awhile, I’ll purchase something that can only be worn to a very specific event, 99% of what you find in my closet is super versatile.

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Enter this kimono I picked up last weekend at JCPenney. I used to do quite a bit of shopping there, but had taken a pretty long hiatus after multiple trips, where it seemed like a lot of their pieces were a bit overpriced. Buuuut, I'd seen a few ads, with some really cute options and thought I'd revisit the department store. I'm happy to report, they did not disappoint. If you're thinking about a lil' trip JCP, be sure to use this link to score some MAJOR deals with these JCPenney coupons! The day I went, all A.N.A. pieces were included in a special Early Bird sale, BUT, I also scored an additional 20% off everything, soooo ya girl made out pretty good.

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Ok, I’m digressing from the original topic of versatile separates that you need in your closet. In my life, spring through early fall, kimonos like this take the place of cardigans, making them all sorts of perfect. I’ll wear this with jeans like I did here, but shorts and other pants and even as a cover-up when I head to the beach. I might even belt it a time or two with my favorite skinny belt. So although at first glance you might not realize it’s versatility, well, you’re missing it. This guys, is as versatile as can be.

Below is a list of other pieces you might not think about in terms of versatility, but I promise they are and you most definitely need them in your life:)

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A Long Head Scarf: Not only are these great options for your hair, BUT, if they’re long enough, they’re adorable tied around your waist as a belt, tied in a knot around your neck, or knotted on your favorite bag handle. I love this one I found online - it has a lil' bit of some Gucci flare, minus the Gucci price tag.

Tee or Tank Dress: I was so intrigued to hear in a recent conversation that most of my friends only wear their tee dresses one way. I love mine and wear them ALL the time but each time a little bit different. They look great with sneakers, flats, sandals or wedges, alone or with a jacket, kimono or cardigan, and can look ultra-casual or a little more dressed up. Oh, and these too make great cover-ups making them an amazing vacation piece.I am mildly swooning over this ModCloth option - and it's also available in plus sizes!

Relaxed Wide Leg Pants: Maybe one of my favorites in terms of versatility. A flat sandal, tee and straw hat make them a perfect casual option for summer. BUT, I also love pairing them with dressier or more decorated tops, usually tucked in, and chic little heels. Those two modifcations completely change the vibe of the pants. I hate to be dramatic, but....I. Am. In. Love! with these tie-waist options at Nordstrom.

Cute Blazers: I talked about my recent re-found love of blazers in this post, and one of the reasons is because of their versatility. Yes, we know how to don a blazer for work, because, that’s how they’re “supposed to be” worn. BUT, try them with jeans or cutoffs, leggings or the right tee or tank dress and sandals. This Free People option is PERFECT for spring!

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Smart, Casual Outfits Thanks to these Cute Kimonos!

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I hope all of you have THE best weeks ever!!! Tax day is here, yay, but hopefully you all are getting a little something back! And although tomorrow the weather might bring us a little snow (OMG, I am over it!!!), we should be seeing the 70’s again soon (insert 10 of the crossing fingers emoji, haha).

Thank you so much for reading - hugs to each of you!