A Casual Spring Look

Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing up.

In fact, I find it hard NOT to dress up

Leaving home with just a T-shirt and jeans sounds like torture for a women that loves to add red lipstick and heels to every outfit.

So when dressing up all fancy isn’t an appropriate thing to do (although it should be), I like to make sure I stick with my simple but elegant mantra for casual outfits. And that’s where darling Kate Spade comes in.

A Casual Spring Look With Kate Spade | The Petite Bijou

Jean Jacket (similar here) // Long Black Sleeve Top (similar here) // Black Jeans from Express // Flats by Ann Taylor Loft // Purse by Kate Spade

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Kate Spade is hands down one of my favorite designers. You can literally put any accessory or bag on and voila! Instant elegance. I only own one Kate Spade bag, the Cedar Street Maisie, but it’s my favorite of them all! There’s lot’s of room for all my essentials: eyedrops, emergency inhaler, lip balm, red lipstick, notepad, pen, cellphone, charger, energy bar, etc. You name it, it fits!

If I’m commuting, I like to add the straps back on and place it over my shoulder for an easy to carry look. But for a lovely flower run, I just carry it in the crook of my arm.

A Casual Spring Look With Kate Spade | The Petite Bijou

Although you can wear Kate Spade with just about anything, I like this purse with simple outfits. I am really glad it’s starting to become spring around here, because carrying this purse with a long Northface puffer coat and sneaker was starting to look pretty ridiculous.

I love denim jackets for when the weather gets warmer. This one was from H&M from their collection three years ago (can you tell I keep things forever?). It’s pretty snug because bigger sizes don’t flatter my petite frame. In any case, this jacket is a great transitional piece. If you want some alternatives I love this one and this one.

A Casual Spring Look With Kate Spade | The Petite Bijou

Black jeans or skinny pants are also a staple for me in terms of going casual. Like I said, I’m not a huge denim person unless I’m seriously lounging about. These black skinny jeans are from Express and I got them as part of a two for one deal a few months ago. Express has really great petite selections in a variety of different styles.

I paired them up with my classic black lace up flats from Ann Taylor Loft. Have you tried the lace flat up trend? If you’re looking for some great choices, I wrote a previous article on 20 Must Have Lace Up Flats For Spring. They are super comfortable but I wouldn’t recommend them for long walks. Also make sure you are tying them right. I’ve seen a lot of ways to do it but you want to make sure that nothing becomes loose. If you’re wearing pants it’s best to just have them tucked under, like I do!

A Casual Spring Look With Kate Spade | The Petite Bijou

A Casual Spring Look With Kate Spade | The Petite Bijou

Jumping back to the pretty purse  – Have you heard of Style Collective? Well, we’re doing a Spring Style Challenge this week! Today’s entry is all about Spring bags and clutches. I’ve featured this purse since winter and believe it’s versatile enough to go all year round. Isn’t that what you want from an investment anyways? I sure do!

Look, it’s not every season you’re getting purses and clutches left and right (unless your a Kardashian or Hilton). Like I mentioned before, versatility and longevity in your apparel and accessories is key in creating a timeless capsule wardrobe. You want your purses to do the same. Of course, I’d always recommend Kate Spade. But if you are looking for other purses and clutches to invest in, check out my previous post on my blush purses here.

A Casual Spring Look With Kate Spade | The Petite Bijou

I am having the time of my life getting back to posting outfits for you all! I know it was one of the things you wanted to come back and it’s safe to say exciting things are on the way. Sometimes a good kick in the butt (style challenge) is all you need to get you posting the things you love again. Things got busy, as they always do. But I’m glad to bring you more style among other exciting things!

Stay tuned for travel, food, and lifestyle posts coming your way this month!

What’s your most loved bag, clutch, or purse? How long have you had it? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below! I always love hearing how long people keep trusted apparel and accessories! 

xo Mariam

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  1. that’s a really nice structured bag and those tulips are a great pop of colour!

    Posted 4.17.16 Reply
  2. michelle wrote:

    Those flowers are so pretty! They add such a colorful pop to your look!

    michellespaige.com

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  3. I am only carrying a diaper bag these days, so no most-loved handbag from me. But I love red lipstick for every occasion.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  4. Love your look! So chic!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  5. When I was in middle school, I really liked handbags. I remember thinking that they were so sophisticated, and that by having one, I’d be able to evoke sophistication 😛 But now I’m really into backpacks. I find them more practical. And there are some pretty nice lookin’ ones out there too! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  6. Helen wrote:

    I love this look! Kate Spade is also one of my favorite designers and you can never go wrong with a leather jacket!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  7. Lauren wrote:

    It’s always nice to have some great basics – can’t go wrong with a great jean jacket!

    Lauren
    http://www.anexplorersheart.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  8. Anna wrote:

    This bag is great. I love the classic look. The size is perfection.I do love a roomy bag myself…between all my necessities plus diapers and wipes…my bag gets a workout.
    XO,
    Anna
    http://www.blushingrosestyle.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  9. A denim top is totally a staple this Spring. Now, if only it would start feeling like Spring here in Boston! xo, Pam

    http://thegirlfrompanama.com/

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  10. I’m just like you! I love to dress up. This outfit is the perfect blend of casual and chic — and you can never go wrong with a Kate Spade bag. I love the blush color. I guess I better head over to LOFT and grab a pair of those lace-up flats. That’s definitely a trend I will be embracing this season!

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  11. Amy Arnold wrote:

    I love to dress up too! Sometimes it isn’t leasable like you said. This is the perfect casual.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Yay! I’m glad you like to dress up too! Thank you so much for stopping by! Love your blog! 😉

      xo Mariam

      Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  12. Funmi wrote:

    Love the look. – Simple yet stylish! Certainly looking forward to warmer spring.

    Funmi x
    http://www.funmialabi.co.uk

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Thank you so much!

      Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  13. Adi wrote:

    Amazing look babe. I love the bag!

    Adi xx
    http://www.fancycorrectitude.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Thank you so much! It’s my favorite!

      Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  14. Alecz wrote:

    What a great casual look! I love the buttoned up denim top, and the Kate Spade bag is a beauty. The tulips you’re holding are so pretty, too!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Thank you so much!

      Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  15. I love this outfit and the flowers are beautiful! I also adore Kate Spade and am definitely planning on adding a bag to my collection at some point.

    http://www.noellejulia.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Thanks so much, girl!

      Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  16. Sahra wrote:

    how lovely! I’m totally wearing similar today IRL (chambray shirt, comfy pants, and lace up flats)!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Thank you so much!!

      Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  17. Annie wrote:

    I am loving your style posts!! You look gorgeous here and the pop of flowers really makes me feel like spring is coming! Your Kate Spade bag is perfect with your simple, but chic outfit 🙂
    xo Annie
    http://thelovelygirl.co

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  18. I’m appreciative you take the time to share your style posts with us! You look amazing and I know you put so much time into your photos and posts. Love your outfit! Such classic choices for spring!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemismolly.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply
  19. Tina wrote:

    Love your effortless and casual look!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    Posted 4.12.16 Reply

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