10 Staples For The Spring

The links to the items in this picture are posted below, after “how I’m following the trend”.

Last week I was honored to share the stage with Free The Captives for a luncheon at the Junior League of Houston. I shared what I thought were the 10 staples for the spring, and I thought it would be helpful to share with you all, too. This way you can pinpoint the holes you have in your own wardrobe and avoid buying things you already have or don’t need. I also shared what was trending in each category, how I was choosing to follow the trend, and how trends are a choice. You don’t have to follow a trend if you don’t like it! Obviously! Ha!


Jeans (a blue pair and a white pair)- distressed jeanboyfriend jean – how I’m following the trend (here)

ShortsDenim cutoffs or distressed denim – how I’m following the trend (here)

Outerwear/Jacket(s)- Denim jackets – how I’m following the trend (here)

Tops- Statement sleeves, rufflesreinvented oxford, embroidery, shoulder play – how I’m following the trend (here)

Dresses- Cold shoulder, one shoulder, statement sleeves, embroidery/embellishment – how I’m following the trend (here)

Cover Up- Embellishment, embroidery, off the shoulder

Swimsuit- Ruffle, rainbow, embellishment, off the shoulder

Dressy Sandal- Minimalist sandal, blocked heel, espadrille wedge

Casual Sandal- Mules, slides, espadrilles, ankle wrap, embellished – how I’m following the trend (here and here)

Accessories- Statement earrings, straw bags, colorful bags – how I’m following the bag trend (here and here), how I’m following the earring trend (here and here)


At each place setting were quotes on style and fashion. The first quote received applause, and it warmed my heart. I knew I was in the company of kindred spirits. I started the talk with these two quotes because they seemed to sum up the gist of my style. I approach style from the inside out (based on my own personal struggles, brief synopsis here), and my style is practical.

I hope you find this information helpful. I tried to be brief and succinctly summarize my 40+ minute talk. EEEEEK! I guess I really do love to talk about clothes. I can’t help it!

Photos by: Traci Ling


  1. Anne April 18, 2017

    Loved this post!! I love it when you summarize the staples of the season!!

    • Carly Lee April 18, 2017

      I’m so glad! Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Emily April 19, 2017

    In the photo at top, what is the top or dress under the red earrings, in the bottom left?

  3. Natalie April 22, 2017

    Where can I find the gold sandals pictured? I couldn’t find them in the links

    • Carly Lee April 23, 2017

      Hi, Thank you for letting me know. I’ve updated the post. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/2pb1njv


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