One of my big aha moments this year was realizing I needed more toppers. In recent years, I've relied a lot on cardigans as my layering piece, but I reached the point where I really didn't want to wear them so often. I found myself wanting more structure. You can see new toppers in most of these outfits.

#1 - H&M blazer, J Crew flutter tee, LE tuxedo trousers, Sole Society shoes. The weather was nice enough to break out these suede shoes. I'm not entirely happy with the fit of the trousers here: I was between sizes and sized up, and these now feel too loose at the waist. They are perhaps an inch too long. I do like using this red necklace to bookend red shoes. I don't love the fit of this blazer, but I think it will work as a stopgap for now until my budget lets me find a better one.

#2 - BR Factory blazer, Loft black shell, Gap trousers, SE Pettys. I tried tucking this shell, but decided I liked the long line of it untucked. I also really liked wearing a longer necklace with this outfit. It made me think I should buy another necklace at this length. The blazer is a great spring/summer weight and color.

#3 - Loft cardi, Loft sweater tee, J Crew pencil skirt. This pencil skirt is wool and more of a cold weather item, and I wanted to get another wear in before it is too warm for it. I liked the stripes a lot with this skirt.

#4 - ON denim jacket, Loft dress. I always feel like this dress is too short when I have it on, but it looks fine here. Go figure. I think I rolled the sleeves on the jacket later in the day. I like that this jacket comes in petite; it works nicely over dresses.

#5 - ON white denim jacket, Target dress. I like the dark floral of this dress, but it's probably on its last season thanks to some fading. This jacket has been a nice way to make some of my work clothes a little more casual and a little more spring-like. I do have to roll the sleeves on this one as it's otherwise too long.

Feedback and ideas welcome!

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