Royal Regatta

Finally, an ensemble without a coat! This look takes an aristocratic approach to casual spring style; it combines stylish spring trends with classic elements. The perfect look for a warm spring day in Chicago.

For this How to Wear It Wednesday,  I went on location to a charming boat house located in Bridgeport. The random piece of modern architecture, dramatically set apart from other sites in this South Side neighborhood, makes a perfect location for an uninterrupted and very unexpected backdrop for a photo shoot.

This season, a major spring trend is a dramatic blouse. Designers have revised the closet staple by adding silhouette changing elements. As seen on me, the light blue pinstripe poplin by Chelsea 28 features ruffled sleeves and a wrapping element, creating flattering curve details at my waist and chest. I decided to pair the top with some ever handy khaki pants from Zara and nude colored sling backs from Coach.  No bourgeois boat look is complete without pearls, so I added unique three string necklace that I found at Off Saks and orange earrings to match.

So, how do you wear this look again? Easily pair this look with some wide leg dark denim pants and silhouettes for an easy wear to work outfit. Swap the denim for a white pant for high-heeled sandals for a weekend daytime look. This outfit, especially the top is excellent from brunch to the boardroom.

Share with me in the comments below how you would wear the Royal Regatta look.

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Wrapped top: Chelsea 28, Khaki’s: Zara, Slingbacks: Coach, Necklace: Heidi Daus. Photo created by Christopher Williams of

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