Four Favorite Spring Jackets – Look #3

Favorite Spring Jackets

Happy Tuesday, ladies!  Today, we continue my favorite spring jackets series with 4 Favorite Spring Jackets – Look #3

Since,  our world is going through so many changes, I wanted to make sure and show you more affordable spring jackets in this series.

I did that with selections from Target and today, from JC Penney’s.

Also, toward the end, I am working with one more reader and her style adjectives…this one was a challenge in the beginning!


Favorite Spring Jackets

Before it was officially spring, I picked up this St. John’s Bay Lightweight Anorak in Vermillion Red for a song…and for taking casual up a notch.

This is another great example of a quality garment that already has a low cost per wear.  

Now, full disclosure, on their site the negative reviews have to do with the button holes not being made well for actual buttoning up the jacket.

I have never buttoned this one up…I prefer the open look, so I like the jacket a lot.

The St. John’s Bay line is excellent when looking for casual or even outdoor garments.  I will be wearing this outfit to an outdoor event at the end of the month.

Today, is the last day for the JCP Birthday Sale.  If you use the code 120years, you will save on everything….some items are 50% or more off.

Here are a few more casual items in the St. John’s Bay collection…prices are amazing…and will leave you singing…


Favorite Spring Jackets

As I said, this is what I will wear to an outdoor event soon that is actually in the Texas countryside.

I styled my jacket with 

Spring Bloom Everyday V-Neck Tee. from Loft 

The Boyfriend Jeans. from JJILL and I love the fit!

I am still loving my Comfortiva Sneakers ,and these are waterproof which works well for my outing…just in case.

I am also wearing a new favorite necklace from Chico’s with the Bee on it, but sadly it appears to be sold out.

I do recommend the necklaces where you can adjust the length and either wear them short or long!

However, there is a matching bracelet Green Goldtone Stretch Charm Bracelet for only $16.99.

What I love is that a favorite spring jacket outfit like this helps me go to the country feeling confident and not “scuzzy!”


Favorite Spring Jackets

Of course…it is my Foundational Five Personal Style Building Blocks…and today’s was my biggest challenge yet!

Let me remind you, that we are discussing what our clothing choices say about us.  When someone walks up to us, what messages would our personal style send to them?

What would they walk away knowing about us from our wardrobe choices?

I believe, when you ask yourself every day before leaving the house…does this outfit speak these same five adjectives every day…that with consistency you will develop your own UNIQUELY-YOU style.

Meet Deborah…she is 69, and a retired English teacher.  She lives on the beach, writes, paints, and loves to travel, though as we all did, had to pull it back the last couple of years.

Deborah wrote me a very lengthy email to tell me about herself…then confessed that she did not know what she wanted her five adjectives to be.

She had a long list of possibilities. 

I have never done this before with a reader, but I took all of that information she sent and I am ready to “suggest” five adjectives for Deborah.

Deborah, I believe the messages you want to send with your personal style in retirement are:

  1. Strong – a strong woman dresses with purpose. She doesn’t just throw garments on, and she tends to like menswear which fits well (you confessed to being a bit of a tomboy)
  2. Intelligent – an intelligent woman dresses with polish and adds an occasional ethnic/global touch with accessories or prints to communicate she is still well read and active.
  3. Dramatic – you like bold deep colors and curated, unusual jewelry and scarves
  4. Adventurous – English teachers are often adventurous which comes from a love of literature and the stories they teach.  I see this in you as you walk the beach, love travel,  and paint the scenery.
  5. Approachable – you have a lovely warm smile.  Your outfits should invite others to say hello and reach out. 

Is it possible to wear clothing which sends these messages to others…absolutely.  

Deborah describes herself this way…”I am soft straight, natural classic, 5’4″ tonally deep, muted, and warm. My season is deep or dark autumn.”

Here are pieces I believe would assist you in building a wardrobe which speaks these messages….let me know how I did!  Please, if I am off base, let me know…I have never done an exercise like this one before….

Favorite Spring Jackets

Vince Camuto Leopard Status Silk Square scarf in Red


First Accessories…remember accessories are a great way to speak these adjectives…Also with jewelry I kept in mind your small frame….

Now, for the garments….The darker colors are more of a challenge in the warmer months, but I did find a few and included some tops here that would make lovely foundations for dramatic accessories.

Favorite Spring Jackets

Button-Front A-Line Shirt

You might spend some time on the Boden website…items included in the slideshow…but they really have many that I think fit these adjectives.

Deborah, if you ask yourself in front of the mirror if you look says strong, intelligent, dramatic, adventurous, and approachable…then soon you will be identified by this style! 

You may stand there and say…ok, I don’t see the dramatic or adventurous…so add fun accessories from your shoes, jewelry or scarves…don’t make it more complicated.

Just think about the messaging.  I realize this one is long, but I wanted to help Deborah see what I was talking about! Thanks everyone for supporting each other.

Any questions on what I did for Deborah or on the favorite spring jacket #3?  Please chime in….and make sure that you always…


By Pamela Lutrell

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  1. Such a helpful exercise describing how you chose adjectives for Deborah! It is often not the most natural thing to know what you really want to say, and often difficult to narrow down. Once we have them though, the most we have to do is tweak now and then and it becomes easier to define what our “message” is. Your process will help many, I’m sure.

    Your jacket is a beautiful color. There are things in the JCP slideshow that I really do like, and you can’t beat the prices!

  2. Thanks Karen! I know you selected your adjectives when I fist began this, so it helps to hear your thoughts!

  3. I like your red jacket very much, but it appears to be a yellow red rather than a blue red on the website. However, on you it appears to be more blue red. You said you struggled with this outfit…why? I could identify with much of your analysis of Deborah although “her colors” are not mine, but the adjectives you suggested are to my liking. I’m still trying to see myself as others do.

  4. Oh my goodness, Pam, I am in a daze! First of all, I am blown away at how you nabbed my adjectives. I feel as if all my many choices were just the words in a story and you put them into themes! Thank you so much. I have my Foundational Five now and I am adding them to my color palette packet. That is all I really asked you for, but you provided so much more.
    Secondly, the accessories! I have been wanting to add a gold coin-like necklace (how did you know that?) and you gave me several to choose from, all reasonable and ticking my boxes. I can’t wait to review them and order. The scarves look magnificent for my deep autumn palette.
    Thirdly, the clothes and shoes. I can’t tell you how interesting it is to see what a knowledgeable person has discerned and chosen for me. You have made excellent suggestions that click! I WILL be placing a few orders. That simple Boden sweater with the interesting collar, a jacket, the fun textured shoes, a medallion…I will let you know. I could go on and on. I guess I should keep a budget in mind!
    I can’t tell you enough how kind and generous you are to your readers. You are a gem. Thank you. I look forward to all your posts. Please know that you provided me with a magical day!

  5. You just started my day with a huge smile…I smiled all the way through your comment! This is so much fun and it is amazing when I hear that it blessed a reader! So excited that you referred to it as a magical day!

  6. Perhaps you are confused, Celia. I didn’t struggle with this outfit…this one was casual and very easy. Let me know if I said something that indicated otherwise.

  7. I love the jacket and tried to buy it, but it’s sold out. At first, I thought it was a cool raspberry, but on the JCP site it looked like a Nantucket red or an orange-red, which I prefer for my coloring. I did find a couple of pieces from your slideshow and placed an order, though. It was so fun to see a blue autumn featured, and feel many of the items were my style too. It will be interesting to see Deborah’s take.

  8. Just reading Deborah’s response to your choices made me smile the whole time. You could feel the excitement in her response. After all the digging and research that you do it is wonderful to have made someone so happy. This is why your followers admire you so much Pam and know that you have our best interests in mind. Oh, and yes, that jacket is such a lovely reflection of your best colours.

  9. Thank you so much for this, Diane. The readers keep me doing this…that is really why I am here.

  10. Fun, Fun! I am so enjoying both your jacket series and this new round of style adjective ladies. I have been needing a lightweight rain jacket, and the JCP navy one is such a great price – thank you!! Via Linda’s accessories carousel I thought the posy charm necklace adorable, along with a couple other items once I was exploring the Nordie’s Rack jewelry. Again, thank you. All the curating you do makes being a reader here and shopper so easy! Will be purchasing through your links, of course. 😉

  11. Rereading your post you said today was your biggest challenge yet, but you must have been talking about Deborah and your proposing her adjectives based on her information. I just read your challenge as referring to your outfit, not Deborah’s challenge presented to you.

  12. Oh as someone *VERY* similar to Deborah (petite cusp, Deep Autumn, also an English teacher), I found this to be very useful. I can see myself clearly in the ‘Strong/ Intelligent/ Dramatic/ Adventurous/ Approachable’ adjectives you chose – thank you Pamela!

    (PS – I never thought that traits like ‘Intelligent’ could be used as a style adjective, but the way you’ve broken it down to mean ‘Cultured/ Global’ makes sense. Thank you for giving me further food for thought.)

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