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5 Outfit Formulas You'll Wear All Spring

What's an outfit formula? It's your new trick to make getting dressed really easy.

Posted in: Seamwork Radio Podcast, Style & Wardrobe, Patterns • April 8, 2024 • Episode 187

Imagine getting up each morning and knowing EXACTLY what you’re going to wear, then leaving the house feeling put-together, comfortable, and in tune with your personal style.

There’s a trick to getting dressed in the morning with such ease: outfit formulas.

Outfit formulas are combinations of garments in your closet that you can pair together to create fun, approachable outfits.

Below are some formulas for spring with examples from ready-to-wear and Seamwork patterns you can use to sew the look.

On the podcast, Sarai and Haley share five outfit formulas you can wear this spring. They cover what an outfit formula is, what makes a good outfit formula, and then five ideas you could incorporate into your own spring wardrobe.

Below are the show notes for this podcast episode and a brief summary of what's covered, followed by a full transcript.

5 Spring Outfit Formulas

Floral Dress + Denim Jacket + Sneakers

This classic spring look combines the femininity of a floral dress with the casual edge of a denim jacket and the comfort of sneakers.

Here are some Seamwork patterns you can use to get this outfit formula.

Rhett is a stylish, workwear-inspired chore coat you can make in an afternoon. There’s a sewalong here.

The Audrey jacket is a classic design that offers all the bells and whistles of a traditional denim jacket. There’s a sewalong here.

Parker has a gender-expansive fit, with a straight cut through the body and distinctive two-piece raglan sleeves. Plus a bunch of pockets and other fun details. There’s a sewalong here

Benning has a fun, floaty silhouette, V-neck, relaxed fit and a two-tiered skirt. There’s a sewalong here.

If you want to make a knit dress, Aaronica has a body-loving, comfortable silhouette that looks great under a denim jacket.

White Blouse + High-Waisted Jeans + Mules

This chic and timeless combination transitions seamlessly from day to night, giving you a polished and put-together appearance.

Here are some Seamwork patterns you can use to get this outfit formula.

Roan is an oversized button-down tunic with a bunch of details that add a touch of sophistication and a loose fit that ensures maximum comfort.

Aims is a romantic oversized button-up blouse with raglan sleeves. The front and back gather on the lined curved yoke. There’s a sewalong here.

Chelsea Chelsea is a hip, classic pair of flared jeans with all sorts of details to hug your curves and show off a touch of retro style.

The Tessa jeans are a total classic, featuring a high rise and a relaxed cut for that perfect vintage style.

Jumpsuit + Sneakers

You only need one garment for this look! A jumpsuit gives you a utilitarian-chic look that is both on-trend and practical for a day of casual activities, especially paired with comfortable sneakers.

Here are some Seamwork patterns you can use to get this outfit formula.

The Mercer coveralls are a modern classic for your wardrobe that will teach you fundamental sewing skills. There’s a sewalong here.

Campbell has a relaxed fit with tapered legs and a waist-cinching belt. There’s a sewalong here.

Del is a wide-legged jumpsuit with elasticized gathered straps, a V-neckline at the front, and a scoop neck at the back.

The Lucy jumpsuit features a sleeveless bodice and wide cropped legs. Clever details like a lined bodice and elasticized drawstring make this jumpsuit fun to sew and comfortable to wear.

Lightweight Coat + Midi Dress + Ankle Boots

This is a sophisticated and transitional outfit that combines a timeless trench coat with a midi dress and ankle boots, suitable for varying spring temperatures.

Here are some Seamwork patterns you can use to get this outfit formula.

Baz is an unlined, knee-length wrap coat with a relaxed fit and so many different fabric options in both knit and woven.

The Francis coat has a timeless silhouette, perfect for your favorite denim, twill, or coatings. It’s fully lined, with details that are satisfying to sew and will make you feel very proud when you’re all finished.

Grace is a bias-cut slip dress with a body-skimming fit. The bodice is fully lined with a V-neckline at the front and back, both with center seams to help with fitting.

Devon is a sweater dress with dropped shoulders and a generous, comfortable turtleneck, perfect for creating a fun silhouette with your favorite knits. There’s a sewalong here.

Lightweight Sweater + Skirt + Clogs

This outfit is a mix of cozy and chic. It combines a lightweight sweater with a pleated skirt and clogs for a modern and comfortable vibe.

Here are some Seamwork patterns you can use to get this outfit formula.

The Lisa cardigan has a relaxed, roomy fit that’s ideal for layering, with a dropped shoulder, faced V-neckline, and a 3” cuff.

With its cropped style and flattering, waist-defining shape, Astoria is the perfect pullover for maintaining a classic look or making a statement.

Kenzie is a classic pleated skirt featuring knife pleats, a fitted waistband at the natural waist, and a hem that hits below the knee.

Dezi is a fluted, midi-length skirt that’s cut on the bias and features an elastic waistband and diagonal seam across the middle.

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