SOPHISTICATED AND WHIMSY IN AN OUTFIT WITH MARC JACOBS FRAGRANCES

There’s something about spring for me that makes me itch for change. Instead of a big change like chopping off all of my hair or rearranging every piece of furniture in my house, I teamed up with Marc Jacobs and changed my perfume instead. Obviously a noticeable change for me, but much less dramatic than a pixie cut. Marc Jacob’s Fragrances collection embodies spring and summer for me with it’s fresh and fragrant scents, and since starting to wear both Daisy and Daisy Eau So Fresh, I’ve just felt so summery! It’s amazing what a little perfume can do to change how you feel, right?

This change has also inspired some wardrobe changes as I’ve been transitioning my closet from winter to spring. I’ve been combining my more sophisticated, classic, and structured wintery pieces with my breezy, colorful and playful spring and summer pieces, creating combinations that strike a balance between sophisticated and whimsy inspired by the perfect balance between the rich musky smell and incredibly fresh and playful scents of Marc Jacob’s perfumes.

This combination — sophisticated and whimsy — is a really fun and unexpected combination for spring, so let’s talk about achieving that look. Try these six tips for striking the perfect balance between these two styles!

1. ADD WHIMSY WITH LIGHT OR BRIGHT COLORS 
  • I used mint, but any pastel or neon color palette instantly adds a bit of whimsy and fun to your outfit! 
2. ADD SOPHISTICATION WITH CLASSIC SHAPES
  • An knee length A-line skirt is the epitome of classic. Even if it’s in a fun print or bright color, the classic shape adds an element of sophistication. 
3. ADD WHIMSY WITH AN UNEXPECTED NAIL COLOR
  • White nails are an unexpected and trendy choice this spring. I’d been a little nervous about trying them, since I usually go for more classic colors, but my husband specifically commented on how much he liked them which gave me the boost of confidence I needed to rock them. It adds a youthful and whimsical touch to any outfit!
4. ADD SOPHISTICATION WITH A FEMININE FLORAL PRINT 
  • Feminine florals are so sophisticated, and so on-trend right now! 
5. ADD WHIMSY WITH A FLOPPY HAT
  • Isn’t a big floppy hat just the perfect way to add some whimsy to a sophisticated outfit? I love that it’s a little big glamorous, but casual and summery at the same time! 
6. ADD SOPHISTICATION WITH A CLASSIC SHOE
  • Since I was playing with color and prints, and adding a lot of whimsical touches, I stuck with a classic shoe. A nude ankle strap pump is so feminine and sophisticated, but a classic pump or wedge would be a great choice too!
Using these tips, I created this pretty and playful outfit, inspired by my Marc Jacobs perfumes
photos by sara walk
top: target
skirt: c/o boden
hat: similar
Also, see more whimsical Daisy-inspired style here
This is a collaboration between Marc Jacobs and the AOL Lifestyle Contributor Network. Compensation was provided by Marc Jacobs via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Marc Jacobs.
  • My dress came speedily and it fit beautifully well and I got lots of complements on this dress. I will be coming back for other colors. I got the black color this time.
    Kate Spade Wristlet

  • can you tell me what nail polish you're wearing?! i love it!

  • I love your hat!

  • Gorgeous! Love that skirt!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  • That skirt is so cute and I'm in love with this look! I want to wear it everyday.
    Chic on the Cheap

  • That skirt is gorgeous!!!!!

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  • I am absolutely loving this skirt!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • that skirt is gorgeous!!♥ and the entire outfit is lovely, smooth colors, I'll definitely try to imitate this outfit with my personal touch 🙂 super inspiring

  • Gorgeous, merrick! I love your skirt paired with mint. I've been meaning to try white nails sometime but I'm afraid of some brands not being opaque enough (I recently had to do 4 coats with my baby pink polish for my nail bed to not show through, which was in my opinion way too many!)- which brand white polish did you use and do you recommend it? Thanks!

  • I'm a fan of Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance – love it!

    http://domesticatedsophisticate.blogspot.com

  • Oh my…I will now be hunting for a skirt like yours, what a fabulous outfit! So classic!

  • So so so pretty! I love your skirt!

    http://www.verasawicki.com

  • That second to last photo is SO gorgeous! Love this post, and will keep it in mind for when I try to find a new perfume for my birthday 🙂