Unpopular opinion: spring is overrated. Yep, budding flowers and longer days are certainly enjoyable. But my real hangup with the season is its temps—from March through late May, there's just no consistency where I live (Lake Placid, New York), which makes figuring out to wear as easy as rocket science. Early in the morning, it's cold and wintery, but layer up and you'll be a swampy mess by noon, only to freeze again by evening.
This presents a daily quandary: what do I wear? Sure, I could layer with cardigans and jackets... Or, I could pop on this ridiculously easy and comfortable jumpsuit that makes navigating the day's highs and lows easy-peasy. The Outerknown S.E.A Suit ($168) is the definition of effortless, warm enough to withstand spring's chilliest mornings, but breezy enough to keep you cool once that mid-day heat wave hits.
No joke, I've worn this jumpsuit at least once a week these past few months. Seems like every time I'm pondering what to wear, I keep coming back to this easy, breezy boilersuit. Here's why:
1. It's convenient
I'm a sucker for anything convenient. I've written about this before—anything that eliminates steps or leans into the whole "set it and forget it" vibe will almost always win my heart. This jumpsuit is just so simple. I don't care what anyone says about spring—figuring out what to wear when the temps zig and zag is complicated! But the S.E.A suit isn't. Just unbutton the front buttons, step into its relaxed silhouette and presto! You're dressed for the day, equipped to tackle oscillating temperatures head on.
Just be warned—you will have to unbutton the whole thing to use the restroom. But bathroom breaks aside, it's about as no-brainer as you can get.
2. It's sustainable
If you're not familiar with Outerknown, the brand is driven by a commitment to sustainability and creating eco-friendly fashions through fair labor practices. All of the styles feature ethically-sourced fabrics and recycled textiles that are good for you, and the planet.
Fun fact: The "S.E.A" in S.E.A. suit stands for "Social and Environmental Accountability," a reminder of the brand's ultimate goal. This focus on sustainability can be seen in the suit's main materials, an airy organic cotton-linen blend sourced free from any harsh chemicals or suspect synthetics, and plastic-free buttons made from tagua nuts collected on the forest floor. When you're ready for another style, you can sell it through the company's consignment shop, Outerworn, which sells pre-owned Outerknown clothes to keep the circular clothing loop going strong.
If you're passionate about sustainable fashion, there are few brands as eco-conscious as Outerknown—this jumpsuit is proof.
3. It's as versatile as the season's temperatures
People say every woman should own a little black dress—I think every woman should own an Outerknown S.E.A jumpsuit. It's that versatile, and able to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion (or the weather). Heading to a spring picnic in the park? Lace up a pair of white sneakers or high-tops and enjoy your stroll. Going to drinks with friends? Roll the cuffs, add some jewelry or heels, and instantly elevate your outfit. Need a quick cover up? Grab your flip flops and slip it over your bikini for a beach-to-beach bar look.
Those three things, combined with the fact that it really is one of the most comfortable things you'll ever wear, regardless of the temp, make this sustainable suit a must-have. It's well-worth the $168 price tag, and guaranteed to keep you cool and collected through spring and beyond.
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