I love this time of year, the feeling of everything being new again and the inspiration for the possibility of personal re-invention that comes with it. I was a Spring bride, so it always holds lovely memories and celebrations too. Whilst the global fashion weeks have had us looking forward to Autumn and Winter looks, outdoors we are being teased with the first glimpses of springtime weather coinciding nicely with the S/S 14 drop in the shops. There is something for everybody from the muted pastels, through the florals to the zesty brights, where to start?
Get some inspiration from magazines and shop windows, note what you like and are drawn to. Then look at your wardrobe with Spring in mind. Does it already contain some of the trends or colours that with the addition of one or two pieces or even simply new accessories will put the Spring in your step? If so work on identifying some Spring outfit combinations for both work and play and then shop for the missing elements. Alternatively if you feel that your wardrobe doesn’t contain any suitable items, make a list of the types of events/activities you will be involved in the coming months. Identify two or three key outfits you may need, then work on creating these with mix and match items, working around two Spring inspired garments. Don’t forget whilst the sun may be shining its likely to remain cool for a little while longer so layering is always a good option.
Key trends very much in evidence on the high street right now are:-
Florals but ditch those ideas about this being old lady territory. This season florals are bright, big and bold and feature on shift dresses through to trousers. Some even combine the zesty bright trend, my pick of the bunch (excuse the pun) are:
Darling Clothing’s Layla Dress – bold bright and includes a hint of zesty brights too – also comes in a pencil skirt and trousers
Ted Baker’s Sugar Sweet Sweater Cute & dreamy
Louche’s small floral print trousers – for something a bit on the quieter side
Don’t worry if pattern is not for you Zesty brights are also a winner. Whilst orange and bright blue are featuring heavily I just can’t resist the zesty yellows and greens, they stop just shy of neon and for me reflect the colour of the season (Spring is always yellow for me) but with a twist. They can also easily be added to your Winter wardrobe staples for an instant update.
Karen Millen’s relaxed lace panel knit is great to team with your jeans
Or try a skirt – both J Crew’s flippy number and Wishbone’s Lola pencil skirt will add instant zest
The ultimate in ladylike chic Muted pastels – My absolute favourite of which is dusky pink, viewed as a neutral it’s so versatile and easily can replace or brighten all those blacks and greys you may have been wearing all Winter.
See my Pinterest Board – Spring is in the Air
Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board Spring is in the Air on Pinterest.for my inspiration and favourites. I’m going to be channelling a ladylike preppy look for Spring. I’ll be combining an H&M dusty pink midi skirt (new purchase, winging its way to me) with my Autumn/Winter grey embroidered sweatshirt (also courtesy of H&M) for those earlier chillier days. Once it warms up I will be replacing with my cream chiffon top with lace front detailing from Louche and a Yellow Spring Cardi. Both looks will go equally well with my tan brogues (I am a recent convert, despite my husband’s reservations, to grown up flats) and my Ash suede ankle boots. Although, I am sorely tempted by a new pair of kitten heels to see me through to sandal season. Voila, my capsule spring wardrobe. Hopefully this has given you some inspiration but if you need a hand revitalising and moving your wardrobe into the new season, Shape your Wardrobe can help. From a seasonal edit to a shopping session or any of my other services just give me a call or take a look at the website. I’m off to buy some daffodils and freesia xx.