It’s sunny here, today. More than sunny. It’s clear skies, no wind and warm. Ok, only 14 degrees warm but still, there’s a definite smell of Spring, in the air. And what does Spring mean??? Well, transitional wardrobe items, of course! I love Spring and Autumn for putting outfits together and here are some of my favourite items. I tend to replace these things, over and over, once they wear out / don’t fit / I spill jam on them and I will probably continue to wear a lot of them for many years, to come. I’d love to hear what your favourite Spring wardrobe consists of. Drop us a line and comment, below!
Trench Coat: From Audrey to SJP, this is an all-time classic. It can dress up a casual outfit and relax a posh frock. Looks equally great with ballet flats, trainers or heels,and can be warmed up with a woolly scarf for cooler days. Also, rain. I recommend this one from Gap
Ballet Flats: Another Audrey staple, I always have a black pair and a light beige pair, on the go. They are comfortable, classic, grown up and endlessly versatile. As I’m a size 3, they also fit neatly in my handbag for ‘will these new shoes rub?’ days. Click to see these from M&S and Clark’s. Cheaper versions can be very uncomfortable.
Plimsolls: I’ve never committed to a pair of Converse but I do love a £5 pair from Primark for a lightweight, comfortable, versatile alternative to a ballet flat. They’re great with trousers, turned up jeans and dresses, alike. Maybe one day, I’ll treat myself. Get the real deal here, from Schuh.
Turn-Ups: There was a time when perfect length trousers were the holy grail for me (being 5ft 2″) but I’m now embracing the turned-up (or cuffed) trouser. Not only does it just look a bit cooler and un-done, but it also means I can buy normal clothes and still flash a bit of ankle. That’s as far as I’m going until July, mind! Take a look at these jeans from Gap and chinos from M&S.
Sunglasses: I saved up the year before last to buy my brown tortoiseshell Ran Ban Wayfarers and they’ve been glued to my face ever since. I’ve wanted a pair since I knew sunglasses existed and I still feel really good, whenever I wear them, ever on dull Winter days. This weather means I now look less of a knob. Buy yours, like mine, from Selfridge’s, here
Shirts: Without a jumper over the top! I’m enjoying the ‘geek chic’ thing of tucking it in (with high waisted things) and fastening the top button. It makes me look almost fashionable and, with the stripes that nearly all my shirts have, is just the right side of preppy. Gap do great ones, or if you’re small of chest, try men’s shirts from Jack Wills.
Anything coral: It’s been my favourite pop-of-colour of choice for a few years now but I still love how a coral nail, lip, handbag or jewellery can really lift an otherwise neutral outfit. I don’t wear strong colours, as a rule, but a touch of coral (or orange, as I’ve also been known to try) makes me feel less boring. Here’s a lovely Rimmel lipstick.