The Fashion Editor’s Spring Wardrobe

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Inspirations for your Spring Wardrobe from our Fashion Editor

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How did it happen so quickly? The arrival of spring that is? One minute I was busy hauling on boots and layers, when, out of nowhere so it seemed, the sun arrived and I am now frantically casting around trying to find what feels right for this time of year. What does one need for a Spring wardrobe?

I always find that transition between seasons a little tricky. You know what I mean – not quite warm enough for short sleeves and bare legs but definitely too nice for the staples that have kept you going over the winter – even without the cardis on top. Also, I just crave something different at this time of year.

So, what to do? Here are some suggestions to herald the arrival of brighter, lighter days.

Octagon dress


The perfect dress

As I have said before, dresses are brilliant. They take so much of the hassle out of what to put on and are infinitely versatile.  When I go shopping I shall be looking out for a polka dot affair, either in a lovely soft colour like the sage green in the picture, or in the classic combination of navy and white. Polka dots – and spots in general – never really go out of fashion and somehow always manage to look fresh. This season most of the dresses around are mid-calf length which, to be honest, only really look good with heels. I like to accessorise with a mixture of classic and more modern jewellery. Currently I am enjoying piling on lots of  stretchy seed pearl and silver bracelets for a Chanel-inspired effect. They seem to work with pretty much any outfit.

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The lightweight trench coat

Two-tone trench


What would we do without the trench coat?  I know, I know, the sun is here and so technically we shouldn’t need a coat – but a summer trench – particularly a short one in a light colour – is invaluable as our weather is so … unpredictable.  It also looks great over pretty much everything, from cropped jeans and a shirt to a skirt and blouse. Opt for pale creams, classic toffee shades or even one of the two tone trenches that are a fashion statement all on their own.

Cream blazer

The blazer

I adore blazers and could not live without them. However, I need something inspirational to replace my winter staples and this lovely cream blazer with flat lapels and contrast lining is just the ticket. I shall wear it over dresses and jeans and jazz it up with long necklaces and beautiful floaty scarves.

The beautiful blouse

Classic blouse


This is one of the fail-safes of the well-dressed French woman, and why should it not be one of ours too? I am determined to find the perfect blouse this spring – possibly in silk. I want one that will make the simplest pair of trousers look dressed, and which can also be teamed with a straight skirt and heels for office or evening. This beautiful navy and white classic (pictured) is just the right side of modern, with its three-quarter length sleeves and off-centre buttoning. Perfect!

I am feeling inspired. Now let’s get shopping.

About Heather Boal-Russell

Like many women of my age (52 – just), I have had several careers, including lawyer, sales manager and teacher. I am also a wife and the mother of three daughters, and recently added grandmother (of the wonderful Alettia) to my list of accomplishments. Having grown up in Northern Ireland, my heart is still drawn to the sea but I now live in beautiful rural Sussex - ideally placed for Gatwick Airport (travel definitely broadens the mind) and those inspirational shopping (and, of course, cultural) trips to London.